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The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, San Francisco

4-star4 stars
495 Geary StSan FranciscoCA94102United States of America

4-star hotel with restaurant, near Westfield San Francisco Centre
  • Free WiFi
Very Good8.0
Bar and Beverages
Bar is awesome
Great location
Awesome vibe
Quite clean
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From 3,749 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, San Francisco

from $195
  • Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking
  • Preferred Two Doubles
  • Preferred 1 King
  • Suite, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking
  • Suite, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking
  • Suite, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking (One Bedroom)
  • Deluxe Suite, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

About The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, San Francisco

Funky downtown San Francisco hotel with bar and gym

Near Union Square

Opened in 1915, Clift is a 4-minute walk from Union Square's dizzying number of dining and shopping options. You can stroll 15 minutes to the Museum of Modern Art, which includes works by Picasso, and Yerba Buena Gardens, with public art pieces and a memorial waterfall.

Lombard Street and shops

Westfield San Francisco Centre, a 10-minute walk, has spiral escalators to 4 levels of eateries and shops. A 5-minute drive brings you to the massive Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and a 10-minute drive puts you on the famously crooked Lombard Street.

Free bikes, retro bar

Old-school elegance and stylish flair combine at Redwood Room bar, where you can sip a cocktail amid digital art and redwood paneling from the 1930s. After breakfast at the Velvet Room, you can take a free bicycle for a spin around town, and later hit the 24-hour fitness center. Guests also enjoy room service available during limited hours. As a part of the resort fee, each guest will receive a daily breakfast credit of USD 10.00.

WiFi, designer furniture

Outfitted with Philippe Starck designer furniture crafted from English sycamore, guestrooms also feature work desks and 300-thread-count bedding. You can settle into a kitsch wheelbarrow-shaped chair to watch a show on the flat-screen HDTV, or go online with WiFi (included in resort fee).

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 372 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 16 floors


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Express check-out
For guests with pets, a pet indemnity form must be filled out at the Front Desk when checking-in. An additional cleaning fee may be applied after check-out, if necessary. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • Children (18 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets stay free

  • Restrictions apply *

  • Up to 20 lb


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in rooms



  • Valet parking *

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Buffet breakfast (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service (during limited hours)
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
Things to do
  • 24-hour fitness facilities
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Golfing nearby
Working away
  • Business center
  • Conference space
  • Meeting rooms 3
  • Computer station
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Limo or Town Car service available
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Year Built 1915
  • Elevator/lift
  • ATM/banking
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Roll-in shower

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Sleep well
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • Down comforter
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding
  • Pillowtop mattress
Things to enjoy
  • In-room massage available
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • 27-inch flat-screen TV
  • Pay movies
  • Premium TV channels
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Key Eco-Rating Program, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, San Francisco’s small print

Also known as

  • Clift
  • Clift Hotel
  • Clift Hotel San Francisco
  • Clift San Francisco
  • San Francisco Clift Hotel


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check in or check out:

  • Resort fee: USD 28.00 per accommodation, per night

Resort fee inclusions:

  • Fitness center access
  • Internet access (may be limited)
  • Phone calls (may be limited)
  • In-room coffee
  • Additional inclusions

Inclusions may be listed elsewhere on the page as free or for a surcharge.

Optional extras

Valet parking costs USD 58.00 per night

Rollaway beds are available for an additional charge

Buffet breakfast is offered for an extra charge of USD 26 per person (approximately)

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, San Francisco


  • In Downtown San Francisco
  • Lombard Street - 31 min walk
  • Pier 39 - 38 min walk
  • Westfield San Francisco Centre - 8 min walk
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - 12 min walk
  • Asian Art Museum of San Francisco - 14 min walk
  • TransAmerica Pyramid - 19 min walk
  • Louise Davies Symphony Hall - 20 min walk

Getting around

  • San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.) - 25 min drive
  • Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.) - 33 min drive
  • Hayward, CA (HWD-Hayward Executive) - 33 min drive
  • Concord, CA (CCR-Buchanan Field) - 38 min drive
  • Novato, CA (NOT-Gnoss Field) - 44 min drive
  • San Francisco 4th and King Station - 25 min walk
  • San Francisco 22nd Street Station - 12 min drive
  • San Francisco Bayshore Station - 14 min drive
  • Powell St. Station - 8 min walk
  • Montgomery St. Station - 11 min walk
  • Civic Center Station - 12 min walk
  • Valet parking (surcharge)

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.0 From 1,533 reviews

The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, San Francisco
Very Good8.0
Less than impressed
Staff was great! Our vouchers went unused. We wanted to get out in the city and try different restaurants. The first night we really wanted to relax in the hotel at the bar. We had to leave to find that. Our rooms design was outdated and felt like it needed a good cleaning. Lastly there was construction being done on the outside of the hotel next to our room. Updating the exterior I guessed.
A Traveler, us2 night trip
The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, San Francisco
Very Good8.0
Used to be great, now just OK
I have stayed at Clift several times over the years and unfortunately, its slipping. Great bar and service as always but rooms need some TLC. Housekeeping does a great job but they can't fix chipped/cracked walls, doors, and floors that clearly need some upgrading. Not the best part of SF but Clift has always made up for that, not sure if that is the case anymore.
Nick, us1 night trip
The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, San Francisco
Been staying here for years and it’s great every time. Consistently great service and super comfy beds. Also gotta love the malin+goetz toiletries.
Aaron, us1 night trip
The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, San Francisco
Clift is excellent, as always.
I stay at the Clift often. It has become familiar and dependable, but never stale. The staff continues to go out of their way to make my stay comfortable. The rooms and beds are very comfortable and thoughtfully appointed. I always request a quiet room, as the hotel has an active nightlife. I will continue staying at the cleft as long as the Clift keeps up what I have come to expect, which is a younger, fresher experience, with classic service and very comfortable rooms.
Daniel, us2 night trip
The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, San Francisco
Loved it, such a hip swank spot! I really enjoyed SF from this home base!
Kirsten, us2 night trip

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The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, San Francisco

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