Clift Hotel San Francisco

TripExpert Score based on reviews in 16 publications
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Top 7% in San Francisco About the TripExpert Score

16 expert recommendations


Afar Magazine

Upstairs, splashes of lavender brighten more neutral rooms, which feature wheelbarrow-shaped chairs and sleigh beds designed by Starck. Full review →



Makes us nostalgic for Ian Schrager’s glory days, when the Royalton and Delano were the apex of cool.


DK Eyewitness

The dramatic Clift is a striking example of modern design, with a lobby created by Phillippe Starck.


Fodor's Tick 4.5

The entrance is so nondescript here, you could walk right past it without a hint of what's inside, and that's exactly how the clientle—a mix of hipsters, music-industry types, and celebrities—like it. Full review →

Some visitors have remarked on the thin walls and advise booking a room on an upper-level floor to avoid street noise.

Frommer's 33

Young trendsetters now flock here for overpriced monochrome lavender streamlined rooms with often-minuscule bathrooms, glamorous atmosphere, and a heavy dose of attitude. Full review →


Gayot 49

Once the most traditional of San Francisco's grand hotels, this historic building was remodeled in 2001 by avant-garde designers Philippe Starck and Ian Schraeger. Full review →



This year, this gem is celebrating its 100th birthday (it did receive a Philippe Starcke makeover in the interim) making it particularly good time to book a stay. Full review →



Art Deco glamour by way of Philippe Starck modernism, with a buzzing bar and market-fresh fare. Full review →


Lonely Planet

While the Clift is deliciously notorious for its penthouse parties, tough design critics might find that some rooms are too cramped for sleigh beds, and some cabinets might've been bought at IKEA.


Michelin Guide

Irreverent, unexpected, and surreal, its mind-bending and modern design is a little bit Alice in Wonderland and a whole lot of cool.


Rough Guide

The epitome of swish sophistication... Pricey, ultra-cool and almost disarmingly self-aware.


Star Service Tick 4

Located in the heart of the city and next to the Curran Theater, across the street from Marriott's Hotel Adagio, this hotel may bear a name closely associated with San Francisco's old... Full review →


The Telegraph 7.0

Inside a century-old building near Union Square, this edgy boutique hotel attracts a young, fashionable clientele. Full review →


Time Out

This Schrager-Starck property is still the hippest hotel in town, and doesn't it know it. Full review →


Travel + Leisure

A dimly lit lobby littered with art furniture, lavender-hued corridors, and guest rooms done in restful beiges, grays, and more lavender. Full review →


Zagat 4.2

“Everything you’d expect” from Ian Schrager, this Downtown “landmark” redesigned by Philippe Starck has “sexy”, “stylish” rooms.

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Clift Hotel San Francisco

4 Star Hotel clifthotel.com

495 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA

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