From the Gold Rush to the Summer of Love, San Francisco is, hands-down, among the country’s most eclectic cities. So it only makes sense that the lodging options here are equally unique. Situated in the heart of the Theater District — just steps away from bustling Union Square — The Marker San Francisco is among our favorite hotels in town thanks to its classic-meets-modern aesthetic and central locale. Ahead, our full review. 

What You Need to Know

The Look of The Marker San Francisco

The Marker San Francisco dates back to 1910, when it was known as the Bellevue Hotel. It reopened as The Marker in 2018. While lots has changed over the last 100-plus years, the property’s striking Beaux Arts exterior has withstood the test of time. The lobby is decked out in a mix of contemporary and jewel-toned furnishings while striking light fixtures add a whimsical flair. While you wait for your room to be ready, make yourself right at home by the roaring fireplace. Alternatively, head to the cozy living room area with comfy seating, plenty of books, and yet another fireplace. Rooms and suites feature fun pops of color and patterns in the form of accent walls, seating, throw pillows and blankets, and artwork. House plants and fresh blooms add a homey touch. 

The Vibe at The Marker San Francisco

Warm and welcoming with an always-bustling and companionable atmosphere. Guests are encouraged to linger longer in the common areas, including the aforementioned Living Room along with the on-site restaurant — but more on that in a bit. 

Who Will Love The Marker San Francisco

Design-forward solo travelers, couples, and business travelers will appreciate a stay at this regal but playful property. 

Who Might Not Love The Marker San Francisco

Since rooms here are on the smaller side — they start at just 220 square feet — this hotel may not be the best option for large groups and families.

Best Amenity at The Marker San Francisco

Tratto, the on-site all-day restaurant, serves happy hour, breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a cheerful, plant-filled, and sun-drenched space complete with striking murals and checkered floors. 

Money Matters

What’s Included at The Marker San Francisco

Your stay includes Wi-Fi, morning coffee and tea, two in-room water bottles, and access to the 24-hour fitness center, business center, and co-working space. Rooms also come with a yoga mat, and there are free bike rentals.

Extra Fees & Costs You Should Know About at The Marker San Francisco

The $35 nightly destination fee includes the above amenities. Additionally, on-site parking is available from $75 per night plus tax.

How to Get a Deal at The Marker San Francisco

Check the special offers tab to view all current promotions and packages, some of which include perks like food and drink credits and free parking. 

The Sweet Season 

The winter months — January through March — are San Francisco’s low season. During this time, you can expect to score the lowest rates on lodging, with fewer crowds as the icing on the cake. 

Getting There

In the Neighborhood of The Marker San Francisco

The property is located in the buzzy Theater District, within easy walking distance of Union Square, the beating heart of San Francisco. Here, you’ll find an abundance of shops — including plenty of big-name brands like Apple, Nike, and Macy’s — plus plenty of eateries (don’t miss Honey Honey Cafe & Crepery for a killer breakfast) and galleries like CK Contemporary and Fraenkel Gallery. Nightlife and live venues, along with theaters, also abound, including Hawthorn SF Nightclub and Lounge and August Hall SF respectively.

Nearest Airport to The Marker San Francisco

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is 14 miles from the hotel (about 25 minutes by car, depending on traffic). 

Nearest Public Transportation to The Marker San Francisco

The Sutter St & Taylor St bus stop is a four-minute walk from the hotel.

The Bottom Line

For an upscale and centrally located stay — complete with design-forward touches and a buzzy ambiance — that won’t break the bank check into The Market San Francisco.