Recently I was in San Francisco California and had the chance to stay at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, which is a full-service Marriott in Downtown San Francisco. I thought I would write up a San Francisco Marriott Marquis hotel review to give you an idea of what my stay was like.
(Exterior hotel picture from marriott.com)
Hopefully this review can help you decide if the San Francisco Marriott Marquis makes sense for you for your next trip to San Francisco.
San Francisco Marriott Marquis Location
The San Francisco Marriott Marquis is located at 780 Mission Street, San Francisco, California, USA, 94103. This is in Downtown San Francisco in the SoMa district. It is on 4th street very near Market Street and 0-2 blocks from the Powell Street subway station (depending on which station exit you take). I took the BART train as the best way to get from SFO airport to Downtown San Francisco and it was very convenient. The lobby is quite large and has several little nooks and alcoves for conversation.
As you might expect given that the hotel is in Downtown San Francisco, parking is not included in the rate. Only Valet parking is allowed, and it’s $79.99 / day. Pets of up to 40 lbs are allowed with USD $40 non-refundable cleaning fee per stay. There’s also a $25 “destination fee” for the hotel which is of course a load of garbage.
The San Francisco Marriott Marquis has 39 floors, with guest rooms on floors 5 through 38.
San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel Review – Cost
I booked the San Francisco Marriott Marquis through my work travel portal at a “special” rate of $289 / night, and with taxes and fees my 2-night stay came to about $650. Naturally rates will vary depending on the type of room and the date you’re staying, but that should give you an idea of the San Francisco Marriott Marquis cost. I saw points rates vary between 40,000 and 60,000 points / night, so using points could be a good option. Of course, check rates in both cash and points before booking.
San Francisco Marriott Marquis Review – Room
I was booked into a queen bedroom at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, which was fairly spacious as hotel rooms go. The pillows on the bed when I got there were incredibly floppy, but I called down to get firmer pillows which were delivered quickly.
The other side of the room has a TV, mini fridge and a small work area. Housekeeping even came in to clean my room, which was unusual since I thought hotels didn’t even do that any more!
One nice feature about the Marriott Marquis San Francisco room that I don’t think I have seen in any other hotel before was a white noise machine. I like to sleep with white noise and have I think this exact same machine at home. Normally when I travel I use a white noise app on my phone but it was nice to not have to bother with that.
The bathroom had the sink, toilet and shower all in one room.
The toiletries were individually wrapped and the water pressure was okay (temperature was good)
San Francisco Marriott Marquis WiFi and Amenities
The San Francisco Marriott Marquis WiFi was decent and is free for Marriott Bonvoy members ($14.95 / night for non-members). You can also get complimentary “enhanced” wifi for $19.95 / night or complimentary if you are Marriott Gold or higher. I am Marriott Gold but it wouldn’t connect me to the enhanced wifi, so I didn’t bother. I did have a charge for $29.90 on my credit card for the wifi but it was removed a few days later without my having to contact the hotel)
One annoying feature was that the Guest wifi made you connect every single time I opened my laptop. The speed was pretty good and I didn’t notice any buffering or Internet problems.
The Marriott Marquis San Francisco is a conference hotel, so there are several different conference and meeting room areas. Directly off of the lobby there is a wide staircase and escalators going up to the 2nd floor where there are several meeting rooms.
There are also escalators and stairs down to two different lower levels of meeting rooms (which was where my particular conference was)
The San Francisco Marriott Marquis fitness center is located on the 4th floor, and is one of the largest hotel fitness centers that I’ve ever seen. There were several different rooms of various weight machines
And then up some stairs there were several rows of cardio equipment including treadmills, bikes and ellipticals.
There is also a gift shop located on the first floor.
Marriott Marquis San Francisco Review – Food
You have three different options for food at the Marriott Marquis San Francisco. Of course the Marriott Marquis is a “fancy” hotel so nothing is included in your stay and everything is super overpriced. Your first option is the B55 restaurant on the 1st floor. They have a breakfast buffet which is $35 (!) per adult.
They also serve dinner starting at 4pm
Another option is the Mission Street Pantry which is more of a convenience store with, as you might imagine, very overpriced snacks and drinks.
Your 3rd food option is “The View” which is a lounge serving food and drinks on the 39th and highest floor. It is billed as having “the best views in San Francisco” though when I went up there all you could see was fog (typical given that it’s San Francisco). I do believe that you would see some pretty good views without the fog though, given the height of the hotel and its location. There is not a charge to go up there to the 39th floor but I would imagine that you couldn’t really loiter without buying something.
Marriott Marquis San Francisco Executive Lounge
There is a Marriott Marquis San Francisco executive lounge called the M Club located on the 2nd floor. As you can see they offer continental breakfast Monday through Friday as well as an evening hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine and beer Sunday through Thursday.
My Marriott Gold elite status was not enough to get me into the M Club, so I can’t give you a full review of what the food and seating is like, though I did go up there to verify that it was open.
San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel Review
My San Francisco Marriott Marquis hotel review is that it is an okay option if you are willing to pay a premium for the Downtown San Francisco location. Personally, I would probably stay elsewhere if I had to pay either cash or points myself, but that’s because I’m already a bit biased against “fancy” hotels like this one.
Have you stayed at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis? What did you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
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