The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco
Newly Renovated San Francisco Hotel
Welcome to The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco, our upscale destination in San Francisco—only one block from Union Square. Newly renovated, we invite you to explore our refined guest rooms, a modern lobby experience, the Fredericks eatery and café, and the famous Redwood Room, all imbued with a sophisticated style that fuses the hotel’s original craftsmanship with modern-day San Francisco.
Long Live the Guest at The Royal Sonesta.
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About The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco
Join us in San Francisco at our newly renovated hotel. Classic and contemporary with a nod to its storied past, The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco provides a wide array of amenities and services to make your stay comfortable. From our newly renovated modern and comfortable rooms and suites to our multiple dining and drink experiences, we aim to offer one of the most enjoyable hotel stays you’re likely to have in San Francisco.
The Duchess of San Francisco
The sea lions of San Francisco certainly know how to make an entrance and The Duchess of San Francisco is no exception. Arriving on the coast of Pier 39 decades ago, they've made their presence known ever since --just like The Clift Royal Sonesta hotel. Even the array of ships entering the port of San Francisco are required by law to make way for sea lions. So, when The Duchess barks and claps her fins, know it means you're welcome and unofficially one of the insiders.
Destination Fee at Our San Francisco Hotel
Room rates are subject to a daily Destination Fee of $35.00 (plus applicable taxes), which includes:
- 24/7 access to state-of-the-art fitness center
- Basic Wi-Fi for unlimited devices
- 2 bottled waters in-room upon arrival
- In-room coffee/tea offering
- $10 F&B Credit daily
- Free local and domestic long-distance calls
The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco in the Media
GayTravel.com (January 2023)
GayTravel.com Designates The Clift as GayTravel Approved
Just Luxe (December 2022)
The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel — A Modern Oasis with Century Old Classic Vibes
USA Today Ten Best
Best Nightlife in San Francisco
Top off your San Francisco Day with a Fabulous San Francisco Night
HI Travel Tales (December 2021)
“Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel: A luxury historic San Francisco hotel"
“The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel offers affordable boutique luxury with amazing San Francisco views and location. Renovated in 2020, the historic Clift Hotel rates as a top hotel in San Francisco for comfort, ambiance, and service."
Jupiter Devours (November 2021)
“Sonesta's Newly Renovated SF Property, The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel: With Stunning Rooms and Food!"
“The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel is located in San Francisco, CA, part of the Sonesta franchise hotels. The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel is a century-year-old gem and was first opened in February of 1915 by Frederick C. Clift. In late 2019, renovation started at the hotel and in 2021, the renovations were finished and the hotel looks super clean, modern, and contemporary."
Preksharaj.com (September 2021)
“Checking in: A Luxury Stay in San Francisco at the Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel""
NEWH Magazine (Winter 2021)
“Classic Reinterpretation: Gensler reimagines a storied San Francisco property"
Art and Entertain Me (November 2021)
“The Clift Hotel in San Francisco’s Great Location Shines after Renovation"
“Always elegant and dignified, holding steady throughout more than a century of different ownerships, happenings, and renovations, The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel at the heart of San Francisco, near Union Square, just emerged after the latest series of improvements that took up almost the entire COVID-19-induced time warp."
Riley Magazine (2021)
“SF Luxury @ The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel”
"Join Contributor Beth Hoke on a visit to The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, one of San Francisco’s top luxury hotels"
Going Global TV (August 2021)
“A San Francisco Classic Returns”
“The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel has officially reopened for business in 2021 (as of May 20), wowing visitors and locals alike with renewed, light-filled public spaces, sumptuous yet modern rooms, and some exciting announcements on the food and beverage front."
LA Explorer (October 2021)
“A Night at The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel"
"Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel debuts Fredericks for Breakfast and Lunch in San Francisco"
“The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel in San Francisco recently opened their new eatery called Fredericks."
InspireDesign (August 2021)
“SOME DESIGN NOTES ON THE CLIFT”
Lodging Magazine (July 2021)
"The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel Unveils Renovation"
Newly Renovated San Francisco Hotel with Modern Design
Recently renovated, guests at The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco will be welcomed by a sophisticated and modern design signifying a reawakening of the hotel’s original craftsmanship fused with modern-day San Francisco. Designed for beauty, adaptability, and convenience, The Clift is a place that reveals the past and embraces the accelerating pace of the future. The ambiance engages traditional touches while enveloping the beauty of the City by the Bay.
Over a century old,The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco was originally constructed in San Francisco’s Union Square for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915
The hotel has many years of history, with specific design touches to serve as a nod to the past
The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco is home to the famous “Big Chair.” The French embroidery has recently been updated with modern silver upholstery, but the wink to guests remains underneath the chair
Be welcomed to the hotel lobby with a series of warm neutrals with light driftwood, rich charcoal grays, and metallic bronze accents
Design elements emphasize the original wall textures and original exposed brick
Bee Sanctuary at our Downtown San Francisco Hotel
To continue striving towards being a more eco-friendly hotel, The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco hosts 10 hives with over 10,000 honeybees on the roof of the hotel.
The Clift has been a large part of a spearheaded an effort to encourage city hotels to keep bees as an environmentally friendly initiative.
The honey produced is proudly used in the hotel's craft cocktail drinks as well as dishes to include the compressed watermelon salad with lavender-infused honey and goat cheese.
Local beekeeper Roger Garrison is in charge of installing and maintaining the hives at The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco.
Each hive contains one queen (which lays about 1,500 eggs a day during spring build-up and can live five years or more), female worker bees (which collect pollen and nectar in their last stage of their lifetime of thirty days or so by communicating to one another where the food source is to be found through a behavior known as the waggle dance), and drones or male bees (which are expelled from colonies late fall and won’t reappear until early spring for its sole purpose of mating with a virgin queen).
- Each hive can grow up to 70,000 bees and can produce up to 60 pounds of honey.
- A hive of bees will travel over 55,000 miles to make this happen
- One ounce of honey could fuel a single bee’s flight around the world
In 2015, The Clift was awarded the Good Earthkeeping Award by California Hotel & Lodging Association.
Pet-Friendly Hotel in San Francisco
We love your furry friends as much as you do.
Sonesta is proud to invite your cuddly companions and provide special amenities like comfy pet beds, bowls, waterproof mats, and treats at check-in. We’ll greet your pet with an arrival letter outlining our local recommendations for a "pawsome" stay.
The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco is pet-friendly and welcomes well-mannered pets, with no breed or weight restrictions. Up to two pets are permitted per suite.
$75 fee per stay applies.
Amenities at Our Union Square Hotel
At The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco, we are proud to offer a wide array of amenities and features, all designed to make your stay as relaxing and memorable as possible.
Our range of helpful services includes tour desk concierge, dry-cleaning, turn-down service, daily newspaper, babysitting, language translation assistance, and more.
We await your call: 415.775.4700
The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco Fitness Center
Guests have access to The Clift's 24-hour fitness center featuring a Peloton Bike located on the second floor, with a selection of free weight, resistance machine, elliptical and Treadmill by Lifefitness.
Fitness Center Features
- 24-hour accessibility
- Weight machine
- Three elliptical trainers
- Stair climber
- Four treadmills
- Two Life Fitness stationary bicycles
- One Peloton
- Free weights
- Yoga mats
- A variety of balance balls
- A plyometric jump box
- Filtered water dispenser
- Sanitizing wipes
- Gym towels
Peloton Experience at The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco
The Peloton Bike is here. Hit your fitness goals while on the go.
Indoor cycling comes to The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco with the Peloton Bike. Keep your workouts fresh with different themes, difficulty levels and music genres. With classes that range from 5 to 90 minutes, find a ride for every mood.
Enjoy a ride on the Peloton Bike in our fitness center, or book a Suite with a Peloton Bike for private use! You will receive a Peloton water bottle and a $25 Peloton gift card at check-in.
Get Ready for Your Ride
We’re so excited for you to experience the Peloton Bike at The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco.
Union Square Parking at The Clift
Valet parking is available 24 hours a day at the main entrance at 495 Geary St. between Mason and Taylor.
Vehicles host unlimited in and out privileges. Please allow 20 minutes for vehicle retrieval.
- Standard Vehicle | $70 plus 16.6% tax per night
- Oversize Vehicle | $80 plus 16.6% tax per night
Self-parking is not available.
Hotel Valet Parking
0 –2 hours $25
3 – 4 hours $40
5+ hours (daily max) $70
Oversize vehicle +$10
In-Room Amenities at The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco
The guest rooms at The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco are sleek and modern, reflecting the hotel's historic spirit of design, and include the following in-room amenities:
Walk-in rainfall shower
Oversized back-lit wall mirror
Keurig coffee maker
Iron + ironing board
Flat-screen television with Staycast Sonifi streaming, Google Chromecast, and premium movie channels
Please note amenities may vary by room. More details can be found during room selection.
Dining at Our San Francisco Hotel
The most creative and exciting menus in San Francisco are at The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel San Francisco.
California’s culinary traditions and farm-fresh ingredients combine to create a truly unique dining experience.
Discover local flavors in exceptional dishes at any of our dining experiences. Or, ask our staff for recommendations on the best restaurants near The Clift.
The intimate, art deco-inspired Redwood Room is a San Francisco institution, newly infused with 21st-century elegance. Its glamour and subdued atmosphere are unsurpassed in the city, made more unique by the paneling that is said to have been carved from a single redwood tree. Savor gourmet small plates and Liquid Art cocktails in this soothing Clift bar that redefines “classic.”
Voted by USA Today Ten Best as the #1 for Best Nightlife in San Francisco.
Reverting back to its original location in the hotel, Fredericks is a modern eatery and café complete with creative food and drink.
- High-end coffee program
- Gourmet pastries and snacks
- Brasserie fare and elevated comfort food
- And more!
Redwood Room at The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco
The Clift’s famous and historic Redwood Room has been restored and reinvented as an exceptionally modern San Francisco bar.
Suffused with glamour and Art Deco style, the interior features the original redwood paneling which, legend has, was carved from a single redwood tree, as well as an enormous bar made from an 800-year-old redwood tree.
The original artwork on the walls by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt was restored and re-hung.
Sunday – Saturday, 5PM – 12AM
A New Culinary Experience at The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco
As a nod to the original Clift hotel, this café and eatery has been placed back to its original location in the hotel. Fredericks offers standout coffee options, gourmet pastries, along with sweet and savory options for a delicious breakfast. Fredericks is a warm and welcoming eatery that draws inspiration from San Francisco’s historic past and its open-hearted culture through the lively nature of the city and the unifying power of good food.
Beginning each day with curated yet swift service, Fredericks powers the day through its high-end coffee shop featuring gourmet to-go pastries, a la carte Benedicts and omelets, and a high-end coffee program.
Monday - Friday 6:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Saturday and Sunday 6:30 AM - 12:00 PM
The Living Room at The Clift
Located to the left of the lobby is the new Living Room, boasting several seating options for working, having a drink, or just relaxing and people-watching.
The Living Room Dinner Service Hours
Sunday – Saturday, 5PM – 10PM
San Francisco Dining Recommendations
We have curated a list of our favorite spots that are close by to satisfy all your cravings. stop by the front desk for a list and recommendations. Bon appétit!
Attractions near The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco
When you stay at The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco, San Francisco's top attractions are within easy reach. Explore the bustling energy of Union Square, admire the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, bask in the history of Fisherman's Wharf, and discover the city's art venues, museums, and upscale restaurants.
Hotel near Union Square, San Francisco
Union Square beats the drum of San Francisco with its electric energy. From shopping hotspots to theatrical shows and art exhibitions to lively nightlife, Union Square showcases San Francisco at its finest. With the city's top attractions at your fingertips, it's an ideal destination for a day filled with memories. And let's not forget the iconic cable cars connecting Union Square to Fisherman's Wharf—adding an extra dose of excitement to your adventure. The Clift is only a quick stroll away from Union Square.
Hotel near Oracle Park
A true gem among stadiums, Oracle Park is renowned for being the home of the San Francisco Giants. From its picturesque waterfront views to its diverse dining options, this stadium has something for everyone. Oracle Park tours are open to fans of all ages, providing an exclusive opportunity to see the stadium from a new perspective, including a behind-the-scenes visit to areas like The Field, Giants' Dugout, a Luxury Suite, and the Press Box. Our downtown San Francisco hotel is 1.7 miles from Oracle Park.
Hotel near Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco
Immerse yourself in the rich history of Fisherman's Wharf, a proud emblem of San Francisco's past and present. With attractions like Pier 39, gourmet waterfront dining, Ghirardelli Square, the San Francisco Maritime Museum, Musée Mécanique, the Cannery Shopping Center, Ripley's Believe it or Not, and more, Fisherman's Wharf is a must-visit destination. And while you're there, catch a glimpse of a stunning colony of sea lions basking in the sun on the floating docks at Pier 39. The Clift is located just two miles from Fisherman's Wharf.
Hotel near Alcatraz in San Francisco
Relive history with an Alcatraz Island tour. Explore the storied island that has served as a Civil War fort, a military prison, and one of America's most infamous federal penitentiaries. No matter the time of year, Alcatraz Island has something for everyone with its extensive range of tour options, including day tours, nighttime tours, and behind-the-scenes experiences. Depart on your Alcatraz tour from Pier 27, just a 2-mile distance from our San Francisco hotel.
Hotel near Golden Gate Bridge
Discover the stunning beauty and engineering marvel of the Golden Gate Bridge! Widely recognized as one of the world's most picturesque, it is a true sensory experience with its towering towers, sweeping cables, and wide span. With a range of activities to choose from like hiking, walking, biking, shopping, and taking a guided tour, there is something for everyone. Stay at The Clift and be just 6.7 miles away from the stunning Golden Gate Bridge.
Hotel near Chase Center San Francisco
Root for the seven-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors or enjoy world-class live performances. The Chase Center, with its 11 acres of public space, is a thriving hub of excitement in the entertainment scene of San Francisco. From a night out with friends to an intimate private gathering, the Chase Center offers limitless options for all. Stay just 2.1 miles from Chase Park at our downtown San Francisco location.
Hotel near The Moscone Center San Francisco
Discover the Moscone Center, a hub for innovation and progress. From crucial conventions to game-changing product announcements, this premier event space has welcomed top businesses and organizations from across the globe to celebrate their achievements and pave the way for the future. With unparalleled facilities, the Moscone Center sets the stage for unforgettable events. The Clift is only 1.3 miles from The Moscone Center.
San Francisco Events Venue
Unlike any event and meeting space that you’ve seen before, the distinguished meeting spaces at The Clift offer never-before-seen settings for your next meeting, event, conference, social, or family event. Our talented team can help you plan your next social event, whether you're looking for the event of the year or a quiet evening to celebrate life's special moments. From baby showers, reunions, and retirement celebrations to Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Quinceaneras, and birthday parties, we are ready to celebrate your special occasion with you!
The 11 venues comprise 12,524 square feet of space including the deluxe Spanish Suite and private apartment, all perfect for hosting:
- Baby Showers
- Milestone Anniversaries
- Bar/Bat Mitzvahs
- Sweet 16
- Retirement Celebrations
- Celebrations of Life
The Clift is a place that reveals that past and embraces the future—never more so than in the newly renovated meeting and event space. And our guest rooms, suites, and Private Apartment offer the perfect accommodations to complement your stay.
- 12,524 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space
- 11 meeting and breakout rooms
- Natural light and city views
- Collaborative spaces
- Technologically advanced boardroom
Contact a Meeting Specialist
The Clift is the perfect venue for conferences, training sessions, meetings, and events of all sizes. Contact the Sales and Catering Department for new group events or meeting inquiries.Explore Venue Instant Book Venue
San Francisco Wedding Venue
An inspired fusion of modern elegance with distinctly contemporary energy, spirit emanates from each wedding venue.
Plan an intimate candle-lit ceremony or a family-style dinner for a truly enchanted experience.
The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco weddings offer so much more than classic elegance. Our hotel stands out as a perfect spot for a lush wedding in Union Square, San Francisco.
Ready to plan your big day or wedding celebration?
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*Photo credit: Vivian Chen Photography
FAQs About The Clift Hotel
1. Do you offer parking near Union Square?
Yes, we offer a 24-hour valet parking service at the main entrance to the hotel at 495 Geary St. between Mason and Taylor.
2. Is The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco a good choice for families?
Absolutely, our generously sized and tastefully appointed rooms, proximity to nearby family-friendly attractions, and exciting culinary experiences are all ingredients for a perfect family getaway!
3. Are you among the pet-friendly hotels in San Francisco?
Yes, The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco is pet friendly, and we will be happy to welcome your pet for a "pawsome" stay!
4. Is your Downtown San Francisco Hotel good for business travelers?
Most definitely. Our strategic location in the heart of San Francisco’s busy Union Square district makes commuting a breeze. At the same time, our generous services and amenities will elevate your business trip from an assignment to a unique experience.
5. Where is The Clift Royal Sonesta San Francisco Located in San Francisco?
Our Downtown San Franciso hotel is located at 495 Geary Street in the heart of Union Square, a walking distance from some of the key San Francisco landmarks and just 14 miles away from the San Francisco International Airport (SFO).