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Hotel Review: San Francisco Marriott Marquis

  A couple of weeks ago I did something I have never done before and decided to take a trip the day of. I couldn’t sleep and woke up to check the flight prices to San Francisco. A flight was scheduled to leave in 3 hrs. Thank goodness I live close to the airport. I booked the one way flight for $183 from ATL (thanks Southwest). During my flight I researched hotels. Prices for hotels were very expensive and the hotels I stayed during my previous trips in San Francisco were well over $300 a night. I found a Hilton Hotel in the Financial District but when I arrived the service was terrible and the rooms looked outdated. I hailed the first cab out of there. I took to Orbitz while the cab driver drove towards Union Square. It was rush hour time so I had time to strategize. I saw a good deal on Orbitz for the San Francisco Marriott Marquis I was able to use a 15% off coupon and $20 in accumulated Orbucks. When I arrived at the Marriott I could feel an IMMEDIATE difference in the service.  I was checked in by Manager Greg. He was assisted by Malte. They were both great and made me feel welcomed. After the 8hr trip I was glad to deal with a speedy check in.    The Room: The room was great, located on the 28th floor, two queen beds and a view of Bay Bridge. Wifi was free since I am a Marriott Rewards member. Be sure to note your rewards on your reservation. There is fridge in the room but no microwave. The tablet w/ keyboard was an awesome addition to use to look up things in the area, order food or respond to email. There were minor spills in the room when we checked in. Housekeeping came right away to assist.
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
    Location: This is the place to stay in Union Square.  One block from the Westfield Mall, a few steps to bus stop, next to Target, Movie Theater and Bowling, Walgreens and tons of shopping.
  Key features of the hotel restaurants and common areas: -Hertz counter in the hotel. -FedEx  Business Center-great for the business traveler, I was able to take a call from the room but only because it was early before staff arrived. -The View Lounge-The Bar at the top of the hotel offers some of the best views of San Francisco and tasty specialty drinks and appetizers. Get there early on the weekend for prime seating by the windows.  It opens at 4pm. -Excellent Concierge service- The staff was very helpful in making recommendations from the best route to take to restaurants and tours. They are constantly busy. I would suggest getting here early to beat the crowd. They have coupons and discounts for some tours. Mary was very helpful! -Luggage Valet-After we checked out we checked our luggage until a late flight. -Late checkout for rewards members-Call early on the day of checkout to see if late check out is available. I believe 1pm is the latest for no charge. -Great lounge- Lots of space near main lobby to plug up do work or read while waiting. -Staff-The staff was consistently nice from the doormen to the staff and the View Lounge. -Parking-I did not rent a car because Parking in Union Square can range from $60-$75 day. I took BART yellow line from the airport for $8.65 one way. On the way back to airport I took a shared Uber for $23.00.  
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
  Savings: For this trip I booked through Orbitz. I was able to use accumulated Orbucks, savings of almost 30% off a night. Another option to check is booking directly with Marriott, if you are a rewards member you can compare against promo code M11.
I will be back! The only negative was the minor spills of the room and also received a bill for Long distance calls. I did not use long distance, that’s what my cell phone is for!  

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