San Francisco - USA


The Clift has been welcoming guests for over a century, and the hotel’s modern incarnation is a beguiling blend of Art Deco heritage and the sultry stylings of designer Philippe Starck.

Centrally located close to bustling Union Square, this chic retreat attracts a hip and hedonistic crowd at the weekend, with DJs turning up the volume in the legendary Redwood Room. You’ll be made to feel very welcome by the exceptionally friendly staff, and the inviting rooms are fitted out with the finest fabrics, in-room tech and custom-built furniture.

Fantastic public transport links mean that San Francisco’s many attractions are within easy reach, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the LGBT nightlife of the Castro, and you’re also just a short hop from the up-and-coming SoMa district.

Inclusive Retreats Rating

4 stars

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£799 from

Per Person

Includes return economy flights. Two people sharing a room for 3 nights, departing in November 2018. Contact us for your specific requirements. From price for guidance only, all subject to availability.


  • Philippe Starck designed hotel with Art Deco heritage
  • Home to the legendary Redwood Room
  • 350 rooms & suites with light tones and custom-made furniture
  • In-room spa services and treatments
  • Complimentary bicycle hire

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Nearby Attractions

The Clift is one block west of Union Square, in an area that brims over with upscale restaurants, trendy bars and superb shopping opportunities.

Make sure you take a ride on the iconic Powell Street cable car up to Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can tuck into clam chowder, visit the sea lions at Pier 39 and enjoy the views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge across the bay.

San Francisco is undoubtedly America’s gayest city, and the historic heart of the LGBT community is the intersection of 18th and Castro, a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Other neighbourhoods worth checking out nearby include Chinatown, upmarket Nob Hill and the increasingly hipsterfied warehouse district known as SoMa (South of Market Street).


Amenities & Activities

  • Parking
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fitness Centre
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • In-room Spa Treatments

Designer Décor

The ever-innovative Philippe Starck has done a fine job of revamping this historic hotel. There’s an air of the surreal as you enter the lobby, with an eclectic array of furniture including a coffee table by Salvador Dalí and Starck’s aptly named Big Arm Chair, which guests are encouraged to climb onto. The plush Velvet Room features huge red velvet curtains and hand-blown Murano glass lamps, while the guestrooms include eccentric touches such as sleigh-style beds and wheelbarrow chairs. One design feature that pre-dates Starck is the panelling in the Redwood Room, which is said to be carved from the wood of a single redwood tree.

Have a good time and experience in the Redwood Room

How to get here...


San Francisco is serviced by a variety of airlines and many of them offer direct flights from London including Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and United Airlines. Flying time is approximately 11 hours.

airport transfer

Clift is centrally located just off of Union Square. Journey time from San Francisco airport is aproximate 20-30 minutes depending on traffic.

car hire

You definitely do not need a car to get around San Francisco however we do recommend car hire for those wishing to explore beyond the city limits to discover the delights of northern California.

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Travel Information

Flight time

11 hours

Transfer time

30 minutes

Time difference

-8 hours (GMT)

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