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"Great location, easy walk to Union Square, decent walk to China Town. Close to trolley line. Loved the Douglas Room restaurant, great cocktails and am ... " More

By a verified traveler on Mon 16 Dec 2019

Hotel Description

Family-friendly 4-star hotel near Pier 39

Central San Francisco getaway

Your stay at this Downtown San Francisco hotel places you within 2 miles (3 km) of Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Lombard Street. Pier 39 and Golden Gate Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

Renovated in 2016

This hotel features a restaurant, a 24-hour fitness center, and a bar/lounge. Families will appreciate the picnic area and in-room childcare. Enjoy the a rooftop terrace and perks like free WiFi.

Free WiFi, MP3 docks

The 118 individually decorated guestrooms offer free WiFi and MP3 docks. Flat-screen TVs come with cable channels, and other amenities include room service and coffee/tea makers.

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Deluxe Room, 1 Queen Bed

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Junior Suite

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Double Room, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Tilden Hotel ratings based on 12 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.7 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Tilden Hotel

Everyone (10) Couples (1)
4 out of 5
Great location, easy walk to Union Square, decent walk to China Town. Close to trolley line. Loved the Douglas Room restaurant, great cocktails and amazing happy hour appetizers. Staff was super friendly and very helpful. Rooms were comfortable and the windows opened!

Posted by on Dec 16, 2019

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Dec 16, 2019 by Joe

Thanks for staying with us. We appreciate your feedback!

4 out of 5
I liked the historical aspect of the hotel. It offset the tiny bathroom. They made use of the space they had to work with, while maintaining the integrity of the architecture. Loved the location and the staff was very friendly and helpful!

Posted by on Aug 27, 2019

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3 out of 5
The doors need to be adjusted as the walls are not soundproof. Every time someone closes a door it sounds like they are slamming it. As someone who is sensitive to noise, this was concerning and would wake me up. No control on temperature in the room did not make it that comfortable..

Posted by on Jul 11, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Aug 3, 2019 by Joe - Director of Operations

Please know that we are sincerely sorry that you had some issues controlling the temperature during your stay with us. We continually work to improve our hotel, so I really appreciate you providing us with your feedback. We hope that you will give us the opportunity to provide you with a better stay the next time you're in the area.

4 out of 5

Posted by on May 5, 2019

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May 7, 2019 by Kunal - Operations Manager

Thank you

5 out of 5
The hotel staff is fantastic! Grrreat custimer service. Samy at front desk was very gracious to us!! We celebrated my husband's birthday andcwere given great support in choosing restaurants and maming reservations. We will go again...great location near Financial and lobby and bar and coffee shop were delightful!! Also has exercise room and " backyard pation with lights". Fresh and charming!!

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 2, 2019 by Kunal - Operations Manager

Thank you for such a great review! We are so delighted that your stay with us was so joyous. We hope to see you again in the future

4 out of 5

Posted by on Sep 28, 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

Sep 29, 2018 by Kunal - Front Office Manager

Thank you for your feedback!

5 out of 5
The Tilden staff made me feel so welcome as I arrived, and each time I returned. I enjoyed the comfort of the room and loved the products they used. So nice to have the cafe in the morning and all of the little amenities. Quick from the Powell St BART station! I will return!!

Posted by , from Las Vegas on Jul 30, 2018

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Jul 30, 2018 by Kunal - Front Office Manager

We greatly appreciate your promise of returning here! It means a lot to us and we will do our best in ensuring that you continue having such great experiences.

3 out of 5

Nice hotel but paper thin walls

Pros: Lobby, room comfort
Cons: Walls allow all noise from room next door to be heard. Connecting doors could be insulated. Serious problem that would cause me not to go back.
The Tilden is well placed right in the middle of the SF hotel district, around the corner from the Hilton. This old building has been renovated aesthetically but not structurally - there are pipes on the ceiling in the hallways and the stairs are narrow. The biggest problem is that walls are paper thin and you can hear everything from the room next door - literally as though the other guests are in the same room with you. In our first room a woman next door was having a loud conversation on the phone and it was as though she was yelling in my ear. After a long time I had to knock on the wall to get to sleep. In the second room a honeymooning Italian couple were having an argument about money and we heard every word. The rooms and clean and decorated in a minimalist style. We stayed in two different rooms and one had a bathroom sink so small you couldn't avoid splashing water all over the floor. Closets were open cubbies and one had a movement activated automatic strip light which was a problem if one of us got up in the middle of the night. The lobby is nicely decorated, front desk staff were courteous and there is a small cafe for breakfast. Other than the paper thin walls, it is a pleasant hotel but definitely nowhere near a four stars - three stars is more accurate and they really need to fix the noise problem.

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Sep 14, 2017 by Kunal - Front Office Manager

Thank you for the detailed feedback. We are making constant improvements to the hotel and we take your input seriously.

2 out of 5


Pros: Pleasant staff, especially the bellhop.
Cons: The rooms need a desk The internet pictures show a bright, clean, cheerful room, but the moulding is actually gloss black and "gloppy". No appeal.
Location: Location is fine. There were a lot of homeless people, but that's typical city. Easy to get to many places from the location.
I will never stay at this hotel again. I paid over $500 for one night in a hotel that doesn't warrant more than $180-$200/night. The elevator (very tiny) was broken when we arrived, but staff brought our luggage up. I walked up 5 flights of stairs that were uneven. The room was clean, but small. There was nowhere to sit except the bed and the bathroom was clean but not anything special. This stay was disappointing and a rip-off. I've stayed at many hotels in San Francisco and there is no way this one is worth the price.

Posted by , from Huntington Beach, CA on Jun 16, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jun 27, 2017 by Kunal - Front Office Manager

Thank you for sharing your feedback. The city gets busy during conventions and large events, thus constricting the availability of rooms. We are sorry to hear about your disappointment in the quality of our rooms.

5 out of 5

Great Stay

Wonderful staff, they were helpful friendly and engaging. The room was clean and crisp with vintage charm. The location was convenient to the BART and buss trolley lines so commuting to and from the airport and within town was a breeze. There were a number of top rated restaurants within a short walk, and the hotel lounge and café has great food also.

Posted by , from Chicago, IL on May 22, 2017

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Jun 7, 2017 by Kunal - Front Office Manager

Thank you Ann for such a lovely feedback. We hope you had a great time visiting San Francisco!

Renovations + Closures

This property is closed from September 1 2020 to December 31 2020 (dates subject to change).

The property is closed between March 17 and May 31.

Property Features

Along with a restaurant, there's a coffee shop/café on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. A 24-hour business center and limo/town car service are available. WiFi is free in public spaces. There are 2 meeting rooms available. A 24-hour fitness center, a rooftop terrace, and tour/ticket assistance are also featured at the family-friendly Tilden Hotel. Parking is available for a fee. A complete renovation of Tilden Hotel was completed in October 2016. This 4-star San Francisco hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 118 guestrooms or units
  • 9 levels
  • Built in 1928
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Terrace on the roof
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Car service
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Garden
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Gift shop
  • Television in lobby
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site
  • Water dispenser

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Free WiFi
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: San Francisco Intl. Airport (SFO) (23.2 km / 14.4 mi)
  • Train station: San Francisco Station (2 km / 1.3 mi)
  • Metro station: Powell St & O'Farrell St Stop (0.3 km / 0.2 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Tilden Hotel offers 118 accommodations with MP3 docking stations and safes. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. 42-inch flat-screen televisions come with premium cable channels. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • MP3 dock
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Childcare in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Ceiling fan
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast daily from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

The Douglas Room - This restaurant serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Happy hour is offered.

Cafe at The Tilden - This café serves breakfast and light fare. Open daily.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include a 24-hour fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby
  • Segway rental/tour nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Health or beauty spa nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Wheelchair-accessible on-site restaurant
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Wheelchair-accessible public washroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Braille or raised signage
  • Valet for wheelchair-equipped vehicle
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to elevator
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible fitness center
  • Wheelchair-accessible meeting spaces/business center

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. An adult age 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. An adult age 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pet Policy

  • Pets are welcome and stay free
  • Only dogs are allowed
  • Maximum 2 per room


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation

This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted

Safety features at this property include a smoke detector

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation. This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted. For guests' safety, the property includes a smoke detector in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.Social distancing measures are in place.

  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Pets allowed (no fees)
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Number of children who can stay free - 2


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Resort fee: USD 33.77 per accommodation, per night

The resort fee includes:

  • Fitness center access
  • Bicycle storage
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Phone calls
  • Faxes
  • In-room safe
  • In-room coffee
  • Concierge service
  • Lending library access
  • Housekeeping
  • Additional inclusions

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 15 and USD 40 for adults, USD 15 and USD 40 for children (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 59 per day (in/out privileges)
  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Hotel Mark
  • Hotel Mark Twain
  • Hotel Mark Twain San Francisco
  • Mark Twain Hotel
  • Mark Twain San Francisco
  • Twain Hotel
  • Tilden Hotel San Francisco
  • Tilden San Francisco
  • Mark Twain Hotel
  • Hotel Mark Twain
  • Tilden Hotel Hotel
  • Mark Twain San Francisco
  • Tilden Hotel San Francisco
  • Tilden Hotel Hotel San Francisco

You should know

  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.