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What We Love

  • 1950s literary motifs and French-style furnishings
  • The lobby typewriter, where you can pen a postcard to a friend
  • Free WiFi

What To Know

  • In-room libraries are curated by HarperOne—HarperCollins's SF-based imprint
  • Hotel is pet-friendly; there is a weight limit of 40 pounds


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
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An homage to 1950s literary life soaked in the spirit of the Beat Generation, steps from Union Square

The Lowdown

To enter San Francisco’s Hotel Emblem is to be transported to a 1950s literary haunt soaked in the spirit of the Beat Generation. In the lobby, a writer’s desk does double-duty as the check-in counter, and there’s a Writer’s Alcove near a wall full of books. Upstairs, 96 guest rooms are eclectic and bold, with high ceilings, French bistro chairs, and murals inspired by the written word. “Room service” isn’t your typical burger-and-fries drop-off, either: instead, you can choose to be greeted by the Book Butler, who roams the halls with a cart stocked with works from the local City Lights Bookstore by the likes of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Neal Cassady. Feeling social? Catch the weekly poetry slam or nightly live jazz in the Obscenity Bar & Lounge—or, for something a bit more casual, the café-like Bluestone Lane serves artisan coffee and seasonal small plates.

In the Area

Check in with the dedicated Underground Concierge, who can point out obscure and uncut parts of the city, before taking advantage of the hotel’s complimentary bike rentals for a spin around Nob Hill. A stroll down one of the neighborhood’s steep hillside streets will lead you to the lively Union Square, which throughout the year is a host to free outdoor entertainment, from Film Night in the Park to monthly concerts showcasing up-and-coming Bay Area musicians. For some of the best views of San Francisco, hike up Grant Avenue to artisanal North Beach cocktail spot 15 Romolo—or better yet, join well-heeled residents at the speakeasy-style Bourbon & Branch for creative libations. You’ll want to save room for the best herbivore bites at Union Square restaurant Millennium, where the masa dumplings with porcini molé and agave-centric elixirs are musts.

How to Get There

Hotel Emblem San Francisco
562 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States


Excellent hotel

Excellent location . Clean, great spacious room (King)
Staff were very welcoming, drinks upon arrival/check in. Bottle of bubbles in our room for my partners 40th birthday .
Would definitely stay here if we return to SF.

Wonderful Hotel
Tarah P

We loved this hotel and the staff. It had a fun and modern style and the beds were very comfortable. We enjoyed the cookies and water station in the hallway each night. The location was nice but tended to be a hike to get places with all the hills. We would definitely stay here again!

We will be back!

My husband, daughter and I were in San Francisco to run the Golden Gate half marathon. We chose the Emblem because it looked hip and fun and was in a good location. It did not disappoint! The staff was super friendly and I loved the vibe of the hotel. The rooms weren’t huge but laid out nicely. What I liked the most however, was the little things like the flavored water, fresh fruit and cookies on each floor as well as the super nice bath products and comfy robe. We will be back!