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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
An homage to 1950s literary life soaked in the spirit of the Beat Generation, steps from Union Square
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
I’ve been to SF quite a number of times and I must say that this hotel has been the most pleasant so far: great interior design, warm and friendly staff, delicious cocktails, clean and modern rooms. Outstanding value for money, highly recommended!
Great service and location. Nice room for the price too. I wish there were more amenities (cotton tips, pots etc.) but it was okay for the price. The staff are very kind. Highly recommended for young couples!
Clean and spacious for SF. The staff was super friendly and helpful for getting around and meal recommendations. Would def stay there again! Only plus might be a makeshift desk to help get some work done in the room.