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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
562 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States


5.0 Excellent 101 Reviews
Great getaway

We stayed at Hotel Emblem for a quick anniversary getaway. It was great! The staff greeted us and checked us in quickly. The overall hipster vibe of the hotel was fun. Our room was spacious and well appointed with everything we needed, even the in-room espresso machine! We’d definitely recommend, and hope to return.

Clean, cute, content stay

The Emblem is a very affordable hotel in SF. You can't ask for more.
Chelsea, the receptionist, will brighten your day the minute you walk in. She's one of the best I've ever met, I hope she knows that!
I would stay at Emblem 10x over as it's located in the best part of the city near everything at an affordable price.

Such a delightful hotel

We couldn’t have asked for a better stay than what we had at hotel emblem in San Francisco. The staff were so polite, pleasant, helpful and kind, and the building’s decor was fantastic. Everything, from the lobby with the attached coffee shop, to the beautiful and stylish bar, to the rooms, were just what we were looking for. Not only were your rooms lovely, but you work hard to be a green hotel, which we really appreciate! Thank you Hotel Emblem for making our stay so memorable. We will definitely be back!!