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What We Love

  • 1920s Parisian motif and lavish Art Deco furnishings
  • Mahogany writing desks with honor bar in the bottom drawer
  • Free WiFi
  • Live jazz in the Library Bar on Friday evenings
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What To Know

  • Literary events are often hosted in the Rexroth Boardroom and the Salon, and several book clubs meet regularly at the Library Bar
  • Valet parking is $45 a day
  • Hotel is pet-friendly; there is a weight limit of 40 pounds

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
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Overview

An homage to 1920s literary life soaked in the spirit of the Lost Generation and steps from Union Square

The Look

To enter San Francisco’s Hotel Rex is to be transported to a 1920s literary haunt soaked in the spirit of the Lost Generation. Harnessing your favorite writer’s expatriate period in Paris, the public spaces pair Art Deco decor with library-style bookcases, warm lighting and even a crackling fireplace. The lobby’s cantaloupe and peacock palette is far from gaudy thanks to the dim luminance of mannequin-head lamps, and the elevator is wallpapered in decades-old pages of the San Francisco Social Register, a list of wealthy and influential citizens.

Bed & Bath

The sizable (for San Francisco) Parisian-style guestrooms blend such modern comforts as flat-screen TVs and pillowtop mattresses with Art Deco furnishings and plenty of Parisian flair. They’re also full of surprises — such as the stocked honor bar in the bottom drawer of the mahogany writing desk, an amenity fit for F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway if ever there was one.

Beyond

No space channels Rex’s ’20s spirit more than the Library Bar, where the tables and chairs appear to have been pulled straight out of a French bistro and the cuisine, like the Lost Generation, is “classic American, with European influences.” The Rex Burger with bleu cheese is one of the best in San Francisco, and the cocktails are deliciously potent.

How to Get There

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

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 1775 Reviews
Musty, worn and tired hotel
Reviewed 1 day ago

Everything about this hotel is tired .. the carpets are dirty and fraying, the bathrooms are extremely dated and the decor is aged. There is also a very strong musty smell especially in the rooms. After a long day of travel it wasn’t the place I was looking to put my head and get a good night of sleep. Very limited staff.

Get away from the big corporate hotels
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is an excellent hotel, far removed from the soul-less big corporate brands. The staff are super friendly and helpful, the location is fantastic (not far from the corner of Powell and Sutter) and the rooms are cosy, clean and individual. It's a home from home. Undergoing an upgrade from Fall 2018 - don't spoil it!

Freindly staff, clean room, beware extra charge
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a one night stay over. Nice big room. Very freindly and efficient staff. They gave me an upgrade with 2 beds. Clean bathroom.
The hotel is a bit old with a funky vibe full of colors. Carpets have had a few lives.
The only negative for me was the extra 25$ added automaticly to our bill for water bottles and iI dont know what. I did not want anything. They explained that all hotels in San Francisco do that. So the price of the room are not the actual price you reserve.
Trip advisors and other sites should put the actual prices on. If you do not have a choice to say yes or no to an extra, like breakfast, that is the price of the room!

Acceptable Mid-Budget; Expected More
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a well located small hotel that is one of the oldest buildings in the City and unfortunately it feels like it. The staff is first class; capable, friendly and very accommodating. However, they only have what they have with which to work! The room I had which was hardly cheap was like my college days traveling through Europe for the first time. Clean but extraordinarily small. Little in the way of amenities either in room or hotel! The elevator is the size of a school locker. All in all, this would be a last choice place for me only because I've gotten spoiled perhaps with larger and more accommodating places. This is a fine place if you don't need a restaurant, room service, a large room or coffee in your room. Small, sparse, old and basic. However, great staff-cannot blame them for the shortcomings of this place.

Lots of character
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for 3 nights. The hotel is unique and has lots of character and charm and is a great location. We had a room towards the back of the hotel so it was very quiet and dark and perfect for sleeping. The room was very clean and comfortable. We enjoyed the free wine in the early evening and would definitely stay here again.