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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 1797 Reviews
Charming hotel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I so enjoyed staying at the Hotel Rex. It was a very convenient location and we enjoyed their happy hour in the library bar. I was slightly disappointed by the lack of air conditioning in our room, because it got a little bit sturdy. Other than that, it was a wonderful stay in a clean and charming hotel.

Old elegant hotel within walking distance of many interests
Reviewed 2 months ago

Hotel Rex has a historic old but luxurious feel. Doormen & concierge make you feel important & welcome. Many restaurants within walking distance & a community square where they have performances & crafts. Hotel has a bar that is designed like a library & you can take a book &/or leave one when you are done. Hop on Top off stop close by & plenty of shopping

Great hotel in a great location!
Reviewed 3 months ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Hotel Rex. Check in and check out was very swift! The hotel is in a great location in San Francisco! The wine hour is an added bonus! The staff were very friendly and happy to help. Highly recommend!

Good location no frills accomodation
Reviewed 3 months ago

We visited the Hotel Rex at the end of our Honeymoon and happy with the location which is close to Macy's and the business district. Baseball fans will be happy with the proximity to AT&T park but pier 39 is a good hike away and as you may know San Fan is hilly. Hotel was as expected for a 3 star and has a "retro" feel. Dinner and breakfast options limited. Staff were thoughtful when we complained about "noisy" neighbours in the next room.

Beautiful stay with my husband
Reviewed 3 months ago

We were having a fantastic time in the area, the bed was great and is old fashioned as I like. Highly recommended! Fair prices and is basically near to every important point to visit. Must try at least once, is part of SF history....