What We Love
- Wind down at the free weekday wine hour, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m (summer months only)
- The hotel’s decor heavily references Vertigo; rewatch the film before visiting to catch all the references
- In the film Kim Novak’s Judy character lived in room 501; the actual hotel room is number 401
- Free WiFi and morning coffee in the lobby
What To Know
- There's no restaurant, but there are plenty of options nearby
- The hotel sits on the former site of the Empire Hotel, one of the settings Hitchcock used for Vertigo
- Its location in residential Nob Hill means it’s quiet but still accessible to SF’s top sights
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Located on the site of the former Empire Hotel — where Alfred Hitchcock set his 1958 thriller Vertigo — this 102-room boutique property pays tribute to the film in many ways. The bright orange and white decor is a nod to the film’s iconic posters, designed by Saul Bass; the film’s squared-off spiral staircase gets a bright white and black makeover; and the film itself plays on a loop in the lobby. Guests who aren’t Hitchcock devotees will still find plenty to love about this whimsical property, where horse busts make up the base of lamps, bright orange brocade pillows rest on chalk-white armchairs, and polished tree trunks serve as coffee tables. The guestrooms maintain the playful yet sophisticated look, with tangerine armless accent chairs, sheer orange floor-length curtains, white and orange bedspreads, and mod cons such as flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations. Film buffs will appreciate one final nod to Vertigo in the guestrooms: mirrored wall art painted with the movie’s signature swirl.
In the Area
Hotel Vertigo’s lower Nob Hill location combines the best of both worlds: quiet and residential, but within walking distance of bustling Union Square and the Theater District. Dust off your credit cards at Union Square’s many shops; the area is home to upscale department stores like Bloomingdale’s and Barneys, as well as such high-end designer shops as Chanel, Gucci and Bottega Veneta. Nearby Belden Place is known as San Francisco’s French Quarter; you’ll find a smattering of Mediterranean restaurants with some of the city’s best alfresco dining. Ask for a seat in the pedestrians-only, plucked-out-of-Europe alleyway at B44, a tapas place dishing out Catalan specialties, including pa amb tomaquet (toasted bread with tomato, garlic and a generous dousing of olive oil) and chipirones, local baby squid stuffed with fennel sausage. Wrap up a night on the town at one of the Theater District’s many shows; traveling Broadway hits (Phantom of the Opera, If/Then) take the stage here, as do regional acts put on by the Bay Area’s 300 resident theater companies.
How to Get There
It was a short stay but for a short visit such a pleasant stay. Vertigo is a Very nice hotel. Needless to say my favorite color orange is everywhere! Love the theme! My family and I enjoyed our stay. Front desk reception all very nice, Jessica so sweet and friendly showed us places to go and almost checked off everything on the list! Thank you for such an amazing stay. My family and I really enjoyed ourselves!
I've stayed in worse hotels but this wasn't great. Pricey due to a big tradeshow @ Mascone Ctr so this was the only place I could find under $700.00, it was $430/night. It was clean and the registration/reception was decent but A/C broken, open shower, uncomfortable bed, and the LCD TV didn't work. It was a $400 bed for the night.
We stayed here for 4 nights . Great history to the hotel loved the colour scheme true to the era of the hotel. We loved the hotel but it's not for everyone. Our room was fine, cleaned everyday big walk in shower. toiletries Ok coffee machine and fridge. Tv worked ok. No problems we only used the room as a base as out all day. Reception very pleasant.
For $600/night you’d expect this hotel to have heat, TVs that work in the rooms, and be clean. This was none of the above..the best part was the staff at the front desk was super nice. Location was good.
Very unique and nice hotel. Beds are comfortable, room size is decent. front desk staff amazing and very helpful(Joan and jessica), when asked questions or for recommendations of things to do and places to go eat, they gladly helped. Thank you for a nice stay.