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
Booked this one last minute. The staff was friendly and helpful. There was an issue with my room and it was promptly resolved and I felt very taken care of. Rooms are cute and I love the decor. Highly recommend!
I was really excited to stay in this hotel, being a big film buff and it’s link to Vertigo. But I was disappointed in the ‘boutique’ hotel. The walls were paper thin- on the first night we had to turn the tv on to drown out our obnoxious neighbour who then proceeded to wake us up at the crack of dawn the next morning with his loud voice- bare in mind we were jet lagged too! The lift is painfully slow and there was no cafe as advertised on the website and the area was a bit rough. Wouldn’t stay again. Cool bit of history though.
Stayed at Hotel Vertigo for one night. Very good rooms and good service, however the best thing about this hotel is the location. It's a short walk to Union Square and is really easy to get to the good restaurants and bars.
Awful hotel. Claims to be a boutique hotel, but is shabby beyond belief, and including white and orange accessories doesn’t make it boutique. Everything about the hotel feels old and tired. The furniture is cheap and tacky, the windows haven’t been renovated in years and let in loads of noise. The walls are paper thin. The lighting, power points and fan ( yes no air con) are all like something from the 80s. The quality of the bathroom fittings are poor. On the plus side the bed was comfortable and the staff were friendly, but $400 for an unpleasant room in a fairly dodgy part of town - never again.
First off, Greg at the front desk is wonderful. So helpful and sweet. Loved the room. Loved the location. Comfy bed and nice bathroom. The elevator however was so painfully slow that I just ended up lugging my suitcase up the stairs and then when it was time to leave, lugging my suitcase back down again. And what’s with the $2.00, 16.9 ounce bottles of water in the room? So counter intuitive to the great things about this place.