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
We only stayed in San Fran for three nights and decided to go for a mid range hotel as we had a busy schedule. The hotel itself was well presented but the rooms were a little plain, although spacious and with a comfy bed. This may be standard for the price in San Fran as we had no basis for comparison but we were hoping for a little more. We did enjoy the location being away from the touristy areas but close to places like Union Square and many local bars and restaurants. By no means a bad hotel but nothing to shout about
We stayed for 5 nights in a room at the back of the hotel which was quiet with no road noise. The room was a good size with a walk in wardrobe which was great for storing bags out of the way. The bed was comfortable. There was a fridge which was handy to have. The bathroom was small and dated. The hotel is an old building which is showing a bit of wear. The room was clean as was the bathroom. House keeping was a bit hit and miss with not enought towels/face cloths etc most days which was annoying. Staff were friendly and the location was good with little grocery stores either side.
Had a great three night stay at the Hotel Vertigo at the end of June 2018.
Staff we encountered were friendly and helpful (only really at check-in and check-out).
Our rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable. No air conditioning, but it wasn't too hot when we were there, so the ceiling fan was more than enough.
Nice complimentary coffee and teas in the reception area as well as a decent cup available from the in-room coffee machine.
Location is good - not too far from Union Square. We had an 'interesting' walk down to a recommended place for breakfast, which I believe took us through the Tenderloin. OK during the day, but I would want to wander through that area at night.
Stayed here from 25 April 2018 for 3 nights as part of a 10 day visit to California and Nevada to celebrate my husbands 50th birthday.
Checked in was very easy and we were given a nice room. It overlooked the back of the building which was quieter.
Lovely hotel and a good location.Union Square was a 10 minute walk away which was good.
Gregory on reception - what a lovely man. Every hotel should have a Gregory!!!
Found a great little cafe across the road for breakfast called the Cosy Cafe - run by a Chinese family. Loved going in there every morning for my breakfast - had the same thing every day,Bacon Scrambled egg and a large tea (typical Brit with tea).Prices were very reasonable and place where many locals ate too.
Would I stay again- yes I would.
The hotel is conveniently situated for Union Square. Staff were friendly, rooms were clean and spacious. My only criticism would be that the hotel do not respond to guest enquiries via their online contact form. We were having difficulties booking the airport shuttle via the hotel website, prior to our visit, and asked the hotel for assistance. Guess what? We’re still waiting for a reply! We solved the problem by booking another shuttle company.