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
Beautiful hotel in a great location. Sam and his colleague on reception was very helpful and offered great advice on where to eat and drink. Hotel very clean. Rooms had great facilities
Took about 10 minutes to get to Wharf s Bay and pier 39 was bustling with lots of restaurants and bars long with the suveniour shops.
Staff were very friendly. Both Joan and Fernando were very helpful in giving directions. We landed at night and did think the area was a bit on the rough side, but once we ventured out the next morning we found it was a false impression. Had an enjoyable stay
Me and my friend stayed here for 3 nights. The hotel is lovely, staff are extremely friendly especially Fernando and his colleague.
We stayed in room 311. It was very large and spacious with a lovely closet.
The hotel is in a fantastic location and is walking distance to everywhere.
I would highly recommend this hotel for a short stay.