Hotel Zelos San Francisco
What We Love
- Design that's both functional and fun
- Excellent service
- Well-mixed cocktails around the rooftop firepit of the hotel’s buzzy Dirty Habit bar
- Location that's accessible to several neighborhoods
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Away from the standard tourist trail
- Immediate area can feel a bit empty at night
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- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With funky interiors, a prime location in a trendy neighborhood and a friendly staff, Hotel Zelos is an excellent base for exploring the hipper parts of the City by the Bay. Geometric inlaid floors and a sculptural chandelier set a playful yet sophisticated vibe in the lobby.
Bed and Bath
Upstairs, the guestrooms and suites are both modern and whimsical: Bright red pillows and chairs (and, if you’re lucky, alligator print carpeting) accent blond wood headboards and neutral tones. Free WiFi is available in the spacious rooms, which start at more than 300 square feet.
The star of the Hotel Zelos show is Dirty Habit, an indoor-outdoor hideaway with an inventive craft cocktail menu offering everything from punch bowls to draughts with surprising ingredients like corn tea or porcini mushrooms. The meant-to-be-shared CalAsian fare includes dishes like confit octopus with fava beans and Yemeni spices or Filipino-style fried rice with pork belly and calamansi. Get one of the coveted spots around the outdoor firepit, which is open year-round.
In the Area
Hit up the hip exhibits and a great bookstore inside the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, a five-minute walk from the hotel. Grab a hat at Goorin Bros., San Francisco’s best haberdashery, 120 years old and counting. Tuck into French dishes like roasted bone marrow and beet-cured salmon tartare at Bluestem Brasserie or Mexican favorites (don’t miss the tampiqueño with niman ranch beef, grilled carne asada and beef barbacoa enchilada) at the Mission-style taqueria, Tropisueño. SoMa (South of Market) buzzes with industrial-chic nightclubs and live music halls; the rocking Mezzanine and retro-divey Butter are among the standouts.
How to Get There
I love this hotel. This has become my go-to when I come out to SF for work now. The rates are reasonable for the prime location and the beds are comfortable, it's quiet for a smaller hotel and there is a great restaurant and bar inside as well.
Very tastefully decorated in modern contemporary style. HIGHLY recommend making reservations for Dinner or Breakfast at the Dirty Habit restaurant. Very popular hangout with the millennial crowd in the city and the seating is first come first served. The floor we stayed on could have benefited from a bit more sound proofing to insulate the sounds from the hallway and flushing of toilets from above and neighboring rooms. Otherwise the facilities and appointments in the room are very stylish and newer. The mattress on the king bed in our room was a little bit softer than i prefer and compared to other large chain hotels.
Although brief, my stay was very nice. This is a great property. From front desk to doorman, all very friendly and courteous. In addition everyone was very helpful. The room was extremely pleasant and comfortable. The location was perfect.
I have stayed in the hotel since 1990’s and I like this convenient location and the comfortable room setting. It is one pity that the restaurant has changed from the old one. The previous restaurant was one of the great place near Moscone Center.
Couple of steps away from Market street and easy to transit to anywhere. Clean and staff is awesome. There's a bar & restaurant at 5th floor, so you may prefer not to have a room close to there. Well decorated.