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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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 was concerned after reading the reviews but the room accommodations are lovely. Very comfortable bed and pillows, spacious and elegant bathroom. The main issue with this great, central location is the noise on Market Street, including a persistent drummer that played nonstop for 5 hours. I would stay here again very readily but request a room away from the street if noise bothers you.
Enjoyed four nites here at the Selos. Modern updated large rooms with large sitting space and comfortable double beds and large bathroom all nicely decorated. Love the location to conference centre and love the trader joes next door for quick room snacks and drinks. Restaurant and bar on the fifth floor and train station just around the corner. Will stay here again thanks!
We had a king suite, and we were very pleased with our room, the hotel location, and the amenities. We used the BART from the San Francisco airport, and the Powell Street Station is located on the same block, and was very convenient. The staff were very nice, and the room was very large, clean, and quiet.