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
The biggest plus for this hotel is location, if you need to be close to the convention center. It is clean and comfortable. It is overpriced, but then again, everything within walking distance of the convention center is overpriced (even higher). Be aware of the $29/night "guest amenity fee". (I usually try to avoid hotels that charge such a fee, but affordable options near Moscone are limited). FYI: no business center in hotel. Had one complaint with the room; shower water temp options were cold or scalding. Took ~ 5 minutes to adjust it to tolerable.
Staff was pleasant and helpful.
My only issue goes to the morning service. I suppose it is not the same staff as the "host" was not very welcoming, just kept going about how nothing is included and did "a favore" by actually checking my card to see what's complimentary.
The complimentary breakfast (when doing the "included breakfast" option) if very cheap. if you ask for more toast (more then the one slice you were given) they'll charge you extra.
The evening there was fun and very different. good service. good food.
The hotel itself is great, clean, super location and very elegant.
This hotel is chic, welcoming, ideally situated, and convenient with attentive staff and the nearest to Traders Joe of any hotel I have ever found. Very cool artwork! Very close to the Moscone Convention Center and other sites. Look forward to returning for other quasi-honeymoons.
Good place, easy to get ton on BART. Quick access to MUNI transportation. We got in early and were able to check our bags and explore till our room was ready. Walking disdance to union square and china town. Hyde street cable car to fisherman's Wharf was also close.
We came to San Fran for the US Open, the hotel was in a great location, rooms were modern and large, staff is friendly and helpful. Restaurant hours aren’t great but lots of places around to check out