Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
What We Love
- Guest rooms have magnetic dartboards, backgammon, and awe-inspiring views of the bay and city skyline
- The funky art-filled lounging areas invite lingering
- Hanging around the outdoor terrace and its fire pit
What To Know
- Pets are welcome
- The game room includes old-school diversions like darts and billiards
- The staff is multilingual, so there’s usually someone who speaks your language
- WiFi is available for a fee
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Whimsical nautically themed hotel at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, with a playful spirit, a game room, and an outdoor terrace
Drawing inspiration from San Francisco’s art and cultural scene, as well as the waterfront location, this upbeat sleep gets the approachable design hotel formula just right, fusing whimsical touches with practicality and plenty of cool amenities. The guest rooms are decked out in vivid colors and rich textures, with both industrial and nautical details galore (think shipping container–style wall panels, porthole windows, roped buoy light fixtures, “SOS” comforters, and San Francisco map murals). Thanks to its position facing Pier 39, all the rooms have shipshape views, but some vistas even encompass the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. The public spaces are similarly eccentric, with a game room that includes old-school diversions like darts and billiards (there are also magnetic dartboards and backgammon sets in the guest rooms), plus a fabulous outdoor terrace with a fire pit and striped modular chairs. Even the fitness center features vibrant primary colors to help you bounce through your workout.
In the Area
Start your day by the bay with pastries and coffee from Boudin, just across the street, and then head to the nearby landmark the Coit Tower, an observation deck that offers panoramic views of the city, including the Golden Gate Bridge. It may be touristy, but it’s worth taking the ferry (just half a mile from the hotel) to Alcatraz Island to check out the notorious former prison and its awesome bay views. While Fisherman’s Wharf isn’t exactly known for high-end cuisine (particularly given the caliber of restaurants in this foodie town), there are still some gems to be found. Try the award-winning chowder (served in a bread bowl) at the Blue Mermaid, then embrace the kitsch at the Luau Lounge, a tiki bar with killer water views and even more lethal cocktails, including the Zombie and the Pain Killer.
How to Get There
We were recommended this hotel and it was exactly what we wanted. A perfect location for the waterfront and its many piers and restaurants, tram stops and bicycle hire. Rooms are not huge and simply decorated with a water theme but were very comfortable for a few days in San Fran. Reasonable rates too. We took a taxi from airport which wasn’t too expensive. Loved the courtyard with fire pits and sofas.
Loved the quirky atmosphere of this hotel. The public spaces are large and stuffed with fun and innovative seating, sculpture, firepits, games. Our room was also imaginatively kitted out including a magnetic darts board! And we were upgraded to a bay view. Easy to get to, cheap parking nearby, walking distance to lots of attractions. Would definitely book again for a night in San Francisco.
We've stayed at many expensive hotels on the wharf. This dwarfed all others. Great for kids & adults -it has a courtyard with outdoor games, romantic firepits, a big glassed in game room looking out over the courtyard & you walk out the front to the bay, Alcatraz and Pier 36-39 - in the middle of everything that is the San Francisco Wharf-. A nice benefit, 7-11, IHOP are a 1/2 block walk. Relaxing Courtyard itself was enough to keep everyone happy with it's big comfortable couch seating, fires, and sports type bar-grill at one end. Rooms, everything was immaculate, guest services are off the scale, parking great. The hotel has been remodeled using recyclable materials such as old shipping containers, very tastefully I might add. You will be not be disappointed, especially if you have kids. Also, the rooms were roomy, had awesome window benches, big new Samsung TV's, and like mausoleums for quietness, a nice benefit when ready to sleep. A/C froze you out if you choose. Irons that worked, blow dryers are behind the door! I'll never stay anywhere else. (and we drove back and forth an hour to San Jose - it was well worth the inconvienance)