4.0
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What We Love

  • Guestrooms have magnetic dartboards, backgammon and awe-inspiring views of San Francisco Bay and the city skyline
  • The stylish nautical touches — think shipping container–style wall panels, porthole windows, roped buoy light fixtures, “SOS” comforters and San Francisco map murals
  • The funky art-filled lounging areas invite lingering
  • Hanging around the outdoor terrace, and its firepit

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
  • There’s a 24-hour fitness center

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
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Overview

Whimsical nautically themed hotel at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, with a playful spirit, a game room, and an outdoor terrace

The Lowdown

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 guestrooms 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 guestrooms), plus a fabulous outdoor terrace with a firepit 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

Hotel Zephyr
250 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 3008 Reviews
Great location
Reviewed 18 hours ago

We stayed here for 3 nights in a bay view room. Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge right out our window.

Updated room was nice and location was very handy to everything down at Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39.

Would stay here again.

Good location, rooms clean, alittle noisy
Reviewed 1 day ago

I stayed for 3 nights. Hotel is clean and modern checkin i had to queue. The first room i got was not good overlooking the carpark and far away fr the elevator the last room at the end of the corridor. Next door had a baby who cried from 2am onwards (floor 2). I asked to be moved and whilst i was out they moved me to a much better room 4054. The rooms are big and have a tub and shower tv and coffee machine, alarm clock with speaker and usb ports easy to charge phones etc no adaptors needed. Safe was located in wardrobe and hairdryer and iron and ironing board are located in the room. The nautical twist was cute but minimalistic. I didnt have a room with a view both times i was overlooking a carpark or street view. The images on the websites i think are misleading.
The good points;
Close to pier 39
Walking distance to shops 7eleven, ihop, Starbucks etc
Close to trams
Close to sealions and restaurants
Car park is located on site but expensive
Staff are happy and eager to please, printing out documents for me, changing my room etc etc

Negatives
$75 per night security deposit is held on a ccard when u arrive
$25 urban tax per night is chargeable
Noisy location (noise from rooms next door, elevators and street noise)
Pier 39 depends if you want to stay in a touristy spot
No room service although there is a restaurant below (burgers) that u can get takeout or delivery to room if you call them
Far from airport $75 ride or use bart $9

I think if i stayed again i would stay at a hotel in embarco or union square.

Good location great design
Reviewed 2 days ago

We spent 4 enjoyable nights at the Zephyr. We loved the quirky marine decor and bird sculptures. The outside courtyard was good with massive fire pits and lots of games to play. The location was excellent and the staff very helpful. Only downside was that there was a lot of noise from other rooms / floors - doors banging/footsteps/balcony doors opening. They could definitely do with more soundproofing

This hotel sucks.
Reviewed 3 days ago

This hotel has confirmed my preference for Air B&B over hotels in general. However, they’ve really gone out of their way to disappoint us. I’m currently staying here through tomorrow morning. So far, we had to pay an unexpected 53.00 fee to park our car—per night...in addition to the approx. 30.00 “resort fee” also per day that was added to our booking total when we originally booked the room. When we got here to check in, they “upgraded” our Room with a King to a room “with an ocean view” and a Queen size bed. We planned on sharing the bed with our 8 year old so that “upgrade” was unreasonable for us. They then gave us a room with two full size beds. Our view is of the parking lot but I think they’re still calling it an “upgrade.” If anyone has ever shared a full size bed with an eight year old, you understand that isn’t an upgrade. We left for the day and came back to find that no one ever cleaned our room and we didn’t leave any sort of indictation that we didn’t want them to do so. Is that supposed to be a benefit of staying at a hotel...a resort? We’re back for the night. I’m in my pajamas. I wanted a drink from the vending machine. I found the machine with cash in hand and tried to do so, only to see that the machine only takes credit cards and quarters. I walked back to my room and then back to the machine with a credit card, only to learn that the credit reader is physically broken and doesn’t have the part necessary to actually read cards. I walked back to my room to get quarters and returned to the machine only to learn that it returns all quarters that I put into the machine. I called the front desk. They suggested I walk to the 7-11 down the street. This place sucks. It’s definitely no resort. It doesn’t warrant the money and I can’t wait to leave tomorrow morning.

Just ok
Reviewed 4 days ago

The most interesting thing about this hotel was the outdoor space. The courtyard was cool for evening hangouts and a quiet place to sit back and relax. We traveled with two teenage girls who quite enjoyed the game room and multiple fire pits.
Other than that, the hotel was just OK. The rooms were small and outdated. The beds were NOT comfortable and we had issues with our AC the first day we arrived. The location is right in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf but quite honestly we didn't spend that much time in that area. It's very crowded and touristy. If you have the money and want to be in this area, splurge on the Argonaut. Quieter location, more upscale feels to the hotel. Right near cable car stop, Ghiradelli square, and the park.
Would not recommend this hotel.