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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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
Recently stayed at this hotel with my husband. The hotel was booked by our travel agent. Location is great - this is the best thing going for it. Our room was located directly in front of the lift so we could hear the dinging of its arrival all night, along with other guests entering, exiting & waiting for the lift. The noise from the street during the night is quite significant too. Parking your car at the hotel overnight will set you back over USD60 per day.
I stayed at the hotel this past Friday - Sunday. The location was perfect. Near it all; no complaints. Staff was also very accommodating, allowing my girlfriend and I to explore while they held out luggage both before check in (room wasn't ready) and after (check out was noon and our flight was set at 11pm)
now for the bad:
I book this hotel for use of the common areas (game room/fire pit) big mistake. Apparently its popular among the teens in the area NOT STAYING AT THE HOTEL and its their hang out spot. We went to go play some pool after sight seeing in the evening and the table was monopolized by 3 teens (16 - ish) who again not only were not staying at the hotel but proceeded to play wrestle / fight on the table, adjacent couches etc. Their friends came over and decide to lounge around and take up seating near and everything with the hotel employees not doing anything.
WHAT'S THE POINT IN PAYING IF ANYONE NOT STAYING IN THE HOTEL CAN USE WHAT YOU'RE ESSENTIALLY PAYING FOR?
And the nickel and dining is ridiculous .. empty refillable shower wash, and low amount shampoo and conditioner to save a few pennies instead of mini bottles given at lower teir hotels .. wow. late check out? no problem, 1 hour extra at $100 dollars. I just paid $650 for 2 nights, $50 for a "Urban Facility Fee" (2 bottles of water total, not per day, coffee pods and wifi) and you really want to charge me $100 for an hour?
Overall its sad because this could've been a great hotel. As someone who travels often I would've loved for this to be my go to hotel in San Fran but instead its the one that I will avoid and will tell others to do the same.
Great location. Close to attractions. Able to walk to most things we wanted to see and do. Great game room for kids. The fire pits were a nice way to end the evening. Rooms were fairly large, with comfortable beds.
The right location to go around San Francisco. Near the wharf, hop-on hop-off tours, tram terminal and restaurants. Although we were caught in the middle of changing room number system that caused a stranger to enter our room.
Hotel Zephyr is quirky fun with a large game room and expansive patio of fire pits and continuation of games for those enjoying time with relatives or friends when not taking in the sites of SF. It is a great location for the heart of the wharf and affordable in price. The rooms are comfortable, nicely appointed, and further the overarching theme of the "fun" hotel with magnetic dart boards. It's a perfect spot to stay by the bay.