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
We are a family of four, two adults and two teenagers which stayed three nights at Hotel Zephyr. The location is great in between Pier 39 and the Fisherman’s Wharf. The backyard and the gaming room is absolutely fantastic. Great with the fireplace and various places to sit and relax. Highly recommended.
This is a fun hotel with super friendly staff. Everyone was helpful and quick to respond with info, more towels, extra water, etc. They really went above and beyond our expectations. The folks at the concierge were especially helpful and recommended a great tour of Muir Woods and Sausalito. The guys at the food truck were friendly and offered tasty food to grab and go. The games at the hotel were fun way to wrap up the day. This is a great location for families with easy walks to the popular waterfront.
Extremely convenient location, but that's the best of it. Hotel is fine. Nothing amazing. Needs to be freshened up with new paint. For the price, I wasn't impressed. Deluxe Double was more cramped than the pictures show. Probably would stay somewhere else next time.
We really liked this hotel. The nautical theme is cool. The room was clean. Easy walk to fisherman’s wharf. The block that it was on was a little run down but it was a convenient location. Parking was expensive, much like every other SF hotel.
Hotel was fine. Decor was fresh and interesting and a nice change from the usual boring hotel look and feel, but the paint/trim/finishings in the room were worn. We paid a little extra for a king balcony, thinking we'd be able to see the wharf from our room, but it only overlooked the hotel patio (guess we should have asked about that). Nonetheless, it was a clean room and the location was just steps away from the wharf and Go Cars, two things we love to do when we visit SF. Would stay again.