The Phoenix Hotel
What We Love
- The funky 1950s architecture and design
- Artwork by local artists
- The tropical courtyard with heated pool
- Free WiFi and bulk TV service (including HBO) in every room
What To Know
- Free parking is available (one space per room)
- The hotel is located in one of the city’s grittier neighborhoods
- There's no gym or spa on premises
- The hotel’s restaurant and bar is popular among locals
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
This hip boutique hotel has loads of rock ‘n’ roll history, having for decades been a stylish crash pad for bands like the Killers, Pearl Jam, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many more. We chalk it up to its retro-chic, bungalow-style rooms (think blue accent walls, music paraphernalia, and bright throw blankets) that all face a palm-studded interior courtyard—a prime spot for lounging and Instagramming around the cheeky orange patio furniture. A set of stylish cabanas ring the pool and offer refuge from the sun, as well as a cool VIP-style hangout during the Phoenix’s well-known summer pool parties. And even when it’s not pool weather, the hotel is known for hosting coveted art parties. Regardless of what special events are happening, the midcentury-style restaurant and bar, Chambers Eat + Drink, fills with locals and travelers seeking craft cocktails, memorable playlists, and serious style cred, from the vintage vinyl records that line the walls to the illuminated marquee behind the bar that reads “Be Amazing” and cool exterior murals.
In the Area
Most people have a love-hate relationship with San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. Though centrally-located and relatively safe, the blocks surrounding the Phoenix are not streets for those with an aversion to a little city grit. For those willing to compromise a little cleanliness for culture, the area has plenty to occupy. Within walking distance is Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and The Great American Music Hall. For a little retail therapy, venture to Vacation for racks of well-curated vintage clothing or Panoply for an Etsy-esque selection of cool handmade stationery and gifts. Food-wise, there’s loads of ethnic foods to taste-test from around the world. A few highlights: Brenda’s French Soul Food for chocolate beignets or shrimp and grits, The Chairman for Taiwanese sandwiches (braised beef short rib with
fennel slaw Japanese curry; pork belly with turmeric pickled daikon), and Tadu Ethiopian Kitchen for tasty sharable dishes.
How to Get There
I just love this place! My husband & I were looking for a hotel so we can visit San Francisco. All the Hotels in town did not have parking, but THE PHOENIX DiD!!! YAY! Nice breakfast buffet, and "Feel At Home" decor!
Overall I really loved this hotel! Like, probably my favorite hotel I've ever stayed at! However....the neighborhood is rough. I knew what I was getting into so I was prepared for what I saw. But that being said, I'd probably not recommend my mother or anyone who is a little sheltered to stay here. If you are down to ignore some homeless zombies, then this place is fantastic! And despite it feeling a bit like skid row, there are some really amazing places to hang out and eat that are walkable. Again, you just need to do some research and know what you are getting into by staying in the Tenderloin. I would FOR SURE stay here again because I loved the hotel so much. I'd just plan to uber in and out of the area on my next trip rather than walk everywhere.
We stayed here Saturday evening to Tuesday morning. The hotel staff was super friendly and accommodating. The rooms clean and simple. Loved the vibe of the entire hotel. Pool was clean and warm. Free parking which is huge in the area. The Tenderloin District is a bit sketchy but the hotel makes up for it. I felt secure, safe and comfortable when I was within the hotel. We ventured around by foot and it was great. Bus stops right near the hotel. Tons of places to eat and convenient. Recommend to anyone