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
This hotel has the friendliest staff, great rooms, a heated pool and a fantastic restaurant. This was our second visit and we can't wait to return. Relaxed, accessible atmosphere, and it's so easy to get around the city from here (and free parking!).
All I can say is thank you. Being on the road and long days is hard. Staying at the Phoenix turns that end of day hotel experience from blah to yes! Relaxation, kindness, positive atmosphere and good eats and drinks steps away and in the oasis of the Phoenix courtyard.
For the price of the room (we paid about $300/night) it didn't offer a lot of amenities. The rooms were extremely bare boned, no space to put anything down in the bathroom and not even enough hooks to hang the towels, no fridge in the room (but when the ice machine broke we were given a mini fridge - this should really be in every room at this price!), and extra charge for hi-speed internet and more than 2 devices??? That's pathetic! Couldn't even log in with 2 phones and a laptop in a 2 queen bed room! Beds were very comfortable though. Plus both weekend days they had events it it was EXTREMELY loud until after midnight. That plus the neighborhood took some getting used to. I traveled with my elderly mother and would have not picked the Phoenix if I would have known about the amount of homeless right outside the door. Food was terrible at Chambers - too bad as we would have probably eaten there every day for convenience.