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
Great, funky hotel, amazing staff, the perfect base from which to explore San Francisco.
Only small downside is the area which is ‘fruity’. My daughter described the various homeless as ‘zombies’ and that is probably a fair description. Just needs a bit of caution and this can be avoided.
Great hotel with very friendly and helpful staff, wonderful beds and pool, relaxed atmosphere in the patio, complimentary coffe and fruits. An oasis right in the middle of Tenderloin. Good restaurants in walking distance (Jane´s, Brenda´s). We will come again!
This place manages to make you forget that you are a tourist. In SF, this is worth a lot.
The rooms are stylish and the staff are all very hip.
Unfortunately, we had cool weather, so we didn’t use the pool - but it looked really nice.
The Chambers restaurant is great!