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
- 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
So happy I found this place. One of the ONLY hotels in SF that doesn’t charge $30 extra for parking. The front desk person was lively and we had some laughs. Love the psychedelic pool frog. Rooms are nice with hip decor. Nice additives to toiletry accessories. The do have a bar and that night there was a private party that was pretty loud until late. So... sleeping was a bit tricky. May want to check to see what events they have booked.
Very nice boutique hotel with large rooms and private balcony. beautiful pool with a great pool party during my stay on a Sunday afternoon. Everything is really nice in this hotel except this sadly poor neighborhood.
We always stay here when we go to San Francisco...it has FREE parking! That is NOT easy to find in San Francisco. When you walk in it's a little 50's Oasis. We love it! Don't let the area worry you. It's eclectic and fun to people watch. We can take a cab to Giant's game for about $11. We walk all around that area known as the
Hotel meet our expectations. Was clean and staff was pleasant. If you're looking for a hotel in the tenderloin district this is a perfect choice.
There are restaurants all around the area and many sights that are walkable.
We came as a family with our 17 and 21 year old sons.
Honestly the hotel is more suitable for people their age.
Especially during their summer Sunday jam. I know my husband and I were 20 years younger we would've had a blast .
The staff at the front desk is attentive and helpful. Hotel epik on Polk St does not even come close to the amount you get here. The rooms are much bigger in size with plenty of room to walk around. There is gate if you just want to get or out without needing to go through the front lobby.