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 retro property has all the cool from way back and all the modern day amenities you want! The staff is truly the best - customer service sky rockets from the initial booking (book direct!) to check-in, facilities assistance, bar & restaurant and our check out departure and is efficient, welcoming, friendly and second to none. I can't say enough good things about this place. Wish we could of stayed longer! Don't know much about the area, but the hotel and grounds (pool, courtyard, etc.) was fabulous. Loved the casper mattress in our room and the cleanliness was excellent. A bit noisy at the end of the night with guests partying but not enough to spoil anything.
Highly recommend Phoenix for your stay in SF. Great staff, centrally located, and they have a pool. Chambers has a bomb burger and exceptional cocktails. They have Flowater on site which is amazing. Ask when Orlando is working!
Located in Tenderloin this is an amazing property with a ton of history. Modern updates make the rooms very nice, but still retro! The Pool and courtyard is amazing. Friendly staff and free on-site parking!!!!