What We Love
- The private garden, with brick pathways and a babbling brook.
- A poet-in-residence, whose verses are delivered to guests on postcards alongside turndown service.
- The rotating selection of art here is available for sale
- Malin + Goetz toiletries in all rooms
What To Know
- The hotel’s curbside café stocks pastries from the locally beloved bakery, Jane
- Pets are allowed for a fee
- The hotel’s ritzy lounge, The Douglas Room, is perennially packed
- There are iHome docking stations in each room
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
San Francisco’s endearing but rough-around-the-edges neighborhood known as the Tenderolin was long overdue for a boutique sleep. It’s come in the form of the rejuvenated 1928 Mark Twain Hotel, reimagined by the Brooklyn-based design house Studio Tack. The effortless elegance begins in the lobby, where a couple of sophisticated Harvey Prober sofas are dressed to impress in deep leather. Rooms are light-filled and airy, with a cool industrial feel thanks to an exclusively black, white, and silver color scheme (down to the chrome faucets in the bathroom). But it’s integrating little slices of its surroundings—a locally sourced minibar; a lobby that doubles as an upscale community center; an artists’ program that prioritizes creators in the area—that adds to its homegrown magic. The pièce de résistance: a cozy lounge, with copper-leaf coated walls, from the duo behind one of the city’s “it” bars, Benjamin Cooper, serving bourbon cocktails and gourmet incarnations of classic tavern treats.
In the Area
Sandwiched between Union Square and the Tenderloin (the latter saw its heyday in the Depression Era, when it was deemed an affordable refuge for the working class), the hotel sits at the city’s artistic crossroads. So it’s no surprise you’re just a stone’s throw from some of the city’s most treasured galleries, including a glass-walled spaced that’s named for its burgeoning commissioner, Jessica Silverman, and Spoke Art Gallery, known for its exceedingly accessible collection that includes whimsical showcases spotlighting everyone from Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki to a tribute to the animated television series Bob’s Burgers. Also part of the neighborhood? Bars partaking in the area’s unofficial cocktail renaissance, like Bourbon & Branch and Whitechapel.
How to Get There
Built in the early 1900’s and well taken care of. You can see remnants of the early days, but nicely blended into this cute boutique hotel. Good price for 2 doubles, not cramped, nice and roomy, very clean, very comfortable beds. Nice clean decor in black and white. Very nice bar/grill with a small menu, but good prices for outstanding food and good wine. We were very pleased. Will likely see if they have rooms available when we go back to SF.
While this hotel is in an OK location and is priced better than other properties in the Union Square area, I had several items that caused my stay to be less than stellar. On one day of my 3 day stay the elevator didn't work and lugging things up five flights was not fun. My room was also cold and there's no way to adjust the room temperature. When I arrived at 1:30 pm on a Sunday, I was told I could not check in and had to wait to exactly 3:00 pm. Kinda annoying and I'm sure there were a few rooms they could have checked me into.
This hotel really disappointed me. The reception/ communal areas are all ok/ nice. The rooms are awful- very dingy, dusty & not clean. The walls are paper thin meaning you hear everything as people walk the corridors. Rubbish was left outside our room daily and it stank!!! The reception staff were incredibly rude.
One highlight is the bar.... although I wouldn’t recommend you stay here I would recommend you drink here as the lady running the bar is very passionate about service and quality.
Great for Hilton-hosted conferences or quick access to downtown! Good food in the Douglas Room. Very clean and comfortable rooms. Very fast internet. The exercise room, however, is a joke. It's the size of a bathroom!
Location of the hotel is good, the rooms are small, with very little in the way of storage or furniture and some have no view at all. The bathrooms are dated. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The room was very clean if sparsely furnished.