What We Love
- The Backyard, complete with tables and a fire pit
- 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 Starter Bakery in Berkeley
- Pets are allowed for a fee
- The hotel’s ritzy lounge, The Douglas Room, is perennially packed
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Effortlessly chic 1928 hotel rejuvenated by star design house Studio Tack, with a rotating art collection and buzzy lounge bar
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
Overall the Hotel is just as billed, a simple boutique space with style but not flamboyance. It is located well within walking distance of Union Square and they upscale stores, restaurants, brew pubs and activities.
The bar staff are fantastic folks who can chat with the best of them, keeping the atmosphere upbeat and friendly. The food offerings are limited but excellent. it would be great to see a more expansive cocktail program as the staff knowledge and skill seems to exceed the current options.
The lobby is a great meeting place, if a bit cluttered with chairs but this is only a minor critic.
I would offer only two minor criticisms and a general location observation.
The Resort fee of $30 is a bit off-putting. While my Expedia booking noted this (only after I was set to approve), I find this trend of billing me for things I MIGHT use to be offensive to my travel sensibilities(at least offer a 'free' breakfast!). To the hotel's credit, they do offer a $10/day credit at the bar. The fee does give me pause in rebooking when I am back in SF next month.
The rooms are very nice - a few reviews mention small but I found mine room to be great. I am presuming many visitors complaining of the size to have limited living experience in cities. I was there during the fall so issues of no AC did not come up, but the fans felt ample comfort. Again I am presuming that some folks have never traveled to Europe where AC is not very common.
The rooms are not built for business users. There is no real space to put up a laptop and papers - essential for someone who has to work from site survey notes and do some light planning work. It would be nice to see places like the Tilden offer an side table (of adequate height ) to accommodate.
The hotel is in the Tenderloin and as such comes with the hazards of the city's homeless/addict population - Daytime walking is fine, most keep to themselves. Late night can be a bit more challenging and if your city experience is limited, best keep to traveling with Ubers.
All in all I found the hotel to a great experience and well worth it to those who want more than the run of the mill chain locations.
This hotel was great, we had a great experience checking in , the clerks were very helpful. The hotel is within walking distance to everything so it was great in that regard. The rooms very clean, comfortable and quiet
Random women tried to steal my purse in the lobby. It was sitting on my chair with me. Not a single staff member reacted or checked to see how I was after the incident. Not fun to feel unsafe in the lobby.