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
- 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
Have stayed there a few times and it was fine. Two issues for me never going back: 1. the area has gotten much worse. It isn't safe. I would definitely NOT bring family or venture out after dark. 2. I had the check out a day early and was told they would just charge me one night. What they didn't say is that would literally double the price of the night I did stay. Shady practice. Go elsewhere, lots of better options in SF.
The hotel has a nice atmosphere, thanks to the open lobby area with interesting pieces of art and not the least due to the friendly staff. The room was clean and generally OK, but without any shelves or drawers where to put clothes and things. In the relatively spacy closet, one could only hang up clothes. As so often in hotel rooms, some more ceiling or wall lights would have been appreciated, as e.g. the entrance part and the closet were quite dark. Luckily I could use the training room alone a couple of times, because there was hardly place for more than one person at the time and at least only one machine of each. (One bike and one rowing machine.) I also missed a weight bench to go with the good selection of dumbbells available. At least there was a TRX suspension trainer and two kettle bells, which is better than average. But the room was much too small.
Good location, clean and spacious room, easy to get the restaurant .and shopping mall, centre point of city to go anywhere is an easy way of exit. Staff are helpful, will definitely choose this hotel next time. Hotel rate maybe set little higher, may promote more on their in house restaurant and no water/toothbrush provided, if this can be offered that’s perfect !Vintage renovated keep the style of historic is good value
The staff was exceptional. They were a joy to speak with and always maintained the upmost sense of professionalism and kindness. The hotel is conveniently located and the atmosphere is quite nice. I hope to stay here again next time. I commend the staff for their hard work.
The hotel room was too small for a double, we had no room to store our luggage and the walls were paper thin as we could hear other guests going to the bathroom & having conversations. The room also felt like a sauna as the radiator heater could not be turned off , there was no air conditioning.The girl working in the cafe was extremely rude, it was obvious she hated her job! I don’t know how you can charge guests an amenity fee, with no amenities, your so called fitness centre - a tiny room with 3 pieces of equipment is a joke!Finally, eventhogh the hotel was within close proximity to Union Square the location was terrible, we didn’t feel safe leaving the hotel. This hotel is definitely not a 4 star in my opinion, it should be categorized as a 1-2 star.