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
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.
My teenage granddaughter & I loved the Tilden! The cafe staff was wonderful! The lobby welcoming & reception staff helpful. Wonderful European atmosphere. The room was small & clean, beds comfortable. Very easy walk to Union Square. We would definitely return!
No AC is available. Would not recommend. You receive a "voucher" amount for the cafe and bar but when i went to use the cafe voucher they told me i couldnt. Staff was nice but ultimately not helpful. There's no AC and it's extremely muggy in the rooms. I had to open my window which was basically broken to get any sort of air. It's an old building and backs up to the tenderloin district, one of the worst parts of town. Many homeless people hanging around, lots of theft.
1. No AC
2. Broken lamp
3. Broken TV
4. Broken phone
4. Service was poor, asked someone to fix it and no one came