"One of the city's most appealing small hotels", says Time Out about Hotel Rex, a literary-themed boutique property in the heart of San Francisco. Just two blocks from Union Square, the hotel occupies a restored historic building and evokes the atmosphere of the city's colourful literary salons of the 1920s and '30s. Its period charm, central location and bevy of thoughtful extras make it a great-value find.
With leather club chairs, a crackling fireplace and bookshelf-lined walls, this old-world ambiance is established in the lobby lounge and stretches through the property (even the study has typewriters and vintage photographs). Don’t miss the regular readings, lectures and jazz and movie nights. There's also a free nightly wine hour (5-6pm) and coffee in the mornings. While there's no gym on site, discounted passes to a fitness centre nearby are available at the front desk.
Rooms carry on with this retro theme, embellished with the work of local artists and whimsical hand-painted lamps. Despite the historic touches, the room fittings are bang up-to-date with flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and plush pillow-top beds. Rooms are on the small side (largely due to the building’s original structure) and those facing the shady courtyard to the rear can be a little dark, though quieter than those overlooking the street. Pets are welcome at no extra charge.
From the press:
"The clublike lobby lounge is modelled after a 1920s
literary salon and is... cleverly stylish" -- Frommer’s
"Despite their compact size, rooms feel inviting for their sunny
colours, hand-painted lampshades and works by local artists" -- Lonely
Infant cots / cribs
24-hour front desk
Airport transfer (fees apply)
Laundry / dry cleaning
Room service (limited hours)
Safe in reception (fees apply)
Iron and ironing board
iPod/iPhone docking station
Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
Valet service (fees apply)
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 21
Standard checkout time: 12pm
Children and additional guests
Cot/crib available on request, free of charge for children under 3. Extra bed available on request free of charge in the King Rooms only.
Pets are allowed on request, free of charge.
Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
a 30-minute drive from San Francisco Airport to the hotel. Valet parking is
available on site (extra charges apply).
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