Nob Hill, San Francisco

Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

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Jessica McNally
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Why We Love It

  • Iconic literary-themed hotel full of period charm
  • Central downtown location close to Union Square and the Theater District
  • "The Rex is one of the city's most appealing small hotels," says Time Out
  • Free nightly wine hour and frequent movie nights

"Cleverly stylish" -- Frommer’s


Map & Directions

It's a 30-minute drive from San Francisco Airport to the hotel; valet parking is available (extra charges apply).

Rooms & Rates

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"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 colorful literary salons of the 1920s and '30s. Its period charm, central location and thoughtful extras make it a great value find.

With leather club chairs, a crackling fireplace and bookshelf-lined walls, 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.

Rooms carry on in a similar theme, embellished with the work of local artists and whimsical hand-painted lamps. Despite the hotel's historic pretensions, fittings are surprisingly 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.

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From the press:
  • "The clublike lobby lounge is modeled after a 1920s literary salon and is ... cleverly stylish" -- Frommer’s
  • "Despite their compact size, rooms feel inviting for their sunny colors, hand-painted lampshades and works by local artists" -- Lonely Planet



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • 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.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 21

Checkout: 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: Pets are allowed on request, free of charge. 

Cancellation: 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.

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The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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