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Hotel Rex San Francisco
Ranked #66 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 January 2012

A really comfortable place to base your weekend in SF. A bit artsy and oozes character - subtly. The rooms at the back are really quiet day or night. But you're still two short blocks from Union Square. Reasonably small hotel; the staff are courteous and helpful. We had dinner Friday night in the hotel bar - The Library. There was live jazz on Friday night and we discovered that about 2/3 the people in the bar were locals - who are quite friendly. Even the singer came and said hi to us after she'd finished.

Powell St streetcar is half a block from the hotel, though we walked to the Pier 1 area in about 15 minutes (great farmers' market on Saturday morning).

The hotel is about 5 minutes' walk from the Powell St BART station. For a cheapskate like me, that's a great airport connection. Plus, taking BART rather than a taxi saves 10lb of carbon emissions per journey. Plus it saves $20, plus it saves 30 minutes during rush hour, ...

Food options abound. Lots of Thai restaurants around the corner

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the back, away from the street. We didn't hear a sound in that room all weeke...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

Booked through Jetsetter so value was great. Had a suite. Very spacious and comfortable. Almost like going back in time. Great location for Union Square. Only reason for less than perfect is because of some loud clanging noise through out the night.

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Reviewed 2 January 2012

We stayed at this hotel in December for a wedding and it was my favorite place I've stayed in San Francisco in probably 10 years. The building (and the hotel) is older; as can be heard by the neighbors flushing their toilets or turning on their sinks. There is so much charm at this hotel from the rooms to the elevator, the lobby and the staff. The hotel staff were so amazing, helpful, and so friendly. The location is great! Highly recommend this place to anyone staying in San Francisco. You can stay at a larger hotel or a bigger more well-known chain, but you will miss out on the charm of San Francisco.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

I have stayed several times at the Rex this year, and it has become my hotel of choice in San Francisco. It is a wonderful boutique well-located in the heart of San Francisco. The interiors are lovely, tastefully designed in the theme of literary San Francisco. There chic but comfortable chairs in the Library Bar/lobby with wonderful coffee table books for perusal, as well volumes for bedtime reading. On the landing of each floor is a quote by a celebrated local authors. The elevator has very cleverly been papered in pages from the Social Register. The Library Bar is a great place to have a drink, lunch, dinner, or an ample buffet breakfast! Terrific food, nice wines by the glass. The rooms are chic, impeccably clean, have nice linens, toiletries, etc. Rooms, halls, common areas are all well-maintained and look brand new. All of the staff are friendly and helpful. Unlike a lot of hotels, they seem to stay as well. So you're always greeted by a familiar face. Including Max the pug, the hotel mascot (and occasional valet). I look forward to my next trip to SF!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

Hotel Rex is one of those great finds--a charming, comfortable hotel in downtown San Francisco. Rhenna at the Front Desk had an amazing memory regarding the guests. And she never seemed to tire of answering their questions. She's a great asset to the hotel.

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Additional Information about Hotel Rex San Francisco

Address: 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1102 (Formerly Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre hotel)
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Spa Hotel in San Francisco
#26 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#47 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range: $210 - $542 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Rex San Francisco 3.5*
Number of rooms: 94
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Rex was inspired by the San Francisco art and literary salons of the 1920's and 30's. Vibrant and alive, the clubby lobby surrounds guests with distinctive period furnishings, walls of antiquarian books, and an exceptional collection of exotic objects and original portraits and murals.The Hotel Rex was designed by noted San Francisco interior designers Candra Scott & Anderson.The Library Bar is where travelers meet the local arts and social scene with themed evenings such as Movie Night, Records at Rex - our bartender plays real vinyl records, Live Jazz on Friday and other days featuring Poetry readings, live coffee house type acoustic guitar performances and more. ... more   less 
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