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Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre hotel
Ranked #55 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
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Calgary, AB
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47 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Perfect for the San Francisco experience”
Reviewed 10 April 2012

The Rex Hotel is exactly what you would expect a building in San Francisco to be like. The building is old, the elevator is tiny and it is in the heart of the all the action a tourist could want.

If you want to stay in a modern building this is not the hotel for you. The elevator is tiny. The stairwell is crammed and the steps and floors are uneven. But that's all part of the charm.

Our room faced Sutter Street and there was considerable noise every night. Everything from the traffic to rowdy crowds to the garbage trucks and street cleaners. Fortunately I'm a fairly heavy sleeper so it didn't bother me at all. The room was perfectly serviceable with a modern TV and a typical minibar.

One of our favourite features of the hotel was the 5 o'clock wine tasting in the lounge. It was great to start eacj evening with a couple pre-dinner cocktails and sample some of the local vintages.

The staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful. They made some great recommendations for dinners and handled all our reservation needs. The valet parking is quick and not too pricey. Valet parking costs slightly more than some of the close by lots but you can come and go as many times as you like throughout the day so if you're in and out it a few times a day you'll probably end up paying less. The only problem is that the service isn't available between midnight and 6am which meant we had to get creative on the last day to make sure the car was available at 5am so we could make our flight.

Union Square is tourist central. Almost obnoxiously so. If you're there to shop and sight-see you'll love it. We wandered and found restaurants nearby a couple times and went a little further a couple times for something specific. Only once did we need to take a cab though as there are so many options so close by and we enjoyed taking in the neighborhood walking a few blocks.

Room Tip: I had room 614 and was travelling with people in 514 and 714. They all face Sutter Street and experi...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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LorenzMaurer, General Manager at Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review, 12 April 2012
Dear Wiscad,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your stay at the Hotel Rex. I was very pleased to read your extensive review and the nice words you had to say about the Hotel. I will make sure and share your review with the entire staff. Receiving reviews like yours is of immense value and really what we are striving to accomplish each day.

Again, thank you for your comments. I look forward to welcoming you back when you travel to San Francisco again.

Kindest regards,

Lorenz Maurer
General Manager
415.217.4023
lmaurer@jdvhotels.com
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

Very happy with the location, staff, decor, breakfast, and nightly wine offering. We stayed in a room at the end of the hall as recommended on TripAdvisor and it was indeed quiet and a little larger.

The bathroom was OK, the shower head was a little short (I'm 6'0) but worked well. Counter space was minimal and not enough for my wife (I'm not sure what counter is...)

The biggest complaint was the sleep quality, the bed was a bit hard and uncomfortable. This is the dealbreaker and why I drop the rating to just average. A good night's sleep is my main concern, hotels seem to miss this critical point lately.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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LorenzMaurer, General Manager at Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review, 12 April 2012
Dear Jay F,

Thank you so much for taking the time to fill out a review on Tripadvisor. As the General Manager of the Hotel Rex I'm very pleased with your positive feedback, and I'm happy to inform you that we are currently installing new Serta beds in all our guestrooms!

Again, thank you so much for your review and I'm hoping to welcome you back to San Francisco and the Hotel Rex very soon!

Kindest regards,

Lorenz Maurer
General Manager
415.217.4023
lmaurer@jdvhotels.com
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

Pro's
• Centrally located but still quiet
• Nice decor

Con's
• Shower and bath weren't great
• Bed a little too hard for my liking

  • Stayed March 2012
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

This is a delightful boutique hotel with great staff and service. And a great "neighborhood" bar to have your complimentary glass of wine each evening. The location is excellent--just two blocks from Union Square with many restaurants nearby.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

I live in San Francisco but didn't want to be bothered ... with anything. I'm old. I needed a place close to Disposable Film Events ...They did a fabulous job with valet-ing my car. Very reasonably priced. I had room 705 top floor. Elevator. Warm. Spotlessly clean. Wi-fi worked beautifully. Large flat-screen tv. Wonderful service from the doorman, to counter staff, to assistance finding the film events, to help the next morning in the rain at the crack of dawn to get me out to sound engineering class. Yep! You heard it ! :-) Let's Joie de vivre

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre hotel
Address: 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1102
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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
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in San Francisco
#26 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#47 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#56 Family Hotel in San Francisco
Price range (per night): $261 - $544
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre hotel 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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