Set in a beautifully restored 1930 Colonial Revivalist building, Hotel Metropolis offers designer touches that elevate it from boring to boutique. You know that as soon as you arrive in the sleek lobby with floor-to-ceiling windows, curved lobby chairs and a very funky check-in desk.
Yes, it's on the fringe of the Tenderloin district, but in an area that is undergoing restoration. Once you get over that, you find that Hotel Metropolis' many nice details make it worth the stay. To give some perspective, the Hilton Union Square hotel is a three-minute walk away, the Powell Street station is two minutes away on foot. Sort of defines the term "central location".
This historic hotel was completed in the 1920s and went through many reincarnations to become the hotel that it is today. The original structure featured Renaissance & Baroque ornamentation; a lounge with a stenciled, bracketed beamed ceiling; and a decorative iron staircase.
Today the trending Hotel Metropolis is owned by Haiyi Hotels (pronounced "hi-YEE") based in San Francisco. They manage four other SF boutique hotels — Carriage Inn, Good Hotel, Best Western Plus Americania, and Hotel Vertigo.
The Metropolis describes its guest rooms as having elements of earth, wind, fire, or water. Whatever you call them, with Deluxe King rooms starting at only $149 we had to investigate further, and liked what we found. The Deluxe Queen rooms feature the regular roundup of bed, desk, chair, bedside table, and flat screen TV. But here's what separates Hotel Metropolis from other San Francisco 3-star hotels — a touch of class.
For starters the windows open. allowing in fresh air, a huge bonus in our opinion. But there are other design details that make you feel like you're in a boutique hotel — designer headboards, retro bricks, funky furniture in the lobby and common areas. The common areas also feature floor-to-ceiling windows and mirrors, with the ceilings redone to the 1930s Post-Deco style.
By the way, we recommend the upgrade (to either a King or Queen room) to get a balcony, for a little touch of luxury.
Soul food, anyone? Farmer Brown restaurant serves up time-honored southern recipes from the Creoles to the Carolinas with old favorites like dry-rubbed and slow-smoked bbq baby back ribs, seafood gumbo with catfish and Louisiana shrimp, pulled pork po'boy, and classic jambalaya with smoked chicken and andouille sausage. (Not what you expected from a place owned by Haiyi Hotels, was it?)
Bold cocktails are served in Mason jars like Mulberry Moonshine made with bourbon, rye, mulberry, plum chai tea, lime; and housemade ginger nectar. There are seasonal cocktails like Spring Thyme Affair made with gin, herbs, pineapple, lime & sea salt.
Open for late breakfast (starting at 10:0 AM) with a full selection of hearty dishes like the farmer's plate of two eggs, cajun potatoes & angel biscuits, chicken and waffles, or a breakfast pulled-pork sandwich.
Guests find the hotel clean, well-run and inexpensive, if the rooms on the small side. They love the retro lobby, clean rooms, and great beds. Guests either love or hate the location. Many find it very convenient with access to public transportation, others find it too close to the Tenderloin.
This budget boutique hotel is well suited to those who don't mind a little bit of grit with the great prices, clean rooms, and central location. For its price, we consider it a good choice for San Francisco lodging. Although its close to the Tenderloin, that area is easy to avoid. Nevertheless, travelers who weren't prepared for the area keep the overall rating at merely "Good". Would we stay here? Probably not, given the other charming boutique hotel choices near Union Square.
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• Free WIFI
• 25 Mason Street (at Market)
• Neighborhood — Tenderloin
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