We mention Joie de Vivre right up front because hotels that enjoy that designation can be counted on to be charming, well-run, with great service. And the Hotel Rex is all of that. Inspired by the San Francisco art and literary salons of yesteryear, the Hotel Rex has been transformed with a clever restoration by the creative Joie de Vivre hotelier group. An unassuming exterior façade hides the 1930s-style San Francisco literary salon, the Library Bar, pleasing public spaces, very well done rooms, and friendly staff.
Many of the vintage furnishings were preserved during a recent hotel facelift, giving the lobby and the library an old club-like ambiance. The overall effect is more Jazz Age salon than modern day San Francisco hotel. Every Friday night, jazz musicians perform live in the Library Bar, and there are literary readings many other evenings.
Expect vintage touches in the guest roooms (which are larger than average) with dark wood, hand-painted lampshades, and local artwork. Although filled with antiques, there are modern inspirations in the rooms, like high-tech work stations. Ask for a guest room in the rear of the hotel and you'll be rewarded with a view of the tranquil, tree-lined courtyard. Our fave rooms are the Executive Kings.
If you opt for the hotel's City Lights Bookstore Package you receive a gift card to the legendary bookstore (sticking to the Rex's literary theme) as well as two day passes to the cable car that gets you there and back. Hotel Rex is in the Theater District and one block away from Union Square. The Powell Street cable car line is also just one block away and will take you to Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown and North Beach.
The Library Bar serves California classics with a European influence — roasted beet and goat salad, grilled salmon over house-made fettuccine, and rock-shrimp risotto are a few of the house favorites.
Breakfast and dinner are also served in the Library Bar, as are the evening wine reception and live jazz on Friday nights.
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• Highly Rated
• Free WIFI (Yay!)
• 562 Sutter Street
• Neighborhood — Union Square
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