Phoenix Hotel

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Phoenix Hotel

, San Francisco
2 star

Rooms: 44

601 Eddy Street - San Francisco - California - 94109 - United States Hotel Website | | 4157761380
386 Traveller

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Definitely not for everyone

from sun_seattle
Stayed here one night and agree with most of the postings, this is a motor inn with some very minor updates, not a Kimpton Hotel by any stretch either if you know what I mean. The staff was friendly and the pool is clean but the Tenderloin is an acquired taste and the rooms are very average.

No, never again

from Beans and Cornbread
I was recently on tour with a band and stayed at the Phoenix. The only good thing I can say about this place is that they have parking for touring buses and vans. Other than that - the desk personnel was rude and made HORRIBLE recommedations for food. The neighborhood is riddled with crackheads. The hotel itself is motel-style with NO frills. I felt like I was staying at a boot camp for bad kids...

re there at the right time

from A TripAdvisor Member
If you're looking for the action, it's probably here. During our stay, we did see a couple bands coming, going, and chilling. We were there three nights. Two of those nights, the restaurant and bar were closed -- we knew that in advance. What we didn't know was that they'd be closed the third night, too, to host a private party. It worked out okay -- the desk staff gave us good advice as to where we could walk from there to get dinner. But not as convenient as having things on-site.

The rooms were pretty basic, but with some fun frills thrown in for those in-the-know, like Spin and Filter magazines on the nightstand. The pool area was a good place to lounge about, but I'm not sure it ever gets very sunny there. The hotel was fairly quiet at night, which is quite a feat, considering the parties that were going on.

This hotel is not for everyone. The breakfast and coffee are so-so, and there aren't too many little niceties that you might expect to find in a "boutique hotel." Also, it IS in the Tenderloin district -- not the most comfortable place for non-urbanites, I'm guessing. (You'll find lots of drunks and junkies lying about if you walk around the area, especially at night. There was nothing that scared us, but I realize that just seeing this kind of thing is pretty scary to some people.) We had a good time, though -- especially my teenage daughter, who loved the place. I liked it that it was within a long-ish walk to all the major "attractions" -- Union Square, Chinatown, etc. Also it's just a few blocks from a BART station, if you like to take that route.

For our needs - a clean, comfortable place with a bit of fun and "something different" thrown in - it was just the ticket. We will return soon.

Interesting Hotel in a colourful neighbourhood

from denjules
We stayed here for four nights it was also our first time to San Fran so we had quite hopeful expectations of this hotel, which has billed itself as a rock and roll motel. First impressions when you pull into the car park is that this tiny motel is dwarfed by all the bigger building around it. The reception area is just as you would expect from any motel anywhere. We had booked a king deluxe which is basically the same as the standard room but with a fridge and coffeemaker. The rooms are quite a good size and the furnishing are nice and modern, the bathroom was quite small but it was adequate, the room was clean and seemed to have anything you could require, maid service was quick and efficient.
The things that set this motel apart is the pool area which is like a little oasis with lovely seating area and a sun trap even in the cold January weather infact if your brave the pool is heated. The other thing that improves this hotel is the Bambudda Bar and Restaurant which is quite smart for such a small motel and has a really lovely seating area with a fire in the courtyard, we had a lovely meal and it was great when you got back in the evening to have drink under the stars.
Now for the biggest drawback of this place and that is the location. When we booked we were completely unaware quite what a COLOURFUL area it was in, it true as described in other reviews that the surrounding streets do seem to be home to a vast number of homeless, druggies, pimps and prostitutes however it's not as bad as it sounds as we walked everwhere day and night and we never had a single problem or for that matter an encounter with any of them, they didn't approach us or ask for anything.
So once you get past this fact then I think that considering the price and the fact you get free parking and it's not a holiday inn or a Marriott then it's quite a breath of fresh air it's as unique as San Fran (but maybe not as rock and roll)

t Stay at the Phoenix Hotel!

from soso45
My husband and I travel to San Francisco all the time and stayed at a lot of hotels. The Phoenix Hotel is by far the worst hotel we have ever stayed at.

I am writing this review because I am shocked at the high rating for this hotel. It is located in the worst area of San Francisco (Tenderloin). The area is full of junkies, hookers, and homeless people. Even the locals avoid the area. We had to walk around many blocks to avoid that area just to get to our hotel.

The room smelled, the walls were thin, and it was extremely loud (until 4 am). The bathroom was absolutely disgusting. The sheets weren't clean (they had "brown" stains ont them. Hookers and junkies hang out right outside the hotel.

We would have switched hotels after the first night but we were traveling with friends so we were kind of stuck there.

If you are on a budget, you can find nicer hotels in San Francisco. I can't even say, that if you are looking for a good time, this hotel is the place to stay. Families, please do not stay here, it is seriously not worth explaining to your kids what hookers and junkies are.

I will say this though, the staff at the front desk were very nice.

Roll As A Visit To Your Local Old Peoples Home!!!

from Nounou
Ok so I'll be honest this hotel is by no means bad, in fact it's quite nice. It doesn't look as shiny & new as it does it the pics, but that's no surprise. The Bambuddha Bar is hardly kicking, there were no rock n roll types, very little partying & in fact most of the people that were there when we stayed had little kiddies! Breakfast on the patio was good with bagels & pastries n stuff YUM! I would not park my car in the car park as the area is a bit seedy & iffy. If you do decide to go wandering around the Tenderloin at night, be sensible & have your wits about you as we saw a fight within seconds of stepping out of the carpark & I do not think it would be a good area to be drunk lost & British. Although the area is not great San Francisco is so small & well connected with transport links that it doesn't matter. Good hotel but not for rock n roll types!

Staying with kids...

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel is a great place to stay. I went to SF on business and brought the kids (9 and 15) with me. I liked the fact that the hotel had a heated outdoor pool all year around. My kids used it more than once a day. The courtyard requires keycard access during the day which made me feel safer about the kids being alone at the hotel while I was working. At night the bar crowd spills over into the pool area, but even then the kids had fun swimming and even chatted some with the locals. The staff were kind enough to give us a room furthest from the nightly activity so the noise didn't bother us. Everything shut down at 10pm each week night and 11pm on the weekends, so that was a reasonable time. It was also only 4 blocks from the BART station. We rode the BART to Market and Spear, walked a block to the F-Line and rode it right to Pier 39. The parking is *free* and simple to maneuver into, which is not easy to find in SF. The hotel is old which only becomes apparent inside the rooms, but the place is clean and decorated very cutely. The beds were comfy and the water pressure ROCKS! The courtyard has various statues and artwork that add a lot to the character. The staff was really helpful in directions and with the public transportation information. The Phoenix is definately worth looking into if you don't mind a little bit of partying in the evenings. I will definately return to this hotel.

Hot, Fun Hotel

from circuitboitravel
Ok, so be prepared when you drive up that this place is different. I went in with doubt, but what a great kept secret. The rooms are more than comfortable. Make sure that you take a room on the second floor.
The rooms have your basic's and that's pretty much it, Basics.

Not my style

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just got back from SF and stayed one night at the Phoenix----thought we would be adventurous and the place sounded cool. In reality it's an old motel in a scary neighborhood. It looks more refurbished on the website. We parked our car in the lot for free but I guess you get what you pay for....when we woke up the next moring our car, along with four other cars, got broken into between midnight and 8am. I would suggest their other hotels, Hotel Carlton and The Adagio. The two were much nicer hotels in nicer neighborhoods for $20-$40 more---well worth the extra $$$.

Excellent Value!

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Phoenix was a breath of fresh air--no cookie cutter hotel experience here!

We stayed for four nights in August and loved it. Yes, the noise level is a bit high on the weekend nights but there has to be a price for funkiness.

The rooms was spacious and clean. The bathrooms could do with some 'refurbishment' in the near future but they were clean and well stocked. The pool, free parking, friendly (and uber-cool) staff and convenient location capped off a great stay.

The area isn't the greatest but it is central and within easy walking distance of Union Square, cable cars etc.

Highly recommend this hotel.

Top Local Tips for San Francisco

Public transport. You can buy a multi day ticket for $18.00 which is good value, particularly if you use the cable car. The buses and trams are excellent. No need to bother with cabs.

Great Persian Dining Alborz Restaurant, 1245 Van Ness Ave San Francisco, CA 94109 (415) 440-4321 Wonderful food, great corner windows, quiet, attentive, friendly service and nicely priced.

Cable car to Fisherman's Wharf Long story short - we ate breakfast, walked down Eddy St. straight to the start of the cable car line and after a diversion to Sephora, we were on our way to the wharf. We met some fun folks on the ride then got of at the end of the line - shopped a bit - then picked out our own seafood feasts, which we ate in our laps. Delish though, despite the hungry birds. We walked along the wharf to the sea lions and a beautiful view of the bay. We stopped for drinks at a few places along the way back from the wharf and to Ghiradelli Square. If you go this way, there's a lady selling semi-precious stone jewelry for a STEAL - from $5 - $30 a necklace, and less for bracelets and different sizes of earrings. Really good stuff actually! It was a beautiful day and we really accomplished nothing - but we got to catch up, enjoy each others company and kick off our week of fun in the sunshine! Love the wharf :)


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  • Address: 601 Eddy Street - San Francisco - California - 94109 - United States
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