Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco
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Definitely not for everyonefrom sun_seattle
No, never againfrom Beans and Cornbread
re there at the right timefrom A TripAdvisor Member
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 neighbourhoodfrom denjules
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
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
Staying with kids...from A TripAdvisor Member
Hot, Fun Hotelfrom circuitboitravel
The rooms have your basic's and that's pretty much it, Basics.
Not my stylefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Excellent Value!from A TripAdvisor Member
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 :)
Other names for Phoenix Hotel
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- Address: 601 Eddy Street - San Francisco - California - 94109 - United States
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