Hotel Rex

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Hotel Rex
Hotel Rex

Named for Kenneth Rexroth, emcee of the fabled Six Gallery reading series that launched the Beat Generation, the Hotel Rex draws design inspiration from literary salons. Bookshelves and paintings of famous writers line the walls of the lobby bar, which frequently hosts readings and cabarets, and pages from 1950s editions of the San Francisco Social Register paper the elevator walls. The 94 rooms are long on character, styled in moody browns and purples, complemented by dark wood furniture and lampshades stenciled with Impressionistic figures. Extras include good linens, quality bath amenities, iPod docks and mini fridges. Beds are a mix of kings and queens (if you care, voice your preference). Some rooms are dark, in part because of window air-conditioners, so request a high floor for more light—or plan to sleep in.


Venue name: Hotel Rex
Address: 562 Sutter St
San Francisco

Cross street: between Powell and Mason Sts
Transport: BART & Metro to Powell/cable car Powell-Hyde or Powell-Mason / Bus 2, 3, 76X
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Erin Kuschner

Staying here was such a treat! I love the literary theme that pervades throughout, with details that include a wallpaper "social register" in the elevator and framed photos of literary figures hanging around the hotel. A free glass of wine is offered at the bar when you check in, which is a welcome touch after traveling. Clean, affordable and cozy, Hotel Rex is definitely a place I'll be coming back to (bonus: it's just a couple blocks away from the Powell metro stop - and Mr. Holmes Bakehouse!).