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While waiting for a manager in the slick Art Deco lobby of the Hotel Bijou, we bopped our heads to Spanish pop music, watched a British father read to his daughter in a plush settee and fought the urge to strike a pose. Situated just two blocks from the popular Nordstrom Center and Market Street’s transportation hub, this two-star hotel celebrates San Francisco’s cinematic charm.
Each of the Bijou’s 65 rooms are named for a movie that was set in San Francisco. Though not as glamorous as the lobby, the rooms are bright and comfortable, with standard blonde furnishings and mustard-yellow accent walls. Some bedspreads come in subdued stripes while others are loud geometric prints. Walls are decorated with black-and-white photographs of famous San Francisco theaters, and each also has a photo and description of the movie for which it’s named. (We enjoyed seeing Robin Williams in drag in the “Mrs. Doubtfire” room).
All rooms are equipped with a television, phone and free Wi-Fi. Light sleepers should ask for interior rooms, as Mason Street is pretty but noisy.
The private bathrooms are clean and bright, with yellow walls and colorful shower curtains. Some have stall showers, but bathtubs are available (ask ahead). Toiletries and a hair dryer are standard.
The Bijou’s purple-and-gold lobby is a nice place to relax, but the real place to be is the adjacent “theater.” Its rich purple curtains, flat-screen television and Art Deco theater seats make a great setting for free nightly double features (one showing at 7 p.m. and one at 9:30 p.m.) of San Francisco flicks (free popcorn included). Complimentary coffee and tea are also available here throughout the day.
A full breakfast buffet, complete with bagels, waffles, eggs and all the fixin’s is available for $7.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
- Handicap accessible rooms
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111 Mason Street
Union Square, San Francisco, United States
About the Bijou neighborhood
The heart of San Francisco’s downtown area, Union Square is named for the park that was once the site of pro-Union rallies during the Civil War. These days, it’s a shopper’s paradise, home to department stores, upscale boutiques, tourist shops and salons. Just off the park, you’ll find Chinatown to the north and a cluster of theaters and art galleries to the west. The area is also a transportation and hotel hub.