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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
With one of the city’s only open-air (and tour bus-friendly) parking lots, the Phoenix Hotel has earned its stripes as crash pad to up-and-coming rock stars from Joan Jett and David Bowie to Moby and The Killers. Its gritty ‘hood—on the edge of the Tenderloin but just blocks from Civic Center and famed music venues like the Great American Music Hall and the Warfield—only adds to the two-star hotel’s funky, youthful vibe.
The Phoenix’s 44 rooms, all of which open onto the cool, palm-filled courtyard, feel more breezy island bungalow than seedy rocker den. Bright white ceilings offset wooden beams, painted mossy green to match accent walls of the same hue. Orange floral bedspreads and wicker furniture and ceiling fans round out the scene. And original artwork, mostly by local artists, adds a unique touch to each room. Rooms are equipped with a television, phone, free Wi-Fi and coffee and tea facilities. About half also have a mini-fridge.
Private bathrooms, tiled in yellow and green, are cheery and squeaky clean. Toiletries and hair dryers are provided.
With its yellow-and-turquoise paint job and retro signage out front, the Phoenix playfully pays homage to its origin as a 1950s motel. The feel is decidedly more artsy-hip in the expansive courtyard, which is peppered with potted palms and funky sculptures. There's a cool indoor/outdoor bar, but the centerpiece is the heated pool, with its landmark mural by artist Francis Forlenza.
The Phoenix is operated by Joie de Vivre, a boutique hotel group that operates unique properties with a social mission throughout California. JDV’s “extras” include staff-written, themed city guides and a Golden Gate Greeter program that matches guests (staying a minimum of two nights) with a local volunteer for a free, specialized tour.
Plus, as part of the “Joie de Vivre Gives” program, the Phoenix donates to and works with H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers), an organization devoted to raising awareness about the effects of repeated exposure to excessively loud music. A hip hotel, and a conscience too!
Breakfast, included in the room rate, is served poolside.
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.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
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601 Eddy Street
Civic Center & the Tenderloin, San Francisco, United States
About the Hotel Phoenix neighborhood
The Civic Center ‘hood is named for an opulent complex of buildings. It stretches north of Market Street bordering busy Union Square, tony Nob Hill and chic Hayes Valley. Nearby sits the notoriously seedy Tenderloin, where the city’s most destitute roam. Yes, these mean streets can be sketchy, but of you don’t mind a little grime there are treasures to be found here.