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Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre hotel

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Delhi, India
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

It is in heart of SFO. You can walk to Union square, second largest Macy's, China town, great shopping place. Macy's has a Cheese cake factory but it was so crowded that I didnt want to wait for 45 mins. But am sure it would have been a good experience. I had only a weekend in SFO and am glad... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Was very pleasantly surprised in finding an affordable, comfortable and well located hotel in downtown San Francisco. The service was excellent, the evening drink in the library a pleasant addition and the free bicycles a surprise. The rooms are older style and smaller, but well appointed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

PROS: -This is a fantastic location near Union Square with easy walking distance to the Ferry Building, Financial District, SOMA, and Civic Center. -The lobby and rooms are comfortably decorated and noise was not an issue. -Front Desk will store luggage and most of the clerks are very friendly CONS: -Valet takes at least 30 minutes -No pour it yourself... More 

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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Okay so this is my third review of the Rex since 2011, but we're regular annual visitors to the City and this place really deserves the recognition. First, we got a great deal through AAA when most other places in Union Square weren't offering anything special (Spring break?). As others have said, none of the large hotels can begin to... More 

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Rochester, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was all set to be disappointed in this classic hotel (1906), but left thoroughly delighted. Complementary wine at happy hour. No free breakfast, but the in-house restaurant was very good. Service was first rate all over Hotel Rex, and particularly at the front desk. We had an initial problem with A/C that did not work -- but were moved... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed at the Hotel Rex with my teenage son for a quick spring break trip to San Francisco. This was my first stay at a Joie de Vivre property. Experience was positive overall. Pros: Convenient location, friendly staff, quirky vibe, Library bar with jazz trio on Friday night! Cons: If you like your big business chain hotels with full amenities,... More 

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Valencia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent Easter weekend visiting my son in San francisco who is in college. This is my second time staying at a Joie de vivre hotel and I haven't been disappointed at all. The staff at friendly, courteous and helpful. Our room was small but quaint. Beds were very comfortable. Location was fantastic and near Union Square. The Library Bar in... More 

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Seattle, WA
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My stay in SFO was for business and I generally find myself staying in the larger, chain hotels...but for a number of reasons I ended up at the Hotel Rex and I was please with my stay. The location of the hotel is convenient to shopping and restaurants (although I wasn't wowed with any of the restaurants located adjacent to... More 

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San Francisco, California
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rex was a solid hotel with very friendly and accommodating staff. While the facilities could use a bit of an upgrade, you can't beat its location - steps from Union Square, the financial district, and a quick car ride to the Marina or Mission neighborhoods. I can't say enough about the staff - they were incredibly friendly and quick to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Clean and spacious room, comfortable bed, great service, love the Library Bar (drinks are great), good food! Just visited SF for the first time last week. Not only will I return often to that beautiful city, but I will not stay any place other than Hotel Rex. It will become my home away from home. I loved everything about the... More 

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