This was our third time to stay at the Rex, and we've enjoyed it each time. We purposefully seek out boutique-style hotels rather than the chains. Rex has so much character and is so charming! The building is old - which we enjoy - but well kept. We are always sure to stay over on a Friday night so that we can enjoy the weekly live jazz music in the lobby. Adding to the charm was Rex's mascot, Max the pug. We have our own pug at home, so we felt even more at home seeing Max sprawled out and snoring in the lobby. There is a daily free wine happy hour, which is very nice. Their daily breakfast buffet is excellent and expansive, as well as being fairly priced.
Make sure you end up with an air conditioner in your room, however, if you are sensitive to heat. On this particular stay of ours, we were given a room without one - we Texans just cannot deal without our AC. We called the front desk to ask about it, and someone was up at our room within 5 minutes to swap our key and escort us to another room with an AC. Excellent service!
We love the location of Rex within the city of SF, as it's just a couple of blocks away from Union Square. Other hotels with this type of proximity to Union Square charge double the rates. If you'd like to stay a bit closer to the wharf and a bit further from the action, we could also recommend Hotel Carlton which is owned by the same company as Rex.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Rex was inspired by the San Francisco art and literary salons of the 1920's and 30's. Vibrant and alive, the clubby lobby surrounds guests with distinctive period furnishings, walls of antiquarian books, and an exceptional collection of exotic objects and original portraits and murals.The Hotel Rex was designed by noted San Francisco interior designers Candra Scott & Anderson.The Library Bar is where travelers meet the local arts and social scene with themed evenings such as Movie Night, Records at Rex - our bartender plays real vinyl records, Live Jazz on Friday and other days featuring Poetry readings, live coffee house type acoustic guitar performances and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rex Hotel San Francisco
- Hotel Rex San Francisco
- Rex San Francisco