$159 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Jan 2, 2015 Check-out: Jan 3, 2015

Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

3 stars
562 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.9
out of 5
55 reviews
Experience San Francisco at the Rex.

The hotel is quaint, well maintained, and in an excellent location. Walk to Union Square. Catch the... See full review

  • Henri La Fox
  • Aug 11, 2014
Excellent attention, excellent location

Right in the heart of Union Square, offering a very friendly staff. The rooms is a little small,... See full review

  • Carlos Avila 619
  • Jun 3, 2014
Hip happenings in 1920s salon style hotel
 Drawing on the literary and artistic past of San Francisco, the Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel takes its name from local poet Kenneth Rexroth, and his artist wife Andree Dutcher provided the inspiration for the new Californian/French fusion bistro Cafe Andree. Recently renovated, this cozy and original hotel blends elements of Provencal style with the feel of an authentic 1920s salon, and hosts jazz nights and literary events. Located amidst fine art galleries at Gallery Row in the heart of San Francisco's Theatre District, the hotel is steps away from the city's best shopping and dining. Valet parking (fees apply) is available at Hotel Rex and pets are allowed.
3 Reasons To Stay:
  • Hosts regular cultural events
  • Free Wi-Fi access throughout the property
  • Complimentary wine hour and morning coffee
Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel Rooms

Seven floors and 94 guest rooms serve the Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel. The building itself is charming and further enhanced by its French inspired decor. Continuing the idiosyncratic house style, the bedrooms are in a striking but tasteful palette of ochre, burnt orange and burgundy, maintaining the Provencal theme, and checked or striped bedding and wall coverings. Individual objects crafted and hand-painted by local artists adorn the rooms. Rooms include beds that have pillow top mattresses, minibars, bathrobes and complimentary toiletries all provided, alongside cable television and pay-per-view movies. Smoking and non-smoking rooms are available, and following the million-dollar renovation of Hotel Rex, they now provide complimentary hotel-wide wireless Internet access.

Things To Do:

  • Union Square (0.2 mi/0.3 km)
  • Yerba Buena Gardens (0.8 mi/1.2 km)
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1 mi/1.5 km)
Policies and fees

Valet parking is $42 USD per night.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

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Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel Rooms

Standard Queen
Each guest room is decorated with custom wall coverings, fresh fabrics, hand-painted lampshades and the work of local artisans. They include new pillow top mattresses, a two-line cordless phone with voicemail, dataport, cable TV, pay-per-view movies, CD player, honor bar, mini-refrigerator, writing desk, bathrobe, iron and board, electronic lock. ADA compliant and non-smoking rooms are available upon request.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
General
Concierge
Pet friendly
Activities
Fitness Center
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Transportation
Airport shuttle
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Nearby points of interest

  • Kertesz Gallery: 0.1 mi
  • Union Square: 0.2 mi
  • Grace Cathedral: 0.2 mi
  • Old St Mary's Cathedral: 0.3 mi
  • Toomey Tourell Gallery: 0.3 mi
  • Cable Car Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Don Soker Gallery: 0.4 mi
  • St Patrick's Church: 0.4 mi
  • Cartoon Art Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Chinatown: 0.5 mi
  • Transamerica Pyramid: 0.6 mi
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: 0.6 mi
  • Moscone Center: 0.6 mi
  • 871 Fine Arts: 0.6 mi
  • Octagon House: 0.7 mi
  • Kertesz Gallery: 0.1 mi
  • Union Square: 0.2 mi
  • Grace Cathedral: 0.2 mi
  • Old St Mary's Cathedral: 0.3 mi
  • Toomey Tourell Gallery: 0.3 mi
  • Cable Car Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Don Soker Gallery: 0.4 mi
  • St Patrick's Church: 0.4 mi
  • Cartoon Art Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Chinatown: 0.5 mi
  • Transamerica Pyramid: 0.6 mi
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: 0.6 mi
  • Moscone Center: 0.6 mi
  • 871 Fine Arts: 0.6 mi
  • Octagon House: 0.7 mi
  • Civic Centre: 0.7 mi
  • SoMa: 0.8 mi
  • Haas Lilienthal House: 0.9 mi
  • San Francisco City Hall: 0.9 mi
  • Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption: 0.9 mi
  • Coit Tower: 0.9 mi
  • Ferry Building: 1 mi
  • Lafayette Park: 1 mi
  • San Francisco Symphony: 1 mi
  • Konko Church of San Francisco: 1.1 mi
  • Pioneer's Monument: 1.1 mi
  • Japantown: 1.1 mi
  • Japan Center: 1.2 mi
  • ATT Park: 1.2 mi
  • Lombard Street: 1.2 mi
  • Port of San Francisco: 1.2 mi
  • Underwater World: 1.3 mi
  • Aquarium of the Bay: 1.3 mi
  • Ghirardelli Square: 1.3 mi
  • Wax Museum Entertainment Complex: 1.3 mi
  • Pier 39: 1.3 mi
  • San Francisco Experience: 1.3 mi
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum: 1.3 mi
  • Wyland Gallery: 1.4 mi
  • Hyde Street Pier: 1.4 mi
  • Musee Mecanique: 1.4 mi
  • Lands End: 1.8 mi
  • Mission Dolores: 2 mi
  • Mission Delores: 2 mi
  • Mission Cliffs Rock Climbing Center: 2 mi

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
Corporate meetings, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, showers, brunches, literary events and private parties have all been hosted at the Hotel Rex. With state-of-the-art lighting, the Hotel Rex can create different moods, from professional to intimate and romantic. Three areas are available to host a special event or meeting.

Dining

Cafe Andree
Open for Breakfast, Dinner, and Weekend Brunch.
Lobby Bar
The lobby bar opens nightly at 5pm

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (55)

Ratings and reviews for Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Overall score

3.9 / 5
5.01.0
55 out of 55
Amenities:
3.7
Room cleanliness:
4.4
Hotel staff:
4.6
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4.6
Value:
4.1

87% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Orcutt, California
Aug 19, 2010

Not Happy

Not good. They did NOT give me my wake up call. I didn't arrive until after midnight and I asked for my wake up call and also called after I got to the room just to make sure....no call the next morning. I was very upset!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
More Noodles
Business
Singapore
Aug 16, 2010

A Charming Bolt-hole in SF

My wife and I spent three nights at Hotel Rex and found it an excellent base for exploring downtown. We are both committed city dwellers so we were not put off by the size of our queen-bed room. There was ample room to unpack two cases and maneuver around each other in the bathroom. We had more than enough closet space, and the hotel promptly brought us extra coat hangers and another bathrobe. The bathrobes were an unexpected amenity, and the soaps and shampoos provided were equally indulgent. We uncovered lots of friendly touches inside Hotel Rex. We also appreciated the free wi-fi internet access and the alarm clock that played and charged our iPods. We ran into plenty of thoughtfulness when we stepped out of the room, too. The staff gave excellent advice about how to buy passes and catch the cable car at the end of the block. They also invited us to enjoy a free glass of wine in the cozy hotel bar before the start of each evening. Even after happy hour, wine was well chosen and modestly priced. Kudos to Hotel Rex for thinking of the little things that make staying in hotels so much fun. We used the hotel as an anchor point for walking around Chinatown, catching the cable car to Fisherman's Wharf, and shopping along Market Street and Union Square. There are plenty of nice locations for breakfast. I did have to walk down to Macy's Mens store for Peet's Coffee (please no more Starburck's), and the cafe attached to the hotel only does an adequate job in the morning. Dinner options in the neighborhood are even better. Plus, several of San Francisco's best art galleries stand just across the road. Hotel Rex makes a good launching pad for enjoying an outstanding city.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Have dinner at Swell on Bush Street (one block uphill from Hotel Rex). The small but perfectly formed restaurant perches atop the Stockton Tunnel, and they apply that same sensibility to fresh seafood.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Hilly
Business
Albany, NY
Jul 21, 2010

Hotel Rex

This is a great little boutique hotel; one of the best values for the price. It is close to Union Square, the staff are great, and the rooms are nicely appointed.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

This hotel is close to all the best shopping, dining, and a short walk to the Moscone Center.

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Review of Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Lewis Rees
Business
London
Jul 17, 2010

A Non-Literary Masterpiece

Very well-presented/decorated hotel. Pleasant and helpful staff. Perfect location for walking to downtown (or other areas, as long as you don't mind going uphill for 3 blocks). Very decent, quiet bar in the hotel lobby. Oh, and Max the resident Pug is an absolute darling. The only downsides? The restaurant and bar are really pretty small and understaffed...as long as you're not in a rush, it's fine though. This place is quiet, relaxed, jazzy, and filled with nice little touches that make your day a little bit easier (free wine in the bar from 5pm to 6pm? Yes please :D).

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Gary Danko's: the single best restaurant in the city by reputation, and backed up by quality. It may be relatively pricey (cheaper than similarly Michelin-starred places in London however), but it's worth every penny. Definitely book beforehand, as walk-ins are nearly impossible.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Mr. George
Business
Columbus Ohio
May 16, 2010

Decent Room, Convenient Location

The decor and furniture is a little older but it is in good condition and, overall, my room was comfortable and pleasant. Like most downtown hotels, especially the older ones, the room was a little small but was adequete for me traveling alone. Extra electrical outlets were a plus. The Rex is located about a block from Union Square and the Powell Street cable car line and is convenient to shopping and dining.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
New Orleans
Mar 4, 2010

All Show no go

Very ragged decor with window airconditioner units. spots on the bedding, no duvet just two sheets, shower was just a trickle with plastic shower/tub combination and plastic countertops with stains. Towells were like brillo pads and small. NO LUXURY at all.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

One of the best vietnamese restaurants in the city is within a short walk. Le Colonial is two blocks down Sutter to Taylor, left and one block to the middle of the block right in the alley and there it is.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
F'burg traveler
Business
Fredericksburg, VA
Mar 1, 2010

Great price, great location

The staff here is uber friendly and offered assistance whenever I needed it. The rooms are very comfortable, especially the bed, and the decor is very cool. You are definitely not staying in a chain hotel when you stay here. The view from my room was nil, but I didn't really care because I only spent time there at the end of the day to sleep. Union Square, Chinatown, and the Embarcadero all within easy walking distance if you're up for it. Nob Hill is 3 short but very steep blocks up. I would stay here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Nob Hill Cafe - up three blocks and then over a few. Delicious Italian fare - have the butternut squash gnocci.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
CA
Jan 28, 2010

Convenient Hotel Rex

Hotel Rex is located just off Union Square, a great location for visiting SF. The staff is friendly and helpful and the evening wine reception is great. Rooms are large enough and clean but overall the hotel has a "worn" feel to it. To sum it up, good value and very serviceable hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
.asl.
Business
Hood River, OR
Jan 18, 2010

Fabulous experience!!

The hotel was in a great location. I was looking for something unique and the hotel was definitely unique. Loved the decor. The front desk staff was helpful and friendly. We enjoyed our time.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Phildefer
Business
Los Angeles
Jan 2, 2010

As expected

Friendly and professional service[...]

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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