$228 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Oct 5, 2014 Check-out: Oct 8, 2014

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.

Hotel Map

37.7894 -122.4098
Area served
San Francisco, CA
Nearby airports
SFO, OAK, SJC
Area description
The Hotel Rex is located in the heart of the theater district and one block away from Union Square, the center of the City's shopping district. The hotel is walking distance to Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, Tiffany, Nordstrom, several other fashionable boutiques, art galleries, Moscone Convention Center, Yerba Buena Gardens and the Museum of Modern Art. The Powell Street Cable Car line is one block away and travels to Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown and North Beach.

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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
  • Nob Hill: 0.5 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
  • 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
  • Nob Hill: 0.5 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

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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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Carlos Avila 619
San Diego, CA
Jun 3, 2014

Excellent attention, excellent location

Right in the heart of Union Square, offering a very friendly staff. The rooms is a little small, but compared to other reviews of SF City hotels, it may be an adequate size. Ditto for the elevator, pretty tight quarters. The comfort, cleanliness, and the staff's attention far exceeds any other 'naggy' comment regarding room size. The cherry on the cake was the two beach cruisers available for use by hotel guests. My wife and I saw the City from a perspective available to few tourists (unless you decide to pay an arm and a leg to rent a bike for the day). The informality of taking the hotel's bicycles on a spin around the Embarcadero through the City's many neighborhoods made our stay at Hotel Rex second to none.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

Elephant Sushi in Russian Hill neighborhood, worth the short Lyft trip.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
cyferguson
Dallas, Texas
Aug 8, 2011

Hotel Rex was a home away from home...

We traveled to San Francisco to beat the Texas heatwave (it was over 108 degrees in Texas while we were in San Francisco!) and also to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary. We just enjoyed the city, spent a day driving up to Yosemite, another day in Bodega Bay, four days in San Francisco proper. We really enjoyed the quaint atmosphere of the Hotel Rex. We especially loved the friendly staff, including [...] at the front desk who brought his sweet little pug (Maximo) to work every day. Max would sit on his little pillow and greet everyone like a little hotel mascot. The hotel was quaint, clean and the staff went out of their way to make our stay pleasant. We loved the location near Union Square, restaurants and shops everywhere!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
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Review of Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
.asl.
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
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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Norwood, MA
Jul 17, 2011

Classic & Timeless

The Hotel Rex felt a little like Woody Allen's latest film, "Midnight in Paris," in that it's atmosphere was timeless, welcoming, and seemed to be of another era. The lobby/library area is its main charm and the gentleman behind the bar is the most gracious host and sir-mix-a-lot I've encountered in many-a-year. The concierge and staff were incredibly helpful and uniformly accurate in their recommendations. A true representation of the friendly charms of San Francisco. The rooms for me and my friends were well-appointed, clean, and well maintained, and the service staff respectful of a traveler's needs. Superp experience all the way around.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Union Square is central to everything--cable cars, great restaurants, the art in Union Square itself, and is within a hearty walking distance from the ballpark and museuems.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Eidemilm
Denver, CO
Sep 15, 2009

Convenient and Relaxing

Hotel Rex was a delightful experience for the cost. The service was outstanding and the facilities fulfilled all of our expectations. The free glass of wine during happy hour was always a nice way to relax after exploring the city from this convenient location.

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

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Los Angeles, CA
Nov 25, 2007

Affordable oasis

The hotel Rex is a great alternative to big chain hotels. It was warm and comfortable in the lobby, especially during the wine reception! Great location. Building is a bit old, but it only adds to the overall character of the hotel. We had a wonderful time and would definitely return.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

you can get your one, three, or week pass to the public transportation system (including the cable cars) at the rite aid on the corner of powell & sutter just half block from hotel.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
New York, NY
Sep 9, 2007

My review of Hotel Rex

beautiful hotel for individual travelers with wonder old fashioned French music for breakfast!

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

Business

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Review of Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Apollo 12
San Diego, CA
May 30, 2009

The best couple get-away

plays, architectural walking tour, museums, our own walks, visited Tiburon, and Sausilito. Good eats and drinks.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

John's Grill; restaurants on Belden Lane

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Review of Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Tomato Franco
China
Feb 12, 2013

Great Location to everywhere you want to reach in SF

It is very cool location, you can reach Chinatown, piers, union square by foot. Great...I have a very nice 2 days stay here,

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
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Review of Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Henri La Fox
Business
Boca Raton Florida
Aug 11, 2014

Experience San Francisco at the Rex.

The hotel is quaint, well maintained, and in an excellent location. Walk to Union Square. Catch the cable car to Fisherman's Warf a block away on Powell. Have a glass of wine in the Library. The staff members were cordial and pleasant. I definitely will stay at the Rex my next visit.

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: Long walk from hotel

Dine at CREDO, 360 Pine Street.

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