$163 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Jul 11, 2014 Check-out: Jul 14, 2014

Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

3 stars
562 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.8
out of 5
83 reviews
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
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... See full review

  • Tomato Franco
  • Feb 12, 2013
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 (83)

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

Overall score

3.2 / 5
5.01.0
21 out of 83
Amenities:
3.2
Room cleanliness:
4.2
Hotel staff:
4.2
Room comfort:
3.8
Location:
4.6
Value:
4

62% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
UUUUU
Business
New York, NY
Mar 30, 2013

A pleasant experience

Very nice hotel. Very good restaurant. Conveniently located in downtown.

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

Business

Review of Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
jpbarri
Business
Lakewood, CO
Nov 6, 2011

A gem right in the middle of everything

I love old, boutique hotels! The Rex is close to Chinatown, the theater, Union Square shopping, the financial district and convention hotels. The staff is friendly, the hotel policies are green and the bar is cozy. Guests receive a complementary glass of wine each evening and a $5 voucher for every day the maids don't have to clean your room. One of my San Francisco favorites.

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

Business

Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

Check to see what's playing at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT). The venue is a complete surprise for anyone who has only seen the building from the outside. Spectacular!

Review of Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Montreal Qc
Jun 5, 2011

ok

excellent location, gorgeous pug - but small room with a tiny window and view of the backyard. Felt cheapish and a bit sad - maybe just for me.

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

Business

Review of Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Montreal Qc
Jun 5, 2011

ok

excellent location, gorgeous pug - but small room with a tiny window and view of the backyard. Felt cheapish and a bit sad - maybe just for me.

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

Business

Review of Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Orient Express
Business
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oct 27, 2010

Too Loud

The room was very small, but it was clean and perfectly fine for my purposes. The BIG problem was that my room (#215) was on the second floor and faced a street or an alley. The windows apparently had no sound proofing ability as the noise from the street could be heard clearly all night long, which included periodic, very noisy dumpster pick-ups between 2:30 and 5:30 am. One of the worst night's sleep I have had when I was actually in a bed.

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

The restaurants in the Union Square area are more like national chains because the rent in the area is so high. Hop in a cab and go to the Mission or one of the other neighborhoods and you'll find much better, more affordable restaurants and bistros.

Review of Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Orient Express
Business
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oct 27, 2010

Too Loud

The room was very small, but it was clean and perfectly fine for my purposes. The BIG problem was that my room (#215) was on the second floor and faced a street or an alley. The windows apparently had no sound proofing ability as the noise from the street could be heard clearly all night long, which included periodic, very noisy dumpster pick-ups between 2:30 and 5:30 am. One of the worst night's sleep I have had when I was actually in a bed.

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

The restaurants in the Union Square area are more like national chains because the rent in the area is so high. Hop in a cab and go to the Mission or one of the other neighborhoods and you'll find much better, more affordable restaurants and bistros.

Review of Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
New Hampshire
Oct 20, 2010

Not bad for the price

Helpful staff and great location. Rooms are older but clean. Lobby bar has some nice character.

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

Business

Review of Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
New Hampshire
Oct 20, 2010

Not bad for the price

Helpful staff and great location. Rooms are older but clean. Lobby bar has some nice character.

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

Business

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

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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