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Hotel Rex

  • 562 Sutter St. Map It
  • Union Sq.
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  • Convenient location
  • Literary pedigree


  • Cramped, airless rooms
  • Tiny baths and closets
  • Musty hallways

Updated 02/02/2015

Fodor's Review

At this stylish, literary-themed hotel—named after San Francisco Renaissance poet, translator, and essayist Kenneth Rexroth and frequented by artists and writers—paintings and shelves of antiquarian books line the a homey lobby lounge and small, somewhat dark rooms with restored period furnishings and striped carpeting evoke the spirit of salon society. The hotel also provides nostalgic touches like a study decorated with a collection of vintage typewriters (and two high-tech workstations). Currently breakfast and dinner are served in the Library Bar, which also hosts an evening wine reception with live jazz, DJs, literary readings, and movie nights on select evenings. If you find a deal online, the hotel will often match your price.

Hotel Information


562 Sutter St., San Francisco, California, 94102, United States

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415-433–4434; 800-433–4434

Hotel Details:

  • 92 rooms, 2 suites
  • Rate includes No meals

Updated 02/02/2015

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By dan_d

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Oct 31, 2007

Needs a makeover

Some 'boutique' hotels that look fab when they open do not wear well with age. This is one of them. I spent one night in one of the smallest rooms I have seen in terms of hotels. Tried to get the room changed but they were booked. The service tried to be good but was more patronizing. Even when I got my room changed, was not happy. Hallways and rooms are musty and smell of nursing home. the carpet is the kind that makes you want to protect

your bare foot before walking on it for fear of athlete's foot.

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Aug 20, 2007

What spacious rooms?

It is a known fact that real estate in SF is more expensive than gold ... But writing that Rex's rooms are spacious is quite surprising; in the one we booked, a massive desk was placed in front of the bed and left only a foot and a half passage to enter the room,it was even difficult to get our one suitcase in ... Thanks god we stayed only two nights. At 200 Dollars a night (plus taxes), Rex is an unusual bad tip from Fodor's.

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