A magnet for the hip at heart and ultracool is a bit retro and low-key, with bamboo furniture, fresh white bedspreads, and original pieces by local artists, as well as modern amenities like iPad/iPod docking stations. Standard rooms face the courtyard, a warm, azure-tile pool, and a sculpture garden. Subdued surroundings aside, the Phoenix isn't the best choice for those seeking peace and quiet (or anyone put off by the hotel's location, on the fringes of the sketchy Tenderloin District). Little Richard, Elijah Wood, Sean Lennon, and members of R.E.M. and Pearl Jam have stayed here, and in the evenings the crowd from the überhip Chambers eat + drink populates the cabanas and pool. The friendly staff is as cool as you'd expect.