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At a Glance
- convenient location
- literary pedigree
- cramped, airless rooms
- tiny baths and closets
- musty hallways
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Hotel Rex 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 "library," a homey lobby lounge where book readings and roundtable discussions take place as locals and tourists sip libations and eat decadent meals. Small, somewhat dark, cramped 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.
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