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Hotel Rex

  • 562 Sutter St. Map It
  • $$
  • Local Flavor


  • Convenient location
  • Literary pedigree


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

Updated 05/02/2013

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 "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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Hotel Information


562 Sutter St., San Francisco, California, 94102, USA

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415-433–4434; 800-433–4434

Hotel Details:

  • 92 rooms, 2 suites
  • No meals

Updated 05/02/2013

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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.

By Laura

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May 19, 2006

Quiet Room, Great Staff

Spent 6 nights here in May, 2006 and couldn't be happier. Ask for a room on the top floor away from the street. Nice and quiet, no trouble sleeping. Room is average-sized, good for just me. Bathroom was also good sized. Good water pressure, Aveda soaps and shampoos. Free WiFi in the room. Honor fridge, expensive, but nice to have a fridge in the room. Not a lot of tv channel choices, but didn't come to San Fran to watch TV anyway! Bed was very comfortable.

Staff was very very helpful in recommending coffeehouses and restaurants. Attached Cafe Andree was Excellent! Try the roasted corn ravioli! Location excellent, 3 blocks from BART, 1/2 block from Powell streetcar. Felt safe the whole time. Nice diner on the corner, had breakfast there 3 times. Website is a wealth of information - very impressive. Got a good rate booking 6 nights, check their site for specials. I would definitely stay here again!

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By David

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Mar 4, 2002

Great deal

This hotel is in a great location, right off of Union Square and I found a great price on the internet. The lobby, the elevator the halls are all very cool, which was why the room felt a bit drab. The free wine tasting in the evening was a perfect way to start the night and the front desk was very helpful. Considering what you pay now for hotels in the San Francisco area, this is a real bargin!

By Carey

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Feb 1, 2002

not all bad... but not all THAT

The Rex is nestled in a good location, along with so many hotels in Union Square. The rooms are small but have good showers and nice bedding. Parking is a bit incovnvenient, especially if you get caught in a SF rainstorm. The bar is charming and the staff quite helpful, nonetheless it is far from a "boutique" hotel or even being the "flagship" of the chain.

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