Dedicated to the city's cinematic history, this hotel's tasteful lobby is filled with black-and-white photographs of local movie houses and reproductions of Tamara De Lempicka's art-deco paintings. Each night the red-velvet curtains of the hotel's twelve-seat 1930s "movie palace," Le Petit Théâtre Bijou, open for guests-only shows, complimentary screenings of films shot on location in San Francisco; classic noirs such as The Maltese Falcon have been on the bill.
Smallish but cheerful rooms are decorated with black-and-white movie stills and basic amenities. The convenience of this downtown location is offset by the proximity to the Tenderloin.
Feb 5, 2002
The design of the hotel is nice enough. Lots of lush colors, velvet drapes, mirrors... But it's just to distract you from seeing how tiny the rooms are. It's cramped, especially for 4 people! Subtract points for the hotel because it lies very close to the Tenderloin. In fact, the hotel is next door to a porn video shop. Also, when I stayed here, there was a midnight police arrest just down the street. I could see the whole thing from my window and
it didn't make me feel that safe. Better to stay elsewhere, even if it means paying a bit more.
Apr 13, 2001
We just spent three nights at Hotel Bijou and left very impressed. Sure, you should avoid the bordering Tenderloin District but that's easy enough. The rooms are a tad small, but they're clean, pleasant, fun and the staff is AWESOME! Especially Timothy -- he gave us great directions several times and was wonderful to deal with.