Fodor's Expert Review Hotel des Arts
447 Bush St., San Francisco, California 94108, United States See on Map
Climb a narrow, nondescript staircase to discover this small, funky hotel that doubles as an art gallery. Hallways and rooms have been transformed by international artists who painted splashy murals and installed site-specific small sculptures. The exhibited art is rotated constantly, so you can let serendipity be your guide.
If you're looking for a cool souvenir of your stay, some small paintings are available for purchase.
The highlight of the tiny rooms are the murals on the walls. Internationally recognized artists created wall-sized paintings that will appeal to those interested in the craft of street art. Don't expect much in rooms besides a bed, a TV, a small desk, and a bathroom.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Rooms include Wi-Fi.
Some of the tiny bathrooms feature clawfoot tubs. The artsy vibe, unfortunately, does not extend to the bathrooms.
Art greets guests when they enter the small lobby area--though there's not much room for lounging.
Parking rates are just over $34 a night. Muni buses and cable cars stop within a couple blocks. Walkers will appreciate the hotel's proximity to Chinatown, Financial District, SoMa, Nob Hill, North Beach and more. Hop on Muni/BART trains at Powell Street Station to access San Francisco and Oakland airports, Golden Gate Park, the Castro, and the East Bay.
For an innovative glimpse at modern Chinese cuisine, head over to Chef Brandon Jew's Mister Jiu's (6-minute walk) for salt-crusted seafood, and foraged mushroom bao. For a more casual experience, wander over to the lively Ramen Bar (12-minute walk) for exquisitely prepared noodle bowls.
Live music and affordable cocktails lure locals to the Rickhouse (3-minute walk). Hike up Nob Hill for a fantastic sunset view of the city and the bay at Top of the Mark (7-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Finally there's an artsy spot for budget travelers. Hotel des Arts offers minimalist rooms with breakfast in the heart of the action.
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