Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Vertigo

940 Sutter St., San Francisco, California 94109, United States See on Map

Scenes in Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller Vertigo were shot in this ornate hotel (it was a speakeasy during Prohibition), and designer Thomas Schoos has infused the property with a reckless, whimsical tribute. Although the hotel's block includes several apartment buildings, a fancy salon, and cafés, the neighborhood can be dicey, so exercise caution when walking here at night.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Fans of Vertigo might remember this property as the Empire Hotel, where Judy stayed at the end of the film.


Whimsical rooms offer playful tributes to the Hitchcock film with tangerine highlights and the horse-head lamps. The classic Vertigo swirl logo lines the walls. Orange wingback chairs, a work desk and the traditional technological amenities like Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs round out the experience.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Rooms include an almost $18 urban fee per night which covers Wi-Fi, coffee and tea service, and the fitness center.


Tight bathrooms feature fluffy robes and Bathe toiletries.


The retro lobby features Art Deco orange couches, wooden tables, and white porcelain animal statues. Vertigo, the film, plays throughout the day on the large TV.


The hotel's small fitness center offers cardio equipment and free weights.


The hotel features a small cafe on-site.


The property serves complimentary coffee and tea in the lobby. Purchase wine from the in-room snack cache.


Getting Around

The hotel parking fees are on par with the rest of the city's (read, expensive). Most travelers leave the wheels at home and take advantage of the city's public transit system. Because the property edges up to the Tenderloin, note that walkers unaccustomed to urban living should use caution after dark. Buses stop within a block of the property. Powell Street Station (10-minute walk) allows travelers to hop on the Muni/BART trains to access the San Francisco or Oakland airports, Golden Gate Park, or the Mission.


Head over to farmerbrown (5-minute drive) for a lively Sunday brunch of fried chicken, mimosas and live music. Enjoy charcuterie and hefty sandwiches in a funky ambiance at The Rambler (5-minute walk).


Get the password at Bourbon and Branch (8-minute walk) to enjoy spirited cocktails in a speakeasy setting. The small Benjamin Cooper (11-minute walk) offers fruit-laced cocktails in an intimate environment.


Movie buffs go gaga over the Hitchcock ambiance and the design of this affordable hotel.


Historical, Trendy
109 rooms, 1 suite
Cafe Yes
Yes, for a fee
Valet Parking


Phones: 415-885–6800; Reservations: 888-444-4605

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