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Hotel Emblem San Francisco

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Check in and leave the status quo behind. Hotel Emblem San Francisco in downtown San Francisco where Nob Hill meets Union Square and the Theater District, is a haven for those that think as boldly as they live. Inspiring conversation in all the right ways, with plenty of modern provocations, Hotel Emblem features a cocktail-focused restaurant and 96 vibrant guestrooms. Every corner is designed to spark creativity, from the bar inspired by the Beat Generation, to the book-filled Writer’s Alcove in the lobby, to the eclectic guestrooms, where patterns play and an expressive vibe thrives. This hotel is a muse – and you will be, too. Lend your voice at the weekly poetry slam. Get lost in the flow of nightly live jazz. Tap out a few thoughts on the lobby typewriter.
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Valet parking
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Conference facilities
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24-hour security
Coffee shop
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Complimentary Instant Coffee
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Non-smoking hotel
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
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Blackout curtains
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English, Spanish
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Stephanie G wrote a review 12 Feb
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We loved this hotel. It was a small quaint well positioned property. The staff was phoenomeal, friendly and helpful. They had great ideas and were able to help us navigate to trolley system. Our room was huge, a pleasant surprise for a city hotel. The room was cozy and inviting. We will definitely stay again if ever back in SF.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: Trolley stop 1/2 black away. The Walgreens on that corner sells clipper passes, super convenient.
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Badforever wrote a review Nov 2023
London, Canada782 contributions212 helpful votes
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Located just north of Union Square, we found the Emblem to be perfectly located. We were able to pull up front and unload our suitcases in the morning - then take our car to the Car Rental return on O'Farrell, only a 10 minute walk back to the hotel. Perfect. When we left we were able to wheel our suitcases downhill on Powell St to the BART station for a quick train ride to the airport for $10. Again, Emblem is in a perfect location for travelers. There are so many restaurant choices nearby. Breakfast choices include the coffee shop in the lobby, but also some cute retro 50's diners just 2 minutes away. For dinners there are so many restaurants within a 5 to 10 minute walk. Again, Emblem is in a perfect location. For tourists, Union Square is a 3 minute walk. Also, the Powell Street cable car is available 3 minutes away on Powell Street. Use this cable car to take you all the way to the Fisherman's Wharf area. On another occasion, we walked (downhill or flat) all the way to the Ferry Terminal and Ferry to Alcatraz. You see, Emblem is in a perfect location. Another reason for 5 stars - the staff! All front desk staff are so friendly and helpful. Special note to Gitanjali who has the ability to smile with her eyes - she is wonderful. In the bar, we enjoyed happy hours before heading out to local restaurants. Both bartenders Kristen and Lourdis were exceptional allowing samples of various wines before choosing, providing travel tips and just being so nice! The rooms are a bit smaller than a chain hotel - this is a boutique after all. The hotel was built in 1907 or something like that, so you get the nuances of the little elevator, tiny stair case etc. Our room was equipped with a king size bed, a large shower and a huge TV. The room was smallish but when in San Francisco there is so much to do that not much time was spent in the room. We found this hotel to be very reasonably priced for the Union Square district in San Francisco. Upon check in we opted for one of the quieter rooms not fronting the street but still could hear the occasional siren or loud exhaust. Nothing unexpected for being in the heart of the action in the Union Square area. For our first visit to San Francisco we felt the Hotel Emblem to be the perfect choice based on location, price and friendliness. For our next visit to San Francisco we would assuredly select the Emblem again!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Room Tip: Select a room not fronting the street to minimize noise.
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jphnyc wrote a review 6 Feb
New York City, New York215 contributions83 helpful votes
I had an amazing stay at the Emblem in early January. The rooms are beautiful, clean, and cozy. The hotel's design theme was really cool. The staff at the front desk and the bar were super nice and welcoming. I would stay here again next time I'm in San Francisco.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Paige M wrote a review Jan 2024
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The Emblem is one of the best hotel stays we’ve had. Their “unorthodox amenities” are what made the experience superior. Need an extra suitcase stand, or a fridge if you’re staying a while for those Trader Joes runs or leftovers? Maybe some white noise, or a star projector to fall asleep to? The ability to just grab an umbrella on the way out if it’s raining? They have all these things and more upon request, and always happy to provide them. Incredibly friendly and accommodating staff, and a great cafe across the lobby for coffee, and such a cozy bar/seating area. While they don’t serve food - the seating area is always available, if you bring in your own food or wake up and grab coffee at the cafe and want to have a seat - just a great place to relax between travels. The room was clean and cozy, very inviting after a long day of venturing around the city. The other great thing about this hotel is that it’s in such a great location, easy to walk anywhere, or take a trolley or an Uber to. We would highly recommend this place to anyone new visiting the city. We enjoyed it so much, if we find our way back to San Francisco, we would stay again.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Flipfeet11 wrote a review Jan 2024
Melbourne, Australia76 contributions117 helpful votes
This is a quirky hotel as others have described very central to everything you would need to access as a tourist in San Fran. The rooms are quiet and a good size. The whole place (in line with the beatnik vibe) smells like patchouli - not my fave smell. Beds are only doubles and not that comfortable. Bluestone cafe in foyer is the BEST thing about the hotel and I was almost crying with joy at finding good Australia coffee and well priced breakfast - they were very good with my lactose intolerant crew too. TBH San Fran was a let down. We loved it 18 years ago but now is kind of all feels unsafe and dirty. We went to the highly recommended Cityscapes at the Hilton for the views (which are amazing) but the leather was wearing foo the chairs and it all looked sad and tired - how the whole city kind of felt.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Joy B wrote a review Jan 2024
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We chose Hotel Emblem for its proximity to Union Square and Chinatown, but also because it's a cute and quirky hotel with a big personality. From the moment you enter into the quaint lobby - you feel cool just by being there. There's a pile of books from floor to ceiling with a space to stand inisde for cool photo ops, and a digital typewriter taps along over the reception desk to keep up with the cool writer's vibe. Every floor has a sustainable water station for your bottle - and a jug of fortune cookies! We had an amazing room on the top floor with a king sized bed and sizeable bathroom. The pillows were incredibly comfortable - and I was really happy the bed was so comfy since I need to rest in a little after an evening of New Years Eve partying. They let me extend my check out time which I was really grateful for!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: It was helpful to reserve a garage space ahead of time, since they only have valet parking.
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Harms wrote a review Dec 2023
Lakewood, Colorado15 contributions
We had a great time at Hotel Emblem! Perfect location to seen Union Square and Nob Hill and close to public transportation to get to Fisherman’s Warf and the Ferry Building. It was also a close walk to Chinatown and a little longer walk to North Beach. The staff was always friendly and helpful and the rooms were a good size for a family of three. We would definitely stay there again.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Timothy David L wrote a review Dec 2023
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Hotel Emblem is one of the most amazing hotels I have ever had the pleasure of staying in around the world. First class and personal customer service, the team appreciate and understand your each and every need and honestly could not be more helpful. A boutique hotel where you"re made to feel like an individual and not just a number and with so many amenities to make for the most wonderful of stays, together with Bluestone Lane in the hotel reception. The hotel is located in the most perfect location just off Powell Street and so just a few minutes walk from Powell Street Station and Union Square. I cannot recommend this hotel and the team more highly!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Enmanuel M wrote a review Nov 2023
Greenacres, Florida9 contributions3 helpful votes
This hotel is truly a gem. From the service, to the cleanliness, to the details, to the amenities, this hotel has everything you need. The location is perfect, very close to all the main attractions. Hotel emblem was a big part of making our vacation in San Francisco truly memorable.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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zannavan wrote a review Nov 2023
Norway3 contributions4 helpful votes
Loved the hotel and very happily recommend to anyone passing through San Francisco. A very good sized room and lovely staff in a great location with decent coffee available next door (as a bonus). I imposed on the hotel staff to receive and store an embarrassing number of parcels in advance of our visit and found them extremely obliging. Walkable distance to the airport train (10 minutes) and Union Square (7 minutes), Chinatown (15 minutes) and great restaurants in the Mission District (a comfortable 25 minute stroll). Would love to visit again.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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£144 - £203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
rex hotel san francisco, hotel rex san francisco, rex san francisco
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Hotel Rex San Francisco
LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaSan FranciscoDowntown San Francisco / Downtown / Union Square
NUMBER OF ROOMS
96
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Emblem San Francisco
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Emblem San Francisco?
Nearby attractions include San Francisco Magic Theater at the Marrakech (0.3 miles), San Francisco Playhouse (0.07 miles), and Grace Cathedral (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Emblem San Francisco?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a lounge, room service, and meeting rooms.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Emblem San Francisco?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Emblem San Francisco?
Guests can enjoy a lounge, breakfast, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Emblem San Francisco?
Yes, a parking garage, secured parking, and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Emblem San Francisco?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lapisara Eatery, Liholiho Yacht Club, and Fino Bar & Ristorante.
Is Hotel Emblem San Francisco located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the centre of San Francisco.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hotel Emblem San Francisco?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Hotel Emblem San Francisco?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Hotel Emblem San Francisco offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Emblem San Francisco?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.