The hotel has a restaurant/cocktail lounge, but its centerpiece is the courtyard swimming pool, which was painted by artist Francis Forlenza. (The pool-bottom mural is entitled "My Fifteen Minutes.") A poolside continental breakfast -- included in the tariff -- offers the opportunity to mingle with other guests. The Phoenix’s funky-but-chic atmosphere sometimes attracts a celebrity clientele. During my visit a Swedish pop group was staying down the corridor.
The neighborhood isn’t exactly Nob Hill; it’s rundown, dirty and seedy. From the balcony outside my room, I could watch hookers in action at a building one block over. Who needs in-room adult movies when entertainment like this is available? Yet, I never felt unsafe here. And The Phoenix is centrally located (not far from the Civic Center) and provides limited free parking -- a luxury in San Francisco.
I paid just over $100 per night for my double room, a decent value for a room in a major city. If you are willing to trade off elegance for value and funk factor, then the Phoenix is the place for you.
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July 27, 2002
From journal Adventures in San Francisco
San Francisco, California
June 17, 2002
Kurt Cobain always stayed here when he was in SF, and it's notoriously known as the spot Brad Nowell from Sublime was staying at when he was found dead. But the room interiors are stylish and hip, all rooms face the specially tiled, heated pool, and you're only steps away from Backflip, the Phoenix's hot bar and nightclub.
On frequent weekends during the summer, the pool and patio area is converted into a daytime club where DJs spin and the beautiful people come to get sun.
From journal Insider nightlife in San Francisco