The Phoenix Hotel

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Adventures With Adam on July 27, 2002

Travelers seeking moderately priced accommodations should check into the Phoenix Hotel at 601 Eddy Street. Despite the name, it’s more motel than hotel here -- a redone two-story 1950s-style motor lodge plopped down in the middle of San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. The rooms are pretty much standard motel fare with a few nice design touches. The furnishings in my room were adequate (two double beds, a couple chairs and a writing desk), but the bathroom was small.

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.

Phoenix Hotel
San Francisco, California, 94109

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