Get an overview of this hotelLiterary-themed downtown San Francisco retreat

Close to cable car

Named for San Francisco poet Kenneth Rexroth, this smoke-free, boutique hotel is within 2 blocks of Union Square and the Powell Street cable car; the Moscone Convention Center is a half-mile away.

Wine, jazz, books

Antique books and portraits line the walls of the historic San Francisco hotel, which hosts a wine hour, literary events, and live jazz in the lounge. A café at Hotel Rex serves French-Latino fare.

Air of Provence

A French Provençal color palette pervades the 94 guestrooms of Hotel Rex. All feature pure-cotton linens, down duvets, bathrobes, hand-painted lampshades, CD players, and high-speed Internet access.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Notable theaters, Union Square shopping, and the Powell Street cable car are all within two blocks of this boutique hotel. Complimentary weekday Town Car service is provided to downtown's Financial District, one-half mile away.

Named for Andrée Dutcher, an artist and the wife of poet Kenneth Rexroth, the book-lined café serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, plus weekend brunch. The business center is reminiscent of an old-fashioned study—updated with computers providing complimentary high-speed Internet access. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in the lobby.

Hotel Rex is a smoke-free property.

  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Business center 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Concierge services 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Limo or Town Car service available 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Meeting rooms 2 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Number of floors - 7 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Restaurant 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Total number of rooms - 94 
  • Use of nearby fitness center (discount) 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Wedding services 


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Climate control 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Cribs/infant beds available 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Designer toiletries 
  • Desk 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • In-room childcare (surcharge) 
  • In-room massage available 
  • In-room safe 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • LCD TV 
  • Minibar 
  • Phone 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Shower/tub combination 

Where to Eat

Lobby Lounge - Literary-themed lounge with period furnishings, antique books, and art objects from around the world. Dinner, cocktails, complimentary evening wine reception. Appetizers such as carpaccio (thin-sliced raw beef), Cheese Crepes with Truffles.

Nearby Things to Do

This San Francisco hotel does not have its own fitness facilities, but provides discounted access to a health club across the street. The club has an indoor pool and a full range of cardio and strength-training equipment. A rejuvenating massage can be arranged at a nearby health spa.

The hotel is one-half mile from Yerba Buena Gardens, which features an ice rink, playground, antique carousel, and arts center. Nearby public golf courses include the Presidio Golf Club and the Lincoln Park Golf Course. One mile from the hotel, the Embarcadero offers a waterfront walking/running path leading to Fisherman's Wharf. A classic San Francisco experience is a walk or bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge, located 5 miles from the hotel. Parking is available at both ends of the bridge. The concierge can arrange free bicycles for guests.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby 
  • Free bicycles on site 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 


To make requests for specific accessibility needs, complete the “Special or Accessibility Requests" section of “Trip Preferences" when you book your hotel.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Accessible path of travel 
  • Braille or raised signage 
  • In-room accessibility 
  • Roll-in shower 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time starts at 3 PM


Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 25.00 per night.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.


Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Valet parking fee: USD 45 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 25.00 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

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Awards & Affiliations

  • This property is affiliated with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) guests.
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