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Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre hotel
Ranked #55 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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“Wonderful boutique hotel near Union Square”
Reviewed 29 March 2012

This is a delightful boutique hotel with great staff and service. And a great "neighborhood" bar to have your complimentary glass of wine each evening. The location is excellent--just two blocks from Union Square with many restaurants nearby.

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Reviewed 29 March 2012

I live in San Francisco but didn't want to be bothered ... with anything. I'm old. I needed a place close to Disposable Film Events ...They did a fabulous job with valet-ing my car. Very reasonably priced. I had room 705 top floor. Elevator. Warm. Spotlessly clean. Wi-fi worked beautifully. Large flat-screen tv. Wonderful service from the doorman, to counter staff, to assistance finding the film events, to help the next morning in the rain at the crack of dawn to get me out to sound engineering class. Yep! You heard it ! :-) Let's Joie de vivre

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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New York, NY
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

Lovely. We stayed in a King Executive. As another reviewer stated, it was ideal in every way. I do wish there were a way to have a coffee maker in the room (perhaps a couple kept downstairs to be doled out for the coffee hound guests only). Max is the best fixture in the sweet lobby. The Friday night jazz is great and all in all just perfect for us. We're looking forward to returning when we have more time to explore all that SF has to offer.

Room Tip: King Executive is excellent, quiet and loved the back yard out the back window of Room 301.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Lima Region, Peru
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2012

I have stayed at this hotel about 3 times and really enjoy it. I appreciate the details, such as the CDS of local music, welcome wine and friendly staff. This hotel is located in one of the "old"style San Francisco buildings, so the rooms tend to be small. But my style is to just have a place to sleep with want some comforts at night - so that I can relax after being out and about all day. The food is excellent, as is the cozy bar. Fortunately I have not had a problem with the cleanliness, its always been tidy and clean.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Portland, OR
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

If you can afford it, get the King Executive. We were booked in a Queen Deluxe on the 7th floor which was dark, cramped, dingy and felt its age. Fortunately it wasn't cleaned, nor was it clean 5 hours later when we returned, so we were graciously moved to a lovely King Executive on the 3rd floor: 2 windows, lovely view to the garden, spacious. I get that old hotels have character and history instead of level floors and big rooms, but it's the lack of value here I object to. I shopped a lot of hotels and paid extra, but was sorely disappointed with our original room. With the upgrade? Perfect. Otherwise, nice staff, good coffee, great location...maybe with the "book" theme they could have a shelf of borrowable books / old paperbacks down in the lobby...just a thought.....

Room Tip: If you can pay a little more, it's definitely worth it to book a King Executive.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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LorenzMaurer, General Manager at Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review, 28 March 2012
Dear Deniseds,

Thank you for taking the time to review the Hotel Rex on Tripadvisor. We genuinely value the feedback our guests provide - both when we get it right and when we fail to do so - as it is extremely helpful for us to discover areas in which we need to improve our service and operations.

Please do accept our apologies that your room wasn't ready at the time you arrived. I'm glad to hear that we were able to upgrade you and that you liked our King Executive rooms.

I would love to discuss this further with you. Please do contact me directly at 415.217.4023 or at lmaurer@jdvhotels.com if you wish to do so.

Kindest regards,

Lorenz Maurer
General Manager
Hotel Rex
415.217.4023
lmaurer@jdvhotels.com
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Reviewed 22 March 2012

very conveniently located near Union Square. Room was clean,comfortable and furnished in appropriate vintage decor. Only thing missing was an in rooom coffee set up. Excellent food at the wedding we attended...and also the buffet breakfast. Great helpful and friendly staff. A great place to stay!!!

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 March 2012

This hotel is central and close to shops, transport etc., staff very friendly and helpful, would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre hotel
Address: 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1102
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in San Francisco
#26 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#47 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#56 Family Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 94
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Rex was inspired by the San Francisco art and literary salons of the 1920's and 30's. Vibrant and alive, the clubby lobby surrounds guests with distinctive period furnishings, walls of antiquarian books, and an exceptional collection of exotic objects and original portraits and murals.The Hotel Rex was designed by noted San Francisco interior designers Candra Scott & Anderson.The Library Bar is where travelers meet the local arts and social scene with themed evenings such as Movie Night, Records at Rex - our bartender plays real vinyl records, Live Jazz on Friday and other days featuring Poetry readings, live coffee house type acoustic guitar performances and more. ... more   less 
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