Sitting at the intersection of the Tenderloin, Civic Center and Little Saigon districts, the Phoenix is an oasis amid the grit of downtown San Francisco. More legend than hip hotel, it is a second home to generations of traveling bands, a stone’s throw from the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the Great American Music Hall and other iconic live music venues, and a cornerstone of the city’s storied musical past.
The rock n’ roll spirit of this weird and wonderful 1950’s-era motor court hotel reflects the layers of history that have unfolded here. The Phoenix continues to be a pitstop for musicians passing through and intrepid travelers looking to have a good time in the heart of the city.
While this hotel may not be as near to Union Square as some of the others we have listed, we had to include the Phoenix Hotel due to its effervescent personality.