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Last updated: 24 February, 2023
Expert travel writer: Laura Kiniry

Loyal guests return time and time again to Phoenix Hotel for its rock-star vibes, heated pool, and free parking. A mid-century motor lodge at its best, the 44-room property is colourful and creative, with a courtyard sporting original sculptures from local artists and an onsite bar and eatery with its own vinyl record selection.

The Tenderloin neighbourhood is by no means a tourist hot-spot, but the rooms are clean and comfy, and the Wi-Fi free. You might even spot a band’s tour bus or two outside.

Little Saigon and Hayes Valley are both nearby, as well as SF’s cultural hub, Opera Plaza.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco, California, United States of America (USA)[1.5 miles]

One of the largest museums for modern and contemporary art on the planet, with seven floors packed with more than 33,000 works ranging from abstract paintings to Depression-era photographs.

Best for ages: 13+ | £20

Chinese New Year Festival

San Francisco, California, United States of America (USA)[1.6 miles]

One of the world’s best Chinese New Year celebrations, held in the oldest Chinatown in North America. The highlight is the Chinese New Year parade, complete with a 28-foot-long golden dragon.

Best for ages: 6+ | Free | 2.5 weeks

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aerial view looking at Lombard Street and cars driving down it

Lombard Street

San Francisco, California, United States of America (USA)[2.1 miles]

Marketers call Lombard the world’s crookedest street. True or not, the block-long lane hits eight hairpin turns – built to slow people as they drive the steep-steep street – as it snakes down Russian Hill. Instead of driving it (and sitting in traffic), you’ll have more fun walking it.

Best for ages: 6+ | Free

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Long line on free Museum day to the Asian Art Museum

Asian Art Museum

San Francisco, California, United States of America (USA)[0.3 miles]

Home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian art on the planet, this Civic Center locale exhibits everything from future fantasy animations to Chinese jade carvings from more than 6,000 years ago.

Best for ages: 13+ | £15

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The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

San Francisco, California, United States of America (USA)[1.3 miles]

There’s nothing better than sipping sugary mai tais in a dimly lit tiki setting, where an indoor thunderstorm occurs hourly on cue. With red leather banquettes, a floating stage with its own house band, and a dance floor created from a former schooner, the Fairmont’s historic Tonga Room has been drawing crowds since 1945. Weekend nights here are like the greatest wedding reception you’ve ever been to, times 10.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Contemporary Jewish Museum

Contemporary Jewish Museum

San Francisco, California, United States of America (USA)[1.3 miles]

With no permanent collection, San Francisco’s CJM offers ever-changing exhibits highlighting the Jewish culture and its complexities. It’s housed in a historic Pacific Gas & Electric substation that’s been modernly redesigned with elements of Jewish symbolism.

Best for ages: 18+ | £12

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Museum of the African Diaspora

Museum of the African Diaspora

San Francisco, California, United States of America (USA)[1.5 miles]

Celebrating black cultures around the world through a global lens, MoAD remains one of the few museums in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to the artworks of the African Diaspora. Artist discussions, literary events, and film screenings take place here regularly.

Best for ages: 13+ | £8

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San Francisco

California, United States of America (USA)

Beautiful bayside city with home-grown authenticity, charmingly unique neighbourhoods and excellent locally-driven food.

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