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Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco

$199 or less
Editor's Pick
Berkeley, California, United States, North America
601 Eddy Street
San Francisco , California
Tel: 800 248 9466 (toll-free)
Tel: 415 776 1380's insider take:

If you're looking for a romantic hideaway, the Phoenix is not for you. If you want to party like a rock star, you've found the place. Popular with visiting celebs, such as Keanu Reeves, the Phoenix is a funky boutique hotel with tropical bungalow decor and an outdoor heated pool (check outnote the mosaic-tiled mural on the bottom). Think retro-cool motor lodge built around a central courtyard, with art installations among the landscaping. Some of the furnishings could definitely use upgrading (namely the foam pillows, too-thin carpeting, and nothing-special bed sheets), but the look is cool in a rattan-and-tiki kind of way. The Bambuddha Lounge downstairs can be noisy and overrun by drunk 20-twentysomethings on a Saturday night, but that won't be a problem if you're partying partying, too. The Tenderloin neighborhood looks shabby but is perfectly safe if you exercise common sense (don't flash your cash). —Updated by John Vlahides

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