Hotel of the Week: YOTEL San Francisco is all about comfort, style, and location

Let’s have a serious conversation about a cute hotel.

Finding an affordable hotel in San Francisco can be harder than walking up the hill at Powell Street. (If you’ve never been to San Francisco, trust us, it’s a really steep hill.) This northern California city is one of the most expensive hotel markets in the country, and if a hotel in SF has low rates, let’s be honest: it is sometimes not a nice place to stay.

Enter YOTEL, the international chain of high-style, low-price hotels that feature first-class amenities without a lot of pomp and circumstance. Rooms have comfy beds, Smart TVs, rain showers, and gadgets and gizmos aplenty. 

The trade-off? In some rooms, there’s not a lot of space, as in “Sky” rooms with stairs leading up to beds perched in lofts. But saving space allows the hotel to charge much lower rates than other brands in the city. It is possible, perhaps likely, that those capsule rooms can be found for around $100 a night. In San Francisco? Inconceivable! But it is true.

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There are also standard rooms with bigger living spaces, for rates typical of San Francisco hotel prices.

The San Francisco YOTEL moved into a historic building along Market St., and the redesign preserved architectural details like exposed brick walls and visible ceiling beams, and a particularly gorgeous wrought-iron staircase, but filled the space with clean surfaces, swooping lines, and back-lit fixtures with colored mood lighting. If Judy Jetson designed a hotel in a historic building, it would look like YOTEL SF. The aesthetic absolutely works. 


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YOTEL’s location on Market Street is spectacular: corner rooms look directly at City Hall, the site of San Francisco’s massive Pride celebration, where the parade marches directly past the hotel’s front door. YOTEL is right in the middle of the city’s excellent theater district, and the Orpheum Theater, which is currently hosting the musical Hamilton, is one block away.

YOTEL SF is also close to Folsom St., home of Folsom Street Fair and bars like Powerhouse. After a long day, and night, and then early morning after-hours of being out and about, how nice to have someplace close by to snooze. Just be careful climbing those stairs up to the sleeping platform. But don’t sleep too long, because you’re going to get up and do it all again. You can sleep at home! This is San Francisco, go have a good time.


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