Hotel Zeppelin San Francisco 545 Post St., 2 blks. from Union Square. 196 rooms; 8 stories. Restaurant; room service (24 hrs.). Fitness room. Valet parking $56. Pets ok.
Built in the early 1800s, this post-Gold Rush building first became a hotel in 1918. With a vibe that gives a nod to the 1960s--most rooms feature a Fillmore poster on the wall, suites have their own vintage record player and records (other rooms can borrow one by request)--this hotel appeals especially to both young and mature hipsters. The hotel is made up of two towers.
|check-in at Hotel Zeppelin in San Francisco, California|
|lobby lounge at Hotel Zeppelin in San Francisco, California|
The basement level is used for meetings but also acts as a big adult game and rumpus room. Partitions are made from recycled glass, and a pool table and Bingo table/DJ station are among the facilities. Art is woven into the spaces--for instance, in the “Love” room a recycled red VW bug has been converted into a coffee table--and an outdoor deck space is also available. These spaces get lively in the evening when people bring down their drinks.
|basement rumpus room at Hotel Zeppelin in San Francisco, California|
Bright red bikes that are custom made for the hotel--they change gears automatically--are available for loan.
|red loaner bikes at Hotel Zeppelin in San Francisco, California|
The hotel’s edgy grey-black-purple decor includes wallpaper featuring the names of rock bands; it is lightened by guest rooms featuring all-cotton white sheets and duvets. The contemporary bohemian-style Zeppelin Suite/Presidential Suite is a full apartment equipped with a private outdoor patio landscaped with a living wall and wired for music.
|guest room at Hotel Zeppelin in San Francisco, California|
|edgy wallpaper in bathroom at Hotel Zeppelin in San Francisco, California|
Off the lobby, the fireside Zeppelin Cafe is open all day for snacks. It serves local goodies such as Sightglass Coffee, Jane pastries, and Dynamo Donuts. At 5 p.m. it transitions into a bar, and sometimes live music or perhaps a book reading is scheduled. The cafe features both an original brick fireplace and black-light graffiti art on the walls.
|Zeppelin Cafe at Hotel Zeppelin in San Francisco, California|
A more formal restaurant and bar are coming and will feature a special entrance for guests inside the hotel. It will offer pizzas made in the original Postrio pizza oven (a previous restaurant here that was owned by Wolfgang Puck). Also, advance arrangements can be made to stock the room refrigerator.
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