December 12, 2018

San Francisco: Axiom Hotel + Turn Cafe; hotel review + restaurant review


San Francisco

Axiom Hotel  28 Cyril Magnin St., 3 blks. from Union Square, (415) 392-9466.  152 rooms; 6 stories.  Fitness room; communal game area.  Restaurant; room service.  Valet parking $59-$64/night.  Pets ok.

exterior of Axiom Hotel in San Francisco, California
exterior of Axiom Hotel in San Francisco, California
Built in 1908 in the Beaux-Arts style of architecture that was popular when San Francisco was being rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake, this newly remodeled boutique hotel is a mix of artsy and contemporary minimalist (think exposed-pipe ceilings), yet retains its vintage design elements.  High ceilings are found throughout, and it features a beautiful original staircase with iron banisters but also has two modern elevators.  And though the official front door on Cyril Magnin Street is where guests unload their cars, the alternative Powell Street entrance is one of San Francisco’s best--right smack in front of the cable car turnaround.  The reception lounge holds a small library stocked with San Francisco- and California-related books, and Astro the hotel’s pet robot (he delivers items to guest rooms using a storage space in his head) rests here when not working and accommodates selfie requests.

lobby of Axiom Hotel with delivery robot in San Francisco, California
lobby of Axiom Hotel with delivery robot in San Francisco, California

Guests can refill their personal water bottles at a Brita Hydration Station located on each floor, and quiet, motion-activated central heat and air conditioning turn on and off automatically as guests enter or leave the room.  Plumbing is new, and double-paned windows keep street noise way down.  Additionally, the hotel is techie-friendly with everything from alarm clocks with iPhone 6 charger attachment, to Smart TVs that you order room service though, to grey hoodie sweatshirt robes.

guest room bed at Axiom Hotel with delivery robot in San Francisco, California
guest room bed at Axiom Hotel with delivery robot in San Francisco, California


Turn Cafe is a super casual lobby restaurant and bar.  Happy hour specials include delicious Cajun kale chips and carne asada tacos, both of which pair well with the photogenic rye “Axiom” house cocktail that is laden beautifully across the top with four big red, juicy maraschino cherries (I adored this cocktail).   I plan to return to try the breakfast Acai Bowl and French toast brioche.  The eclectic menu for the rest of the day has something for everyone and includes several burgers, tacos, and pastas.

interior of Turn Cafe at Axiom Hotel with delivery robot in San Francisco, California
interior of Turn Cafe at Axiom Hotel with delivery robot in San Francisco, California


carne asada tacos at Turn Cafe at Axiom Hotel with delivery robot in San Francisco, California
carne asada tacos at Turn Cafe at Axiom Hotel with delivery robot in San Francisco, California


cherry-heavy Axiom cocktail at Turn Cafe at Axiom Hotel with delivery robot in San Francisco, California
cherry-heavy Axiom cocktail at Turn Cafe at Axiom Hotel with delivery robot in San Francisco, California


Way more things to do in San Francisco.

More ideas for exploring Northern California.

images ©2018 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

8 comments:

  1. Axiom Hotel looks like an incredible place to stay in San Francisco, and I love the idea of a robot delivering me stuff! But the valet parking is quite spendy for my budget. Will have to start riding a bicycle instead of driving :)

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    1. Best not to have a car in SF. Parking is super expensive everywhere!

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  2. I love this hotel and may book it for a reunion! Reasonable pricing for the cool featurezol. And I love the way you describe it!

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    1. You can't go wrong here. Excellent location and fair price.

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  3. That looks like the perfect home base for a stay in San Francisco. We will have to remember the Axiom Hotel when we visit.

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  4. You really know how to find the coolest spots, Carole. Axiom looks terrific. The delivery robot is a new one for me -- great idea.

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  5. Axiom Hotel looks wonderful! I did a double-take because I thought I read that the room was $59-64: what a bargain! But, alas, that's just the price for the valet parking.

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    1. Yes, parking in San Francisco is as expensive a hotel room in many other places!

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