June 12 2018

Introducing The Phoenix Hotel, Bunkhouse’s Weird, Wonderful San Francisco Outpost

Rock ’n’ roll is here to stay at Bunkhouse’s cool, new San Francisco digs, The Phoenix Hotel.
By Nick Simonite

By Nick Simonite


Whenever our friends at Bunkhouse unveil a new hotel, we get giddy because we know it’s going to be good. Bunkhouse’s visionary hotelier and designer, Liz Lambert, has an eye for historic properties in culturally rich neighborhoods with immense potential, and gives them an eccentric refresh in a way only she could.

Bunkhouse just cut the ribbon on San Francisco’s The Phoenix, a 1950s-era motel that has grit and rock ’n’ roll in its bones. It was built in 1956 as a motor court hotel and renovated in 1987, attracting the likes of some casual names like Neil Young, David Bowie, and Kurt Cobain. It’s within walking distance to the city’s most legendary rock venues, attracting colorful characters for a stay or a drink.
By Nick Simonite

By Nick Simonite

Left by Nick Simonite; Right by Jackie Lee Young
Left by Nick Simonite; Right by Jackie Lee Young
Left by Nick Simonite; Right by Jackie Lee Young
By Jackie Lee Young

By Jackie Lee Young


All 44 guest rooms are outfitted with rock ’n’ roll posters, vintage-inspired colors and textiles, and Casper mattresses. Pets are always welcome, too.  

The outdoor heated pool set in a tropical, urban oasis is actually one of two landmarked swimming pools in America thanks to Francis Forlenza’s mural, Tumbling Waves   My Fifteen Minutes.

And to cap it all off, the hotel has a fantastic bar/restaurant called CHAMBERS that serves “California-inspired cuisine with a Japanese twist,” in a retro speakeasy-type setting. It’s a much-needed addition to the neighborhood, and it’s already drawing a cool local scene.
See you in San Francisco!