Hotel Zelos | San Francisco

A comfortable and hip boutique hotel in San Francisco’s downtown SOMA neighbourhood

Exterior of Hotel Zelos
Exterior of Hotel Zelos. /K&S Media


A comfortable and urbane boutique hotel in San Francisco’s downtown SOMA neighbourhood

The striking pastel green façade is the first thing we notice at Hotel Zelos, housed in the Pacific building a stunning edifice designed in by Charles Whittlesey.  The small but cozy lobby features wooden inlay floors, curved-back leather chairs and metallic chandeliers echoing the intricately decorated exterior.

With a slew of international business clients (we heard French, German and British during our stay), and located near the Moscone Convention Center, the 202-room hotel is a great hub for exploring the city (Powell Street, BART and Union Square are nearby). Our comfortable double deluxe room had great views of San Francisco, and even better people watching.


Dirty Habit at Hotel Zelos San Francisco
Dirty Habit at Hotel Zelos San Francisco. /K&S Media

On the fifth floor of the hotel is the rooftop restaurant Dirty Habit (at Hotel Zelos), with its chic-cool blend of living walls and roaring fireplace. With a bar-centric menu from Chef David Bazirgan and Bar Manager Brian Means, we tasted a selection of tapas style bites like melt in the mouth lamb belly bao buns, vadouvan roasted carrots and labneh, and mushroom tart with fromage blanc. The restaurant has a stellar cocktail list with even cooler names (try the Iron First In A Velvet Glove) or choose from a variety of local craft beer (we recommend Westfalia red ale).

Hotel Zelos, 12 Fourth Street, (415) 348-1111.

This original article first appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.