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Hotel Zephyr

by Lauren Dana Ellman
Photo: Courtesy of the property
by Lauren Dana Ellman
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Whether you’re visiting San Francisco for work or pleasure, a stay at Hotel Zephyr is a must. Located in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf, this eclectic property — which describes itself as “ship-yard chic” — offers unique amenities and a stand-out style. Check out our full review below. 

What You Need to Know

The Look of Hotel Zephyr

It's All in the Details

From the outside, Hotel Zephyr looks like any typical urban hotel; however, don’t judge a book by its cover. Once you step inside the property, prepare to be wowed by the indoor and outdoor public spaces, which have a neat nautical theme that pays homage to the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood. As part of the aesthetic, design elements include recycled cargo containers, upcycled nautical goods, and portholes. You’ll also find bold artwork and contemporary decor. The same theme carries into the guest rooms, which have portholes, pops of blue and red, and throw blankets that read “SOS.” 

The Vibe at Hotel Zephyr

While San Francisco has so much to offer visitors, so does the hotel itself. As such, it’s not uncommon to find guests lingering around the property throughout the duration of the day — especially in the mornings and evenings. Most guests can be found hanging in The Yard, a sprawling 8,000-square-foot outdoor space complete with life-size games (including Connect 4, shuffleboard, beautiful sculptures, firepits, and San Francisco’s largest periscope, which offers exceptional bay views).  

Who Will Love Hotel Zephyr

This nautical-themed hotel will delight design lovers of all ages. 

Who Might Not Love Hotel Zephyr

Those who prefer a hotel with a more laid-back, understated ambiance may seek alternate accommodations. Since the rooms are on the smaller size, it's not ideal for larger groups. 

Best Amenity at Hotel Zephyr

The Yard is easily the hotel’s best amenity, followed by the 800-square-foot indoor game room,  where you can play pool, ping-pong, or tabletop shuffleboard. There’s also a photo booth and interactive artwork.

Money Matters

What’s Included at Hotel Zephyr 

Your stay includes wifi, as well as access to The Yard, an indoor game room, a fitness center, and on-site restaurants located along the Zephyr Walk

Fees & Extra Costs You Should Know About at  Hotel Zephyr 

Overnight parking is $58, excluding taxes. The $30 nightly resort fee includes all of the above plus:

How to Get a Deal at Hotel Zephyr

Hotel Zephyr has an abundance of themed packages, which can be viewed under the offers tab on the website. AAA members and government and military personnel can also score discounted rates. Be sure to book direct with the property for the best rate, guaranteed. 

Getting There

In the Neighborhood of Hotel Zephyr

Hotel Zephyr is located in the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood, which is popular amongst tourists for its abundance of shops and restaurants. The hotel also overlooks the San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island.  

Nearest Airport to Hotel Zephyr

San Francisco International Airport is 16 miles from the hotel (about 40 minutes by car, depending on traffic). 

Nearest Public Transportation to Hotel Zephyr

The Powell cable car line to Union Square is a five-minute walk away.

The Bottom Line 

Hotel Zephyr is our top pick for a whimsical stay in Fisherman’s Wharf. 

It's All in the Details