Pop-Culture Paradise

A museum hides behind the walls of the Phoenix Hotel.

San Francisco may not have an official rock ‘n’ roll museum, but there’s always the Phoenix Hotel. Touring musicians seem to like the vibe. Famous crashers include R.E.M., David Bowie, Debbie Harry, Bo Diddley, Nirvana, Devo, and The Shins. Sinéad O’Conner gave an interview from a room balcony. And Brenda Lee, who was Grammy-nominated for “I’m Sorry,” was one of the first to come.

The Phoenix Hotel

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Follow in famous footsteps. The in-room information book dedicates a couple pages to instrument shops and instrument repair shops.

The former 1950s motor lodge shares a courtyard with Chambers Eat + Drink. The restaurant’s vinyl library lines the walls and numbers 10,000.

Chambers Eat + Drink

You could go to a neighborhood gallery, or you could poke around the hotel. The tattoo-like art that covers the building is the work of Zio Ziegler. In the courtyard, the most photographed piece of art is the life-size psychedelic frog. The pool itself is painted with a mural by Francis Forlenza. In each room, photography, murals, and vintage band posters and postcards hang on the walls.

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You could go to a neighborhood gallery, or you could poke around the hotel. The tattoo-like art that covers the building is the work of Zio Ziegler. In the courtyard, the most photographed piece of art is the life-size psychedelic frog. The pool itself is painted with a mural by Francis Forlenza. In each room, photography, murals, and vintage band posters and postcards hang on the walls.

Read Phoenix Hotel’s Fun Book for the illustrated, artsy history of the hotel.

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