It’s undeniable: San Francisco instantly charms its visitors, won over with the classic, old world beauty meets modern, quirky personality.  The best hotels are the ones that incorporate this charm and make it their own.  Welcome to Hotel Bijou.  Set in the heart of San Francisco’s shopping and theater district, the hotel embraces San Francisco from the perspective of old time cinema, reminding visitors that before there was the golden age of Hollywood, San Francisco was the hotbed of early cinematic achievement.  Though Bijou definitely embraces the old Hollywood glam, the friendly, artsy style of the hotel reads San Francisco loud and clear.



Reasonably priced rooms make Hotel Bijou a great option for budget conscious travelers who don’t want to sacrifice location, style and comfort.  The rooms are clean and comfortable (some have nice city views) and the staff is friendly and accommodating.  During breakfast you can expect to be sharing the toaster with a young, hip, international crowd who not only make up a good portion of the Bijou’s typical clientele, but also infuse the atmosphere with a fun and enthusiastic vibe.

Further indulgence of the hotel’s cinematic theme comes in the form of nightly screenings of classic films in the cozy theatre on the first floor.  Though Hotel Bijou‘s location in the heart of it all generally keeps its guests out on the town until the later hours, there’s something nice about knowing you could come back to an experience as unique, stylish and fun as the city it calls home.

– Ava Fedorov