"San Francisco is a tough city for hotels. There are grand dames like the exquisite Palace Hotel and the stately Fairmont, and then a whole lot of bland, beige-carpeted corporate ones. When it comes to smaller boutique-y hotels that have a real sense of place… it’s pretty slim pickings. But, with the re-opening of the historic Phoenix Hotel this month, Texas-based hotelier Liz Lambert and her hospitality group, Bunkhouse, hope to change this."

 
 photo: Jackie Lee Young

photo: Jackie Lee Young

"We’re especially excited for the opening of the Phoenix Hotel, a midcentury motor lodge with a rock-and-roll past—now being redeveloped by hitmaking hotelier Liz Lambert."

 
 photo: Nick Simonite

photo: Nick Simonite

"Last year, Austin’s Bunkhouse hotel group—no stranger to groovy and highly Instagrammable rehabs of old hotels—reopened the 44-room property, punching up the décor and flaunting its rock ’n’ roll past with a number of unsubtle details, from a wall of vinyl records in the restaurant to a punk-themed gift shop."