A refreshing alternative to expensive luxury hotels, BEI San Francisco couldn’t have come at a better time. Although hotel rooms often exceed $400 a night, this distinctive boutique is far more affordable to the business or leisure traveler. Yet despite its affordability this boutique does not cut corners in accommodations, dining, activities and hospitality.
About BEI San Francisco
BEI San Francisco
50 Eighth St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Opened in 2019, BEI San Francisco is an upscale, yet moderately priced boutique hotel and the sister property of BEI Zhalolong in Beijing, China. Occupying the former space of the Holiday Inn San Francisco-Civic Center, BEI Hotel San Francisco features 396 guestrooms, two dining options and 10,000 square feet of co-working, meeting and event space.
San Francisco Location
Located near the intersection of Eighth and Market streets, BEI San Francisco is within walking distance to the Orpheum Theatre, City Hall, Asian Art Museum and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Businesses nearby include Dolby Laboratories and Twitter headquarters. Public transportation is easily accessible on Market Street, with bus stops and Civic Center BART station just minutes away.
The 396 guestrooms average 350 square feet and nicely appointed, with multifunctional tables and chairs and premium bedding. Each of the rooms features a flat panel TV, wireless access, laptop safes and city or courtyard views. Superior Rooms and Executive Rooms are available in both double and king configurations. Each room comes equipped with original artwork, blackout drapes, premium toiletries, yoga mat and exercise ball.
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Additional Room Options
BEI SF also offers “Stay, Work, Play” rooms, with beds that can be propped up against the wall to provide for more work or play space. There is also access to the outdoor terrace. Connecting/adjoining and accessible rooms are also available. The hotel allows pets for an additional fee. A hotel amenity fee includes a complimentary happy hour drink and access to qualifying BEI San Francisco events.
Current specials available through BEI SF include the BEI Weekender, with complimentary self-parking and early check in/late check out and BEI Breakfast with complimentary breakfast for two at Sum restaurant. BEI San Francisco is also offering early bird savings when booking in advance and special rates of up to 12 percent off for California residents.
BEI San Francisco offers two onsite dining options. Open daily until 2 p.m., Ren is the hotel’s café, with coffee and to-go items like bottled drinks, pastries and deli items. All menu items like sharables, burgers and salads can also be ordered from Sum, the hotel’s main restaurant. Ren also sells premium beer and wine.
Sum offers a full bar and is open daily for breakfast and dinner, with bar seats, lounge chairs and sofas. The intimate dining space hosts daily happy hours and weekly specials. For instance, there’s a bartender’s choice on Try it on Tuesday, featured wine on Wine Not Wednesday and Arts and Drafts Thursday.
BEI San Francisco offers a variety of guest services. For example there is a 24-hour front desk, business center, daily housekeeping, laundry/dry cleaning service and luggage storage. Fruit infused water is also available in the lobby. The hotel has a self-parking garage on two levels, with very competitive parking rates.
What sets BEI San Francisco apart from similarly priced local hotels are its impressive public workspaces, daily fitness classes and Speaker Series. Currently held on alternating Fridays, the Speaker Series showcases exceptionally talented local innovators and are held at an 8 a.m. Breakfast Club and 6 p.m. Toast and Tell.
BEI San Francisco has an 800 square foot fitness facility with free weights and state-of-the-art cardio equipment. The facility is located adjacent to the outdoor terrace on the fourth floor.
BEI San Francisco offers 10,000 square feet of conference/event space. This includes 3,000 square feet of traditional meeting space and outdoor terrace. Also on the ground level is 7,000 square feet of flexible space, with public workstations and game room.
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About The Author:
Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who served as the National Travel Writer for CBS from 2012-2019. More than 900 of his stories still appear in syndication across 23 CBS websites, including CBS New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. During his peak years with CBS, Randy had a reported digital audience reach of 489 million and 5.5 million monthly visitors. Additionally, his stories have appeared in the Daily Meal, CBS News, CBS Radio, Engadget and Radio.com. He earned a Media Fellowship from Stanford University in 2012.