Hotel Bijou

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

111 Mason Street, San Francisco, California, 94102, United States

5 Reviews

Hotel Bijou
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Very Good

Value Score Poor Value

Costs 62% more than similarly rated 3 star hotels

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  • Families54
  • Couples67
  • Solo81
  • Business67
  • egonwegh's Profile Photo

    A real treasure


    We stayed at the hotel Bijou (it's French for jewel or treasure). Great room that looked out onto a typical San Francisco street corner, more specifically the corner of Mason and Eddy Street. Pictures of the facade and the lobby of the hotel. Valet car service (So funny! Something that, to the best of my knowledge, we'd never experienced before!) We only had our breakfast at this hotel. We dined out, great opportunity to experience all kinds of cuisine within walking distance.

  • Decent - nothing more, nothing less


    Check in was pretty smooth. The lady at the counter warned me for the bad area of San Francisco "the Tenderloin". The only thing I saw in that area were some homeless people but you'll find those all over town so...

    Room was pretty nice albeit small with a great, comfy bed. Bathroom was okay, really clean, no complaints there.

    Tv okay as well.

    Something I didn't like at all:

    When I made the reservation it said: "free continental breakfast included" They shouldn't have bothered. If all you can offer your guests for breakfast is water/coffee (how about some OJ?) and some incredibly hard muffins then please don't bother. Thank you :)

    Unique Quality: none

    Directions: A 5 minute walk from the Powell St BART station

  • VdV's Profile Photo

    One of SF's best budget hotels


    I stay at the Hotel Bijou quite often, both for work and for pleasure. Though many lament its "next to the Tenderloin" location, hey, it's located right behind the more expensive Renaissance Parc 55, and just one block from the San Francisco Hilton, so what's the difference in location (plus you pay about two times less than at the Renaissance or Hilton!)

    It's located one block from the Powell St. BART Station, making it very convenient to access from SFO or OAK airports. After you exit the Powell St. Station and are out on Halladie Plaza/Square, just head toward the Renaissance Parc 55. Go up the sidewalk to the left of the Parc 55, and the Bijou is on the next block, corner of Mason and Eddy.

    The hotel is also one block from the Powell St. Cable Car turnaround, and just a few blocks from Union Square.

    For around $99 USD, the Hotel Bijou is a bargain that can't be beat. Book online through Joie de Vivre's website, or through

    Give the Hotel Bijou a chance--it's one of SF's best bargains!

    Unique Quality: The staff is almost always extremely helpful. The rooms are basic, but very clean. Each room is named after a film shot in San Francisco/Bay Area. (I've stayed in the "Maltese Falcon," "Junior," etc. rooms. The registration counter looks like a movie theater concessions stand, and every evening they play two movies that have been filmed in the SF/Bay Area in the little lobby theater. These include "The Graduate," "The Maltese Falcon," "Barbary Coast," "When a Man Loves a Woman," "The Rock," "The Birds," etc.

    Film lovers will appreciate that the Hotel Bijou lobby includes a bulletin board with all the week's local movie listings--no need to scrounge around for a copy of the local paper--all the movies and where they're playing are on the bulleting board!

    There is even a phone in the lobby with a direct line to the San Francisco Film Commission, so you can find out what is currently filmed in the city and where to check it out.

    So maybe you will have to pass some homeless people on the short one block from the BART station to the hotel. But, they are humans too and deserve some dignity.

    Directions: Union Square; one block from Powell St. BART Station/cable car turnaround. Right behind Renaissance Parc 55, but costs much less! :)

  • Stasigrace's Profile Photo

    A Cinephile's Dream!


    This adorable boutique hotel is decorated in bright, vibrant colors. The staff was friendly and the breakfast was wonderful (giant muffins and delicious coffee, served with the TV showing--what else?--the Breakfast Club).

    Each room is named after a movie set in San Francisco--but unfortunately, there are some duds. We stayed in "The Net". Still, it was a great room--on a corner that looked over beautiful buildings. Lots of windows and a lovely breeze.

    I was thrilled that everyone else staying in the hotel seemed to be European. There wasn't a touristy feeling at all.

    Unique Quality: Like I said, it's great for people who love movies. They have deals that involve movie passes and they screen San Francisco-set movies every night in their "Petite Theatre Bijou".

    We had an amazing deal while we were there: $129/night with the third night free. Wow! So check their website for deals!!

    Remember--it's only 2 blocks from Union Square. GREAT location.

    Directions: 1 1/2 blocks from the Powell Street Cable Car terminus (and adjacent BART station).

  • furioso's Profile Photo

    Special accomondation


    Inspired by San Francisco's rich cinematic history, the Hotel Bijou is adorned with movie palace stylings, dramatic Hollywood portraits, and a mini-movie theater in the lobby. Each light and comfortable guestroom is named for a motion picture shot in San Francisco, with original movie stills as decorative room accents.

    Directions: next to Union Square

More about Hotel Bijou

Hotel Bijou: Best by the Bay

by A TripAdvisor Member

Its unique atmosphere, wonderful staff, and excellent accommodations, put Hotel Bijou at the top of my list. Located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, Hotel Bijou is the place to be. The first thing that comes to mind is the affordability, and for such a wonderful price you get a complimentary continental breakfast, two free evening movies in "le petit Bijou", and access to a beautiful room with its own unique flare. The employees, from the front desk to the housekeepers, are wonderfully pleasant and very helpful. With the hotels location only and few blocks, or a streetcar ride, away from anywhere you want to be, I would not recommend or stay at any other hotel in the city.

Loved the Bijou!

by TripAdvisor Member writur

Stayed at the Hotel Bijou for three nights as part of our honeymoon. Great experience - staff was extremely helpful, room was large and airy, good-sized bathroom, the location was perfect, great movie decor throughout. The nightly movies in the hotel's petit theater was a neat touch.

I didn't experience any of the panhandling that other reviews mentioned - we felt totally safe walking to Chinatown at night from the hotel. Never once even saw a homeless person nearby.

The staff was great for recommending places to eat or arranging tours. We must have mentioned it was our honeymoon when we checked in, or maybe when we reserved the room, because on the second day, they left a bottle of merlot and glasses on the nightstand with a very sweet note. I was very impressed and would definitely stay at the Bijou again.

There are just two reasons I didn't give the Hotel Bijou five stars: 1) the continental breakfast wasn't very good (although we never made it down there until the last 10 minutes, so it might have been better earlier); and 2) the valet parking takes forever. Call for your car before you leave the room, and it still might take 15 minutes. Make sure you factor that in when leaving for dinner reservations!

Great Value

by TripAdvisor Member lolitanj2

Hotel Bijou is great simple hotel. The rooms are a bit small, but extremely clean and neat. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. The hotel is on the edge of the questionable neighborhood and can be a bit noisy, but is also quite close to 5 star hotels and Union Square. This hotel is the perfect place to stay in a city like San Francisco. It provide a neat clean place to stay at night while you are out all day enjoying the city. I would definitely stay here again!

a bad breakfast

by A TripAdvisor Member

The Hotel Bijou is a real slice of life experience. It is located on the edge of the Tenderloin area of downtown. The area abounds with homeless, rowdy people and the surrounding noise of the city ( sirens, loud music, yelling ) is incredible. The breakfast consisted of prepackaged muffins, bagels with cream cheeze, and coffee. The rooms were clean but the toilet ran and one of the lights was burned out. Not worth the money.

Not the safest area

by TripAdvisor Member getdown

The Hotel Bijou is fine and has some character compared with a chain place but there are plenty of equally nice residences in better areas of San Francisco. We stayed here for three nights in March 2005.

On the plus side the rooms are tidy and beds comfortable; the hotel is reasonably well located for shopping in the downtown area; there's free breakfast and most of the front desk staff were very helpful.

However, the rooms and public areas are quite small, and the cinema links are not as deep as the publicity suggests. I would happily stay here again, but the most important thing for any potential traveller to note is the area. The Bijou is a couple of blocks into the Tenderloin, and if you're not comfortable with deterring panhandlers/beggars then do not stay here. When the receptionists advises you not to walk on the street next to the hotel, you know you're in an 'interesting' place.

I'm from inner London and am used to the hassle but the location definitely jaundiced by view of SF at first. Maybe the other reviewers took taxis everywhere... you have been warned!

The secret paradise near Union Square

by A TripAdvisor Member

I love this place!! As well as the superbly-trained and HAPPY staff...
Been returning here for years....because it is retro-classy, close to
everything and comfortable. Best-kept secret in San Francisco....

Forum Posts

4 days in San Francisco

by diml


I am going to visit San francisco 25-28 November. I have absolutely no idea about the city. Can someone give me some suggestions of hotels to stay and also which areas should i look for hotel and which i should avoid. which places are fun to visit?

Re: 4 days in San Francisco

by zuriga

There's a small chain of CA hotels with two in San Francisco.. both are charming but not inexpensive. They're The White Swan and Le Petit Augerge. They're right in downtown SF - easy to walk around - near a cable car etc.

Re: Re: 4 days in San Francisco

by joscadi

There is a budget (tourist class) hotel - Grant Plaza Hotel on the corner of Grant and Pine Streets. This is within chinatown and close walking distance to Union Square, Financial District, and North Beach.

I live in SF so if you need ideas on what to do, walking tours, etc., just e-mail me.

Re: 4 days in San Francisco

by Jamesr3939

Check the Ramada at Fisherman's Wharf. I have not stayed there but I understand it is nice and reasonable. I have seen it and it is in a great location and looks well kept.

Re: 4 days in San Francisco

by pmerryman

I have stayed at the holiday inn golden gateway, which is situated on van ness ave. I found the area to be very safe, and the cable car stops right next door.

Re: 4 days in San Francisco

by VdV

I've stayed quite often at the Hotel Bijou (see my Hotel Tip on my San Francisco page, and visit

It is one very short block from the Powell St. BART station and Cable Car turnaround, and near Union Square.


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Address: 111 Mason Street, San Francisco, California, 94102, United States