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Phoenix Hotel

The Tenderloin is no longer synonymous with drugs and crime, and the Phoenix Hotel, a remodeled midcentury motor lodge, has arisen to prove it. It calls itself "San Francisco's rock 'n' roll hotel," with a young and edgy clientele that can get loud. A heated outdoor pool, tropical-themed rooms and a trendy restaurant and bar called Chambers Eat & Drink make it a popular destination for locals and travelers. Reservations come with complimentary passes to the Kabuki Springs & Spa. 601 Eddy St.; (415) 776-1380, Doubles from $129.
Jessica Gelt / Los Angeles Times
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