San Francisco’s Playful Hotel Zetta

Plink Board in Lobby Hotel Zetta

When you first walk into the lobby at Hotel Zetta, there’s a lot to take in. Before you even reach the front desk you’ll pass under a chandelier made from eye glasses, and have the opportunity to come face to face with a larger than life metal dog. But it’s the two story Plinko game on the wall that’s most likely to make you stop and smile.

To give it a whirl, you head upstairs to the hotel’s Playroom. But first you have to check-in. The complimentary TCHO chocolate helps sweeten the detour.

Interior entrance at Hotel Zetta

Located just off Market Street, walking distance from San Francisco’s famed Union Square, Hotel Zetta’s 116 rooms offer a spunky spot to sleep, in between shopping sprees and sightseeing.

Nothing is boring or plain at Hotel Zetta. Modern art and sleek décor in public spaces set the tone for what’s waiting in the guest rooms. My Deluxe King was spacious and bright. Windows let natural light in, but did a good job of keeping street noise out.

Deluxe King Room at Hotel Zetta

The oversize desk, complete with half a dozen easily accessible outlets, offers plenty of room to charge, spread out, or work if you have to. (The mini-bar menu includes a USB charging cable, in case you forgot yours at home.) Basic WiFi is complimentary for up to 10 devices. Coffee drinkers will appreciate the Illy a Casa espresso machine.

Table shuffleboard in Hotel Zetta Playroom

San Francisco is the type of destination that can keep you busy from start to finish, but be sure to schedule some playtime during your stay at Hotel Zetta. Along with the Plinko board, there’s a ping pong table, pool table, shuffleboard table, giant Jenga game and photo booth. You can also relax on one of many plush sofas and play a childhood favorite like Connect Four, Battleship, Monopoly or Operation.

The hotel has a 24-hour, nicely equipped fitness center with an assortment of cardio equipment, free weights and a comical punching bag that goes by the name “Big Bob.” Complimentary yoga classes are held every Saturday at 9:30am. Everything you’ll need, from mats and blocks to water, is provided.

But it’s much more fun to skip the gym (and elevator) and take the stairs to get your exercise fix. The hotel’s stairwells do double duty as seven-story art galleries. The front/west stairwell is the colorful work of a single artist, but the rear/east stairwell is a joint effort of six talented street artists from across the United States.

Hotel Zetta Mural

The entire property is smoke free.

Rates for a Deluxe King Room at Hotel Zetta range from $279 to $499. Valet parking is $55 per night. Book directly online with the hotel or check one of the many booking sites such as

Review and photos by Dana Rebmann. Dana paid a media rate for her stay at Hotel Zetta, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.

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