Need to know
196 rooms, including 20 suites.
Noon; earliest check-in time is 3pm.
Double rooms from $134.25, excluding tax at 16.45 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of $33.77 per room per night on check-out.
Rates include free WiFi, a welcome drink, in-room Nespresso coffee and bottled water, an hour of local calls and bike rentals (subject to availability). Breakfast (à la carte) isn’t included; prices start at $8.
Zeppelin was designed by Seattle-based team Dawson Design Associates, who are also responsible for kitting out saucy, black-and-gold bar Dirty Habit. Swing by for a drink: it’s 10 minutes away from Zeppelin.
At the hotel
The hotel has WiFi throughout, and a 24-hour modern gym with free weights, yoga mats, fitness balls and cardio machines. In rooms: TV; air conditioning; mini fridge; tea-making facilities and Nespresso coffee machine; digital edition of the New York Times (via a free-to-download app); bath products by Neil George.
Our favourite rooms
For a touch of local history (and a black and yellow carpet that’ll make your eyes water), we like the Mr Smiley Suite, named after a beloved street performer known for his Union Square serenades; each individually-designed Deluxe Suite is randomly allocated, so cross your fingers if Smiley's your style. Only high-rollers need apply for the Zeppelin Suite, where there’s enough room for P Diddy’s whole entourage. Pour a vodka soda at the wet bar in the living room, take in the views from the rooftop deck, or hit the private media room for a late-night movie.
Take your inspiration from the Bee Gees and Barbara Streisand, and dress to hit Studio 54. When you’re not trying to squeeze into your sequinned catsuit (not again, Mr Smith), you’ll want trainers for exploring the area.
Zeppelin has some rooms adapted for guests with mobility issues, and a lift.
Feel free to bring your furry friends to Zeppelin, who’ll host them happily for $75. You’ll need to pack Fido’s own suitcase though, as the hotel doesn’t provide beds or food. See more pet-friendly hotels in San Francisco.
Children of any age are welcome at Zeppelin, but little Smiths won’t have much to occupy them. If you do bring your brood, the hotel are very accommodating, and will even heat up milk and baby food for you in the bar.