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Where rock stars go after they trash the Ritz

Planted on the edge of the Tenderloin, Phoenix Hotel prides itself on its atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, and rockin' guest list that has included such talent as The Shins, Little Richard, and Pearl Jam.The lobby should give you an idea of what to expect, with its vintage decor, large tile mosaic, and crazy lamp that gives the room a nice Even Flow. Pearl Jam stayed here!They don't have many of 'em (only 44), but the rooms're bungalow-themed, and equipped with cable TV, and high speed WiFi. Thankfully they don't skip on the amenities, as evidenced by the heated outdoor pool, and this awesome psychedelic tiled frog playing guitar, which will only make you look weird if you lick it.There's also a painted mural from Francis Forlenza dubbed "My Fifteen Minutes", which is pretty long to last considering all those 6s and 9s.If you've got Little Richard money, opt for the King Suite, which'll set you up with a living room and a kitchenette with a refrigerator for your sparkling wine. Good Golly Miss Molly, this place is great!photos:Phoenix