Music City Statement of Purpose


Music City, a musical incubator and an epicenter for the performing arts, is rooted in the belief that musical talent and creativity continue to be drawn to the San Francisco Bay Area. From the counterculture movement of the beat poets in the 1950’s, to the surge of musicians who gave us the Summer of Love, to the megastar classic rock acts of the 1970’s and 80’s, to the innovative contributions of rap, hip hop, and punk of the 1990’s, San Francisco has always stood as the bastion for the working musician and a musical epicenter of the world. The cost of living, however, has eroded the many opportunities musicians once had, and despite technologies’ quick access to a musician’s’ work, the lack of a centralized physical community has impaired people’s ability to connect on a human level. Music City stands as that community.

Through brick and mortar, built by hands and hearts, our objective is simple: To nourish and sustain the future of music in the city, as well as the musician. Music City combines the San Francisco Music Hall of Fame, a venue, a restaurant and cafe, a recording studio, an Internet TV station, fifty plug and play rehearsal studios, educational facilities, and a hotel/hostel for the traveling musicians. Music City will honor and preserve the San Francisco Bay Area’s rich musical history and provide a destination for fans, history buffs, and musicians for generations to come.

Our Mission


Music City will provide a self-sustaining, economically viable musical training facility that will serve as an incubator, offering access to the tools necessary to jumpstart the careers of working musicians and new breakthrough artists. Music City aims to inspire through performance and entertainment. It highlights the immense talent of musicians in our community, and adds to the richness and vitality of the San Francisco Bay Area’s culture.

The Perfect Gift,
—Rudy Colombini

Check out Music City’s other brands here:

Music City SF Music City Rehearsal Music City Radio San Francisco Student Housing

Frequently Asked Questions


All payments must be made with a debit or credit card (VISA, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover) along with photo ID. We do not accept any cash payments or deposits. Pre-paid gift cards are accepted for dorm reservations only. Debit card payments for private rooms may be subject to a $250 deposit or authorization hold.
A room with a shared bathroom means that the restrooms and showers are located in several accessible locations throughout the hallways. All restrooms and showers are single occupancy and are cleaned several times daily. The shared restrooms are not connected directly to the rooms.
Yes! We can store your luggage for you for free, in a secure location, if you arrive before the room is ready and would like to start exploring the city. Additionally, after you check out, we can store your luggage up until the end of the day when we close at 11pm. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
For late arrival after 11pm, please contact the front desk at least 48 hours in advance to make necessary arrangements for a late/self check in. We will request some documents from you and will charge the full reservation amount in advance.
There is a parking garage located on the same block as us at the corner of polk and bush streets with a daily rate of $25, however we do not have parking. Their facility is locked up at night and is a secure place to park overnight. Street parking is free in the city after 6pm, however please be aware of signs for parking and street cleaning restrictions to avoid getting your vehicle towed and avoiding fines. It is not recommended to leave items visible in your car overnight in San Francisco.
From 11am until 11:15pm, fifteen fully equipped music rehearsal rooms sitting below the hotel are in use by up and coming, as well as established local musicians. The music can be faintly heard filtering into the hotel levels, and is a part of the Music City project (www.musiccitysf.org/). For most it is not a problem, and is perhaps a welcome background sound. For those extremely sensitive to noise we will gladly move your reservation to the top floor of the hotel where the noise is less, per availability.

If you are a musician then you can gain access to the music rehearsal rooms for free during non peak hours. Please contact us for more details regarding this.

There is free wifi throughout the rooms and common areas.
A dormitory room a shared accommodation with up to five other members of the same gender staying inside the room, sleeping in bunk beds. Lockers for personal items are provided (please bring lock). Each reservation is for one individual bed. A dormitory room is a great way to meet people while traveling inexpensively.
We cannot guarantee availability or any requests for bottom bunks. Priority is given to those staying longer periods of time and with special conditions, yet is still not guaranteed. Please let us know if you have any special requirements and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
There is complimentary coffee and tea available at the front desk, as well as a bowl of free apples offered, however breakfast is not currently provided. A more extensive breakfast will be offered soon.
There is a common area with tables and chairs located in the basement of the building inside Music City Rehearsal. It is an exciting and stimulating place to hang out and eat while hearing everything from local up and coming musical acts as well established professional musicians filtering through the halls. A one of a kind cultural experience!

A common microwave is available to use in the hallway outside the hotel office, however there is no common kitchen. For rooms with kitchens, try the six bed dormitory ensuites, or the Junior Suite Room. Every room in the hotel comes with a sink and mini-fridge.

Yes, the front desk can assist you in printing out your boarding passes, ticket, or other documents, in the hotel office.
Sorry, we are an old building, and do not have an elevator. To reach the hotel levels requires climbing one and a half flights of stairs. Our staff can assist you with carrying up your bags to the hotel levels.
We are located next to the vibrant Polk Street, a major area for restaurants, bars, and shops. The area around the hotel is safe to walk around at night, however one should take the same precautions one would take in any busy, big city, and remain aware of their surroundings. Our staff will be happy to assist you in advising you and marking on your map any particular areas of the city to be avoided.
Shampoo/Conditioner and Body Lotion amenities are provided to all guests.
Fresh towels are provided daily for both dorm and hotel guests. Linens are provided for dormitory reservations.
Our front desk can reserve an airport shuttle for you to SFO airport at the cost of $16 per person, please contact the front desk for this. For shuttles from SFO to the Hotel you will need to make your own booking with a shuttle company, we recommend using Go Lorrie’s Shuttle, which you can reserve online here: www.gosfovan.com
You can check out at any time by dropping your keycards in a box located outside the hotel office.
The maximum stay for the hotel is 21 nights at a time. Please inquire to the front desk for any stays longer than this period.