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Jim Burroway

August 13th, 2016

From The Voice (Southern California edition), January 15, 1982, page 11.

From The Voice (Southern California edition), January 15, 1982, page 11.

The name pretty much says it all. Jack Fritscher’s memories of the Brothel Hotel was published in Drummer in 1979:

oThe Brothel is an attitude. In the best sense of the word. You can and probably will use your room as much for those quiet nights when you need real rest as for those nights when you want to swing from the Victorian chandeliers. Attitude, about tattoos and legs muscled-up on roller skates, has taught Brothel entrepreneurs Bobby and Conrad about the hot mix of turning the shell of an old apartment building into a truly professional hostelry.

They’ve got the bead on BUTCH ELEGANCE.

Why should queens have all the aMENities? The Brothel has very much the feel of a gentlemen’s residence club–and every gentleman is an adventurer.

The completely renovated Brothel is located three blocks from Polkstrasse but enjoys its own quiet Pacific Heights neighborhood. A quarter on a MUNI bus, or a mondo cheapo taxi ride can putt you off to the nightlife of Folsom or to the afternoon Castronaughtiness where over the intersection of 18th and Castro you can watch the bubbles from the bubble machine that once caused us to laugh at the campy Lawrence Welk show.

Meanwhile, back at 1500 Sutter, you can be taken in the gym, sweat it out in the new steam room, or graze in the intimate new coffee shop. A complete travel agency on the premises manfully handles your itinerary for both local and Grand Tours. In short, the whole joint is presentable. Your mother could pick you up in the lobby with nary a blush. So could men as butch as your ma!

In the upstairs halls, business suits brush elbows with well-cured leather. Every man is one man by day and another by night. Gentlemen never tell. They just do it. That’s the adventure!

The hotel building was built in 1902 as the Majestic Hotel. Miraculously, it not only survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, it remained open throughout the calamity. The building was purchased in 1985 and has made over into the luxury Hotel Majestic. Its history page somehow manages to quietly pass over the property’s interlude as the Brothel.

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