Entering this hotel requires stepping over footprints, handprints, and autographs embedded in the sidewalk by visiting stars; with two major theaters, the Curran and the American Conservatory, across the street, this hotel is a magnet for actors, musicians, writers, and artists. The hip place, its exterior painted in commanding black and white, recently underwent a $2-million renovation, and its guest rooms—the suites in particular—are as urban and modern as the clientele.
Designer carpets complement brushed-steel headboards whose shape mimics that of ocean waves. Crisp white sheets highlighted by a purple throw, and Harry Bertoia chairs supply another dose of eye candy. Window shades evoke the hotel's sexy chic with silhouettes of stiletto-heeled legs and a lingerie-clad model's torso. Bathrooms are tiny but equipped with eco-friendly bath products, and kids will appreciate the colorful Little Divas Suites decked out in vibrant bedding and stocked with toys, Wii, and a karaoke machine. A Starbucks and Colibri Mexican Bistro are just off the lobby.