This small hotel in historic North Beach takes you back in time with cast-iron beds, large mirrored armoires, and memorabilia recalling the Beat generation—whose leading light, Allen Ginsberg, often stayed here (legend has it that in his later years he could be seen sitting in a window, typing away on his typewriter). Screenwriters toiling nearby at Francis Ford Coppola's dream factory, American Zoetrope, as well as sundry poets and artists, are frequent patrons. Rooms
have a bistro table, two chairs, and tropical-style mosquito netting over the bed; bathrooms have cheerful yellow tiles and tiny showers. Rooms in the rear are a refuge from the noisy crush, especially on weekends. Complimentary sherry is served in the lobby.