Within walking distance of Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House, this homey boutique hotel caters to season-ticket holders for the opera, ballet, and symphony; it's been the venue of choice for stars of the music, dance, and opera worlds, from Luciano Pavarotti to Mikhail Baryshnikov. The genteel marble-floor lobby resembles the foyer of a finely appointed mansion, and the compact standard rooms feature dark-wood furnishings, new queen-size pillow-top
beds with 250-thread-count sheets, flat-screen TVs, and cozy terry robes. All rooms received new floors and fresh carpets in 2013. The sumptuous, romantically lit Ovation restaurant, with its Old World charm, is an intimate place for performers and audience members to congregate before and after shows. Rates include continental breakfast buffet, and complimentary cookies and apples are available at the front desk.