Built to accommodate visitors to the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, these moderate-sized Edwardian-style rooms are considered by many to be among of the best bets on Union Square for comfort without extravagance.
Cozy rooms are decked out in hues of chocolate and green. They feature huge walk-in closets, a work desk, cable TV and a pillow menu.
If city noise bothers you, bring ear plugs as this old building wasn't constructed to shield against the revelers in Union Square below.
Floor-to-ceiling windows in the gussied up (albeit still modest) lobby overlook cable cars on Powell Street.
Guests have access to a fitness center with a three lane lap pool.
Guests have complimentary access to a state-of-the-art fitness center nearby. Cardio machines, classes, weights, yoga and Pilates props are available.
The pleasant Restaurant Luques serves breakfast and lunch, plus dinner (Wednesday through Saturday); complimentary coffee, tea, apples, and cookies are available around the clock in the lobby.
Grab a glass of vino in the Luques Restaurant lounge.
The hotel offers valet parking for a fee. Check the website as occasionally the hotel offers deals on ride-share programs. The cable car stops just out front, making it easy for guests to travel to Nob Hill, Fisherman's Wharf and back. Hop on a Muni bus or train to explore the city or the BART to access San Francisco or Oakland airports.
Score a reservation at the Cal-Hawaiian fusion join Liholiho Yacht Club (6-minute walk) for outstanding poke that puts everyone else's to shame. Head down to the Embarcadero for an exquisite Peruvian lunch of ceviche and pulpo along the bay at La Mar Cebicheria Peruana (25-minute walk).
Meander up Nob Hill to watch the sun set over the city, martini in hand, at Top of the Mark (8-minute walk). Saunter down to the Press Club (10-minute walk) to sample California's wines in a classy setting.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Affordable rooms across from Union Square in a historic building make this a budget traveler fave.