A friendly staff earns high marks for this cozy hotel, which overlooks the Embarcadero, and all sorts of nice touches enliven this pet-friendly property. Constructed in 1926 as a YMCA Army-Navy residence, designers have extracted the utilitarian style and have infused the hotel with dashes of color.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel charges a daily "amenities fee" to cover the cost of Wi-Fi, bike use, morning coffee and tea service and the afternoon wine hour.
Tight guest quarters feature double sets of soundproof windows and brightly colored throw pillows adorning beds with 320-thread-count sheets. Sleek interiors, high tech amenities, and a small work desk please business travelers.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Spring for a bay view room, which overlooks the Bay Bridge.
Sweet sitting nooks dot the lobby area. Ask the staff about Wii and other games for guests to play on rainy days.
For a small fee, guests can use the Olympic-sized lap pool at the YMCA next door.
The hotel does not provide spa services, but the YMCA next door offers a steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi.
For a fee, hotel guests can use the adjacent YMCA, which features fitness equipment, weights, classes, and an Olympic-sized lap pool.
The hotel does not have an on-site restaurant, however, next door Ozumo serves fine sushi and Japanese favorites in an upscale dining room overlooking the bay.
The hotel offers valet parking with in and out privileges. Walkers will appreciate the bay trail right across the street, connecting travelers to the Embarcadero, Fisherman's Wharf, China Basin, Mission Bay and even the Marina. Hop on the Muni or BART trains (just a block away) to connect to other neighborhoods like Union Square, the Mission, and even San Francisco and Oakland Airports.
Reserve a table outside, gazing at the bay at La Mar Cebicheria Peruana (9-minute walk) to enjoy outstanding ceviche, pulpo, and Lomo Saltado. Based on your location, you'll likely clock some serious hours exploring the Ferry Building (5-minute walk) where you can sample oysters, chocolate, the city's best burger (Prather Ranch) and excellent (though pricey) Mexican fare at Mijita.
Enjoy a bottle of wine by the bay at the Ferry Building's Wine Merchant (5-minute walk). Grab a beer at Americano (3-minute walk) and enjoy the bay views, the lively post-work crowd and (when you get hungry) the fine appetizers.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Bay views, a fab location near the city's best food hall, and a friendly staff add up to make this former military bunkhouse a modern-day fave.