A friendly staff, along with reasonably sized rooms, provide a retreat from the hustle of Union Square while being located in the heart of it all. The small inn dates back to 1912 when it was an antiquarian bookstore with accommodations.
Recently re-imagined, rooms feature plenty of light with light wallpaper and bedding. Complimentary Wi-Fi, and in-room service tablet, air conditioning, and LED flat screen TVs offer technological comforts. While the Beautyrest beds assist in getting plentiful shut eye.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Those who aren't keen on hearing the frequent late night revelers who populate the region should bring ear plugs.
Carrara marble lines the refreshed bathrooms. Large walk-in showers, Lather bath products, and floating glass shelves allow for the bathrooms to feel more expansive. The hotel only offers a tub in their Spreckels Suite.
In the cheery lobby area, the friendly staff offers plenty of advice about local destinations. Each floor offers a parlor with games, snacks, and wine.
In the mornings, guests congregate on their floor's parlor lounge for an expanded Continental breakfast; in the afternoon the staff offers wine and small bites; and before bed, guests munch on chocolate chip cookies and chat about their day. At turndown, staffers deliver bottles of water and chocolate.
The nightly wine hour is a popular event for guests, who gather to swap stories about their days.
Book the parking package if you plan to arrive via car. Otherwise, take advantage of San Francisco's public transit system. The cable car stops nearby. The Muni/BART train station (which connects travelers to San Francisco and Oakland airports) is a short walk from the property. Walkers will find plenty of shopping, museums, restaurants, and bars within walking distance.
Enjoy the city's best butter chicken at Amber (10-minute walk). Ramen fans will love the big bowls of noodles and tempura at Katana Ya (3-minute walk).
Select from a wealth of beers on tap at Golden Gate Tap Room (3-minute walk), or hike up Nob Hill for a martini with spectacular views at Top of the Mark (8-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Historic charm, a wine hour, and of-the-moment technological amenities in the heart of Union Square make this a fine choice for travelers on a budget.