The blue-and-tan facade of this stylish inn suggests its 1963 urban-motel origins, yet the spacious rooms themselves are quite modern. Shops and restaurants are a block away on Sacramento Street. The quiet location, paired with the fun vibe of the cocktail bar, make this a prime choice for travelers who want to experience life in a San Francisco residential neighborhood.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Pets are welcome here at no charge.
Spacious rooms were rei-magined by designer Oren Bronstein in 2017. The 1950s retro vibe features velvet furnishings, geometric patterned highlights, walnut wood and orange accent lamps. Work from local artists spruce up interiors. Families like the adjoining rooms, and the 18 rooms that offer kitchenettes.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Accommodations in the rear have cityscape views and tend to be quieter.
Marble splashed bathrooms feature Jonathan Adler products. Request a bathtub if you desire one.
The blue mosaic tile entrance invites guests to experience the playful lobby, where travelers hang out on couches, some draped by blankets, to read or work. Succulents and fresh flowers bring life to the common spaces.
For a fee, day passes are available to the extensive exercise facilities, classes and pool at the Jewish Community Center, directly across the street.
The hotel offers complimentary pastries and coffee in the mornings. Swank Cocktail Lounge also whips up Blue Bottle Coffee for guests. After dark at Swank Cocktail Lounge, enjoy bar bites like paninis and pizzettas.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The inn serves complimentary lemonade and cookies in the afternoon.
A covered parking garage (with a fee running about half the rate of downtown properties) makes bring a car easier. Those without wheels can easily access nearby restaurants, bars and shops. The Muni buses stop nearby, connecting travelers with downtown, other neighborhoods, and the Muni/BART train to get to the airports.
Breakfast fans line up for eons for pancakes and eggs at Ella's American Kitchen (1-minute walk). Garibaldi's (2-minute walk) Korean ribs, asparagus salad and chocolate truffle dessert are memorable.
Expect posh cocktails sourced from local gardens at Wild Hare (8-minute walk). Brews and cocktails populate the menu at Pig and Whistle (11-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Cheeky design and a fun cocktail lounge prove you don't have to stay downtown to be where it's at in San Francisco.