Within walking distance to the lively Haight, Hayes Valley, Panhandle, NoPa, and Castro districts, this hotel is ideal for guests not expecting to spend much time in their room. The back garden, which is shared by the excellent restaurant Ragazza, is a fine place to unwind in the evenings.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The friendly staff can assist with airport shuttles and giving tips on street parking (a chore in this lively part of town).
Tiny rooms, with simple yet modern decor, feature contemporary art for a much-needed dash of color. New triple-paned windows help drown out the street noise. Complimentary Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV cater to traveler's technological needs.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There is no elevator in the hotel and all rooms require travelers to walk up 2-4 flights of stairs.
Private bathrooms are small but efficient. Ask for hairdryers and ironing boards at the front desk.
The small check-in desk occupies the lobby area. Friendly staff can arrange airport transport (for a fee) and tips about local sites. The sweet outdoor patio makes an inviting spot to congregate for some quiet downtime.
The property sits atop the excellent Ragazza restaurant. Dinners feature pizza and Italian specialties like baked rigatoni that draw their share of devotees.
Sit at Ragazza's bar and enjoy Italian wines by the glass or bottle.
The hotel can point drivers toward places to score street parking (though expect to circle the streets in the evenings). Muni buses stop at the corner, connecting travelers throughout the city. Walkers will appreciate the proximity to Haight Ashbury, Hayes Valley, and the Sunset districts. Ride-sharing app users will find abundant Lyft and Uber drivers nearby, especially after dark.
Restaurant staff crowd the bar until 1 a.m. at Nopa (4-minute walk) for flatbreads and wood-fire roasted seafood dishes. Fans of sustainable meats crowd the colorful tables at Nopalito (3-minute walk) for tacos and tortas packed with stewed meats.
After dark, the party-crowd flocks to this stretch of the city. Some favor the live shows at the Independent (5-minute walk) which hosts bands like MIA, George Clinton, and Fishbone. Another favorite is Madrone Art Bar (3-minute walk), which features rotating art shows, a dance floor, and drink specials.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Affordable rooms with an art-influence in a great neighborhood make this a fine choice for budget travelers.