Price From $139
'Hood The Tenderloin on the border with Union Square. While the Tenderloin is grittier than other San Francisco neighborhoods, the hotel is near well-trafficked areas like the landmark Glide Memorial Church and is only a few blocks from the Powell Street subway station and the Theater District.
The Gist Online reviewers rave about the Serrano Hotel's amenities, like the flat-screen televisions, iPod docks, and Aveda products. The staff is fun and friendly, which is especially apparent during the complimentary afternoon wine-tasting hour held in the grand lobby. Rooms are a little small—some online reviewers say cramped—but the staff's unflagging attentiveness makes up for it. On-site Asian-fusion restaurant Ponzu is a solid choice for a pretheater splurge.
Free Wi-Fi? Yes.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, Visa, MC.
Details Doubles from $139. Play a round of cards during check-in, and you can win a prize such as a free upgrade. (No, seriously!)
Thanks for Sharing Reader seadogmd recommended the hotel for its quiet rooms and the great staff: "They did bring a humidifier right to our room when asked, and the afternoon wine service in the lobby also improved our stay."