Price From $109
'Hood A sketchy stretch of the city near the Civic Center, on the weathered fringe of the Tenderloin.
The Vibe Billed as a rock-and-roll hotel—Joan Jett, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and assorted headbangers have all stayed here—the Phoenix has a youthful vitality that comes out clearly at Happy Hour.
Rooms Forty-four uncluttered rooms whose bright floral bedspreads call to mind the tropics; they surround the courtyard of what was once a motor lodge.
Plus The sun-splashed courtyard and swimming pool add to the party-happy atmosphere. Free parking and complimentary passes for the Kabuki Springs & Spa are available Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Minus The edgy location and hipster scene aren't for everyone.
Free Wi-Fi? Yes.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.
Details Doubles from $109, deluxe rooms from $139, suites from $189, including breakfast served poolside.