Price From $79
'Hood Upper Market between the Tenderloin and SoMa. It's a central transit hub, but the immediate area around the hotel doesn't offer much beyond warehouses and fast-food joints. It's a one-block walk from the Asian Art Museum and two blocks from the San Francisco Symphony.
The Vibe Old-world elegance that's apparent from the moment you enter the lobby and take in its cathedral ceilings, Austrian crystal chandeliers, and marble columns. The grandeur spills over to the on-site restaurant, the Market Street Grill, notable for its Tiffany stained-glass fixtures and lively piano bar.
Rooms The 447 rooms vary in size, shape, and decor, but all continue the historic feel by displaying vintage San Francisco photos. There's a stately color scheme of pale yellow and navy, with high ceilings and plush comforters. Select rooms overlook City Hall's gilded dome.
Plus Easy access to public transportation—including the cable cars headed to Fisherman's Wharf—makes sightseeing a breeze. The hotel is literally steps from the Civic Center BART station, which means a five-minute ride to Union Square.
Minus A scrappy fitness center that barely qualifies as a gym. The area immediately surrounding the hotel has a gritty urban feel that might not appeal to some travelers.
Free Wi-Fi? Yes.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.
Details Doubles from $79, suites from $388.