Price From $139
'Hood Union Square, the city's tourist-friendly shopping district.
First Impression When it opened during Prohibition in 1928, the hotel had room panels that let the staff deliver hooch to guests. Despite a renovation, the hotel has retained much of its glamour, and doormen still wear beefeater uniforms.
Rooms Many of the 417 rooms are small, but they have features like curved walls. Perks include a pet-friendly floor and yoga kits you can borrow.
Plus The Sunday brunch features a rollicking drag show. (When in San Francisco...)
Minus The atmosphere can be frenetic, whether it's due to tour groups checking in piles of luggage or post-work partyers jostling their way to the lobby bar.
Details Rooms from $139.