Price From $174
'Hood In bustling North Beach, the now-touristy Italian neighborhood where famed Beatniks once hung out. The iconic City Lights bookstore is near the hotel.
The Vibe Black-and-white photos of beatnik-era San Francisco make a fitting welcome to a hotel that taps into the spirit of Kerouac and his crowd. Allen Ginsberg really did sleep here on multiple occasions.
Rooms The 15 rooms are snug and eclectic, with cast-iron beds, large armoires, and wicker chairs perfect for reading by the window.
Plus A killer location with your pick of popular restaurants, cafes, and bars.
Minus The blink-and-you-miss-it lobby means there's nowhere to hangout but your room. Guests bothered by street noise should request one of the rear rooms facing a side street.
Free Wi-Fi? Yes.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.
Details Doubles from $174; $194 for the hotel's largest room, which is equipped with two queen beds and can sleep up to four.