Price From $149
'Hood Where the Financial District meets Union Square, next to the Crocker Galleria mall.
First Impression Renovated in March, the hotel's grand lobby is a mix of styles, with an art nouveau fireplace, '30s portrait sketches in pearly frames, and Victorian crystal skylights.
Rooms The 177 rooms feel luxurious, with gossamer curtains, leather headboards, and clocks with MP3-player hookups.
Plus A third-floor outdoor terrace and landscaped jogging track connects to the shopping center.
Minus The hotel's restaurant is under construction. Walk one block north to Belden Place instead; Cafe Bastille has jazz on Friday nights.
Details Rooms from $149.