For a boutique hotel right next to Union Square, you can’t get much better than this little gem, newly renovated in 2017 with bedside tablets that handle your service requests. It’s narrow and quaint, reminiscent of many of the apartment buildings in the area, and cozy in the right way, not in the claustrophobic way. Morton’s Steak House, located next door, provides the room service to guests. A hearty continental breakfast and hosted evening wine hour are just two of the perks found here. But be warned: Rooms and bathrooms can be small (typical for this part of the city), though each has a built-in dresser and sufficient storage. Try for room 607, facing the back, where there's an actual fireplace. The windows open (not always the case in city hotels), which adds to the hotel’s light and airy feel. You're steps from Union Square, three blocks from BART and MUNI, and you'll be able to hear the clang of the cable car from your bed.
- Erika Lennert