Choose this lower Nob Hill crash pad if all you care about is an awesome location and basic but clean accommodations. Minutes away from Union Square yet far from Tenderloin sketchiness, the Grant is a rare find. Its bedspreads are dated, the bathrooms are tiny, and there’s no AC (though almost never an issue in this temperate town—but who cares? The price is right and you’re here to enjoy the town, not the room. Complimentary continental breakfast is served in the lobby, where there is a spacious seating area and old piano. There’s a 24-hour front desk person, but don’t expect him to be your travel agent. This is bare bones at its best.
- Erika Lennert