If you’re looking to pretend you’re a real San Francisco resident—and a wealthy one at that—stay at this elegant yet understated hotel nestled among the multimillion dollar mansions of swanky Pacific Heights. What looks like an upscale apartment building from the outside is actually the place for guests seeking discreet, high-class service and amenities, without the showy feel of a big-city luxury property. Guests enjoy generous rooms, many with commanding views of the city. Complimentary continental breakfast includes such delicacies as currant scones with lemon curd and clotted cream, local organic sheep’s milk yogurt, and a selection of meats and cheeses. The evening wine reception allows guest to socialize in the renovated parlor while noshing on cheese, charcuterie, and hot hors d’oeuvres. Boutique shopping and great restaurants (without the tourists) on Fillmore or Union Streets are short scenic walks away. The quiet location means only the soothing foghorn will haunt your dreams. Still, the sights, shopping, restaurants, and nightlife are all only a few minutes away. Hop on the 1 bus to be in the heart of Chinatown or Financial District in less than 30 minutes.
- Erika Lennert