Located in the footprint of the former Hotel Tomo, the Buchanan is the elegant result of a nearly 2-year complete renovation, highlighting a soft, modern style that’s at once welcoming, playful (check out the cheeky statements on the backs of the armchairs in the lobby), and hip. Expect unexpected touches, like in-room yoga mats and lawn games and the daily 5pm hosted wine and sake hour. You can even buy a s’mores kit in the lobby and head out to the courtyard fire pit to prepare them. Rooms are bright, with simple, stylish furnishings—pick a balcony queen or king room for the views and outdoor seating, or go for the “Spa King” and soak in the Japanese deep spa tub. Pets are welcome at no charge, but don’t worry if you’re allergic—there’s a dedicated pet-free floor. Room service isn’t available, but with so many options nearby—Japanese ramen shops, sushi bars, and upscale haunts featuring seasonal California cuisine, plus Mum’s, an on-property Japanese restaurant serving traditional shabu-shabu—you won’t go hungry. (At press time, Mum’s is undergoing a remodel slated to complete by the end of 2017.)