Located right on the Hyde–Powell cable car line, a block away from Aquatic Park and the famous Buena Vista Restaurant, this hotel offers a home-away-from-home right in the middle of the tourist action. Choose between a one- or two-bedroom suite with an upscale apartment vibe and the amenities of a hotel to get perks like a pullout couch, two flatscreen TVs, and a kitchenette. Rooms facing Bay Street also have a balcony where you can watch the cable cars roll by and see the lights of the famous Ghirardelli Square sign. While the lobby and rooms are clean and tasteful, the thing you’ll be writing home about is the roof deck, which offers views of both bridges, Alcatraz, and the neighboring Victorian houses (weather permitting). Do as San Franciscans do and bring a bottle of wine to the deck around sunset for your very own happy hour.
- Erika Lennert