The Marina Inn (3110 Octavia St., 800/274-1420, www.marinainn.com, $110–120), built in 1924, exudes old-fashioned San Francisco charm but boasts pleasant modern amenities. This small family-friendly hotel offers a continental breakfast, concierge services, and free Wi-Fi. The Inn is within walking distance of major City attractions, including Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, and the cable cars. And if you’re feeling a bit scruffy and want to freshen up before your big night on the town, visit the Inn’s attached barbershop or salon.
The rooms at the Marina Motel (2576 Lombard St., 800/346-6118, www.marinamotel.com, $147–200) may be small, but the motel is big on charm and character. At this friendly little motel, decorated in French-country style, you’re welcome whether you smoke, have kids, or bring your dog. Just ask for the room type that best suits your needs when you make your reservations. Rooms are pleasantly priced for budget travelers, and several vacation packages offer deep discounts on tours, spa treatments, and outdoor adventures.
The stately Queen Anne Hotel (1590 Sutter St., 800/227-3970, www.queenanne.com, $109–259) brings the elegance of downtown San Francisco out to Pacific Heights. Sumptuous fabrics and rich colors spread through the guest rooms and common areas add to the feelings of decadence and luxury in this boutique hotel. Small, moderate rooms offer attractive accommodations on a budget, while superior rooms and suites take guests up the scale. Continental breakfast is included with each room, as are a number of high-end services such as courtesy car service and afternoon tea and sherry.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition