Grand Hyatt. Shopaholics will love the location of the Grand Hyatt, just around the corner from Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and scores of other Union Square retailers. The high-rise hotel, which just underwent a $70-million renovation, has spectacular city and Bay views, a grand lobby and Hyatt's signature bedding, with plush mattresses, pillows and duvets. If you're looking for cozy, this isn't it; it's more for the convention crowd, which accounts for 30% of the hotel's business. 345 Stockton St.; (415) 398-1234, grandsanfrancisco.hyatt.com. Doubles from $169.
Phoenix Hotel. The Tenderloin is no longer synonymous with drugs and crime, and the Phoenix Hotel, a remodeled midcentury motor lodge, has arisen to prove it. It calls itself "San Francisco's rock 'n' roll hotel," with a young and edgy clientele that can get loud. A heated outdoor pool, tropical-themed rooms and a trendy restaurant and bar called Chambers Eat & Drink make it a popular destination for locals and travelers. Reservations come with complimentary passes to the Kabuki Springs & Spa. 601 Eddy St.; (415) 776-1380, http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/sanfrancisco/phoenix. Doubles from $129.
Galleria Park Hotel: The Galleria Park, which is in a building that's more than 100 years old, underwent a renovation that updated its facilities and look while keeping its Art Deco artwork and lovely skylights. This boutique hotel is just a block off Market Street, within walking distance of Union Square and one of San Francisco's oldest restaurants, Tadich Grill. A well-appointed mini-bar, comfortable bed, free Wi-Fi and an outdoor jogging track and garden on the third floor make this an appealing urban oasis. 191 Sutter St.; (415) 781-3060, http://www.jdvhotels.com/galleria_park. Doubles from $161.
Hotel Tomo. This gem in Japantown may be one of the best values and most fun in the Bay Area. You'll find anime murals all over the place (including the guest rooms), but you don't have to be into that colorful graphic form to appreciate a well-designed room (with a desk, thank you) and a location that's central to all that's fun about Japantown (about a block to the Peace Plaza and some of the most interesting shops in the area). Plus, you know when you check into a place where there's a UC San Francisco sleep testing laboratory (it occupies the fifth floor), you're probably going to sleep tight. 1800 Sutter St.; (415) 921-4000, http://www.jdvhotels.com/tomo/. Doubles from about $109 a night.