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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, Doubles from about $109 a night. Catharine Hamm / Los Angeles Times