The Triton is a short stroll from Union Square, a block from Chinatown, with the popular Cafe de la Presse downstairs. The 164 guest rooms, many of them small, were redone in 2012 with a Beat theme (that's a Kerouac typescript on the wallpaper). The lobby still has the same circus/outer space decor it's had for years. 342 Grant Ave.; (415) 394-0500, http://www.hoteltriton.com. Doubles from $250.
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