Don't be put off by the fact that this is the home of the Elks Club or that you can't use the pool or spa if you're not an Elk. There's plenty to like in this Union Square hotel besides its location (which is great), especially if you admired the way your Aunt Mildred decorated her living room, which is what the lobby looks like. The elevator is so enormous that I found it giggle-worthy. (How many elevators have a padded bench?) You'd think the rooms would be proportionately huge, but they're not; a queen is about 300 square feet but perfectly fine. The bath lacked shelves or counters so it may take some toiletry juggling. Still, a deal worth taking. 450 Post St.; (415) 788-6400, http://www.kensingtonparkhotel.com. Doubles from $169.
Catharine Hamm / Los Angeles Times
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