This quirky little hotel way out west of downtown is an ideal escape from the clatter of the city. Not plush but spacious, and many rooms are furnished with wood-burning fireplaces. Beachy vibe aided by ocean views and a casual courtyard with table tennis and badminton. Best known as the place Hunter Thompson wrote "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail." "Dawn is coming up at the Seal Rock Inn -- out here at the far end of Geary Street: This is the end of the line, for buses and everything else, the western edge of America," Thompson wrote. Ask for Room 305, his old hangout, 545 Point Lobos Ave.; (415) 752-8000, http://www.sealrockinn.com. Doubles from about $124.
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