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Hotel Diva

Just how hip is Hotel Diva, which advertises itself as "sexy, modern and chic"? Hip enough to be painted in shades of gray (three, not 50) and have window shades featuring a larger-than-life silhouette of a woman in thigh-high fishnet stockings. The downtown hotel, renovated in 2012, has 115 rooms, a stylish look, high-end bedding and a central location just off Union Square across from the Curran Theatre. You'll find the ambience fun and friendly. 440 Geary Blvd.; (415) 885-0200, Doubles from about $181.
Barry Robinson
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