Although it's run by a large chain, this comfortable, modern hotel with artful touches feels like a one-off. The service is friendly and professional, and amenities are far nicer than those of most hotels of this calibre. The recently upgraded rooms and suites include 37in flat-screen TVs, and plenty of accessories (big desks, free internet) designed to cater to business travellers. The location, close to the ballpark and within walking distance of Yerba Buena and the Financial District, is also a selling point. Coffee addicts will appreciate the on-site Starbucks.