San Francisco, California
What it is
A peppy boutique hotel in Pacific Heights with uber-welcoming treats for guests, a sceney bar with a locavore menu, and kitchenettes in some of the colorful rooms.
What it isn't
Equipped with a gym and spa on-site, but you’ll have insider access at a neighborhood gym instead—and feel like a local because of it.
What we think
If you’ve ever wanted to live in San Francisco, a stay at the Laurel Inn is like a taste-test. They roll out the proverbial red carpet for you with all-day coffee and tea in the buzzing lobby (where you’ll also find lemonade and cookies every afternoon); a movie library for binges with your in-room Blu-Ray player (who needs Netflix?); zippy free WiFi; and a 24-hour business center, handy when you need to fax Dubai at 3 a.m. Every room looks a bit like a dream Jonathan Adler had, with midcentury-lines and Crayola-bright artwork; ask for one with a kitchenette and postcard-worthy city view for the full “I live here” vibe.
You're here because
You like to feel pampered, and with their insightful concierges, on-site laundry and dry-cleaning, and gratis newspaper each morning, this is the spot. Did we mention it’s pet friendly?
There are happy hours, and then there are blissful hours—which is exactly what you’re feeling, curled up on the mustard-yellow sectional at the Laurel Inn’s lounge, Laureate, as you sip your mojito and peruse the list of California wines. This is the San Francisco treat.
Restaurants & Bars
Swank Cocktail Bar & Lounge - A tantalizing mix of craft cocktails and small bites.
A two block walk from the Presidio, the famed park that kicks off the Golden Gate Bridge and houses myriad other iconic SF sights, including The Walt Disney Family museum and Lovers’ Lane, a highly Instagrammable allee of trees that includes a log sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy.