Proof Hotel Palomar does things differently? A dog named Maverick with a permanent position as the hotel’s Director of Pet Relations (he even has his very own Facebook page). Funky, bold, and bright, Hotel Palomar puts an artsy spin on luxury. Rooms are kitted out with yoga mats for a yoga instruction channel, a “companion goldfish” available upon request, and a complimentary honor bar stocked with organic treats (make it gluten-free by asking the front desk). Guests traveling with pets receive a keepsake toy and other pet-friendly amenities. The hotel’s 4th and Market Street location puts it within walking distance of Union Square, AT&T Park and the Moscone Center. For further distances, guests can borrow free Public Bikes. The most distinctive experiences are offered through Hotel Palomar’s creative packages. With the Needle & Thread Count, for instance, the hotel partnered with Inked Magazine's Creative Director Todd Weinberger and Contributing Writer Jennifer Goldstein to create a trip that explores the city’s vibrant tattoo culture. In Tie One On & Throw One Back, shopping-phobic gentlemen get a private appointment and discount at the Union Square Bonobos Guide Shop, plus two PBRs and a toddy-filled thermos at the hotel’s bar and restaurant, Dirty Habit, to take the edge off. See all of the Hotel Palomar’s packages on the website, and book two weeks to a month in advance to secure a spot.
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Step outside the Hotel Palomar, and find yourself in the heart of San Francisco's downtown, with Union Square shopping, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and public transportation a quick walk away. Walk east down Market Street to get to the Embarcadero and the culinary delights of the Ferry Building. After the commuters leave and daily hustle and bustle slows, you are left with beautiful views of the skyline and the Bay Bridge.
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Rooms: 195 guestrooms and suites. Rooms start at $195. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check out: noon Dining options: The noir-inspired Dirty Habit, on the hotel's fifth floor, breaks food and beverage rules in the best possible way. Chef David Bazirgan says he doesn’t limit himself by cuisine; instead, his dishes, such as the “up in smoke” fondue, are inspired by what he feels in a given moment. Bar manager Brian Means wants to lead patrons into the cocktail world by creating “simple but different” drinks. Seductively named beverages like Femme Fatale and Leather & Lace should do the trick. Spa and gym details: The 24-hour fitness center overlooks the property’s Zen Garden. Though there’s no physical spa, in-room spa services (massages, body treatments and facials) bring wellness directly to guests. Services are offered from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.
Who's it for: Young business and leisure luxury-seekers with an inner artist. Our favorite rooms: It’s a toss-up between the Luxury King, with its oversized bathroom and Fuji soak tub, and the Corner King, with curving, turret-style windows that hover over Market Street. Best people-watching while you work:The standing desk, located next to the front desk. Don’t forget: The daily Wine Hour, hosted in the lobby at 6 p.m. Instant wheels:The garage serves as a Zipcar pick-up and drop-off location.