Lots of hotel chains can feel the same, no matter how good the service. But Hotel Nikko is regarded as a standout – not because it’s different but because what it does it does extremely well: exceptional service, big rooms, a really good breakfast, restaurants and bars, and an indoor pool you can actually do laps in (as long as you’re happy with 15m). There’s also free wi-fi, valet parking for a fee, business amenities and a good fitness centre.
Union Square is one of the tourist centres of San Francisco, within walking distance of good shops, public transport, business convention centres, the Financial District and Chinatown. The Tenderloin is one of the more interesting historic neighbourhoods but it has a high homeless population so keep that in mind as you walk around.
222 Mason Street, San Francisco