As a low-cost hotel in the stylish Nob Hill neighborhood, the Beresford Arms is an especially good choice for large families or groups: A family of up to seven can stay in a two-bedroom suite with a full kitchen, including a complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon wine, cheese, and cookies, for around $210—a practically unheard-of deal. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the public areas have a ‘20s feel, complete with parlor furniture, white columns, elegant chandeliers, and a grandfather clock. The regular rooms are also large, and all suites—not just the two-bedrooms—have a kitchenette or wet bar. Want to bring Fido with you? No problem; pets are welcome. The downsides: It’s a little dated, a little noisy, there’s no AC (although, San Francisco almost never needs it) and the beds are not the most comfortable. The property’s sister hotel, Beresford Hotel, at 635 Sutter St. (tel: 415/673-9900; beresford.com; $89–$165 double, extra person $15), is another budget option in an old Victorian serving free continental breakfast but the rooms are downright tiny and basic. Still, if you’re just looking for a crash pad, the price is right.
- Erika Lennert