This big, wacky hotel conveniently located on Fisherman’s Wharf is perfect for first-time visitors to San Francisco. Nautical accents pop up throughout the property, from literary quotes from Moby Dick painted in the elevators to a giant octopus mural and cruise ship-style shuffleboard. The best feature is the outdoor courtyard, simply called The Yard. It’s packed with games like a giant Connect Four board and ping pong table challengingly constructed in a tube, as well as fire pits made from recycled beverage cans. In the courtyard, a vintage camper sells coffee, espresso, breakfast pastries (from $ 4 / £ 3), and light lunches and dinners, and California craft beers and wine to sip while you warm up by the outdoor fire pit.

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