10 Urban Hotels with Loads of Local Character

Forget chains and bland properties—these hotels really embed you in your urban destination…

The Tilden gives you the perfect excuse to stay in the Tenderloin district, the gritty yet up-and-coming slice near Union Square alive with concert venues and underground art spaces. The 1928-built former Mark Twain Hotel may blend into the urban scenery on the outside, but the inside got a glammed-up minimalist makeover with a buzzing lobby and stylishly spare guests rooms; thankfully the vintage two-person lift remains. The first Tuesday of the month spotlights one local artist and exhibits their work in the lobby. Don’t miss The Douglas Room, a just-off-the-lobby bar slinging old-school cocktails with panache. source: Sunset Magazine, by Allison Young

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