Imagine that you've got about $275 to spend on a San Francisco hotel room this Friday night. How do you choose where to lay your head? The answer is simple: you shove them into a metaphorical cage and let them battle it out head-to-head.
Hotel: Argonaut Hotel / Hotel Abri
Price: $288 / $289
Neighborhood: Fisherman's Wharf / Union Square
Bed Size: One king / One king
Amenities: Hip bar & restaurant, valet parking / Green property, valet & self-parking
Freebies: Wifi in lobby, wine reception / Wifi in rooms
Pets?: Yes, no charge / Yes, $75 cleaning fee
The King Deluxe Room at the Argonaut, a 4-floor, 252-room property near Fisherman's Wharf, gives you about 300 square feet of space, a yoga mat, and an in-room work station (but in-room wifi costs extra). The hotel hosts a daily wine hour from 5 to 6 PM, and the adjoining Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar has indoor and outdoor dining space (though some guests complain that the room service they provide is poor). The friendly staff gets rave reviews. But prepare for expensive parking - $45/day.