A stylish Union Square hostelry with a literary bent.
Literati, take note. Modeled after New York's famous Algonquin, this salon-style hotel from Joie de Vivre gets its inspiration from literary salons of the 1920s and '30s, and showcases well-known bay area authors such as Jack London and Ambrose Bierce. Portraits of these writers adorn the lobby-level library walls; their works line the mahogany bookshelves. In keeping with the artsy theme, live jazz plays on Fridays in the lobby. All of the 94 rooms are homey, light and airy, and feature writing desks (of course), flat-screen TVs and private voice mail. The on-site eatery, Library Bar, serves American classics for breakfast and dinner; there is also a bar and complimentary evening wine service. Passes to nearby Club One fitness center are available for $15.
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