The only boutique lodging option in the trendy Nob Hill neighborhood, Northrup Station is one of those easily missed gems that even locals may not realize is a hotel. The long, three-story, contemporary building (which basically looks like a residence) fronts palm tree–lined Northrup Street and the handy Portland Streetcar line—and is just a stone’s throw from such landmark restaurants as Paley’s Place Bistro & Bar and Wildwood Restaurant & Bar. The all-suites property harks back to the 70’s with its mid-century-modern aesthetic and slightly kooky color schemes (there’s a generous use of mauve, lime green, and orange). The value here is great, especially considering the generous dimensions of the 70 units—all of which have fully equipped kitchens, granite counters, and two TV’s apiece. Parking, breakfast, Wi-Fi, and Portland Streetcar tickets are included with your room rate.
Tip: Make good use of your unit’s kitchen by shopping for provisions in the neighborhood. Both Trader Joe’s and City Market—one of the best gourmet food shops in the city—are nearby.
Room to Book: South-facing units on the third floor overlook pretty Northrup Street and get lots of light.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.