Whether for early business meetings or for attendance at local events, Bay Area visitors (and residents) often find themselves in need of a quick place to stay the night. The following budget-friendly options are exceptionally appealing for their recent updates.
Noe Valley Vacation Rentals, San Francisco
Two Victorian flats on Noe Street. Situated two blocks from shops and public transportation. Renovated in 2011, these one and two-bedroom apartments feature high ceilings, tall, sunny windows, antique wood furniture, and washer/dryers. Sleeps eight at not a bad rate for one of the city's most enviable neighborhoods. Visit californiavacationrentals.net for pricing.
Citigarden Hotel, South San Francisco
This hotel is located seven short minutes from the San Francisco airport and 20 minutes from downtown. Room renovations were completed in October, 2011, so the place looks new, at least from the inside. Nothing fancy. Just comfortable accommodations at affordable rates. Visit citigardenhotel.com to plan your stay.
Hyatt House, Emeryville
This Emeryville hotel sparkles with remodeled charm. Amenities include freshly painted guest rooms with new carpeting and attached kitchens with granite counter tops and matching granite kitchen tables. Easy walking distance from stores and restaurants. Call 510-601-5880 for room rates.
Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Berkeley
Berkeley's newest boutique hotel issues a welcoming vibe. The sprawling, recently remodeled lobby is done in black and white marble. Mirrored walls make the space look huge as bright chandeliers throw light everywhere. The sparsely decorated guest rooms are cozy, quiet, and softly lit. To find out more, call 510-845-7300 or visit hotelshattuckplaza.com.
The Biltmore Hotel & Suites, Santa Clara
The Biltmore Hotel has built more hotel. Recent design renovations mean that for now you can get fresh, elegant, updated accommodations at affordable rates. This hotel is a popular corporate favorite, being situated near the airport and also near several high-tech companies. Visit hotelbiltmore.com for details.
Moorpark Hotel, San Jose
The newly decorated lobby is awash in warm shades of red and gold, featuring upholstered red-leather seating, tall sunny windows, and gleaming hardwood floors. The spacious, well-appointed guest rooms are as well quite pleasantly designed. Hotel amenities include two heated swimming pools, a fitness center, and a very good restaurant. Call 408-864-0300 to book your stay.
Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa, Lafayette
A luxury hotel in lavish Lafayette where massages and beauty treatments are par for the course. The place appears like a French chateau surrounded by fountained courtyards and flowering gardens. Nearby attractions include the wealthy, wooded towns of Orinda and Moraga, as well as the shopping district in Walnut Creek. Visit lafayetteparkhotel.com or call 925-283-3700 for specifics.
Lodge Renaissance Resort & Spa, Sonoma
Renovated in 2012, this Broadway hotel features lush, meticulously landscaped grounds and sunny guest rooms with french doors that lead to private balconies overlooking the property. Popular amenities are the heated swimming pool and a fitness center. Other elegant perks include fireplaces and enormous bathrooms, some with Jacuzzis. Walk to everything. Call 707-935-6600 to request more information.
Best Western Premier Ivy Hotel, Napa
This Napa Valley hotel has reinvented itself. The decor remains rather simple, but the rooms are updated to include the amenities we spoiled Northern Californians have come to expect. Recently added features include a heated swimming pool, hot tub, high speed Internet, a fitness center and an on-site restaurant serving continental cuisine. The hotel is located four miles from downtown. A bus right out front will take you there. To learn more, visit bestwestern.com.
—By Judee Shipman
Judee Shipman authored Top50States.com, prntr.com, countless online articles, and a book called Portable Chess Coach. She's also penned poetry and published crosswords in TV Guide.