I prefer boutique hotels and decided to try the White Swan. What a great find. The decor is fun and the location is great (close to Union and Chinatown/North Beach but away from the hustle and bustle of those areas). However, what makes this hotel outstanding is the warmth and friendliness of the staff. Love the amenities like breakfast and bottled water. The parlor is a nice place to unwind before flying out of the city. I think I've found my base whenever I visit SF.