Where serious whimsy meets serious luxury, the Hotel Monaco is the most decadent and silly of all boutique hotels in San Francisco: ideal for fun-loving sorts who don’t mind smaller rooms and the lack of an all-out gym. All the rooms in the renovated 1910 Beaux Arts building have loads of character and include canopy beds draped in romantic fabrics and stripes. Broad stripes adorn walls, bed skirts, and pillows, setting a theatrical but tasteful mood. Trompe l’oeil murals, such as the cloudscape in the lobby, add a touch of magic. Any other hotel might stop with decadent, highly original décor, a landmark restaurant such as the Grand Cafe, a terrific in-hotel spa and a Theatre District location convenient to downtown attractions. But the Monaco goes far beyond with dozens of flourishes, such as yoga accessories, Frette robes, Aveda bath goodies, and even a goldfish of your very own for the duration of your stay. Pop down to the living room in the morning for free coffee, and in the afternoon for fresh cookies. Return later for wine, cheese, a tarot reading and a neck rub. Perhaps you can even take the complimentary town car to one of the nearby shopping areas.