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Looking for charm and amenities without the hefty room rate? Check out these top picks for budget lodgings. All offer rooms under $150 per night.

1. Hotel San Remo

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In the heart of happening North Beach, The San Remo has long been a favorite for travelers on a budget. Offering cozy, if basic accommodations, the hotel is in a three-story Italianate Victorian building built immediately after the 1906 earthquake. Rooms feature brass beds and quilts; some have sinks; bathrooms are shared. There are no TVs or phones in the rooms, but guests can borrow a laptop and internet service is available. The popular Flor d'Italia restaurant is on the ground level.

Location: North Beach
Address: 2237 Mason St.
Phone: 415-776-8688; 800-352-7366
Rates: Doubles from $75
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2. Petit Auberge

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With its romantic, Provencal-style decor, the Petit Auberge exudes European charm. The lobby parlor and guest rooms are decorated with soft-toned floral fabrics and wallpaper. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres are served in front of a crackling fire each afternoon in the parlor; continental breakfast is included in the room rate. Rooms feature nice extras like bathrobes, hairdryers, and WIFI and cable; many have fireplaces. The central location just north of Union Square makes this a convenient choice for shoppers and theater-goers.

Location:Union Square
Address: 863 Bush
Phone:800-365-3004; 415-928-6000
Rates: Doubles start at $139
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3. Hotel des Arts

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This funky, centrally located hotel has garnered wide praise for its innovative decor featuring rooms painted by up and coming local artists. The small, windowless "painted rooms" are curated by a San Francisco gallery; bathrooms are shared and rates begin at just $59. If you have something more roomy in mind, opt for the more conventionally designed deluxe queen room or two room suites with private baths. Hotel des Arts sits in San Francisco's mini French Quarter, which features authentic Gallic cafes and restaurants nestled along the charming alleys just off Union Square.

Location: Union Square
Address: 447 Bush St.
Phone: 415-956-3232; 800-956-4322
Rates: Doubles from $59
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4. Cornell Hotel de France

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Reminiscent of a small Parisian hotel, the Cornell Hotel de France has been family-run for more than 40 years. Built in 1910, the building's period decor features gilded mirrors, chandeliers, and original moldings. Rooms are done in a single color scheme and feature traditional decor with matching bedspreads and curtains. Full breakfast is included. The location near Union Square is convenient for shopping, theater-going and public transportation.

Location: Near Union Square
Address: 715 Bush St.
Phone: 415-421-3154; 800-323-9698
Rates: Doubles from $90
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5. Andrews Hotel

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Beautiful arched windows define the gracious feel of this hotel housed in an Italianate Victorian building. The lobby features book-lined walls and clubby chairs; complimentary wine is served here in the evenings. Rooms are traditionally decorated with leather chairs and matching bedspreads and curtains; all feature convenient bedside lamps, flat screen TVs and private baths. The staff is happy to book theater tickets or make restaurant reservations; continental breakfast is included.

Location: Near Union Square
Address: 624 Post St.
Phone: 415-563-6877
Rates: Doubles from $99
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6. Monte Cristo

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The Monte Cristo has an appealing, though out-of-the-way location between two lovely residential neighborhoods known for grand houses and elegant shopping. A former saloon and bordello, the Monte Cristo has preserved is Victorian atmosphere with authentic antiques and fabrics. The antiques-filled rooms also feature wallpaper and oriental rugs as well as modernized baths and flat screen TVs; some have downtown views.

Location: Presidio Heights
Address: 600 Presidio Ave
Phone:415-931-1875; 888-666-1875
Rates: Doubles from $149
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7. Hotel Diva

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This ultra modern hotel has a stylish, high-tech feel, with monochromatic rooms done in greys and blues and black leather furnishings. Edgy art and glass paneled doors define the look of the lobby; rooms are spacious and clean lined, with down comforters and designer lighting. This centrally located hotel near Union Square is a good choice for business travelers; the hotel's business center is open 24/7, and the restaurant provides room service.

Location: Near Union Square
Address: 440 Geary St. (at Mason St.)
Phone: 415-885-0200; 800-553-1900
Rates: Doubles from $139
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8. Cow Hollow Motor Inn

A good choice for families, the Cow Hollow Motor inn offers clean, generic rooms at excellent rates. A few steps from Chrissy Field and convenient to Ghiradelli Square and Fisherman's Wharf, this no-frills lodging offers conveniences like free parking, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, and free internet access. Rooms come in many configurations to suit those traveling with children.

Location: Marina
Address: 2190 Lombard St.
Phone:415-921-5800
Rates: Doubles from $79
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