Concierge.com's insider take:
The Petite Auberge feels like a tranquil country inn. The decor is rustic French, with white-painted shutters and a ubiquitous floral motif. Eighteen of the 26 rooms (all nonsmoking) have gas fireplaces, great for those foggy San Francisco summers. Attentive employees do everything they can to make you cozy, from serving afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres in the parlor to placing a bottomless cookie jar in the lobby. They'll also arrange for a Golden Gate Greeter—a local who takes you on a tour tailored to your interests (ask when booking). If you don't have a friend to show you around town, this is the next best thing.