When I looked into staying at the Best Western Tomo in San Francisco, the reviews I'd read said only that it was comfortable and located in a nice, quiet neighborhood. And that it is. I had no idea it would be like stepping into a well-appointed anime game. If Napa Valley felt otherworldly, the Tomo was a spaceship to another galaxy.
Located in Japantown, the rooms are all illustrated by Japanese artist Heisuke Kitazawa, who is based in Tokyo and L.A. The funky decor includes a flat-screen LED TV and minimalist Ikea-like (Muji) furniture. The rooms all offer wireless, although my laptop wouldn't connect so I got a cable from the front desk and connected to the port on the desk.
I didn't have time to explore Japantown itself, but we were located just a few blocks from Fillmore Street, which offered plenty of restaurants and activity, including some very cute shops if we'd had time to browse.
We arrived in the city late Friday afternoon, cleaned up, and headed out to find dinner. We landed at Harry's Bar on Fillmore and were just digging into our burgers as the Obama-McCain debates were commencing on the bar's big TV. The bar quieted for about 5-10 minutes, then gradually everyone went back to chowing and chatting. I tried to watch, but it soon became impossible. Oh well. My burger was delicious.