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4. Presidio Motel
The 16-room Presidio, more than a half-century old, was transformed by the team of Chris Sewell and Kenny Osehan, who sought out art students to add playful murals to the walls of each room. Like its sister property, the Agave, rooms are small but clean and chic with comfortable beds, flat-screen TVs, free use of bicycles and continental breakfast. Close to downtown.
1620 State St.; (805) 963-1355, http://www.thepresidiomotel.com
Weekday rates from $79; weekend rates from $110