Don’t let the motel-style, unassuming exterior fool you. The 23-room Pearl Hotel is a hip, fun boutique with quite a bit of character. Cool touches, such as free poolside movie nights; a fun, chill vibe; and free loaner bikes set this property apart. Rooms are contemporary and stylish, with vintage-inspired furnishings and platform beds, iPod docks, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. There’s a great restaurant serving California cuisine, and on-site parking with electric car charging stations -- but the highlight here is the pool, complete with lounge music and open cabanas. Just note that Gem Rooms are tiny, and that it is a 10-minute drive from the city center.