Hotel Abri – Union Square
What We Love
- iPod docking stations
- Puccini & Pinetti’s killer happy hour specials
- Free WiFi
- Read more about what to see and do in San Francisco and Big Sur in our magazine section
What To Know
- Street noise is audible in some rooms
- There’s no fitness center, but access to Active Sports is included in the urban fee
- No late night room service
- A $25 urban fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Hotel Abri has an easy, breezy Cali vibe. Buttery leather chairs sit beside a fireplace in a sunlight-flooded lobby. Inviting, earthy tones — copper, peach and cream — complement the cozy, modern furniture and the historic architectural details (the building dates back to 1918). Vintage photos of San Francisco give the hotel a sense of place.
Bed and Bath
Upstairs there are 91 guestrooms spread out over four floors. Though on the small side (starting at 200 square feet), they’re done in chocolate and tan and have such funky accents as lava lamps. All rooms feature iPod docking stations, flat-screen TVs and pillowtop mattresses. In the bathrooms you’ll find plush robes and L’Occitane bath products (most have standup showers but no tubs).
Although they don’t share ownership, Hotel Abri is connected to Puccini & Pinetti Italian Restaurant & Bar, a big local hangout known for its great happy hour specials. Elsewhere there’s a small 24-hour business center, and the hotel’s concierge can set guests up with day passes to the nearby Club One fitness center for $15 per day.
In the Area
Sandwiched between San Francisco’s lively Market Street and Union Square, you’re one block from the Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde cable cars. Though you’re well situated for exploring the entire city, there are a number of attractions a short walk from the hotel, including the designer shops of Union Square and the bustling warren of Chinatown (a 20-minute walk away). Head there for dim sum at Great Eastern, then watch your dessert being made with a visit to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. You’re also within walking distance of the legendary Swan Oyster Depot, which has been serving up creamy clam chowder, shucking oysters and cracking fresh crab since 1912 (go for lunch, as they close once they sell out). Work it all off with a bike ride over the Golden Gate Bridge to picturesque Sausalito. Stop for drinks on Bar Bocce’s patio, which has gorgeous views of Tiburon and the bay, before taking the ferry back to San Francisco.
How to Get There
We visited San Francisco for three days and stayed at Hotel Abri. It's a very charming, clean, centrally located hotel. When we checked in we received two bottles of Voss water, some snacks, and the best part, a bottle of wine! After a long day of travel and getting in at midnight, it was especially appreciated! We also received a 10$ off voucher to be used at the restaurant, and took part in their "green program" and received additional discounts. Besides all the perks, what really makes this hotel stand out, is the staff. They're super friendly and helpful. We plan to stay here again when we come back to San Francisco.
I spent a couple of weeks with Hotel Abri while in SF for business, and was very pleased. Great staff, nice room (with a ton of storage-- nice for keeping myself organized!), AC in my room (which helps with street noise... and there is certainly some of that, although the hotel itself is well built. It's in the middle of everything, what can you do?).
The hotel restaurant is decent... nice staff, great happy hour, and the lounge menu is well-priced. Plus, you get a little voucher for the restaurant for each day of your stay. Breakfast isn't provided, but coffee is, and they give you a cute little gift bag with wine and some snacks when you check in.
Overall, I don't have a single complaint.
This is a nice hotel located very close to Market and Powell streets. The staff was very friendly and professional. Laura, in particular, was exceptionally helpful while I was checking in.
I recommend staying in this hotel next time you visit San Francisco. I know I will stay there again.
Good restaurant, decent staff, we had an issue with dirty bedding when we arrived and it took over a day to get it sorted out...would probably spend the extra fifty dollars a night to stay at the bigger chain hotel 20 yards away next time
Enjoyed our stay, great value for the price. Very comfortable and spacious. As is the case with anywhere in San Fran, just be aware of your surroundings. This location is just around the corner from the Powell Trolley stop.