Hotel Union Square
What We Love
- The daily wine reception from 5 to 6 p.m. has live music
- Scoring restaurant recommendations from the helpful staff
- Being able to drop all our shopping bags in the room before going sight-seeing—or doing more shopping
What To Know
- There’s a daily “facility fee” of $15 that includes WiFi and bottled water
- Onsite parking is pricey
- The Kids Suite has a trundle bed, Nintendo Wii, and books and games—clever!
- Street noise can filter into the rooms, but reception will send up earplugs
- Parking On Site
Buzzy and in the middle of everything, the Hotel Union Square has recently renovated rooms that embrace a modern vibe, with striped carpets and white-painted exposed brick. But you probably won’t be spending much time in them, since the area is so jam-packed with things to do, from shopping to museums to watching the famous cable car turnaround, a block from the hotel. There are a couple of specialty suites—one decked out in SF Giants colors and merchandise, another an homage to Dashiell Hammett and, best of all, a Cable Car Suite that has a private deck and skyline views—but the real allure here is the proximity to the waterfront and shops during the day, and the glitzy nightlife after dark.
In the Area
Hotel Union Square is smack in the middle of shopper’s heaven, with all the stores of Union Square including Barney’s, Neiman Marcus and Macy’s, plus the enormous Westfield mall, just a couple of minutes away. There are two world-class cafés within blocks of the hotel: get your day started right and try a pour-over coffee from the much-lauded Blue Bottle or a cappuccino at the outdoor tables at Equator. When you’re shopped out, a half-mile walk through the verdant Yerba Buena gardens brings you to St. Patrick’s Church, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of the African Diaspora, all San Francisco must-sees. Book a private booth in advance for an evening cocktail at Tradition, a Tenderloin bar that pays serious attention to sourcing spirits (and has a great happy hour). Public transportation access is just minutes away, and includes the Powell Street cable car and a BART station for making trips to Oakland and Berkeley across the bay.
How to Get There
Be forewarned, this hotel is entirely covered in scaffolding, windows are totally taped closed from outside due to repainting, workmen right outside our window at 7 am looking inside. Curtains are not opaque so they can see in.
We were not told this would be going on during our 4 night stay.
The front desk crew was very nice and supposedly refunded our last two nights which had been prepaid but I have yet to see the credit on my statement.
I would not stay here until this project is completed. At the very least they need to post on their website this is going on and to expect inconveniences.
Location was amazing as we're the concierge, water stations in hôtel and nightly wine reception and entertainment. If you are a light sleeper, skip it here as the streets are loud.would definitely stay again.
No air conditioning and building undergoing some construction work which was not advised prior to arrival makes it difficult to find hotel.
3rd hotel stop during this holiday the rooms were by far the smallest. What you see in the picture is exactly what you get, no free floor space to move around. Can only get out of beds in the centre of the room as beds to close to windows and walls. No way this is a 4 star accommodation as stated on booking.com. We ended up having to book a second room at our expense as information provided was inaccurate.
Be warned, the rooms do not have A/C units and the bathrooms are EXTREMELY tiny. Pictures are pretty deceiving to what the rooms look like. Great location, but I think the price does not match the quality.
Great location, lovely staff! Older building with exposed walls and a nice lobby. We found the hotel to be quiet though located on a very busy commercial street. Ours was a positive experience at a great price! Entertainment with wine offering in the lobby every evening was charming. Though this being wine country, the wine could have been of a better quality. All and all, we enjoyed our stay!