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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
My friend and i were very disappointed with the room they gave us. The picture from the website was very different with the actual room. We cancelled our first hotel because it was very bad and had to pay the fee. We booked this hotel because we wanted a comfortable room and the picture looks very nice. But The actual room is very opposite of it. Thankfully, ANDRE was so kind to help us change a better and a larger room. He is very approachable and always greets us whenever we walk in the lobby. I wish every person in the front desk is like him
Hotel Union Square is a very pleasant place to stay. The hotel is very clean and well maintained. Our room size was just right for us and the amenities are more than expected. I loved the free water travel pouch which could be refilled with alkaline water for free as well as the disposable make up remover towelettes. There is iced lemon water to welcome guests all day and evening wine and music at the lobby. But what we appreciate most of all were the very friendly, cheerful and helpful staff. We especially commend the concierge- Ruben and Jewel who went out of their way to give us valuable tips to enjoy our vacation in San Francisco and onwards to Reno.
We stayed for 9nights at hotel union square. Our room was spacious and clean. The hotel itself is not new but it looks and feels updated and clean. Our room was facing Powell street so there was a little noise of the bells of the cable car. But this was bothersome for us. The staff are all polite and very helpful. Special mention to Jewel at the concierge for being so kind to us. They also have a water dispensing machine to avoid the use of bottled water. We were very satisfied with our stay and would definitely book here again in our future SFO trip.