4.5
Very Good 1843 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Central location on Bush Street, close to Union Square, Lombard Street and a short walk to the Embarcadero
  • Intimate vibe in the heart of the city; the hotel has just 26 guestrooms and a plugged-in staff
  • Daily buffet breakfast (baked goods, eggs, fruit and more) served in the colorful dining room or on the furnished outdoor patio
  • Free WiFi

What To Know

  • No gym, but staff can organize passes for a nearby fitness center
  • Valet parking is available for an extra fee
  • Pets are not permitted
  • Not the pick for minimalists; the decor is all bold colors, patterns and graphic wallpaper

Amenities

  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Parking On Site
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Overview

Flamboyant Nob Hill sleep for Anglophiles, with just 26 rooms and a daily wine hour

The Lowdown

In San Francisco’s posh Nob Hill neighborhood, White Swan Inn is an Anglophile’s dream, all country cottage prints and mod-inspired accents. Interiors are done up with acres of colorful, graphic wallpaper, from classic English rose motifs to full-on floral bouquets, plus patterned carpets, richly upholstered sofas and armchairs, and mahogany furniture. The small living room is a cozy space with a working fireplace for the inn’s daily wine hour, while the homemade breakfast buffet is served in the kitschy dining room or on the furnished patio each morning. There’s also a library for playing vintage board games or relaxing after a day of exploring the local sights. All 26 guestrooms are individually designed but uniform in their more-is-more design brief, with colorful wallpaper and monochrome accents, plus comfy four-poster beds, LCD TVs, mini fridges and tea and coffee makers. Simple tiled bathrooms have over-tub showers and single vanities. There’s no gym but the staff can organize passes to a nearby fitness club, or recommend city walks to take in all the nearby sights.

In the Area

The hotel is centrally located near many beloved cafés and restaurants. Farm:Table features delicious fresh produce for lunch, and the brunch at Brenda’s French Soul Food is wildly popular (hint: arrive late). On a sunny day, take San Francisco’s historic cable car over Nob Hill to Fisherman’s Wharf to gawk at the California sea lions. With Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Chanel, and Saks Fifth Avenue, Union Square is a bustling commerce hub. For an authentic speakeasy experience and some killer cocktails, book a reservation at Bourbon and Branch (a password is required for entry). On a boat trip under the Golden Gate Bridge and out to the Farallon Islands, blue, gray, humpback, killer, and sperm whales can be spotted seasonally. Check out San Francisco’s best bookstores: City Lights in North Beach (co-founded by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti) and Green Apple Books, in the Richmond district.

How to Get There

White Swan Inn
845 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94108 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1843 Reviews
Warm & Inviting
Reviewed 7 days ago

Just imagine waking up each morning, cozy & warm under your plush comforter, to the aroma of fresh coffee and scones baking in the kitchen somewhere below you. If you have opted for a room with a fireplace, just flip a switch and you will have a roaring fireplace. The bathrooms and showers have been updated in both inns, White Swan & La Petite Auberge. You will have a robe, coffee maker and bottled water in your room with plenty of outlets to charge your tech equipment.

These wonderful older homes date back to 1910. Leon will be happy to give you a tour of either or both properties. The entire staff is exceptionally accommodating. There are several comfortable dining/sitting areas where you can enjoy your breakfast or just relax by a fireplace for some friendly conversation before starting or ending your day. There is an outdoor patio area for those who don’t mind the cold. Whenever you step into the Inn, you will be greeted by a smiling face and a jar of freshly baked cookies and fresh fruit-infused water.

White Swan Inn is centrally located. You can walk to most places. The steep hills will help you get in shape. Or just use Lyft or Uber. Definitely do NOT rent a car! Wish we could have stayed longer than 4 nights in this very special place.

This hotel is a great value - great location, good breakfast, and beautiful rooms.
Reviewed 7 days ago

Be aware that while the room descriptions all mention a tub, not all the rooms have a bathtub (some are shower only); if that matters to you, you'll need to double-check that when you book and/or when you arrive. They were very accommodating when I asked to switch to a room that did have a bathtub. The afternoon wine and appetizers, and the morning breakfast, were very good. The rooms are good-sized, and the 100 year old elevator was charming and so much fun, lol.

Charming little hotel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stumbled upon this property via StayTonight app. Was not disappointed... loved the kitsch decor and mix of themes. Lovely large room with fireplace and very cosy lounge area. Breakfast was good and lovely touch to have complimentary afternoon tea/snack/wine. Would definitely recommend for people looking for something charming in San Fran.

Good visit. Nice boutique hotel
Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at the hotel for two nights in late November 2018. We were in room 27. A nice room with a great fireplace.

This is a nice boutique hotel close to Union Square. They offer a nice breakfast and a wine happy hour at 5 pm.

The service is nice and responsive. The only downside which is to be expected for a boutique hotel is the lack of a restaurant and bar. But those are easy to find within a short walk to Union Square

The Perfect Place to Stay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this boutique style lodging.
We stayed in the Abbey Suite. Very spacious. Comfortable beds and soft linens. Did get a bit noisy early morning because it’s right off the lobby.
Breakfast was delicious. Good location. Can walk to restaurants. Valet parking or you can park in a nearby garage about 2 blocks away..