White Swan Inn
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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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
We had a wonderful stay at White Swan Inn. The check-in and check-out processes were quick and smooth. The old Otis elevator is a really fun experience! The included breakfast in the stunning parlour was small but very, very good. Some of the best scrambled eggs I've ever had.
The room itself was huge. We found the (very high) bed a little soft, but that is a personal preference. The design of the rooms is classic with beautiful wallpaper, wooden floors, lovely armchairs and a lot of detail throughout.
Union Square is a 6-7 minute walk. Lots of good places to eat close to the hotel. If you like boutique hotels, then this is a wonderful option.
Awesome boutique hotel in the heart of San Fran. Loved the quirky decor. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Complimentary breakfast and wine hour is wonderful and a great way to meet other travellers. Staff are very hospitable with some great tips on places to see and restaurants to try, as well as places to avoid as a solo traveller. Great location close to cable car stop, short walk to Union Square and close to some great restaurants, bars and cafes. Highly recommend. Can’t wait to come back!
Excellent hotel, beautiful rooms with a fireplace
The staff were friendly, check in fast with no issues
Evening free wine and food was not good
Loved the old elevator
Sitting area is great and very relaxing
Wonderful place to stay with my lady friend. We felt at home and she loved all the details and interior design. This place has a lot of charm. Perfect for a couple’s get away. We loved that there were board games and other interesting folks to chat with during wine hour. We’ve visited multiple times and are never disappointed!
Darling old world Inn with plenty of extras that most large impersonal hotels just don’t offer!! Bottled water and chilled soft drinks in your room fridge, cookies in the lobby, and best of all...breakfast is included and not just continental folks. Real eggs, fruit, sausage, scones, toast....delicious coffee!!! Eddie from the front desk check-in was a delight!! He deserved a tip! Walk a block to Powell Street and jump on the famous cable car or, Uber from the front of the hotel and you’ll have up to 10 drivers fighting for your business-with a 2 wait! Yayyyyyy!