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union sq or fishermans wharf

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union sq or fishermans wharf

Hi,

We are a couple in our early 50's, first visit to san francisco. We like walking, nightlife, sightseeing. I've read reports union s v fishermans w. I am leaning towards union sq. Could i please have more views and hotel recommendations. We are thing of staying up to seven nights in july.

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: union sq or fishermans wharf

Union Square for more reasons than you can shake a stick at (unless you like being surrounded by t-shirt & trinket shops, mediocre & overpriced restaurants, etc).

As for hotel suggestions, there are dozens (hundreds?) of hotels in or around Union Square covering just about everything in terms of budget, style, size, and "stars." Can you give us some ideas of what you're looking for/desire in a hotel?

This will enable us to give a relatively short list for you to consider rather than giving a huge laundry list (many of which might not meet your needs).

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This article provides what I think is an unbiased comparison: tripadvisor.com/Travel-g60713-c2838/San-Fran…

However I am very biased and I think Fisherman's Wharf is a terrible place to stay. The hotels are rather expensive there as well so the value is not great either. But the area has turned the picturesque commercial fishing neighborhood into a purpose built tourist trap with fast food outlets, schlocky shops selling cheap junk probably made in China.

The only redeeming features to the area are the Maritime Museum, the Musee Mecanique, the sea lions and the Buena Vista. Otherwise, blow up the entire place.

Some visitors say "oh we know it's touristy, but we're tourists." Which seems odd to me because I bet they live close to some schlocky tourist spot that they wouldn't touch with a 10' pole but then they travel thousands of miles to wrap themselves in another one. Go figure.

Finally, Fisherman's Wharf is not as convenient for transit -- either around town or to/from the airport.

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3. Re: union sq or fishermans wharf

Hi

I am looking at the Chancellor and the Handlery Hotels

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4. Re: union sq or fishermans wharf

Both the Chancellor and the Handlery are in an excellent location, very near Union Square.

We stay at the Chancellor several times a year. It is an historic boutique hotel, quite recently redecorated, with a lovely small restaurant for breakfast and lunch, and with an excellent staff.....they make you feel welcome.....read the reviews. You can sit on a comfy sofa in the lobby and watch the cable cars go by on Powell Street.

It has been some time since we stayed at the Handlery, but it also has a good reputation. It has two sections, the original historic one and another more recent one (not THAT recent, but more modern) I think they call those rooms "club rooms" and they are, of course, more expensive.

In both cases, the rooms are small, (in the Handlery that is true of the "historic" section) but we find them comfortable.

White Dahlia, I believe, stayed at the Handlery last year and can give you more information on that one. She also visited us in our room at the Chancellor last year, so can compare.

I would choose either, but ask for a high floor room if you are a light sleeper and sensitive to traffic noise. In the case of the Chancellor, it would be the clanging of the cable car bells.

Both of these hotels, by the way, are 'family owned'. The Handlery is presently being managed by the grandson of the person who started it, I understand.

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Puter has described the two hotels well. The older rooms at the Handlery are bigger than the Chancellor. We had a room with 2 double beds, a desk with chair and an easy chair. The 2 bedded rooms at the Chancellor are twins. But the historic rooms at the Handlery are very noisy -- at least those facing Geary. The ear plugs on the night stand are a tip off! There is a night club up the street that was noisy at closing time (2AM) then the garbage trucks start up before 6AM plus there was road construction on Geary.

However, I think the club rooms are more in the back of the building and wouldn't have the noise issues. Probably larger as well.

The two hotels are very close to each other but I prefer the location of the Chancellor (slightly) over the Handlery.

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I see from your profile that you like Playa de las Americas in Tenerife, I think you would have no problems with FW and its touristy features. The locals do hate it but I am about to go to SF for the fourth time and have stayed twice at the Sheraton. I like the vibe there, the noise of the F line trolley, Boudin bakery, cable car stops, Ghirardelli Square, Trishs dounts on Pier 39. Even if you don't stay at FW visit it as well as the many neighbourhoods. We are staying at the Kimpton Harbor Court Hotel in May. The Ferry building is wonderful.

Transport from FW is fine here are muni buses and the cable cars, get a muni passport. All the hotels will get you shuttles to the airport.

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8. Re: union sq or fishermans wharf

You may not have any "problems" withe FW, but if you stay there you miss the essence of San Francisco in exchange for commercialism to get your tourist dollar. This is nothing like Tenerife, which is *all* tourist.

San Francisco is a sophisticated city with much culture, arts, theater, besides the views and T-shirt shops.

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9. Re: union sq or fishermans wharf

Union Square is also commercialism with the shopping stores being big names USA type stores.

http://www.unionsquareshop.com/alpha.html

so the biggest distinction being theaters, expensive restaurants, and closer to BART.

So it depends what you are looking for.

The thing that makes San Francisco different from other cities is the scenic views.....

which other big cities like Chicago, Toronto, New York also delight in.

Imagine Macy's in USA - and imagine the Golden Gate Bridge and being able to easily walk and see it.

That is basically the decison you are making.

And yeah - there were 1000s of tourists right now in FW enjoying the views and bypassing the t-shirts but enjoying Boudin bakers making amazing sourdough shapes.

It all depends - locals will of course prefer shopping over yet another trip to FW.

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