My Husband and I stayed here in December 2011 when we were visiting his family in San Francisco. It is really an adorable place, with cute all sorts of collections of antiques for decor - teddy bears, china, even matchstick models. The old fashioned elevator was a real treat! The service we received from the staff was great. The maid service was especially good - when we put the do not disturb sign up, the maid left a bag of fresh towels on our door handle for us. Very nice! The breakfast has a fairly good selection and the hot food would vary from day to day. Breakfast is served in this downstairs lounge - they had it all decorated for Christmas! It has a fireplace sitting area, some couches, lots of room and is a great place to sit and chat. They also serve wine and snacks from 4-7pm, which was a nice touch and helped my husband and I relax after a day out walking. The room itself was was really cute and having a fire place was great and romantic! And everything was clean and well taken care of. Being a Joie de Vivre property, you can sign up for their loyalty card for free - which my husband and I did - which meant we got a little bottle of wine, some chocolates and free teddy bear upon arrival. This is without having stayed at one of their properties before, so you don't have to have any points to start getting the benefits! They have a valet parking service, which we used once when we rented a car - it was quick and I think the price was on par with what you'd have to pay elsewhere in the city. The only small issue I had with the hotel was that whatever cleaner they used left a smell behind, which made the place smell kinda like a hospital. We got used to it after a bit but both of us having mothers who are very sensitive to smells, I just wanted to point that out because if you are sensitive to that kind of thing, it could be a problem. But really, that's a very minor thing and everything else was fantastic.
The location is close to Union Square, however, it is up a fairly steep hill - which you may be able to manage quite well normally, but with 30-40 pounds of luggage, we found it quite a challenge. Please keep that in mind if you decide to take transit from the airport rather than a shuttle or taxi.
Overall, such a great experience! We would definitely go back on our next visit!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With a crackling fireplace in all 26 guestrooms and suites, the White Swan Inn is a romantic small hotel in the Nob Hill/Union Square area. The White Swan Inn is a visually stunning tribute to the intimate hotels of London. Dark wood paneling, rich floral carpets, comfortable furniture and enchanting English art and collectables set the tone. All guests enjoy a generous breakfast buffet and evening wine and hors d'oeuvres served fireside in the parlor. You can also check out our sister hotel, Petite Auberge, just 20 feet away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- White Swan Hotel
- White Swan San Francisco