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“A Good and Reasonable Alternative.”
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White Swan Inn
Ranked #9 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles, California
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
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“A Good and Reasonable Alternative.”
Reviewed 11 July 2012

In a city full of fine hotels this is a very nice little hotel with a great location. The price is right. But don't expect luxury. The staff is vey accommodating and the included breakfast is quite good. Neat and clean. A bit on the worn side but in general, a good experience.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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Eugene, Oregon
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

The White Swan Inn is in a great location, close to both attractions and transit to points all over the city. The entire staff was helpful and courteous. Andy typified their attitude; he met us with a smile and offered us detailed advice on what was happening in the area every day.
Our room was large, but cozy. The huge bed, the fireplace and the tub were all lovely. The dining room, sitting rooms, and back patio were great places to relax. Even the elevator was charming.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Raleigh,NC
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

My husband and I recently spent 3 nights at this boutique hotel. We were in a king room at the back of the building, overlooking a small garden. The room was spacious, with a walk-in closet, separate sink/dressing table and a equipped bath. Our room was very quiet, with almost no sound from the street at all. A full breakfast is included in the rate and included pastries, quiche or a fritatta, sausages, fresh fruit, cereal, hot and cold beverages, all served in a charming dining room with a cheerful fireplace. Wine and nibbles are also available every evening but we were out each day at that time so did not partake. The hotel is well located to walk about the city and the staff were helpful and friendly. We would definitely stay here again and would recommend it to anyone wishing to have a quiet stay in very comfortable surroundings. The only caution I would mention is that the building does not have air conditioning but it really is rarely needed in SF as the weather is generally not hot enough to require it. During our stay, the average temp. was about 65 degrees during the day time and a little lower in the evenings. We never felt the need to even open a window.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Leawood, Kansas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2012

Have stayed here a number of times over a 15 year period and it remains a very solid, enjoyable choice for downtown San Francisco. For the record, this is more of a small hotel than an inn and you can mingle with other guests as much or as little as you like. As other reviewers note, the rooms are big and nicely decorated (OK, the bathrooms are small) and the ample breakfasts and afternoon receptions add excellent value and enjoyment to your stay. We were particularly impressed with one of the staff this time (Andy) who took the time to give us of tips about where to self park, city transportation and what activities were going on in the city that weekend. If you are a walker, this hotel is really well located for easy walks to Chinatown, North Beach, Union Square and Nob Hill. We really like this place!

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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regina, canada
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Reviewed 16 June 2012

Stayed there for two nights of a 6 day trip to SF in June. We booked kind of late, so we didn't get a great room - ours was located at the very front of the hotel (room 31) so it was pretty noisy (traffic, people yelling) until late at night. In the centre of a big city that's to be expected, but try to get a room towards the back if you can. The breakfasts both mornings were great, and the wine and snacks in the evening were very tasty. The bathroom was very small, but we live in a house that's even older than this hotel so it didn't shock us. The staff provided a list of recommended nearby restaurants - the list was a little heavy on restaurants in Belden Place. We tried a couple of them during our 6 days in SF - they were ok, but do yourself a favour and try Nob Hill Cafe on Taylor Street for some great Italian food. It's not on their list, and it's 3 uphill blocks to reach it from the hotel, but definitely the best restaurant that we ate at during our stay. Overall, White Swan Inn lived up to its reviews.

Room Tip: Ask for a room near the back of the hotel to avoid the street noise.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Saratoga Springs NY
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Reviewed 10 June 2012

San Francisco, despite the hills, is a very walkable city and the White Swan is as centrally located as you can get, making those walks even shorter. Chinatown, Union Square and other sites are very close.

The hotel is charming without being cloyingly B+B, if you know what I mean. Not too frilly, with books instead of knick knacks on the fireplace mantle. No air conditioning, but not needed in SFO. Our King Deluexe room had two areas for a couple to prepare for the day, with separate sinks, etc. Very quiet room at the back of the hotel. Staff, especially the bell boy/concierge Andy are wonderful and ready to help in any way possible.

Breakfast was much better than the usual hotel continental effort, with a different choice of hot items every day. The evening wine/cheese get together was disappointing in that it was not always stocked well, running out of wine and/or cheese on two occasions.

Overall, a great hotel.

Room Tip: We had a King Deluxe (#27) on the first floor at the back, a perfect location.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Bucks
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Reviewed 6 June 2012

The White Swan is a very nice B&B. The staff are courteous, if a little reserved. The decor of the place is very English and very tastefully done. The rooms are a good size. The bathrooms are well equipped, if a little bland.

The B&B is in a good location with most things reachable on foot - or cable car if you can't stomach the hills!

We've been to San Francisco twice and stayed here twice - that's probably the best insight into what we thought of the place.

You won't go hungry - there is a buffet breakfast that is a mix of hot food (usually something egg based, either sausages or bacon and potatoes if I remember correctly) and cold food (muffins, pastries). There are also cereals and bread/toast.

On our most recent visit they were a little slow to refill the buffet during the busy periods, but this was a minor gripe.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: White Swan Inn
Address: 845 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108-3312
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#7 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#9 Family Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — White Swan Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 26
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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