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“Nice B & B in Nob Hill”
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White Swan Inn
Ranked #9 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
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Texas
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65 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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“Nice B & B in Nob Hill”
Reviewed 13 March 2014

The White Swan Inn is a nice bed and breakfast that is convenient to the San Francisco tourist areas. This time of year is a very good time to visit, temperatures in the 60's. The reason I mention this is that we opened the windows every day we were here to air the room, and cool the room down. Did not use the fireplace; it was really too warm for it. The elevator is old and even though it works,I didn't like riding in it, and would take the stairs instead. The rooms were a nice size, as were the bathrooms. The food at breakfast was wonderful! And we loved the snacks and the cookies. The one thing I would suggest at breakfast is to have a designated place to put dirty dishes and used glassware/coffee cups.
The reason why the hotel is not ranked 5 stars is because the room we stayed in had a few too many problems. First, the light bulbs in 1 of the lamps was burned out, and shade was not repaired when we checked in. second, the drawer handles were missing on one of the chest of drawers the first day, and third, the mattress sagged in the middle.
However, I would recommend this hotel to others, and it was good enough that we would stay here again if we come back to this city for a visit.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Lihue, Hawaii
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

Love the quaint décor, breakfast in the morning with sweet surprises in the afternoon and evening wine/appetizers. Walking distance to Union Square and very cozy. Love the fireplaces in every room. A definite must try!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Littleton, Colorado
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

Our stay was very nice and staff could not have been more helpful. Having the fireplaces in the rooms is very romantic and the breakfast was very nice. Parking is expensive but not out of range for a central SF location. We only had one issue and that was barely luke warm water in the morning which may have been a boiler problem. Other than that the stay was very nice.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

The hotel has one of the most interesting elevators; it looks original. We had a comfortable room, overlooking the inside "courtyard", the view was not worth opening the curtains for; at least it was quiet away from the noise of the street. The staff were indeed helpful; breakfast was sufficient.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Honeoye Falls
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

The staff went out of their way to ensure our comfort. On the morning we had to leave before breakfast was served they gave us some fruit and rolls. After checking out we had a late evening flight. The staff welcomed us back after our day in the city and invited us to the wine and appetizer hour. They also arranged for a shuttle to the airport for us.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

We just had an exceptionally pleasant experience at the White Swan Inn, one of the best hotel/inn experiences we have even had. Everything written about it in the travel book "California" by the Karen Brown and her family, which describes inns in California) was accurate. The staff was as friendly and helpful as they could be, the room was delightful and very comfortable, the early evening wine and snacks was delicious, the breakfast equally so, and the lounges where these events were held were very comfortable and warm. My wife and I will definitely stay here again the next time we are in San Francisco and highly recommend it to anyone.

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Reviewed 9 March 2014

Everything we read on trip advisor and more. Breakfast with different hot egg dishes, fruit, hot and cold cereal, sausage... Evening snacks with wine and wonderful desserts. One and one-half block walk to Cable car stop. Bed was comfortable with plenty of pillows. The lift or elevator was great for my arthritis. We did need the ear plugs, there is a beer bar across the street and some patrons are loud, along with the ambulances. Lovely gas fireplace, it was too warm to use. Plenty of hot water and good water pressure. Staff very helpful with all needs especially directions. Mini frig stocked with free sodas and water was nice. Cookies in the front lobby, yummy.

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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
#21 Best Value 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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