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“Our stay at the B & B!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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White Swan Inn
Ranked #7 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
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“Our stay at the B & B!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2014

It was my husband's birthday- we met friends and spent a week touring the city!
It was lots of fun, and very enjoyable to come back to our very comfortable room- breakfast was interesting , but all in all we enjoyed our stay!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2014

The bed was really comfortable. The room was beautiful. The staff really helpful and the breakfast delicious but not really various each day
We just needed to walk 5minutes to go to the Union Square. Perfect stay!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2014

White Swan Inn would have to be the best hotel we have ever stayed in. There were so many added extras that you don't get elsewhere such as fresh cookies, all day tea and coffee, complimentary wine and nibbles in the evening in front of the fire. Breakfast was included and was most enjoyable. The hotel was decorated in a fun and quirky style which added to our enjoyment. Our room was huge with its own fireplace and coffee maker, large bathroom and comfortable 4 post bed. The hotel was in a perfect position close to cable car, Union Square, train station and lots of great restaurants. Uncle Vito's was a favourite. There is a boutique bar across the road serving 26 craft beers. Around the corner is a fabulous Blues Club for only $15 entry.
White Swan Inn provided a friendly atmosphere so that guests could chat and socialize if that's what they wanted to do. We are now comparing all other places we stay with White Swan Inn and they don't measure up to the same standard. Wish we were still there! A true highlight of San Fran.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2014

We had planned a trip to San Francisco for the end of August and found the Marriott's were either booked up or charging exorbitant rates. A long time ago someone told me about the White Swan Inn so I thought I would give it a try. I tend to go to large name brand hotels so I was a little cautious selecting this one.

We arrived very late on a Monday, after midnight. I was so pleasantly surprised when we arrived. The person at the front desk let us and in was expecting us. We checked in and on the way to our room we each took a cookie from the cookie jar on the lobby table. Our room was huge and felt very much at home.

As you entered the room there was a bath on the left and a dressing area/closet on the right with a sink and mirror. this is in addition to the sink in the bathroom. That was extremely convenient. As you entered the main room there was a large open area with two chairs and a small table in front of a large window. To the right was the TV and a gas fireplace. To the left was a small alcove that may at one time have been a closet. That had a bar consisting of a sink, glassware, coffeemaker, and a small refrigerator filled with various sodas and water (yes those are complementary). Next to that was a large alcove with the king sized bed and another window. the room was more than we expected and a nice refuge in the evening after long days touring the city.

Down stairs is a very nice lounge where they serve breakfast in the morning, tea and coffee through the day and then wine with various snack platters in the evening. Our breakfasts typically had fruit, mixed danishes, Eggs (sometimes quiche), sausage, potatoes, fresh made bread and jams, fresh juices, Oatmeal, cold cereal and croissants. There was plenty of time and space to leisurely eat breakfast.

The people we met as we spent our week here were all very friendly and helpful with information we needed. The hotel is only one and a half blocks from Powell Street cable cars so we were able to get around very easily. If eating locally there were plenty of good restaurants on Bush street immediately by the hotel and more as we went down Mason and Powell. When we arrived it was after midnight and we strolled down Mason to a corner diner to get dinner (actually breakfast food). It felt safe and no sign that we would feel uncomfortable even at that late hour.

As I mentioned we spent a week here and enjoyed every moment. It was much more like a high end hotel's concierge floor in a classic SFO building. I have to say of all the hotels I have stayed in, and I have stayed in many around the world, the White Swan Inn is one of the nicest ones and when you throw in convenient location in a city like SFO, it is probably the best I have stay in so far.

Notes: Its sister hotel, the Petite Auberge is next door. Even though I did not visit that one I would imagine it is very nice

Room Tip: We had a room in the rear of the hotel. It had excellent lighting and was very quiet
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2014

Outstanding service, outstanding staff, excellent food, great location.....just made for an awesome time! The White Swan was central to all that we wanted to do.

The staff went out of their way to accommodate us, make us feel at home and comfortable! We couldn't have asked for more.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vallejo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2014

We love the White Swan Inn. The location and the service is outstanding. I slept on a rollaway bed that was very uncomfortable and should be replaced. Loved the afternoon reception and the morning breakfast.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2014

This hotel is perfect for a couple looking to discover SF. Walking distance from the major sighting points in the city, including union square and cable car. Staff was helpful and the fresh cookie jar + complementary wine afternoon were delicate attentions. We liked our bedroom and enjoyed our mattress and the quietness of the room. Would go back !

  • Stayed September 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about White Swan Inn

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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