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“The White Swan is a charming, well located boutique hotel.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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White Swan Inn
Ranked #7 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Seattle, WA
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“The White Swan is a charming, well located boutique hotel.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2010

This is my home away from home when I come to San Francisco. It is cozy with a fireplace in each room, a good breakfast downstairs (including quiche, sausage, fresh fruit, hot oatmeal, juice and coffee - among the choices), and a wine gathering each afternoon - all included.

It is located a few blocks from both Union Square, where you can find some of the best shopping in the world, and from historic China town.

The hotel staff is friendly and willing to assist you in any way to make your stay enjoyable. They will provide you with a list of nearby recommended restaurants as well as help you plan a day of siteseeing. The White Swan is a Joie de Vie Hotel.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled solo
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Thank 2lingling
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2010

This is a nice little hotel, we got a room with a fireplace on the ground floor and were impressed with the quality and size of the room - it was huge actually! The view from the window was of nothing much and would have been far better had we been at the front.

The hotel had a traditional feel and was a great retreat after a days walking up and down hills. The staff were friendly and anything we required was provide in friendly, timely fashion. Breakfast was interesting - I've never eaten quiche for breakfast before - but enjoyable.

For me, the location had positives and negatives, it's a couple of blocks up from the Tenderloin district which is dodgy, this means that some streets around the hotel have lots of homeless - this isn't uncommon in San Francisco, the place is full of homeless - most of whom appear to be borderline mental... or at least have a screw slightly loose. On the other hand, the hotel is close to anything you care to mention, although again - not uncommon in San Francisco as it's a small place. The Tenderloin does have it's upsides with some great bars, we really enjoyed visiting bourbon and branch which is a couple of blocks away (reservation required).

An excellent restaurant near by was the R & G lounge and the edge of China Town - really good food.

I didn't think the hotel was especially cheap but it is central in tourist city and the quality is high. Guess you get what you pay for at the end of the day.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank shandyj
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Wenatchee Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2010

Small hotel with European feel. Great service from friendly staff. Lots of ammenities and well appointed room. We enjoyed the evening wine reception and breakfast. Get there early though because they tend to run low on some things. Other than that is was an enjoyable stay and we would return.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank hallapalooza
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Modesto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2010

This is a beautiful, quaint hotel, it has a old time elevator with a lot of charm! We enjoy staying here due to the ambiance, there is a downstairs area, that reminds us of a old time gentlemans lounge, complete with a library, fireplaces, and even a old time globe. It is very relaxing to go in there during coctail hour, they have different wines, cheeses, fruit, and a dessert. While we were there it happened to be Easter, and they included colored eggs in the wonderful breakfast that is provided each morning. The rooms are very cozy, with a fireplace in each, beds are very comfortable, and bathrooms are antique. I very much enjoy our stay there when my husband and I go, and look forward to our next trip!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled on business
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Thank Dsnylndqueen
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Bend, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2010

Great Service - Unique Rooms in English Bed and Breakfast Style. I have stayed here twice - once with husband and returned with Sister. Conveniently located in the heart of the City near Union Square, Cable Cars and great restaurants. It is quiet - great staff - good breakfast - relaxing evenings with wine and hors d'oeuvres. Don't expect modern/sterile - this is a charming stay with character and warmth..... and one can experience San Francisco.

  • Stayed April 2010
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Thank maygin58
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Athens, Georgia
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2010

The White Swan Inn is a charming small hotel with a friendly and helpful staff in an excellent location for seeing San Francisco. My husband and I stayed in a king with fireplace. The room was large and clean and included a wet bar area with a small refrigerator which was kept stocked with water and soft drinks. The bed was very comfortable, even for my picky husband! The room was on the second floor facing the street and we had no problem with traffic noise.

We thought the breakfast was excellent, including multiple options and variability over the three days. We only had time for the wine social once, and it was fine.

The staff was very helpful. We were especially pleasantly surprised when my son decided to fly out to join us and they allowed him to stay in the room with us on the sofa bed (and eat breakfast,etc.) for no additional charge. We will not hesitate to return.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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St. George, Utah
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2010

I have been staying at the White Swan Inn when I travel to San Francisco for the past twenty years and I have never been disappointed. The hotel is well located within a short walk or cab ride to anywhere in the city. The staff is always courteous, helpful and knowledgable. The facility is kept clean and up to date, and the rooms are well appointed, comfortbale, spacious and quiet. I love getting my day started with the great breakfast served every morning and they also offer a nice snack in the evening. The rooms include water or sodas and internet. All the things other hotels nickel and dime you for are included here. The White Swan Inn can always be counted on for quality, value and a memorable and friendly experience.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank IAMPOTHOS
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Additional Information about White Swan Inn

Property: White Swan Inn
Address: 845 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108-3312
Phone Number:
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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