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Chancellor Hotel on Union Square
Ranked #18 of 231 Hotels in San Francisco
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

The Chancellor Hotel was a stones throw from Union Square (shopping!), the cable care stopped right outside and it wasn't a bad walk to Pier 39. The room was small but very clean. Our only issue was the air conditioner didn't work very well and it felt very stuffy. We had the temperature turned clear down and ran the overhead fan and could not get rid of the stuffy feeling. It resulted in difficult sleeping. The staff was helpful and friendly. The price was right too.

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

This isn't a big-name hotel, nor is it chock-full of amenities, but considering it is just up from Union Square, along the Powell- cable car line, and not too difficult to walk to a ton of local shops and the MUNI, this was a great place to stay for a few days in a wholly over-priced city.
I didn't eat at the hotel, but the restaurant smelled great. There were many restaurants on the same block including the Sears Fine Food restaurant next door which seemed to have a line outside for breakfast each morning.
The cable cars go right along the road of this hotel, all the way to Fisherman's Wharf or Ghiradelli Square, depending on the line that board. The MUNI lines are a short walk down to Market St. Which can get you to the shoreline, Golden Gate Park, and other locations throughout the city.
For the money, this hotel couldn't be beat. The noise outside wasn't that bad with the windows closed, but the rooms get warm and there is no air conditioning. At night, the city doesn't rest much, so keep that in mind. The staff here are all around fantastic and worth it.

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Great location for San Fran. A very short walk to the tram stops, the hop on sight seeing buses even stop nearby! It's on union square and ideal for sight seeing.

The hotel is clean and comfy. The reception and bar area is a little dated but the staff are super friendly and very helpful.

The rooms are compact, but are ok. Bed is comfy and large. The bathroom is dated but clean. The shower lacked power and although the water was warm never really felt like I was getting a "decent shower".

Overall this hotel was worth the money and I'd stay there again.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wes_Tyler_GM, General Manager at Chancellor Hotel on Union Square, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2014

Worth the money is what it is all about. Tradition, Service & Value since 1914. Thank you.

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Reviewed 22 June 2014

I was here last year in May and came again this June as it is the 40th anniversary of Beach Blanket Babylon, a San Francisco institution, and I must say one of the best editions of the hilarious show ever. What a joy to again stay at my favourite hotel, The Chancellor. I always am astonished at the level of commitment to service and comfort this hotel delivers to it's clients consistently, year after year. As many before me have stated, it's the little touches that make the difference, but I must emphasize that they are not just "little". The coffee in the lobby that you can get 24 hrs is a very good coffee, not dishwater. The cookies you get are also very good. You can sit and read the complimentary newspaper that is available in the lobby or take everything to your room The internet that is included is not some weak signal as in many of the other hotels that rip you off with charging you for it.
When you check in you will receive a 2 for 1 ticket for the little bar in the lobby where a bottle of beer (try the Anchor Steam-it's delicious!) costs $4.50 regularly. So two is a bargain!.
The staff are all genuinely nice and helpful. The hotel was sold several years after it was opened (1914) to the Rosenberg family whose grand children still oversee the running of it today. May they live long and prosper and keep it in the family forever.

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Wes_Tyler_GM, General Manager at Chancellor Hotel on Union Square, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2014

Wow...you know the history very well! I report to the Great Grand Children of Isador Rosenberg that bought the hotel in 1917 when it was struggling after it opened. The hotel was high end in its time, and was built to be virtually fire proof since the 1906 Earthquake and fire was still fresh in everyone's mind. Unfortunately for the builders, it was too costly and fortunately for us, lsador was able to make a deal to take it over. I will second: Long live the family ownership and may they prosper - - - so they keep the manager!

Thank you. Your loyal patronage is truly appreciated. And...if it is okay, we may use the title of your posting as a new slogan: The Chancellor Hotel - Champagne Treatment at Beer Prices!

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Reviewed 22 June 2014

I recently stayed 3 nights at the Chancellor hotel. I was on the 7th floor with a room overlooking Powell St. While a little noisy I loved the atmosphere and local sounds that floated up from the street. The hotel also provides ear plugs if it's a real bother.
The rooms are small but expected for the style/ age of the hotel and the bathrooms even smaller but it was perfect for me!! The big was super comfortable and a pillow selection available.
Also their is no air con, but there is a ceiling fan which was fine during my stay as it wasn't hot yet.
Located across from Union Sq you have access to great shopping and lots of transport options. Walk to Market St for the F line to Fisherman's Wharf or to Kearny St for the 8X bus.
You can hire bikes from Union Sq to explore the city and ride over the Golden Gate Bridge.
Great stay at the Chancellor and would recommend to anyone thinking about staying here!

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Wes_Tyler_GM, General Manager at Chancellor Hotel on Union Square, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2014

Thank you!

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Reviewed 21 June 2014

Great location and lovely room, the walk in closet is a fantastic feature to store all your luggage out of the way. The bed was so comfortable! Location is second to none and the staff are so friendly. It's the little touches that make this hotel a cut above the rest. There's the lovely little duck awaiting you in the bathroom and the free coffee and cookies downstairs. Also there was a bottle of bubbly and some chocolates awaiting us to celebrate my birthday, which was a bonus. I would recommend this hotel to anyone and have already raved about it to my friends and family. Thank you for wonderful stay.

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Wes_Tyler_GM, General Manager at Chancellor Hotel on Union Square, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2014

Thank you for spending your birthday with us. It means a lot to us when people trust us for their special occasions.

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Reviewed 21 June 2014

Stayed three nights at the Chancellor and was very pleased. High degree of professionalism here. Staff courteous, knowledgeable and efficient -- from reception through to the restaurant. The hotel's quaintness provides an old-world charm ... a homeliness you would return to time and time again. Breakfast in the restaurant was creative and superb. Loved the scrumptious cookies at the front desk and the fresh cold water infused with either cucumber or lemon slices -- all of this, along with day-long coffee dispensed from next to the bar, is complimentary. Only negative is that the smallness of the rooms at times presents a challenge, but not a sufficient one to detract greatly.

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Address: 433 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-1503
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#9 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#9 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#10 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#20 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range: £138 - £288 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Chancellor Hotel on Union Square 3*
Number of rooms: 137
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The BEST LOCATION at the BEST PRICE...The Chancellor Hotel on Union Square is a historical, boutique hotel located in the heart of San Francisco where the Cable Car stops at the doorstep. Experience the best service and thoughtful amenities while being surrounded by world class shopping, dining and theaters. From Union Square, ride the Powell Street Cable Car over Nob Hill, past Chinatown and North Beach, to Fisherman's Wharf. ... more   less 
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