After a hiatus of a few years when we stayed instead at the JW Marriott (Post & Mason St.) and the Marriott Marquis (near Convention Center), we decided to come back to the Marriott Union Square since we liked it so much before. We stayed here for 4 nights in March 2014, and I can say that of the 3 above-mentioned Marriott’s, we prefer the Union Square at the corner of Sutter and Powell Streets. (Hence, the 5 stars, since I gave the Marquis 4-stars). Although it is a 6-block walk to the Convention Center, its location is close to lots of shops and restaurants; it is far enough away from the maddening convention crowd of the Marquis; and it is a far nicer hotel than the tired, worn and dark JW Marriott two blocks away. We were upgraded to a Junior Suite on the 15th floor (Room 1516), which was a lovely corner room with windows on two walls overlooking the intersection of Powell and Sutter. On the Sutter side, one looks directly at the Sir Frances Drake Hotel (so no view), but on the Powell side one looks down over the cable car line (although noise is not a problem here). The room was large with a sofa (or perhaps this was a sofa bed) and two very comfortable swivel chairs with an ottoman between them. We really appreciated this, because even though two people often stay in a hotel room, there is usually only one chair. The king bed was the most comfortable we’ve had at the 3 SF Marriott’s. There was a large foyer with a closet and a counter that held a coffee machine and ice bucket. The bathroom, too, was very large. During the day, the room was very sunny, and at night the room had lots of lighting – 6 lamps and downlights in the foyer. We were extremely pleased with this room. The executive lounge was very nice and not overly crowded. The lobby restaurant, Bin 480, is a great convenience, when you can't go out to dinner, with good food and service. We were even amazed to see the manager working so hard, too, clearing tables and helping with the service. When we met him in the elevator the next day, he not only recognized us, he even told us what we had to eat and drink the evening before – and he didn’t even serve us our food & drinks! This is clearly a manager who is on top of things! This could be why we prefer this hotel over the JW and the Marquis. It is impeccably well run. At the front desk, Nan was extremely kind and helpful. When we checked in, she even recognized us from our previous stays, even though we hadn’t stayed there in 3 years. (Open-mouthed surprised look on her face and "good to see you again -- it's been a long time")! We had only stayed there twice before (2010 & 2011 I think), so it was a surprise to us that she remembered us. Still it is a good feeling to be warmly welcomed back. There are always at least 2 front doormen opening doors for you and available to hail a taxi. We very highly recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- San Francisco Marriott Union Square offers a prime location with San Francisco's most vibrant address. Hop aboard a cable car or enjoy Union Square shopping just steps from our hotel in downtown San Francisco, California. Also near popular Nob Hill and Chinatown, San Francisco Marriott Union Square is an excellent choice for hosting meetings and events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- San Francisco Marriott Union Square Hotel San Francisco
- Marriott San Francisco
- Crowne Plaza Union Square