In a world of pretention and exaggeration usually followed by disappointment and disillusion, the Inn at Union Square is a sweet surprise! For decades my preferred San Francisco hotel choice has been the St. Francis. But, for a recent girlfriend weekend, I decided to try something new. I was looking for a smaller and less hectic hotel near Union Square. Booking was easy and when I called to adjust my reservation prior to arrival, the person who answered the phone was happy to hear from me, as though I were traveling to the home of an old friend. I felt welcomed and I hadn’t even gotten there! At check-in which took only a few minutes, I learned that I’d been upgraded to a suite with a nice view of the St. Francis just across the street. The front desk person said that because I had friends staying in the hotel she was sure we needed a nice place to gather! I felt transported to a fine European hotel. The Inn is a narrow elegant 6-story property, easy to miss between gallery entrances but literally steps from Powell and Union Square. Despite being in the exact middle of the action, it maintains a romantic, cozy, and peaceful ambiance. The rooms are on one side of the hallways with a small dining/serving area on each floor. Breakfast every morning and wine tasting every evening is included. Since the breakfast room was very near my suite, I felt like I had access to my own kitchen where warm cookies awaited us every evening when we returned from dinner. Housekeeping was impeccable and timely; the entire hotel was immaculate and charming. The front desk staff was gracious, patient, knowledgeable about restaurants, shows, activities, and anything else we needed to know or do. Since it is a smaller hotel, they were not rushed or ever felt that we were imposing on their time. It was as if we were treasured guests and they were there to take care of us. This is a full service hotel but you swear you are in an elegant private villa in the middle of a large Italian city. My suite and the rooms of my friends felt spacious, the décor tasteful, the towels and linens expensive. I had two flat screen televisions and a great bathroom with just the right lighting. It was a small apartment where we gathered every morning and evening. I joined Stash, the loyalty program offered by the hotel, as I plan to make the Inn at Union Square MY hotel in San Francisco. I will recommend it to everyone I know though I kinda want to keep it to myself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn at Union Square is a stylish San Francisco hotel retreat away from the crowds, but in the center of it all. Located in the heart of Union Square, guests of our boutique hotel can experience the exceptional variety of things to do in San Francisco. Enjoy pleasantly-appointed guest rooms, complimentary Continental breakfast, an evening cheese and wine reception, a business center and access to a fitness facility. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Inn At Union Square Hotel San Francisco
- Hotel At Union Square
- At Union Square Hotel