Hotel Union Square

3 stars
114 Powell St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.5
out of 5
150 reviews
Fantastic

Very good experience. Complimentary wine in the evening. Cable car street. Great views, and parks... See full review

  • YuraF
  • Jan 9, 2014
Friendly staff, overall good value

The staff were very friendly, and the room was clean. The hotel has a nice charm to it and the... See full review

  • KatMS
  • Oct 22, 2013
Art-Deco whimsy, 1920s-era grandeur and wine hour near Union Square

The Art-Deco era is alive and well at this boutique Hotel Union Square, which was returned to its 1920s grandeur during an exhaustive renovation in 2008. Today, the hotel features signature staircases and opulent moldings, while loft-like guest rooms boast brick walls and mosaic murals. Another benefit: the world's only Dashiell Hammett Suite, named after the author of "The Maltese Falcon." The property is part of the Personality Hotels Collection. It sits mere blocks from the shopping of Union Square.

Highlights
  • Located blocks from Union Square
  • Fun and literary inspired Dashiell Hammett Suite
  • Funky style and 1920s grandeur
Rooms
Accommodations -- 39 rooms and seven suites -- are infused with the colors of San Francisco: crimson, gray and taupe. Designed to give the feel of a sophisticated urban apartment, rooms at the Hotel Union Square are custom-furnished with platform beds and tufted leather headboards, sleek dark-wood desks, velvety chaise lounges and expansive capsule-shaped mirrors. Many offer stunning views of the city skyline as well as complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access. Pets welcome (fees apply).
Features
Hotel Union Square is best known for its specialty suites. The Dashiell Hammett Suite is the world's only suite dedicated to the author of "The Maltese Falcon." Apparently, the famous scribe loved the hotel so much that he booked his bride-to-be Josephine Dolan in that very suite on the night before their 1921 wedding.

The hotel also features one Kids' Suite. This boasts a cherrywood trundle bed, a computer filled with history-related games, a Nintendo Wii, a writing desk and colorful rugs. The suite also displays a retro-style mixed-media collage of famous kid-friendly San Francisco landmarks.

All guests have access to a modest fitness center off-site; for a more intense workout experience, guests can purchase a pass to the Club One gym located around the corner (fees apply). Visitors also are welcome to join in a complimentary evening wine hour. Dry-cleaning and laundry services are available as well (fees apply).

Valet and self parking are available (fees apply).
Transportation
  • San Francisco International Airport (18 mi/29 km)
  • Oakland International Airport (16 mi/26 km)
  • Cable car stops (1 block)
  • BART (6 blocks)
  • MUNI bus (1 block)
Attractions
  • Union Square
  • SoMa
  • Moscone Convention Center
  • Fisherman's Wharf
Business
  • Complimentary 24-hour business center

Hotel Union Square Rooms

Standard Rooms
Standard Rooms feature One Queen or two Double beds, Television, Bath, Complimentary Wireless Internet, Coffee Maker, Iron/Iron Board, and Hair Dryer.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Non Smoking
General
Non Smoking
Concierge
Pet friendly
Dining
Room service
Services
Business center
Internet
WiFi
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Hotel Map

37.7859 -122.408
Area served
San Francisco, CA
Nearby airports
(SFO)San Francisco International Airport
Area description
Overlooks the Powell Street Cable Car Line at Union Square. Just steps to Macy's, Nordstroms, Saks, Neiman Marcus, Theaters and fine dining. Easy access to the financial district, Moscone Convention Center, Chinatown, Civic Center, and public transportation.

Nearby points of interest

  • Union Square: 0.1 mi
  • Kertesz Gallery: 0.2 mi
  • Toomey Tourell Gallery: 0.2 mi
  • St Patrick's Church: 0.3 mi
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: 0.4 mi
  • Moscone Center: 0.4 mi
  • Cartoon Art Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Don Soker Gallery: 0.4 mi
  • Old St Mary's Cathedral: 0.5 mi
  • 871 Fine Arts: 0.5 mi
  • Grace Cathedral: 0.5 mi
  • SoMa: 0.6 mi
  • Cable Car Museum: 0.6 mi
  • Civic Centre: 0.7 mi
  • Nob Hill: 0.7 mi
  • Union Square: 0.1 mi
  • Kertesz Gallery: 0.2 mi
  • Toomey Tourell Gallery: 0.2 mi
  • St Patrick's Church: 0.3 mi
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: 0.4 mi
  • Moscone Center: 0.4 mi
  • Cartoon Art Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Don Soker Gallery: 0.4 mi
  • Old St Mary's Cathedral: 0.5 mi
  • 871 Fine Arts: 0.5 mi
  • Grace Cathedral: 0.5 mi
  • SoMa: 0.6 mi
  • Cable Car Museum: 0.6 mi
  • Civic Centre: 0.7 mi
  • Nob Hill: 0.7 mi
  • Transamerica Pyramid: 0.7 mi
  • San Francisco City Hall: 0.8 mi
  • Chinatown: 0.8 mi
  • San Francisco Symphony: 0.9 mi
  • Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption: 0.9 mi
  • Octagon House: 1 mi
  • ATT Park: 1 mi
  • Pioneer's Monument: 1 mi
  • Ferry Building: 1 mi
  • Haas Lilienthal House: 1.1 mi
  • Lafayette Park: 1.1 mi
  • Konko Church of San Francisco: 1.1 mi
  • Coit Tower: 1.1 mi
  • Japantown: 1.2 mi
  • Japan Center: 1.2 mi
  • Lombard Street: 1.4 mi
  • Port of San Francisco: 1.5 mi
  • Underwater World: 1.5 mi
  • Aquarium of the Bay: 1.5 mi
  • Ghirardelli Square: 1.6 mi
  • Pier 39: 1.6 mi
  • Wax Museum Entertainment Complex: 1.6 mi
  • San Francisco Experience: 1.6 mi
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum: 1.6 mi
  • Wyland Gallery: 1.6 mi
  • Hyde Street Pier: 1.7 mi
  • Musee Mecanique: 1.7 mi
  • Mission Cliffs Rock Climbing Center: 1.8 mi
  • Mission Delores: 1.8 mi
  • Mission Dolores: 1.8 mi

Dining

Johnny Foley's Irish House
great place for a cold pint of your favorite brew. Tasty pub food in a lively environment.
Tad's Steakhouse
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner is located adjacent to the entrance of the lobby.
John's Grill
A San Francisco landmark thaat open in 1908 and is home of the "Maltese Falcon." Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (150)

Ratings and reviews for Hotel Union Square

Overall score

3.5 / 5
150 out of 150
Amenities:
3.2
Room cleanliness:
4.2
Hotel staff:
4.1
Room comfort:
3.5
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.6

72% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Hotel Union Square

Reviewer score

3
SheShe884
Houston, TX, USA
Jan 4, 2012

Nice location... Average hotel

The location is awesome... Right close to Westfield mall and all the good shopping, etc. however the rooms weren't all that. First room we checked into was super small and had NO AC. I am a girl from Texas... We have To have AC!!!! The front desk was extremely helpful getting us moved to a room that was furnished with a window unit AC. It's a cute place... And for the price is was comfortable for the 4 nights spent there. THe cleaning lady was a doll...SUPER SWEET and very helpful!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
2
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Fisherman's Wharf... You have to eat at Crab House.... It's amazing!!!! Best seafood I have EVER ate!!!

Review of Hotel Union Square

Reviewer score

4
travobs
New York, NY, USA
Jan 4, 2012

Great hotel in the center of union square

This hotel is great. My friend and I stayed there for vacation. Hotel is very nice and clean. the people are helpful and are always willing to help with anything. It's in the best location of union square, with alot of shopping and eating. The cable car starts a block away and it takes you to the wharf. Also it has a stop for tour buses at union square which is two blocks from it. The only thing is the room with one bed is very small ask for two bed room.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

There is a ticket booth at union square, which you can get cheap tickets to all kinds of tours and shows as well as other things. Great deals!!!!

Review of Hotel Union Square

Reviewer score

4
SFWeekender
Windsor, CA, USA
Dec 20, 2011

Saturday in The City

Excellent stay. Right in the smack dab middle of Christmas and Union Square. Very confortable. Great view. Nice staff and central to every where. Cheers

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

E & O Trading Company

Review of Hotel Union Square

Reviewer score

4
Moggie traveler
Ireland
Dec 15, 2011

The staff were very helpfull and pleasent.

The room was nice and clean as was the bathroom and the bed comfortable. The hotel interior cound do with a bit of updating eg decoration. The staff excellent and pleasent to deal with. The location is central to all services. Yes I would stay here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

To get travel data the information centre is only 5min. walk at the trally bus turntable. Buses etc can be booked there also and plenty maps. Very good.

Review of Hotel Union Square

Reviewer score

3
Yanni
Illinois, USA
Nov 26, 2011

Small cute hotel with great location

The location is perfect, right by Union Square downtown. It's the perfect location if you are planning to do a lot of shopping. The room is quite clean and tidy but is far less impressive compared to the photos shown

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Hotel Union Square

Reviewer score

4
Kees
Business
Grand Rapids
Nov 22, 2011

Prime Location

Its location on Powell Street places the trolly outside your door. You can take it all the way to Fisherman's Wharf. Fun. Fun. The hotel was about 1000 feet from my Convention's hotel, and its cost was much less than that hotel. Besides coffee in your room, you can get coffee downstairs from 7-10 am. Best of all was the complimentary wine between 5-6 pm. Yes!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Hotel Union Square

Reviewer score

1
gprseattle
Seattle
Nov 21, 2011

It looks good on the net but it's not in real life!

Hotel has a wonderful location and this is why I decided to stay there! The lobby and frontdesk are ok. The personel is very nice and this was a good point for them. I stayed 2 nights: the first one they gave me a room on the 6th floor giving on the courtyard. The room was good, the decoration as on the pictures. But the smell! God! It smelt the old carpet so much! this was awful! The next morning I asked to get another room: they gave me one on the 2nd floor giving on the street: lots of noise! but no smell! But this time the problem was that the heat did not work!!! I asked for them to come and check: nothing was done and they told me they'd bring another heat but they did not... I spend my second night beeing cold in my bed... And the shower in the morning was taken in a chilly atmosphere!:) So, as a conclusion, if you want to spend a good time in SFO, don't go to this hotel. There are many other that can provide you a better experience!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
1
Location:
5
Value:
2
Review of Hotel Union Square

Reviewer score

5
Danielson
Orange, California, USA
Nov 1, 2011

Great Staff

The staff and room were great! At first when we checked in the view and room were not that great. But we called down to reception and they immediatly upgraded us since it was my wife's birthday that day, and we were going for her birthday weekend. They also gave us a complimentry wine bottle for the occasion.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Where comfortable shoes as everything is pretty much walking distance

Review of Hotel Union Square

Reviewer score

3
jaypa
seattle
Oct 10, 2011

wow did it ever smell lemony

it's nice to be at the center of the city, but because it was on the powell cable car line, the room options for us were: in the back with no view, in the front with a view and noise. we opted for no view. location was great, right off of powell bart, so no rental car required to deal with airport or getting around. the staff was pleasant and it was nice that they had wine and coffee (night and morning, respectively). the pretty small room (think europe, or regular san francisco) had the overpowering smell of cleaning products that we couldn't get rid of, no matter how long the window was open. the wi-fi was weak on the 6th floor. but the design of the hotel was great. very well thought through. mostly what sticks out was the smell of the room. other than that, totally right on.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Hotel Union Square

Reviewer score

2
Too Many People
Austin, TX
Sep 30, 2011

Not as good as it looks.

I paid extra for an "executive suite", lord knows what you would get if you paid only the base price! My three requests for a room with a king size bed and a courtyard view were ignored and my wife and I wound up in a tiny, stuffy room with a noisy air circulator. The TV had horrible reception, the free wi-fi is not free, the queen bed was essentially sitting on the floor, no iron or ironing board, about four hangers, a no-privacy bathroom and it smelled like an old folks home. On the plus side the bathtub was big and cozy, floor to ceiling mirrors, the union square location offered plenty of shopping and dining nearby.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
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