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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

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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

3.7 / 5
14 out of 150
Amenities:
3.4
Room cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.3
Room comfort:
3.9
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.9

79% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Hotel Union Square

Reviewer score

5
YuraF
Stamford
Jan 9, 2014

Fantastic

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

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

Fisherman's Wharf and Bridge

Review of Hotel Union Square

Reviewer score

3
icecoope
Los Angeles ,CA
Apr 25, 2013

Too much contemporary doesn't work for convenient

Staff was very nice and quick service and great smile . but this hotel room was so so . It might nice contemporary room but everything not convenient . The washbasin is very small and water splashes out from it . Toilet paper was very low position and far . and no space for putting glasses on the washbasin area . Shower is uncomfortable , Bathroom's light switch location is not Enter wall , it is another side wall . why ?? just a little bit disappointment . but again , staff were very nice .

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

Reviewer score

4
Canadian ajm
Edmonton
Feb 24, 2013

Recent Stay

The staff were very helpful & Friendly. The room was OK. The beds comfortable however the bed frames were not quite right. We both stubbed our toes several times. The hotel is aware of this problem, the frames were covered with foam padding. However I would say this was still uncomfortable. The other disappointment was there was no fridge in the room. I am an insulin dependant diabetic and not having a fridge to keep my insulin is was a headache. I have learned this is something to check in the future.

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

Riding the hop on hop off for one day would have been enough. We didn't find it really useful. The city has very good bus/train service. I would use public transportation only in the future. The BART to the airport is very economic and quick I would use this again.

Review of Hotel Union Square

Reviewer score

5
Elize
Salem, OR
Jul 9, 2012

Shopping in the city

We took our family to San Francisco to do college visits and shop in the city. The hotel staff were great, we had an issue when we checked in we had a room with only a king bed and there were 3 of us. They got us a cot for the night and switched us to a room with 2 beds the next two nights, staff even moved our luggage for us, and they didnt charge us an additional fees for bigger room. Very clean and great location!!! I would definetly stay there again. July 2012

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

Reviewer score

4
Silver Streak
Dayton, OH, USA
Sep 9, 2011

First trip to San Francisco

The hotel was PERFECT except,...due to the historic structure and the location (which was PERFECT) there was some noise. Not enough to wake you up in the middle of the night, but a little noisy. Tom the concierge was AMAZING. I can not say enough about his service. OUTSTANDING ! ! !

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

Right outside the door you ride the Cable Car (Powell & Hyde) to the end and eat at Bueno Vista. Cable Car was a blast.

Review of Hotel Union Square

Reviewer score

4
Anonymous
Mexico city
Aug 3, 2011

Best location

Excellent service, location and very clean. The concierge and all the people in the hotel were very helpful and nice.

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

John´s Grill just around the corner, best dinner we had in years!!!

Review of Hotel Union Square

Reviewer score

4
Tough Customer...very pleased!
Tampa, Florida
Jul 13, 2011

Outstanding Hotel!

The Hotel Union Square is an outstanding boutique hotel with an outstanding location for families traveling with children. For the girls, it is a block away from the Westfield Center...Bloomingdales and Nordstrums. The Walgreens,literally across the street, has everything you forgot or need for the small kids. The restaurant next door Tad's, provides room service and has the best burgers and chicken friend steak ever! Starbucks is a 1/2 block away. The cable car station is one block away. Many destinations are close to the hotel.The staff are pleasant and efficient. [...], the Concierge, is a rock star. The hotel manager is hands on and it shows. I had friends staying at the Four Seasons who spent over $400 a night who could not even come close to the updated design of the rooms or the polite service.We will definitely stay again at Hotel Union Square.Hint:Try the executive room for the kids and Mom and take another Queen room for Dad.Hint: If you ask for a quiet, room they will give you a very pleasant room on the interior light and air well.

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

Have breakfast at Tad's next door!

Review of Hotel Union Square

Reviewer score

4
rjuna
Boston,MA
Aug 10, 2010

Great home base to travel from in SF

Nice euro style boutique hotel with very friendly and helpful staff. You might want to bring earplugs for sleeping at night if you're not used to city noise as some rooms over look the street. Great location, walkable to SOMA,Ctown etc and for access to BART & MUNI transportation which will get you anywhere in SF and eastbay area...Union Sq area in general though,is a city shopping district jammed with tourists so we tended to spend all our time in many of the other wonderful SF neighborhoods ...car rental nearby for drives up/down coast and wine country....

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

Get up and out early to beat crowds, use MUNI pass to ride bus,tram & cable cars, bring a jacket as weather changes from sunny to foggy & cold and back throughout the day/location. SF is great walking city too.

Review of Hotel Union Square

Reviewer score

4
alvarous
Tuxtla Gtz, Chiapas, México
Aug 6, 2010

A very nice experience

Second time in SFO, The Union Square was a pleasent surprise, rooms well designed, cleaned and great staff. Located in the best area, my only complaint is that I wish the TV had channels in spanish because my Dad felt a bit dissapointed, but the rest we had a wonderful experience!

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

Get a nice view of San Francisco buying a 3 day passport for MUNIS and cable cars, you'll experience a lot of the city, bay and sourrounding areas in a cheap and fun way!

Review of Hotel Union Square

Reviewer score

4
Anonymous
boston ma
Jul 13, 2010

nice place to stay

friendly stuffs and it located union square (downtown)

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

there's a lot the shopping mall around the hotel

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