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1) This is a very small, homey hotel (~30 rooms) a half-block from Union square on Post St. A terrific location, and across the street from the Westin St. Francis - the other end of the hotel spectrum (ie very large, very pricey). Location is 5 Stars. Easy walk up the hill from the Bart with immediate access to public transportation.
2) Great staff - very responsive - very personal. 5 star attention
3) Rooms - here's where it gets dicey. It's a 6 story hotel with guest rooms on floors 2-6. XX1 rooms (ie 201, 301, etc) are adjacent to the stairs and next to each floor's small common area. Breakfast and the wine/cheese/fruit evening bonus are served in the common areas on the 3rd and 5th floors, with ice available on the 2nd and 4th floors. That said, I stayed in room 502. Had we not been early risers, the noise from the breakfast area probably would have been problematic. I can't imagine what it would be like in room 301 or 501. In addition, (assuming all XX2 rooms have the same layout as ours), room 502 is tiny. I mean really really small. The bathroom is closet sized and the shower enclosure would be literally too small for anyone larger than ~180 lbs to bathe in comfortably. My daughter stayed in 503 which was almost twice the size of 502, had a full sized bathroom w bathtub, yet cost 10$ less than ours. I would strongly recommend avoiding 301, 302, 501, and 502 when booking at the Inn. Honestly, they shouldn't charge the same amount for the XX2 rooms as they do for the full sized rooms down the hall. My daughter's room was 4 stars, and ours was 3.
4) Views - none. Nonexistent. Didn't bother us however if you want a view, stay elsewhere. 0 stars.
5) Breakfast - typical juice/sweet roll/fruit/cereal/bagel/hard boiled eggs continental fare. Nice to have. You're around the corner from Sears fine foods if you want a big pricey excellent breakfast. For us, what the Inn offered was more than sufficient - and since it's included in the room rate, a nice perk. 5 stars.
6) Wine/cheese in the evening. Again, very nice - social - and included in the room rate. We enjoyed it each nighht. 5 stars.
7) Finally - the rooms don't have air conditioning. This is generally not needed in San Fran - but on the other hand I don't know how comfortable the rooms would be during a heat wave. There are ceiling fans with multiple speed adjustments available.
Would we stay here again. Yes. Would I make sure to avoid the XX1 and XX2 rooms on the 3rd and 5th floors - absolutely!
- Also Known As:
- The Inn At Union Square Hotel
- The Inn At Union Square Hotel San Francisco
- Hotel At Union Square
- At Union Square Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn at Union Square is truly an urban retreat, in classic San Francisco style. The intimacy of our 30 elegant and restful rooms and suites provides the setting for our gracious staff to tend to your every need. From greeting you by name to making sure you have an umbrella when it rains- it is our pleasure to serve you. The Inn is located steps from Union Square- the city’s center for shopping, theatre and dining. If business is on the agenda, it is an easy stroll to the Financial District or the Moscone Convention Center. The Inn at Union Square is away from the crowd, in the center of everything. ... more less
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