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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

3.5 / 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

4
Heathercliff
Los Angeles
Nov 10, 2009

Fit our Needs Nicely!

Everyone was really nice, very helpful at the concierge desk. Nice touch to offer wine in the evenings even though we never made it! I liked the location. We would stay here again for sure!

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

Reviewer score

1
SanFranVisitor
Miami Beach, FL
Oct 27, 2009

No Good!

THE SMELL OF THE ENTIRE PLACE WAS TERRIBLE. THERE WAS NO AIR CONDITIONING IN THE HOTEL OR ROOM. THE WINDOW WAS RIGGED NOT TO OPEN MORE THAN ONE INCH. WHEN WE RETURNED TO THE ROOM, WE HAD NO TOWELS TO BATH WITH. BAD NEWS. PASS ON THIS PLACE!

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

Reviewer score

4
Anonymous
Business
Virginia
Oct 26, 2009

A good place to stay if you are prepared

I stayed at this hotel during an exceptionally busy convention weekend in SF. I had read reviews warning about room size and noise, and was prepared. I reserved a room with two double beds, which seemed to give more space. As for the noise, well...it is right on Powell, which is very noisy, however the room I stayed in had a window a/c unit, which I turned on to "fan only" and that drowned out a lot of the noise. The hotel doesn't have central air due to age and structure of the building, but it is SF, which rarely requires a/c. The staff were REALLY great - nice and helpful. I had been on really long flights through several time zones, and arrived a couple of hours before check-in. My room was ready and the bed was very comfy! Definitely try out the wine tasting each evening from 5-7; it's fun and the wines were pretty good! If you are in SF for fun and a good downtown experience, then definitely stay here. Just be prepared for small rooms (I've stayed in MUCH SMALLER in NYC and Tokyo), and some noise.

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

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

This hotel is less than a block from the Powell BART station. Take the BART from SFO to the Powell station, then it's only a very short walk to the hotel. The BART ride is about $8 - a great deal! It is also in the middle of great shopping...you can't put a price on that!

Review of Hotel Union Square

Reviewer score

4
Umm Maher
San Diego, CA
Oct 26, 2009

Small Wonder

I loved this hotel!! Step out the front door and you step right onto the cable car or the BART. It's located on Powell Street, which must be a very popular street in SF because there were people everywhere. The room was very small yet superbly decorated and exceptionally clean; I wasn't even afraid to sit on the bed comforter/duvet. The staff was very professional and available. Dining, shopping (both high end & discount), entertainment, convenience stores (e.g., Walgreens), Starbucks on every corner......you name it, this hotel is encircled by it all. I'd definitely stay there again.

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

If you come to shop, this is the place for you. Walk around one corner and you're at Ross, walk around another corner and you're at Saks Fifth Avenue. And if you come to eat, you won't be disappointed as there are restaurants everywhere.

Review of Hotel Union Square

Reviewer score

3
Anonymous
Business
NY
Sep 21, 2009

Hotel Union Square

Goos Location, Helful and freindly staff, Noisy, Samll room with limited amenities.

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

Business

Review of Hotel Union Square

Reviewer score

4
jpchav29
Los Angeles, CA
Aug 17, 2009

Great Location To all Public Transit.

Overall great hotel, service, and great location to everything I wanted to see.

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

Reviewer score

3
Anonymous
Memphis TN
Aug 9, 2009

The Good and the bad

The Good: Super location, close to everything you need for your trip. Close to Cable Car station, but don't think about getting on one because the line is long from 8am - 9pm. However, it is close to No.30 bus line (China Town, Fisherman's Wharf, Maria District) and F train (all piers). Close to many big department stores, and you can shop till you drop and still can make it to your room. Friendly Staffs. The OK: Small room, it is expected, but still, the smallest room I have ever stayed in. Got 1-2 feet of space around the bed. The Bad: This may be my fault when I booked, I didn't know the room doesn't have air-conditioning. My room is on the 2nd floor of a 6 story building, with a small window facing an enclosed building shaft. It was very hot and stuffy when the window is closed, and it smells too. Even with the window opened, there is no air circulating into the room. I think it should list with bold red letter that there is no airconditioning (as in many hotels in SF) then I would instead opt for another hotel.

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

Reviewer score

4
Roadking66
La Quinta, CA
Jul 28, 2009

Great Location, Great Staff, Nice Room

Great Location: super close to everything in Union Square, BART is a 3 minute walk, walking distance to everything (we even walked down to the Embarcadero and Fisherman's Wharf), great restaurants (New Deli & Santorini - great food at reasonable prices). Didn't get a chance to partake in the hotels morning coffee or evening wine. Hotel is recently remodeled, rooms are very nice (but small), hallways are dark and erie??? Hotel is a little noisy, maybe because it's an old building? Bed was good, bathroom was very nice, housekeeping was very good and everyone was very helpful and friendly. We would stay here again without question.

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

New Deli Indian Cuisine and Santorini's Mediterranean Cuisine were both very good and reasonably priced. Starbuck's right on the corner.

Review of Hotel Union Square

Reviewer score

4
Anonymous
Clovis, CA
Jul 22, 2009

Nice Hotel

The room was clean and quiet. Service was excelent. Our room did not have a window (interior room) so the veiw was lacking and it was small. There was no real closet, just a rod for hanging clothes on one wall. Large bathtub, comfortable bed with unique but attractive decorating. Very quiet. Overall a good experience.

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

Reviewer score

4
loveitloud
farmington hills
Jul 14, 2009

Very central and clean

Nice, friendly, great location, charge on tour bus and events is high

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