The Inn at Union Square
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I'm going to combine two days in this blog, as we didn't do much of note during the day, but had activities booked for the evenings. We did do some washing at a Chinese laundry a few blocks up the road from our hotel, some browsing, and lots of walking! We also took a long ride on the cable car; standing on the running board, and hanging off the …
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We took an early taxi to the LAX airport to catch our plane to San Francisco, and it was just as we'll we did because it was such a long and involved process to book in; and sooooo many people. We were booked on United Airlines, and it seemed that everyone was queuing at the same time to get on their airplane. The security measures are still very …
This morning we were booked on a three hour morning tour of Muir Woods and Sausalito. The bus picked us up at 8.00am at the hotel, and took us and a whole bunch of other people to their office close to Fisherman's Wharf.
After a fair bit of fiddling about, we set off on a smaller bus........there were about thirty tourists and a very …
Arriving into San Francisco we got the shuttle bus to Union Square where we checked into the Inn at Union Square – a beautiful wee boutique hotel in a perfect location and our home for the next few days. Being a bit tired from the flight we decided to have a small mooch around the vicinity of the hotel before retiring for the night. The next …
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Inn at Union Square San Francisco
Great for locals too
Reminds me of little old well kept hotels in Europe. Friendly attitude of guests and staff. People straggle out for the generous morning meal wearing the warm bathrobes provided. Fun to meet people of all ages from all over the world while in your pajama's. Feels like a luxury hostel but actually a classy, quiet, easy escape for Bay Area residents.
I stayed one night at this hotel on June 28, 2004. That will be the last night for me. This is a "boutique" hotel with a fake library painted in the lobby; an elevator that makes you wonder if it will keep going; tv's that must be at least 20 years old; and a very uncaring staff. The first room they gave me had no tv whatsoever! A call to the front desk elicited the comment of "oh really?". They did immediately transfer me to another room - this one had a tv at least but the reception was poor at best. When I finished my shower and reached for a towel, I realized that I had no towels whatsoever! Three hand towels was it.
We stayed at the Inn for 4 nights (18-22 June)whilst on our honeymoon tour around California.
Following a fairly hectic drive through the city at rush hour (on a Friday night..) it was great to find somewhere so relaxed and professional waiting for us. The staff recognized us and knew our names (only from phone calls), and sorted the paperwork quickly on arrival to allow us to make the most of our stay.
The room was a decent size and had all we needed. Breakfast on the 3rd and 5th floor meeting areas was ample, a buffet of breads, pastries and fruit; great fresh juice and coffee. The wine reception in the evenings is a nice touch, as are the homemade cookies, yum!
Thouroughly recommended, and such a bargain compared to the Westin which is across the street.
I stayed at this wonderful small hotel for two days and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. After that I spent two days at a great branded hotel and it couldn't stand the comparison at all. All the people working there are wonderful to deal with and the attitude of attentiveness and customer care is palpable in every detail.
We spent a couple of nights here in early June 2004. The staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly. The location is great...steps from the square and cable car line. It is also a very short walk to China Town.
A San Francisco gem
What a wonderful place! Quiet, peaceful, pleasant, convenient. Walk out the front door right into the middle of Union Square. Everything is within easy walking distance. Plus...breakfast served every morning 7-10 virtually right outside your door; wine and hors d'oeuvres at 5:00; and freshly baked cookies at 8:30. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. We couldn't have enjoyed it more. Thank you!
I hesitate to write this as I want the Inn to remain "my secret." But, alas, I can't lie and must share that the Inn at Union Square is simply the finest hotel in San Francisco! Where do I start? The rooms are sqeaky clean and, most importantly, quiet. In other Union Square hotels one is usually bombarded with street noise and other unpleasentaries...not so at the Inn. The daily breakfast and wine and cheese hours will save you hundreds over the course of a week stay and display the Inn's knack for going above and beyond. I have stayed in numerous boutique hotels in SF and am confident in saying the Inn tops them all, largely with its attention to detail and its commitment to excellent service. Only once have had a problem at the Inn: when my on-line reservation was lost. The problem turned to a plus as I was upgraded, at no charge, to the top floor suite including a sauna and jacuzzi. At other so-called "top flight" SF hotels I'd be lucky to even get an apology! The staff is overly friendly and with health club memberships, in-room DSL, and a short walk to the subway (the Inn practically sits on the cable car line), you have no reason not to stay here....just don't let the word get out..it'll be our secret.
Charming, comfortable and very well-run
As soon as we stepped through the Inn's doors (from the bustle of Union Square), we felt as though we were in a quiet, private 'oasis'. The front desk staff were efficient but friendly (as were all of the Inn's employees with whom we had contact). Our room was nicely-decorated, stocked with high-end toiletries, bathrobes, etc. and the complimentary wine and cheese and continental breakfast were also well-done. This small hotel is a real 'find'.
Home away from home
Despite 3 years since my last trip to San Francisco the staff at the Inn at Union Square treated me like a VIP. A perfect location for theatre, shopping, museums and nightclub's. The desk staff provided great suggestions for restaurants and mass transit is available right outside the door. The Inn is my first choice when visiting San Francisco.
What a Wonderful hotel!
This is probably one of the best values in a big city hotel I have ever encountered. Our room, while small, was very elegantly appointed and came complete with a CD player. Each floor had a small lobby where a continental breakfast (coffee, teas, juice, cereal and a good selection of pastries and muffins) was offered between 7A-10A and in the evening between 530P-700P wine and a selection of hor'dorves were also served. And it was REAL plates and silverware and linen napkins..not the paper and plastic stuff!There was evening turn down service and two chocolates and two small bottled water left to enjoy.The location couldn't be better..a few steps from Union Square. The staff was friendly and helpful. We would certainly stay here again!