Built to accommodate visitors to the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, this busy hotel is considered by many to be one of the best bets on Union Square for comfort without extravagance. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the recently gussied up (albeit still modest) lobby overlook cable cars on Powell Street. The moderate-size Edwardian-style rooms, some with huge walk-in closets, have high ceilings and were recently remodeled. Though a bit dated, the small, clean
bathrooms have deep tubs—rubber ducky included. Fodorites appreciate the pillow menu and the friendly service (chat up the restaurant's bartenders to find out new local eats). The pleasant Restaurant Luques serves breakfast and lunch, plus dinner (Wednesday through Saturday); complimentary coffee, tea, apples, and cookies are available around the clock in the lobby.
Sep 9, 2012
This is both a reliable Union Square three star, and a typical Union Square three star. Building is probably more than 100 years old, but nicely updated. Our room was comfortable and clean. Caters to tourists, but good service from desk staff and housekeeping. Can't get much closer to Union Square. We faced the street on the eighth floor. Open the window, get a breeze and the clang of the cable car/hum of the cable. Close the window and it was quiet
enough for us to sleep. With the ceiling fan it was cool enough to sleep also - our stay was in August.