Fodor's Expert Review Golden Gate Hotel

775 Bush St., San Francisco, California 94108, USA See on Map Fodor's Choice

Budget seekers looking for accommodations around Union Square will enjoy this four-story Edwardian with bay windows, an original birdcage elevator, and hallways lined with historical photographs. Kindly staff attend to guests' needs without being overbearing.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The resident cat and dog have the run of the place, so if you have severe allergies, this may not be the right option. Inform the innkeepers in advance, though, and they'll air out your room before you arrive.


Rooms are decorated with antiques, wicker pieces, and Laura Ashley bedding and curtains. The inn's style favors a country farmhouse over an urban escape.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Year round the hotel rates stay the same, so if you want to take advantage of these prime budget rooms, book well in advance.


Only 14 rooms have private baths, some with claw-foot tubs. Rooms without baths feature ensuite private sinks.


Step back in time in the antique decorated lobby. Pip, the cat greets visitors. Hotel guests relax on antique furniture in front of the fireplace to read the newspaper or drink tea in the afternoon.


A complimentary continental breakfast of croissants and fruit is available in the mornings. Afternoon tea and homemade cookies are served by the parlor's fireplace.


For a nightcap, enjoy the wealth of beers on tap at Hopwater Distribution (1-minute walk) across the street.


Getting Around

The hotel can point you to a garage where your car can rest for the night. Most travelers take advantage of the city's walker-friendly streets, especially considering the hotel's proximity to Union Square shopping, Tenderloin's bars, Nob Hill's views, the Financial District and SoMa. Hop on public transportation, which stops within a block. To access SFO or Oakland Airports, get on the BART train at Powell Street Station.


Relax in a European environment at Cafe de la Presse (6-minute walk) for paninis, coffee, and pastries. Book well in advance for a table at the city's most buzz-worthy Hawaiian restaurant, Liholiho Yacht Club (6-minute walk) for poke, fresh caught seafood and sweet meats.


When sports are on the TV, locals and visitors head to Golden Gate Tap Room (4-minute walk) for brews and the biggest games. If you prefer a more mellow cocktail experience, wander to Nob Hill's Top of the Mark (9-minute walk) for martinis with views of the entire city.


Affordable, a great staff that aims to make you feel like family, and comfy rooms make this Union Square property a winner on all counts.


Family, Pet Friendly
25 rooms, 14 with bath
Breakfast Yes
Lunch No
Dinner No
Bar No
Cafe No
Room Service No
Parking Lot


Phones: 800-835–1118; 415-392–3702

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