Fodor's Expert Review Handlery Union Square Hotel
351 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA See on Map
A favorite for San Francisco business travelers, many of whom are repeat visitors, this 1920's Victorian is just steps to Union Square. A heated pool, newly renovated rooms, and solid onsite dining choices please families. A simple fitness center and a great Happy Hour appeal to those in town for leisure.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Parking fees are steep, leave your vehicle at home.
Rooms come in two styles: Historic and Premier. All were redone in early 2018 to incorporate subdued color schemes, pillow tops bedding, and plenty of technological amenities (think flat-screen TVs, plenty of plugs). Premier rooms also include additional perks like complimentary newspapers and water, pool views through large windows, and an additional vanity area.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some Fodors' readers complain about the elderly bones of this property.
Tiled baths of Historic rooms feature showers over tubs and Holcombe & Moore bath products. The Premier rooms feature Lather produces, a second vanity area and marble walls.
Guests fill the few sitting areas around the lobby, listening to classical music and chatting about their trips. The concierge is quite helpful with trip planning.
The centerpiece of the property, the hotel's heated pool draws families and lap swimmers year round. Folks gather in the courtyard on nice days.
A small fitness center offers cardio equipment, free weights and yoga mats.
The 1930s-style American restaurant Daily Grill serves three meals daily. Favorites include the burger and the morning griddle fare.
Daily Grill offers a fine Happy Hour. Don't miss their signature Bloody Mary.
Hotel parking fees are steep (just under $60 a night), so leave the wheels at home and take advantage of San Francisco's outstanding public transportation network. The BART and Muni trains depart within a couple blocks. The cable car stop is a block away. Muni buses pass right out front. Walkers can explore downtown on foot, accessing Union Square, Tenderloin, SoMa, Embarcadero, Financial District, Chinatown and beyond.
Line up for excellent bowls of ramen at Katana Ya (2-minute walk). For something more upscale, check out the fine butter chicken at Amber India (8-minute walk).
The hotel is near many popular bars, with favorites being Bourbon and Branch (5-minute walk), a speakeasy with a textbook sized menu of spirits, and Rye (6-minute walk) a solid choice for those who favor the namesake spirit.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This pet-friendly family-run property offers a pool, and a cheerful vibe. What more can we ask for?
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