Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Union Square

114 Powell St., San Francisco, California 94102, United States See on Map

Tucked beside a money-exchange business along bustling Powell Street, this century-old hotel was erected for the 1915 Pan Pacific Exposition; behind the nondescript facade, design-centric interiors provide a dash of art deco-by-way-of-Egypt.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Bring ear plugs as the cable car dings (though lovely at first) and evening revelers might disturb light sleepers.


Compact rooms were spruced up in 2017 to offer recycled carpets and soundproofed windows to go along with the funky hallway lighting, and mod twists on classic noir style. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. The one-of-a-kind suites include a Dashiell Hammett–themed suite and a cable car suite that feature private balconies. Premium rooms feature iPod docking stations, work areas, and velvet chairs ideal for lounging.


Bathrooms feature rain shower-heads. Splurge on the Sleep and Soak rooms which, though small, feature soaking tubs.


The lobby gives voice to San Francisco's noir era (appropriate, as Dashiell Hammett once lived here), and it lures visitors to enjoy live music during wine hour.


Guests receive complimentary access to a nearby fitness center.


Nearby Tad's Steakhouse offers room delivery of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Each night, a live acoustic guitarist performs during the evening wine hour(s).


Getting Around

The hotel offers valet parking at $45 a night. The property sits just steps from the cable car loading area and Powell Street station. Hop on the Muni/BART train to access Oakland and San Francisco airports, Golden Gate Park, the Mission district and downtown Oakland. Walkers will love the close proximity to the Union Square shops and restaurants, the Financial District, SoMa, Chinatown and the Tenderloin bars.


Line up for huge bowls of slurp-worthy noodles at Katana-Ya (4-minute walk). Order hearty pastrami sandwiches or matzo ball soup at Wise Sons Deli (7-minute walk).


Beer lovers adore the variety of brews on tap available at Golden Gate Tap Room (4-minute walk). Wine aficionados adore the Press Club's (5-minute walk) vast menu of local vino.


Stylish digs in the heart of Union Square's shopping district, a fun wine hour and a great staff make this a fab choice for travelers looking for a mid-range option.


124 rooms, 7 suites
Breakfast No
Lunch No
Dinner No
Bar No
Cafe No
Room Service Yes
Valet Parking


Phones: 415-397–3000; Reservations: 415-969-2301

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