Hotel Adagio Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Union Square, San Francisco, California

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Pros

  • Quiet and convenient Union Square location
  • Large, clean rooms with bright, contemporary decor
  • 32-inch LCD TVs and iPod docks in every room
  • Spacious fitness center with up-to-date equipment and natural light
  • Attractive lobby with seating areas and large windows
  • Free Wi-Fi, and free Starbucks coffee every morning
  • 5,500 square feet of event space, including a rooftop terrace

Cons

  • Pricey breakfast

Bottom Line

This Union Square boutique -- a member of Marriott's Autograph Collection since 2013 -- has 171 up-to-date, well-appointed rooms that deliver the right luxuries -- pillow-top mattresses, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi -- in a stylish package. A fitness center, business center, great service, and an on-site restaurant make this hotel one of the best options in its area and price range.

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A solid option that rises above the bar in places that count

A Deluxe Room
A Deluxe Room

On first glance, Hotel Adagio seems like a fairly standard mid-range hotel in Union Square, but it's actually one of the area's best options for its price. The hotel especially stands out for its smart decisions about where to put its money: Rather than being one of those mid-range places where everything feels just good enough, the Adagio makes sure the basics are first rate, especially in the 171 guest rooms which were completely renovated in 2012.

By far the best part of the hotel is the rooms. They start at a spacious 350 square feet and have some of the most comfortable beds in their class, with pillow-top mattresses, Egyptian cotton sheets, and down comforters and pillows. Rooms feature a color palette of deep purples, whites, and bright greens; dark wood furniture and stainless steel accents; and up-to-date technologies, including iPod docks, 32-inch flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. There are full minibars and mini-fridges with space for guests' own groceries, and the generously sized bathrooms are equipped with full sets of Lather toiletries.

In all other areas, the Adagio is solid. The lobby features stylish decor akin to the rooms, with dark woods, white flooring, and red accents. There's a fitness center and business center on site, both small but well equipped and open 24-hours. The Mortimer Bar serves both classy bar bites (flatbread pizzas; artisan cheeses) and hearty entrees (burgers; grilled skirt steak), and the Green Room serves breakfast daily with a farm-to-table approach. The property also features 5,500 square feet of event space, including a rooftop terrace.

 Location

Union Square, known for high-end shopping

Hotel Adagio sits two blocks west of Union Square, which is famous for its couture shops. Home to enormous outposts of Niketown, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany, Macy's, Louis Vuitton, and Neiman Marcus, among others, Union Square is to San Francisco what 5th Avenue is to New York. Locals don't hang out here much, but the square is great for people-watching nonetheless, and occasionally plays host to concerts, small festivals, and demonstrations. If shopping isn't your priority, you might prefer a hotel in a neighborhood closer to some of the biggest tourists attractions, like the Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf.

  • Five blocks from the Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde cable-car lines, which run to Lombard Street and Ghirardelli Square or to Fisherman's Wharf, near Pier 39; a 20-minute ride
  • Far from the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, the Presidio, and Haight-Ashbury
  • Discount day-of theater seats available at the Union Square ticket kiosk
  • Plenty of dining nearby, though the area isn't really known for its epicurean flare (Cheesecake Factory is the most visible restaurant around)
  • 30-minute cab ride from San Francisco International Airport
  • While Union Square is a safe area, be careful of wandering into the neighboring Tenderloin district (southwest of the hotel), an unsavory area with a reputation for drugs, prostitution, and other crime.

 Bottom Line

This Union Square boutique -- a member of Marriott's Autograph Collection since 2013 -- has 171 up-to-date, well-appointed rooms that deliver the right luxuries -- pillow-top mattresses, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi -- in a stylish package. A fitness center, business center, great service, and an on-site restaurant make this hotel one of the best options in its area and price range.

Things You Should Know About Hotel Adagio

Address

  • 550 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Adagio San Francisco
  • Hotel Adagio San Francisco

Room Types

  • Bolero Penthouse Suite
  • Caruso Suite
  • Deluxe Junior Suite
  • Deluxe King Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Deluxe Room 2 Queens
  • Executive Level Suite
  • Executive Room
  • Superior Junior Suite
  • Superior King Room
  • Superior Queen Room
  • Superior Room 2 Queens

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 171
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Union Square, San Francisco
Address: 550 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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