Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
A little funky, but the Asian-inspired lounge includes a dance floor
The lobby has a funky look with sleek paneled walls and wooden armchairs upholstered in a green-and-white botanical patterned fabric. This bit of style does not extend to the rest of the hotel.
A couple of blocks from Union Square, but on the edge of the seedy Tenderloin
On a side street right by a Hilton, the Hotel Fusion is close to shopping in Union Square but on the edge of the Tenderloin, which remains a bit gritty. Walking to Chinatown takes about 10 minutes. It’s two blocks from the Powell Street BART station, and a cable car stop -- it's about a half-hour to Fisherman’s Wharf by cable car.
Small, basic and slightly dated
The 124 rooms are small, and the decor is uninspired, with beige blankets — the Double Suite has red throw pillows — and dark wood furniture with a textured pattern. Rooms have a small basket of snacks, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, safes and flat-screen TVs. The basic bathrooms have stall showers and hairdryers, with small shelves above the sink. The Double Suite has a handicapped-accessible bathroom with a tub/shower combo. Rooms on the second floor can get noise from the nightclub below. Some of the rooms face an air shaft.
Trendy lounge and restaurant, plus free coffee and tea
The Asian-inspired Infusion Lounge serves pan-Asian food and offers a weekly happy hour, so if guests want to party downstairs, they have easy access to their hotel rooms. A basic continental breakfast is included, but there's no place to eat it except in your room or in the lobby. Free tea, coffee and water are available 24 hours a day in the reception area. There’s a business center with two computers and a printer. The small gym has a treadmill, an elliptical machine and a flat-screen TV.
This budget hotel in the Union Square area, on the edge of the sketchy Tenderloin neighborhood, has a lounge and restaurant, and slightly more personality than nearby chain hotels. Rooms are small and look a bit dated, and those above the nightclub are not for light sleepers. It’s worth it to compare prices with nearby three-pearl properties, such as the Handlery Union Square, which at a similar or slightly higher point, has a heated pool.