SF Playhouse, a popular theater destination, is located on-site; guests can reserve tickets when making their reservations at the hotel
Pet-friendly: food/water bowls; organic dog treats
Only 15 channels on the TV
No in-house business or fitness center (though free use of fitness center at Hotel Diva, a few blocks away)
This charming boutique, situated in an impressive historic building only a block from Union Square, offers attractive rooms that mix modern comforts and antique furniture. But amenities are few -- there's not even a fitness center on-site (though guests can access one at a different hotel a few blocks away). Still, its intimacy and stately feel make it one of the better options for the price in this location.
Keinsington Park Hotel is housed in a historic building near Union Square with a beautiful marble lobby, lovely rooms with Serta beds, and a stately, relaxed vibe
This stately hotel, housed in a 1925 Moorish/Gothic building in San Francisco's Union Square area, is a throwback to an era of huge marble lobbies, massive wood-paneled elevators with loveseats, crystal chandeliers, and gold accents. The hotel, which takes up the first floor as well as floors five to 13, shares the building with an Elks Lodge, an old-timey social and philanthropic club founded in 1868.
Though the hotel and the Elks Club are unaffiliated, the hotel may be especially appealing to visiting Elks members, who can access the Elks Club's gym, sauna, billiards room, and pool. The hotel itself has few features, but guests do get free passes to the fitness center at Hotel Diva, which is a few blocks away.
Kensington Park sits right in the middle of the popular oft-crowded upscale shopping and theater districts, so its leisurely parlor room-feeling offers a nice change of pace. The free afternoon tea and sherry in the impressive lobby with the painted ceilings and the freaky horse sculpture is a classy way to unwind.
Price-wise, the Kensington falls in the middle of Union Square options, but it lack amenities that some other area boutiques offer. It's still a solid option, though, for its attractive rooms and stately, intimate feel.
Kensington Park is a block off of Union Square on a safe street.
Beyond the retail trade, the broader Union Square area is popular with out-of-towners because it's a transportation hub with easy access to cable cars, buses, trolleys, BART trains, Muni light rail, and even the occasional cab. From Union Square, visitors can easily make their way around the Bay Area. Union Square has plenty of restaurant options, but it isn't a hot spot for nightlife.
Just under two miles to tourist haven Fisherman's Wharf
Just over a mile down Market Street to the Ferry Building
Roughly 1.5 miles to AT&T Park, home of the Giants
Golden Gate Bridge is a 20- to 30-minute drive without traffic (for public transportation, the #28/#29 buses are the best bet).
Five-plus miles to the heart of Golden Gate Park
The western edge of the Union Square area bumps up along the seedy Tenderloin.