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The Inn at Union Square 3.5

Union Square, San Francisco, California

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  • Central location next to Union Square
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wine and cheese tasting and cookies in the evening
  • Turndown service includes bottled water and chocolates
  • Guests say staff is friendly and welcoming


  • Rooms and common areas are on the small side
  • Views are of the the building next door
  • Some guests note the decor feels dated

Bottom Line

This 30-room, upscale European-style boutique hotel is in a superb location next to Union Square. Amenities, including a wine and cheese hour and cookies in the evening, contribute to what guests say is a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The rooms are on the small side, however, and while the continental breakfast is free, it gets crowded in the morning. The Inn at Union Square is comfortable and clean, but a bit less trendy than other similarly priced boutique hotels in the area, such as the Hotel Triton or Hotel Monaco.

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Upscale and sophisticated, but small

The inside of the narrow building with a green facade and red awning has an elegant, upscale look. The lobby and common areas are decorated in shades of gold, beige and cream accented with bright red, including the front desk, which has a mural of windows painted on the wall behind it. The hallways have sitting areas with a small station containing mini-fridges and tea-making facilities.


Right off Union Square, close to shopping and attractions

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Located just off Union Square, and between Morton’s Steakhouse and an art gallery, the inn is very close to shopping and tourist attractions, with Fisherman’s Wharf a 20-minute cable car ride away. It’s a five- to 10-minute walk to the Powell Street BART station and Market Street. The Cable Car Museum is a 12-minute walk away, and it’s also a 10-minute walk to Chinatown and a 20-minute walk to the Financial District.


Small rooms with elegant decor

The 30 rooms are on the small side. Decorated in the inn’s standard gold and cream, the beds have plush red accent pillows and a red-bordered throw. Some of the beds have mirrored headboards. Amenities include flat-screen TVs and robes. The small bathrooms have shower/tub combos and sinks with a small amount of counter space for storing toiletries. Some guests have deemed the decor dated and worn.


Warm touches that include a wine and cheese hour and cookies

The hotel has a wine and cheese hour and cookies in the evening, along with bottles of water, a printout of the next day’s weather and chocolates delivered to the room. Morton's Steakhouse next door provides the room service. The free continental breakfast includes hard-boiled eggs, cereals, fruits and juices and there are trays available to take food up to your room — which is necessary if the breakfast room is full. The hotel also has a small business center with a computer and printer. There is access to a nearby health club and pool for an additional fee and valet parking is available.

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440 Post Street, San Francisco, California 94102-1502, United States

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