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San Francisco: Union Street Inn

2229 Union Street
www.unionstreetinn.com

Reviewed by: RobynAP from Australia, review #1373

When: January 2006

Warm and welcoming inn in a lovely San Francisco neighbourhood.

After having stayed in the Union Square area of San Francisco twice before, this time I was looking for a different view of this beautiful city.

The Union Street Inn (Cow Hollow) was a fantastic place to stay. We were very comfortable and in a great part of the city with easy access to everything. The Inn itself has several rooms, however as they were full during our stay, I couldn't stickybeak. The room we (husband and 7 year old daughter) stayed in was the New Yorker, positioned on the first floor next to the entrance. I was worried this would be noisy, but it wasn't at all, in fact the inn was quiet and tranquil.

Outside our door was a guest lounge that we spent many happy hours in, enjoying the tasty snacks and wine left out for guests each evening, or helping ourselves to hot drinks or cookies from the sideboard. There is a lovely garden opening off the lounge but sadly we never got a chance to enjoy it as it bucketed down rain for our entire stay. There was a stand next to the door offering complimentary use of umbrellas and a table with information and maps.

A bus stopped outside the door taking you into Union Square, or by walking a block or two, you could access other bus lines going in different directions. We managed to get from the inn to most parts of San Francisco on buses, including the city centre, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, the Castro, Haight Ashbury, etc. A great location!

And best of all, at your doorstep are many fantastic shops and restaurants, both on Union Street and surrounding streets.

Our room was spacious and contained a queen size bed with the most divine linen (changed daily), a chaise lounge, a table and chairs and a huge wardrobe. There was a TV, fireplace and bay window. Our daughter slept on a sofa bed made up with quality linens, doona and pillows. There was a tiny ensuite bathroom complete with a small but adequate bath.

We were made very welcome by all. However, we had most contact with a lady named Kit, who was lovely and informative and kept us filled with yummy morsdls.

Included in the rate was a cooked breakfast each morning, brought in to us on a huge tray (spoilt!) or you could eat in the guest lounge or the garden. Every day was a different breakfast, but each morning included a bowl of fruits including raspberries and blackberries, mango and kiwi. We enjoyed sausage and pancakes, waffles with maple syrup or omlettes. Fresh juice was supplied and as much tea or coffee as you wanted.

The whole stay felt like we were guests at a friend's house. And the rate was cheaper than many of the poky hotels I had looked into! We were charged $179.00 for all three of us in one of the larger rooms (including breakfast) per night! This rate changes at different times of the year, we stayed for 7 nights from just after Christmas to just after New Year.

The only down side (apart from the rain!) was that the room did get a lot of street noise. But it was very dark as there were blinds and thick curtains so we slept late most mornings. Delicious! I would certainly stay here again.

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