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White Swan Inn
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   845 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108   |  
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Montreal, Canada
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39 hotel reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
“Charming hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

This is a small friendly boutique hotel. The rooms are very large for San Francisco and very well maintained. You are within walking distance to Union Square and a large number of stores, restaurants and wine bars plus ready access to the buses, cable car and street cars. Overall, it is a perfect location. Breakfast is included and changes each day. The quality is quite high considering it is included in the price. Overall, the hotel is great value. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

We found this hotel on-line and were not dissapointed. It is a small, older boutique-style hotel which is both quiet and comfortable. Our room was surprisingly large and clean. The staff was accomodating and the building was secure (they issue you a key to the front door). Bush St is 2 blocks away from the summit of Nob Hill so good locale for walking to North Beach as well as shopping around Union Square. Would stay here again.

Room Tip: Rooms away from Bush St. are quiet.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

We stayed here for 5 nights in September & loved every minute of it. Our room was available even though we were 2 hours early & our bags were taken care of with no trouble by a young man Sam. Front desk staff & all employees were very helpful & informative even late at night on a couple of occasions. Our room overlooked Bush Street & contrary to other reviews traffic noise was no problem. Breakfast varied each morning as did afternoon cookies & canapes at afternoon wine reception.(what a nice touch) The sodas & bottled water in our refridgerator each day was very acceptable.Our room was clean & spacious & bedding very comfy. Spent quite a lot of time researching accommodation in SF & this boutique hotel was certainly worth the effort. Would recommend The White Swann Inn to anyone visiting SF in the future & hope to return ourselvelves someday.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dulwich Hill
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19 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Stayed at the White Swan Inn September 2012

This is a small hotel, B&B really. The reception is small but staffed by pleasant, helpful people. Our room was surprisingly big and very well appointed. Other people have commented about the lack of counter space in the bathroom and they are right, not a lot of room. The room was in very good condition and the working fireplace was a nice touch.

The hotel is within easy access to everything in San Francisco with transport only a couple of blocks. The only issue is this is San Francisco so expect steep hills.

The afternoon wine and snacks was a great time to catch up with fellow travellers and swap activity stories which greatly enhanced our San Francisco experience.

The included breakfast was excellent quality that changed daily.

Some people have commented about the old lift, for me this just added to the charm of the hotel.

I have no hesitation in recommending this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

My wife and I stayed at the White Swann Inn for our 5 year anniversary for 4 nights. The location is ideal and great for easy access to the Cable Cars and shopping at Union Square only 2 Blocks away. The Inn however, like many places in SF lacks air conditioning and while having higher than normal temperatures while we were there was problematic for us. The mattress on our bed in room 51 was also disappointing a needed to be replaced because it was very lumpy and old. The evenings free wine and snacks were a nice touch and the vintige elevator created a nice English feel to the Bed and Breakfast. Overall we enjoyed our time at the White Swann Inn and the price was reasonable for the stay.

Room Tip: Room 51 was poor from a bed and Mattress Standpoint. NO Air Conditioning
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012 via mobile

Located just a few minutes walk from Union Square, the White Swan Inn is an ideal base from which to explore San Francisco. This was the first and best hotel that we stayed in on our 10 day visit to America. The staff were friendly, and made us feel genuinely welcome, unlike some places we have visited where the hospitality can feel disingenuous. We were lucky enough to be able to stay in the Luxury King room, which has a huge and very comfortable bed, and separate vanity room. The room and the rest of the hotel is full of character, from the old-fashioned lift to the collection of miniature matchstick Cathedrals in the dining lounge.

The self-service breakfast comprised a selection of hot food, breads, cereals and cakes, together with teas, coffees and fruit juices. You are free to eat as much or as little as you like, and there were no queues or rush. Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary evening wine and nibbles too, as it's a great way to meet other guests and relax after a busy day exploring San Francisco.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, PA
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

My husband and I ended our California Adventure in the City by the Bay with a four night stay at the White Swan Inn. This quaint boutique hotel offers an excelled location that is convenient to the famous cable cars and public transit. Before leaving home, we purchased the City Pass which was an excellent deal giving us unlimited transportation and entrance into many of the city museums including Alcatraz. The room was quite large for a big city and well-appointed. Our room was on the 4th floor and we did not experience any significant street noise. We certainly enjoyed the fireplace and having a mini refrigerator stocked with free soda and water was a nice touch! The room includes cable TV, WIFI, and a coffee maker. The bathroom is older and probably could use some updating. The elevator is vintage and contributes to the old world charm of the hotel, There is no air conditioning and although it was warm in SF, the night temperatures were cool so it was not problematic. The staff was friendly and welcoming. The breakfast offering were standard buffet items but plentiful and satisfying. The evening wine and snacks provided an opportunity to meet many diverse individuals from the USA allowing us to enjoy stimulating conversation about a variety of topics. The decor is decidedly English country which is warming and home-like. I feel that the hotel was reasonably priced and with the breakfast and wine reception a pretty good deal.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 845 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#8 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#8 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — White Swan Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With a crackling fireplace in all 26 guestrooms and suites, the White Swan Inn is a romantic small hotel in the Nob Hill/Union Square area. The White Swan Inn is a visually stunning tribute to the intimate hotels of London. Dark wood paneling, rich floral carpets, comfortable furniture and enchanting English art and collectables set the tone. All guests enjoy a generous breakfast buffet and evening wine and hors d'oeuvres served fireside in the parlor. ... more   less 
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