My wife and I had reservations at a chain hotel at Fisherman's Wharf. After a couple of days of that tourist trap, we decided to move to the Union Square area. Walked in off the street and got reservation for rest of our stay. Loved it.
Staff was very friendly. Elevator holds about 6 people and slow, but never a problem.
Hotel room (5th Floor) was small but quaint and very clean. Because we were walk-ins with no rez, no queen-size beds available. Got two doubles, but that was okay. Bed was very comfortable. Asked for view of street, but got room with view over lobby. Oh, well ... beggars can't be choosers.
Bar in lobby. Neat atmosphere.
We ate at the restaurant attached to lobby. Very good food.
Walking distance to Union Square shopping, theater district, art galleries, and Chinatown. One commenter here said that hotel was in "heart of Union Square." That is not exactly accurate. It is on the very fringe of Union Square and borders the Tenderloin district. WARNING: Do not go down Taylor (down the hill from the hotel). I walked early one morning to take some photos and a block away I was in the middle of druggies, winos, pimps, nut cases, meth houses, etc. That kinda stuff does not usually bother me, but that district is pretty rough. Not saying that the hotel is not safe ... we never felt insecure at hotel. Just turn left when you walk out out of the hotel door, not right!!
Good value. If I go back to SF, this is where I will stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 3 Star Boutique hotel located steps from Union Square, 8 blocks to Moscone Center 4 blocks to BART, Cable Cars, Muni and Westfield Mall ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mark Twain Hotel
- Mark Twain San Francisco