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“Very nice hotel - great location” 5 of 5 stars
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Handlery Union Square Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   351 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102   |  
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Ranked #57 of 236 hotels in San Francisco
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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12 hotel reviews
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“Very nice hotel - great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Stayed here for 4 nights with our 11 & 12 year old sons. The room was great, comfortable, clean and a good size. Our stay included breakfast vouchers for the Daily Grill downstairs. We didn't use them one day because the queue was too long. We had breakfast there the last morning but it was not that great. There's much better eateries nearby. Great location near Union Square. Staff were friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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HandleryHotelsMgr, Owner at Handlery Union Square Hotel, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Dear Nick64319,
Thanks for staying at the Handlery Union Square Hotel and I am glad you enjoyed your stay and found our location perfect for your needs. Looking forward to having you with us again.

Sincerely,
Jon S. Handlery
President, Handlery Hotels
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012 via mobile

Just spent 3 nights at the Handlery and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. On arrival we were promptly served and were given a room in the older part of the hotel. Room was newly renovated with everything we needed. The bed wad one of the best I have ever slept in at a hotel. We received a complimentary breakfast which was also excellent. Easy access from SFO using the BART, the station is only a few blocks away

  • Stayed November 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

The mayor advantage of this hotel is the location, it is in the downtown right in the Union square from where you can go and visit the city. The hotel is surrounded with restaurants, coffe shops, touristic places, bars, etc.
The rooms are clean and quiet, specially on the 8th floor
In the loby the is a consultant that would help you with every question about traveling in San Francisco
Really great joy and recommended

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HandleryHotelsMgr, Owner at Handlery Union Square Hotel, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Dear Elad L.,
Thank you for visiting San Francisco all the way from Israel. I was pleased to see you enjoyed your room and our location. We hope to have you back again from Tel Aviv and thank you again for staying with us.

Sincerely,
Jon S. Handlery
President, Handlery Hotels
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Having heard advertisements over and over for this hotel, AND, getting the chance to spend a couple of nights in San Francisco (we live about an hour away...and seldom spend the night when we visit)... I decided this was the time to try something new. My husband and I spent 2 nights being 'tourists' in a city we'd both grown up visiting. The Handlery was an excellent choice. It's right off Union Square on Geary... the cable cars are but a block away... so centrally located to almost everything. The staff strives to make you at home...the bell captain stood in the middle of the street for nearly 20 min on a Friday night to get us a cab! It's the little things that count. There are 2 sections that aren't connected to this hotel... once understood, it's easy to manage. We stayed in the new section (I asked NOT to be street-side). It was quiet and comfortable. We had a balcony that overlooked the pool. Our room had been recently updated and was large. We'd stay there again .. anytime!

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the new tower...away from street noise...newly renovated.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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HandleryHotelsMgr, Owner at Handlery Union Square Hotel, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Dear Robbier99,
Thank you for your feedback on your stay at the Handlery. I am glad you had a pleasant visit and apparently the radio ads do pay off. Thanks again for staying with us.

Sincerely,
Jon S. Handlery
President, Handlery Hotels
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Raymond Terrace, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

This was a very nice stay for us in San fransisco. It was right there at union square and close to the hop on hop off busses. The room was of adequet size although the bathroom was a little small. The restaurant was really lovely, a pleasant change for a hotel restaurant. We got a complimentary breakfast every morning and it was really lovely food. They offer Free wifi which is just so handy when you are traveling. The only down fall I will say is that there is no guest laundry which when you are traveling with kids is essential.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HandleryHotelsMgr, Owner at Handlery Union Square Hotel, responded to this review, January 19, 2013
G'day Sheridan K,
Thanks for visiting from the land downunder and I am glad you enjoyed your visit at our hotel. I was also pleased that you liked our location and your dining experiences in the Daily Grill. We look forward to having you back from OZ again.

Cheers,
Jon S. Handlery
President, Handlery Hotels
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

A perfect location for the centre of San Francisco, on Union Square. It's a 5 minute stroll to the cable car terminus, shops, restaurants etc. I stayed here about 10 years ago and it is still the same reliable hotel. A bit of modernisation would not go amiss, but that would change its personality which could be detrimental! Helpful staff; rooms are clean and fresh. I would stay again for sure!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HandleryHotelsMgr, Owner at Handlery Union Square Hotel, responded to this review, January 19, 2013
Dear rod m,
Thank you for visiting again from the UK. You need to come back more often then every 10 years. I am glad you found our staff helpful, our rooms clean and fresh again. We look forward to having you back in less than a decade. All the best and thanks again for staying at the Handlery.

Sincerely,
Jon S. Handlery
President, Handlery Hotels
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Phoenix, AZ
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123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Great Location just off Union Square - with the cable cars (Powell Street) just steps away from the front door. There are two sections - the Old section with smaller - older rooms, and the new section with very up to date - well decorated rooms. I stayed in the new section. Only weird thing is that the two halves don't interface well. To get to the new section - you go down two long hallways - up stairs or a platform lift - to the pool, then into the new building with elevators. The Lobby is in the old section - on the first floor. The new section elevators go to the 2nd floor if you wish to backtrack to the lobby, or the parking garage is on the first floor of the new building. It will make sense when you navigate it a couple of times. The new rooms are excellent - new, and well decorated. Coffee maker & Ironing board - Flat screen TV - Internet service is good.

Many of the reviews refer to the EXCELLENT Breakfast in the "Daily Grill." Some guests get free vouchers for breakfast there. The breakfast was good - although most options were 3 egg - and I'm not always that hungery. So my rating is: EXCELLENT if you got it free - GOOD if you didn't. Staff is good. New Area had good business type desk/chair in the room. WILL stay here again.

Room Tip: My understanding is that the older rooms are smaller - but they are more convienient to the Lobby an...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HandleryHotelsMgr, Owner at Handlery Union Square Hotel, responded to this review, January 19, 2013
Dear MGMTraveler,
Thank you for visiting from Phoenix and I am pleased that you had a pleasant stay. I was also glad that you found our location perfect for your visit and we hope to have you back again. Thanks for staying with us.

Sincerely,
Jon S. Handlery
President, Handlery Hotels
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Also Known As:
Handlery Union Square San Francisco
Handlery Hotel
Handlery Union Square
Hotel Handlery Union Square
Handlery Hotel San Francisco
Handlery
Address: 351 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#33 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#69 Business Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Handlery Union Square Hotel 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Handlery Union Square Hotel is located in the heart of San Francisco's Union Square, within walking distance of world class shops, the Moscone Center, and the Powell Street cable car line. All 377 rooms feature wireless Internet access, mini refrigerators, and in-room safes. Enjoy traditional accommodations in the Historic Section or luxurious, oversized rooms in the Club Section. The hotel features on site valet parking, an outdoor heated pool, sauna, and room service. ... more   less 
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