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“Great 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 (Union Square)   |  
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Ranked #56 of 233 Hotels in San Francisco
Manchester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Great hotel, great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012 via mobile

Decided to stay here based on trip advisor reviews. It was great. Stayed first week November. Glad stayed in centre as easier to get to all areas of SF. I think much better than staying in Fisherman's Wharf. Upgraded room together free wifi as have found expensive to buy in US hotels before. Therefore had lovely room overlooking pool, quiet. Large room with sitting area, clean and up to date facilities. Included dressing gowns and filter coffee maker.
Included free breakfast made deal even better. Either hot with choice of eggs (three!), bacon or sausage, potatoes, choice of bread and hot or cold drink. If hot would refill. Enormous meal. We changed potatoes for tomatoes. Cold was cereal etc. You can add drinks and pay. Lovely bar and restaurant areas. We ate in hotel one night, would not normally do this and considering range and quality of food on offer in SF, says a lot about hotel. One evening in bar came across business man in airport in city for part of one day on way somewhere and came into the city to the bar as knew it was a great place! It's easy to get to by BART train from airport. You just walk straight onto the train in airport, had to go up steps in city but only 5/10 mins walk to hotel. And it's right by all the shops. Take half what you would normally, there's so much choice! We stayed 5 nights, probably could have seen rest of what we wanted to in 7.
Staff were lovely throughout. I'd definitely stay here again. The hotel was a part of a super visit to a great city.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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HandleryHotelsMgr, Owner at Handlery Union Square Hotel, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Dear UKtraveller50,
Thank you for traveling from the UK and I was pleased that you had a wonderful stay at our hotel. I am glad you found our location, restaurant and staff perfect for your visit to the City by the Bay. Hope to have you back in the near future.

Sincerely,
Jon S. Handlery
President, Handlery Hotels
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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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
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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
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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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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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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London, United Kingdom
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23 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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Address: 351 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
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:
#45 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#56 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#58 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Handlery Union Square Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 377
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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