So its Oracle World (circa 60,000 people) and the Americas cup is in town. Having heard horror stories of people staying in 'conference hotels' across the bay and having an hour's commute each way, we booked well in advance through hotels.com. We stayed 5 nights. £255 (~$400) for the Sat night. £155 (~$235) for the week day nights (per room) all fully inclusive of tax, etc. We were very happy with the selection.
Firstly it's an older hotel and long and thin. So all the room are off a corridor with a small breakfast/lounge area at the end of each corridor. The rooms are relatively small by US standards but perfectly adequate and comfortable. There is no aircon (a ceiling fan and heating) which was fine for us (late Sept). Decent quality shampoo, etc.
Very friendly and helpful staff. The wifi worked pretty well. One morning my PC would simply not connect but the tablet was fine. Likewise a colleague had the same issue a different morning. I guess all the available connections had been made. It's increasingly an issue as everyone has so many devices.
A real hit is the (free) wine and cheese laid out on 2 of the floors in the lounge area. My colleague and I had some interesting chats over wine and cheese with other guests. Whilst we were there there was plenty to go around and it was very pleasant.
The free breakfast is in the same area. Again on 2 floors. Standard stuff, perfectly adequate with bagels, breakfast buns, cereals, etc. Orange juice and coffee. There are trays to take your breakfast back to your room which is what i did every day. There is only seating for 4 people there and then it's full!
There is no coffee in the room but a kettle and coffee/tea at end of each corridor. I'm not a huge fan of these arrangements but at least they had water there so you didn't have to go back to your room to fill the kettle.
The gym is just around the corner. You can get a day pass from the hotel front desk for $15. But, if you want to go more than 3 times go directly to the gym and get a weekly pass for $45. The gym is commercial and well equipped. It really is just round the corner. Open 7am - 7pm weekends and from 5:30am on weekdays.
I'd happily stay there again. Great location and very good value.
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- The Inn at Union Square is truly an urban retreat, in classic San Francisco style. The intimacy of our 30 elegant and restful rooms and suites provides the setting for our gracious staff to tend to your every need. From greeting you by name to making sure you have an umbrella when it rains- it is our pleasure to serve you. The Inn is located steps from Union Square- the city’s center for shopping, theatre and dining. If business is on the agenda, it is an easy stroll to the Financial District or the Moscone Convention Center. The Inn at Union Square is away from the crowd, in the center of everything. ... more less
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