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White Swan Inn

845 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108-3312
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#27 of 232 hotels in San Francisco
Location
4.7
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4.6
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4.7
Value
4.4
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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 collectibles set the tone. All guests enjoy a complimentary daily breakfast basket and complimentary daily glass of wine with nibbles. You can also check out our sister hotel, Petite Auberge, just 20 feet away.
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
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Wifi
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Bottled water
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Brian F wrote a review Feb 19
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Funky US vision of what Britain was like in the 60s makes for a fun theme. Great staff, excellent rooms, relaxed vibe and handy location. The Breakfast is a bit thin on choices but that's the only complaint I'd have. Receptionist loaned me her umbrella when I was heading out into the rain - just one example of kindness and empathy. The happy hour is a very cool twist of hospitality and gave staying there a nice community feel. 5 stars would stay again.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Dear H1823ZEbrianf, Thank you so much for your glowing review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the White Swan Inn and that our funky 60s-themed ambiance, excellent staff, and convenient location left a positive impression on you. We appreciate your feedback regarding breakfast choices, and we'll certainly take that into consideration for future improvements. It's wonderful to hear that our team members went above and beyond to make your stay memorable, like loaning you an umbrella during the rain. We believe in creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for our guests, and it's heartening to know that you experienced that firsthand. We're delighted that you enjoyed our happy hour and felt a sense of community during your stay. Creating those connections and moments of shared enjoyment is what we strive for. Thank you again for your kind words and for choosing to stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit, and we'll make sure your experience is just as fantastic as the last. Safe travels! Best regards, Cristy
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Kathryn D wrote a review Feb 4
Coleraine, United Kingdom7 contributions4 helpful votes
Wonderful hotel in downtown San Francisco. Loved how quirky the room was. It was big and spacious and the bed was very comfy. There was even a working fire in the room which was a nice surprise. There is complimentary wine and cheese in the evening which was a nice touch. We had a great stay here and would definitely recommend it.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Cristy Flores, Guest Services / Front Office at White Swan Inn
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear kathrynd596, Thank you for your fantastic review! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the White Swan Inn in downtown San Francisco. We take pride in providing unique and comfortable accommodations, and we're thrilled that you found your room quirky and spacious, with a comfy bed to ensure a good night's sleep. It's wonderful to hear that you appreciated the fireplace in the room—it's definitely a cozy touch, especially during the cooler months. We're also glad you enjoyed our wine and nibbles in the evening. We believe these small touches enhance the overall guest experience, and it's fantastic to know that you found them to be a nice addition to your stay. Thank you for recommending us, and we look forward to welcoming you back for another fabulous stay in the future! Warm regards, Cristy
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fielding wrote a review Jan 2024
arizona87 contributions158 helpful votes
It is as advertised -- a bit quirky but comfortable, somewhat European in age and feel, a responsive staff, and decent location on lower Nob (depending, of course, on what you want to see or do). We arrived from SFO well before check in but they accommodated us without an extra fee. That was nice! Room was a junior suite with gas fireplace, both a bathroom and a walk-in vanity/closet area with sink. Dated but clean, nothing in look remotely smacking of, say, a chain hotel. Comfortable bed and we slept pretty well ( 2 nights). Only hiccup, as others have mentioned, is the restaurant located immediately below and the sounds of diners and related noise wafting up (even with windows closed) from about 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. We only heard the first part because we were out every night and the noise had abated by the time we came back. Cable car stop not too far. Union Square, for what it's worth, a few blocks in one direction, the top of Nob a couple in the other. We walked easily through Chinatown and to the North Beach area and even up to Coit Tower and back. We did not take advantage of the evening wine tasting. The breakfast was adequate for us -- we don't need a big varied hot breakfast -- but pretty humdrum. But how can you complain -- it's complimentary. Other guests we encountered were a varied lot of seniors and couples and young adult travelers, and English is not the only language you will hear. All in all, we had a good stay and would recommend the White Swan for travelers who want a typical kind of old style SF experience. Oh....and I do have to say because of all the recent stories about SF crime, etc., that the location felt perfectly secure and we encountered zero urban hassle of any kind wherever we went.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jan 9, 2024
Dear fielding, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience at the White Swan. We are thrilled to hear that you found your stay comfortable and that our quirky, European charm resonated with you. It's wonderful to know that our staff was responsive and accommodating, ensuring a seamless experience for you, even with an early arrival. We appreciate your feedback on the Junior Suite, complete with a gas fireplace – we're delighted it added to the overall ambiance. While we strive to maintain a clean environment, we also understand the charm of a place with a unique character that sets it apart from chain hotels. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the noise from the restaurant below. We understand that it can be a drawback, and we appreciate your understanding as we work on minimizing any disturbances for our guests. We also have other rooms available away from the restaurant. Feel free to message us directly on your next visit, so we could pre-assign you to a more quieter room. It's great to know that our location worked well for your exploration of San Francisco, from Union Square to Chinatown, North Beach, and even up to Coit Tower. Your assurance about the safety of the area is reassuring, and we're pleased that you encountered no urban hassles during your stay. We take note of your comments about the evening wine and breakfast. We always aim to enhance our offerings, and your feedback helps us in that regard. Thank you for recommending the White Swan to fellow travelers seeking a classic San Francisco experience. We hope to welcome you back for another memorable stay in the future. Safe travels! Warmest regards, Cristy Flores White Swan Inn, San Francisco
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222Mark222 wrote a review Dec 2023
Toronto, Canada13 contributions13 helpful votes
Had a great stay at the White Swan Inn. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The room was very clean and comfortable. The fireplace was great, as the weather was a bit cold in San Francisco given we were there in winter. Every day the staff replenished our fridge with complimentary water and soft drinks. Breakfast was great and included bread, pastries, yogurt, fruit and cereal. The hotel is conveniently located with lots of public transport options available and walking distance from Union Square and Chinatown.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jan 1, 2024
Dear 222Mark222, Thank you so much for sharing your experience at White Swan Inn! We're delighted to hear that you had a great stay with us. It warms our hearts to know that our staff's helpful and friendly demeanor contributed to your positive experience. We're glad you found the room clean and comfortable, and that the fireplace added a cozy touch, especially during the colder San Francisco winter. It's fantastic to hear that you appreciated the daily replenishment of bottled water and soft drinks in your fridge. We strive to make our guests feel well taken care of, and we're pleased to see that you enjoyed the thoughtful touches. We're also thrilled that you enjoyed our breakfast offerings, and the convenience of our location with various public transport options and proximity to Union Square and Chinatown. Thank you for choosing White Swan Inn, and we look forward to welcoming you back whenever your travels bring you to San Francisco! Warm regards, Cristy Flores White Swan Inn, San Francisco
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starrynight2015 wrote a review Dec 2023
Houston, Texas13 contributions5 helpful votes
Everyone at White Swan Inn we encountered is helpful, friendly, responsive and provided great service. With questions prior to our stay, White Swan Inn quickly responded. Wine and nibbles was charming and welcoming. The rooms and amenities were as advertised. The wonderful extra amenities made our stay delightful. Location is in south Nob Hill and close to Union Square making for easy walking. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: Abbey Suite was large, two bathrooms, two fireplaces and a delight!
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Responded Jan 1, 2024
Greetings starrynight2015, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us! We are absolutely thrilled to hear that you had a great stay at White Swan Inn. Our team is dedicated to providing excellent service, and we're delighted to know that everyone you encountered was helpful, friendly, and responsive. It's fantastic to hear that our pre-stay communication met your expectations and that the wine and nibbles added a charming touch to your welcome. We're glad the rooms and amenities lived up to your expectations, and we appreciate your kind words about the delightful extra amenities that contributed to your overall experience. The central location in south Nob Hill and proximity to Union Square is indeed a plus for convenient walking. Thank you for highly recommending us! It means the world to us, and we look forward to welcoming you back for another delightful stay whenever your travels bring you to the area. Warmest regards, Cristy Flores White Swan Inn, San Francisco
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Jean D wrote a review Dec 2023
Whitehorse, Canada8 contributions1 helpful vote
This is a real gem. The hotel rooms are spacious (more like suites) . It’s decorated in the 1950s style with an old style elevator. The only problem with it is we loved it so much, we had a hard time leaving it to go sight seeing , and we could not wait to get back there at the end of the day
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Responded Jan 1, 2024
Dear Sunshine757486, Thank you so much for your delightful feedback! We're thrilled to hear that you found our hotel to be a real gem. It warms our hearts to know that you enjoyed the spacious rooms designed in the 1950s style, creating an atmosphere that harkens back to a different era. It's quite endearing to hear that our old-style elevator added to the charm of your stay. We understand the struggle of leaving such a cozy haven to explore the sights, but we're delighted that you were equally eager to return at the end of each day. Your kind words truly mean a lot to us, and we hope to welcome you back for another unforgettable stay whenever your travels bring you our way. Until then, safe travels and many thanks for choosing our hotel! Warm regards, Cristy Flores White Swan Inn, San Francisco
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Thomas C wrote a review Dec 2023
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Great staff. Great location. Relatively safe area. Great restaurants and bars walking distance. The negative are that many businesses are closed and the charm of surrounding area has decreased. Predators and homeless were less due to high police presence for the holidays
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: The surrounding area is dangerous keep your wits about your self.
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Responded Dec 17, 2023
Dear ThomascN9502BY, Thank you so much for staying with us, and we sincerely appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. It delights us to know that you enjoyed the hospitality of our staff and found our location convenient. We are thrilled that you felt secure in the area and enjoyed exploring the nearby restaurants and bars. Your observations regarding the changes in the neighborhood's dynamics are duly noted. Please be assured that San Francisco is dedicated to ongoing enhancements, and we are optimistic about the positive transformations ahead. The mention of increased police presence during holidays is indeed heartening. Ensuring our guests' safety is of utmost importance to us, and we will continue collaborating with local authorities to maintain a secure and welcoming atmosphere. Your feedback is incredibly valuable to us. If there are specific details or suggestions you'd like to share, please don't hesitate to reach out. We are grateful for your patronage and eagerly anticipate the opportunity to welcome you back for another delightful stay. Best regards, Cristy Flores White Swan Inn, San Francisco
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Fer V wrote a review Nov 2023
Campinas, SP59 contributions56 helpful votes
Charming hotel, very well situated with a very attentive staff. Large room with fireplace and various amenities. Very good breakfast as well. The only flaw was the lack of air conditioning, it was a bit warm in the room.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Responded Nov 18, 2023
Hello Nando Vellutini, Thank you for sharing your experience at the White Swan Inn. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our very charming hotel, great location, and very attentive staff. We're also pleased to know that you loved the large room with a cozy fireplace and various amenities, including free breakfast. Due to the structure of the building, we do not have air conditioning, but each room is equipped with a portable fan. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us directly if you have any questions or concerns. Have a lovely day, and we wish you safe travels! Best regards, Cristy Flores White Swan Inn, San Francisco
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BLANKAZagreb wrote a review Nov 2023
Varazdin, Croatia31 contributions48 helpful votes
I can only confirm positive experience other travelers have with this hotel. After one bad experience I had with “exceptional ” reviews I spent some time checking different reviews about White Swan, especially about cleanliness. Our room and bath was spotless. Room is spacious, bed comfortable, location excellent… actually I can’t remember any negative details about the hotel.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Nov 18, 2023
Hello BLANKAZAgreb, Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! We're very happy to hear that you had a positive stay at the White Swan and that our cleanliness standards exceeded your expectations. It's great to know that your room and bathroom were spotless, and you found the room spacious with a comfortable bed. We appreciate the time you took to research reviews, and we're thrilled to have lived up to the positive feedback you came across. It's wonderful to hear that our location was convenient for you, and we're especially pleased that you couldn't recall any negative details about your stay. If there's anything specific you enjoyed or any suggestions you have for us, please feel free to share. We look forward to the possibility of hosting you again in the future. Safe travels! Warmly, Cristy Flores White Swan Inn, San Francisco
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ValiDated Steve wrote a review Oct 2023
Australia260 contributions70 helpful votes
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The best value hotel I’ve ever found in San Francisco. The old English guesthouse schtick is nicely done, and not too twee. Lots of old books and furniture but also 1960s mod London touches and interesting museum style pieces. The renovations are new and the wallpaper not tacky! Continental breakfast and afternoon wine and nibbles are all perfectly fine. The little courtyard is sunny, quiet and restful. Lovely staff. Good location near Union Square. Massive bedroom (and bed) given the price and location.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Traveled solo
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Responded Nov 18, 2023
Dear ValldlySteve, We are truly thrilled to receive such positive feedback! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're happy to hear that you consider us the best value hotel in San Francisco and that you appreciated the blend of old English guesthouse charm with tasteful 1960s mod London touches. It's fantastic to know that our renovations, decor, and amenities, including the continental breakfast and afternoon wine and nibbles, met your expectations. We're glad you found the courtyard sunny, quiet, and restful, and we appreciate your kind words about our lovely staff. Our team works hard to provide a memorable experience for our guests. We're grateful for your recommendation and look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back for another enjoyable stay. If there's anything specific you loved about your time with us or any suggestions you have, please feel free to share. Safe travels! Warm regards, Cristy Flores White Swan Inn, San Francisco
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$156 - $290 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesCaliforniaSan FranciscoDowntown San Francisco / Downtown / Union Square / Lower Nob Hill
NUMBER OF ROOMS
26
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Frequently Asked Questions about White Swan Inn
Which popular attractions are close to White Swan Inn?
Nearby attractions include San Francisco Magic Theater at the Marrakech (0.3 miles), San Francisco Playhouse (0.1 miles), and Grace Cathedral (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at White Swan Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and dry cleaning.
Which room amenities are available at White Swan Inn?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at White Swan Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at White Swan Inn?
Yes, valet parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to White Swan Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lapisara Eatery, Liholiho Yacht Club, and Fino Bar & Ristorante.
Is White Swan Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the center of San Francisco.
Are any cleaning services offered at White Swan Inn?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at White Swan Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to White Swan Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Golden Gate Bridge (4.2 miles), Alcatraz Island (2.7 miles), and City Lights Booksellers (0.6 miles).
Is White Swan Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.