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White Swan Inn

845 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108-3312
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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#15 of 248 hotels in San Francisco
Travelers' Choice
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)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Wine / champagne
Shared lounge / TV area
Laundry service
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Room features
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Full view
100Great for walkers
Grade: 100 out of 100
245Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
106Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
1977Reviews37Q+A100Room tips
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Susan18 wrote a review Jul 2021
Maryland171 contributions114 helpful votes
We returned to the White Swan Inn after a 5 year hiatus, and found it just as warm and welcoming as at our previous stays. The central location is perfect for walking anywhere from the Convention Center to Chinatown and the Financial District. The hotel checks all my boxes--large room (for a city hotel), several comfy chairs, real glasses and coffee mugs, in-room coffee maker, and good wireless. The included breakfast and happy hour make it a great value for money. And the front desk staff are friendly and welcoming.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: For customers with mobility disabilities, be aware that the bed is high off the ground and there...
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elarbolita wrote a review Jul 2021
Glendale, California9 contributions4 helpful votes
This hotel used to be amazing. But it's getting kind of run down and a bit dirty. One staff member was eager and friendly. The other two were like fish in a fish tank that slowly float by and stare blankly at you. They need to give the whole place a thorough cleaning. Please clean the filthy windows and windowsills. Of course, you could just pretend you're a hippie in the late '60s, and it would seem like a palace compared to crashing on someone's couch.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: Get a room in the rear of the hotel. Better views and more light with the exterior views.
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MNVibes wrote a review Jun 2021
Saint Paul, Minnesota34 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed for a week and I liked the hotel a lot. There was some initial confusion with check-in as I request early check-in but a room wasn't ready yet when we arrived. They were able to hold our bags for us and get the room ready while we explored some of the city. The antique elevator is a nice touch. I didn't have any issues with the room and the bed was very comfortable with extra pillows in the closet. It got a little warm at times, but just be opening the windows and using the box fan in the closet we were able to cool off. The breakfast left us wanting (due to covid restrictions) as they only had yogurt and granola, some fruit, coffee and orange juice and the staff brought out some biscuits at request. We brought our own food in a couple of time at dinner and the staff was great at offering us any utensils or plates we might need. The area was nice as it was close to a lot of bus lines and we were able to get to most of the city pretty easy. Just keep an eye out at night time when walking around as there are homeless around, but they were pretty harmless.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: Backside rooms are probably quieter than streetside rooms
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1 Helpful vote
Response from Louis Kimball, General Manager at White Swan Inn
Responded Jun 16, 2021
Jen-- Thank you for your very kind feedback. I was so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and our central location in town. I am also glad to hear that you enjoyed our larger room size and amenities. We very much want the White Swan to feel like a home away from home. We look forward to welcoming you back when you return to San Francisco.
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sailorsdelight wrote a review May 2021
Sarasota, Florida63 contributions27 helpful votes
This a small older boutique hotel fairly centrally located except for the hills. Rooms are nice sized with a working fireplace. In San Francisco they are nice even in the summer. This place has a lot of character including the one elevator is circa 1920. Clean and comfortable. Wine and crackers and cheese in the afternoon. Light breakfast. Staff friendly.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: You do not need a car in San Francisco. Cable cars are not operating yet. Restrictions on until...
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1 Helpful vote
Response from Louis Kimball, General Manager at White Swan Inn
Responded Jun 11, 2021
Thank you for your feedback. I am so happy to hear that your enjoyed our hotel and its central location within the city. The elevator is a very cool part of the building. We look forward to welcoming you back when you return to San Francisco. Stay well.
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Jennifer H wrote a review May 2021
Phoenix, Arizona6 contributions1 helpful vote
My husband and I loved this hotel! The decor was old world with a twist of a 1960's vibe. The staff was amazing and made you feel at home. The room had a fireplace, modern bathroom and the bed was dreamy! Great neighborhood with lots of restaurants and Union Square was within walking distance. They offered a light healthy breakfast in the morning. Looking forward to another stay here!
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Date of stay: May 2021
Sleep Quality
Response from Jorge R, Guest Services / Front Office at White Swan Inn
Responded May 26, 2021
Dear 733jenniferh We greatly appreciate the love and couldn’t be happier to hear your compliments to our “eclectic dreamy 1960s” touches. It’s heartwarming to receive your kind words to our staff provides personalized warmth service to each and every guest leaving us feeling refreshed. Very delighted that in a heartbeat you”ll return soon and love to be your home-away-from-home again! Best Wishes, Jorge Rosana Operations Manager
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$162 - $401 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesCaliforniaSan FranciscoDowntown San Francisco / Downtown / Union Square / Lower Nob Hill
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Frequently Asked Questions about White Swan Inn
Which popular attractions are close to White Swan Inn?
Nearby attractions include Marrakech Magic Theater (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 a fitness center.
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 Tacorea, Lapisara Eatery, and Liholiho Yacht Club.
Are there opportunities to exercise at White Swan Inn?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
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.
Are there any historical sites close to White Swan Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Alcatraz Island (2.7 miles), Golden Gate Bridge (4.2 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.