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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
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 06/16/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 06/16/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#16 of 246 hotels in San Francisco
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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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Paid private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Nightclub / DJ
Baggage storage
Concierge
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Wifi
Wine / champagne
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
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Bathrobes
Fireplace
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Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Coffee / tea maker
Microwave
Cable / satellite TV
Private bathrooms
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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Mid-range
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English

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252Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
103Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
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410jacqueline wrote a review Sep 2020
London, United Kingdom17 contributions19 helpful votes
This was a two night pit-stop before embarking on a Round the Word trip of a lifetime on two different cruise-lines, (switching in Australia) We had been in the city only six months earlier when we had stayed in the very glamorous and luxurious Fairmont on Nob Hill. That was excellent but a bit of a steep trek to go anywhere on foot and not much in the immediate area... The White Swan Inn is an unusual find in an American city. It is a small hotel in the Nob Hill/Union Square area and coming from the UK, it felt very familiar, even down to the cheerful artificial fire in the bedroom. I loved the bookshelves stacked with books everywhere, a real home from home. Period features (every room had a fireplace apparently) plus wood paneling and warm old-fashioned carpets, with comfortable lounging furniture and seating areas, all decorated with nice paintings and interesting ornaments together added to the very homely feel. A nice buffet breakfast and glass of wine with cheeses and nibbles in the early evenings were all included. We had no idea that the Covid virus was already out there and that the world was closing in. Nice memories of a brief but very cosy stay. Highly recommend this place. It was also family friendly. The room didn't have a safe which worried us at first but there was a safety box system in the reception area which we used with no problems. We had four suitcases of rather heavy luggage with us for our (anticipated) three month RTW journey and the staff were really helpful with those. We didn't have to ask...they were also able to summon taxis at a moment's notice...
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Date of stay: January 2020
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529cathrinew wrote a review Feb 2020
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
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Amazing inn with a fabulous room that had a fire place. Included a wonderful breakfast and happy hour with hors d’oeuvres and wine. Wonderful really old elevator in good working order. Friendly staff. Would stay there again.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Feb 13, 2020
Dear 529cathrinew, We value your business and thank your for choosing us during your recent stay! It is great to hear that you had a first class stay and enjoyed the warm cozy B&B experience! Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel and we hope you will come back and visit us soon! Warm regards, Bertrand H. Newson General Manager
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Debbie K wrote a review Jul 2020
Aurora, Illinois3 contributions2 helpful votes
This was the most charming hotel I have ever stayed at. From the lift, to every detail in the room, to the downstairs sitting and dining area it was all just lovely. The service was unbelievably helpful and friendly, and the breakfast (especially during covid) was beyond our expectations. We without a doubt will return.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Joanne L wrote a review Jul 2020
Los Alamitos, California34 contributions4 helpful votes
We were trsvelling during the pandemic and White Swan Inn did everything yo make our trip both enjoyable and safe. They even provided a simple yet tasty breakfast. Our room was spacious with a fireplace. It was clean and comfortable
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Date of stay: July 2020
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felicia e wrote a review Jun 2020
San Francisco, California5 contributions
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As someone who lives in the city, I don't normally think about booking a hotel here; however, with my original plans for my birthday dampened by the pandemic, I stumbled upon this place when planning a solo staycation. The place is easy enough to spot with the large British flag waving on Bush Street. Upon arrival, the staff were quick to welcome me and were all friendly and helpful throughout my stay. The entire space has a British vibe in its themed design, the old elevator adding some vintage-ness to the hotel’s personality. The room, a deluxe queen with fireplace, was spacious yet comfortable; I especially liked that it had a bathtub and that the bed was incredibly soft. A short walk away is the Grace Cathedral, which has an outdoor prayer labyrinth. Also nearby is a park, two classic San Francisco hotels (the Fairmont and the Intercontinental Mark), and some decent views of the city. For tourists, this location is also fairly close to Union Square. Farther neighborhoods of interest can be easily visited by catching the cable car on California Street, which usually sees less action than those that pickup from the Powell Street turnaround. Another note for visitors: San Francisco is pretty overcast and cool for most of the year and, as such, a lot of older/smaller buildings like the White Swan Inn don't have air conditioning. My stay was during one of SF's rare super warm weeks and it was quite hot being on the top floor; however, I didn't mind it much with the windows open. Rest assured, I made note of an electric fan in the closet. While the nightly rate is a tad out of my usual budget, I feel the value is excellent. What sold me was all the complimentary things included with my stay, even with COVID19 safety precautions in place: bottled water all day by request, sodas in the hotel room fridge, wine and nibbles each night, and a decent sized breakfast each morning. I enjoyed my wine and my breakfast in a staff member’s favorite (and now my favorite!) spot in the lounge area — the library, which stays in theme with its decor of miniature models of UK churches. It was truly a cozy and quirky spot to enjoy my complimentary munchies. I’m grateful the White Swan Inn was open and that its space and staff contributed in my celebrating my quarantine birthday. I hope to return and experience the French theming of their sister hotel next door when it reopens and to make a staycation at either place a recurring treat.
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Date of stay: June 2020
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Responded Jul 2, 2020
Thank you for choosing The White Swan Inn during your recent visit to San Francisco! It is great to hear that you had a first class stay and enjoyed the warm cozy B&B experience! I am so happy that you took full advantage of all of our special touches. Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel and we hope you will come back and visit soon--our sister hotel, Petite Auberge is waiting for you next time. Warm regards, Louis Kimball General Manager
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PRICE RANGE
$162 - $401 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
white swan hotel, white swan san francisco
LOCATION
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 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 dry cleaning.
Which room amenities are available at White Swan Inn?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a fireplace.
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, paid private parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to White Swan Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tacorea, Lapisara Eatery, and Jeanne D'Arc Restaurant.
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).