The historic nature of the hotel and the furnishings that coordinate with this historic feeling are appealing. Unfortunately, it is on a corner above a bar so there was a lot of noise during the night. Breakfast...cooked for us individually each morning...was very nice, and the hotel is convenient to a variety of restaurants within a few blocks. The oddest thing about the hotel is that there is no one at the front desk except during the hours of 3 and 6 pm. For guests who have to arrive after 6, they have a system where they leave a key in an envelope with the person's name at the front door. After opening the front door, that person's key is in an envelope on a table in the front hall. This system doesn't appear to be particularly safe to me. Fortunately, we arrived during the 3 hours when there was someone at the front desk when we stayed at the hotel. We'll be going back to Benicia in the future, but I haven't decided if we'll give Union Hotel another chance or not.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Union Hotel, a unique hotel in the San Francisco Bay area, is nestled on the edge of a calm bay in Benicia, California close to nearby scenic attractions of Northern California. The city of Benicia is home to a bustling marina, antique shops, art studios, restaurants, historic landmarks and shopping. Our Inn is in the Bay Area, located near the Carquinez Strait, which is part of San Francisco Bay. The comfortable décor of this Benicia, CA hotel is reminiscent of California's past and is highlighted with touches of European elegance. In the middle of the nineteenth century, this beautiful cream-colored hotel welcomed guests from all over the world with warm hospitality. The tradition continues today at the Union Hotel in lovely historic Benicia. Each luxuriously appointed guestroom features a private bathroom with Jacuzzi, distinctive amenities, private phone lines, and period interior. Some suites feature spectacular water views and spacious bathrooms with Whirlpool Jacuzzi tubs for two. Guests on business can enjoy wireless internet service, voicemail, private phone lines.A combination of beauty, history, and comfort has created a distinctive place to stay at The Union Hotel, a Northern California Inn. Whether you are visiting the San Francisco Bay Area for a romantic weekend getaway, honeymoon, anniversary, relaxing vacation, or business trip - we hope to see you at The Union Hotel. ... more less
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