My husband and I stayed 4 nights in a hotel located in the Union Square area. It was conveniently located in terms of using the subway, buses, and cable cars to get to other destinations, and that’s really what it ended up being for us. After scoping out Union Square, we spent most of our time in other parts of the city. One thing in addition to easy access to transportation that we enjoyed, were the many talented street performers out in the later evenings and nights in Union Square.
Aesthetically, Union Square is a neat urban area with beautiful buildings. But…most of these beautiful buildings house big chain stores that I can shop at home. Also, the couple of restaurants we tried while in the Union Square area were disappointing.
I hadn’t anticipated the level and frequency of aggressive panhandling or the number of loud religious zealots with mega phones who target the parts of Union Square that tourist frequent (such as the line at the cable car turnaround). We found their constant presence exhausting and sometimes intimidating.
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