I liked the old fashioned elevator with manual doors. You have to hold the button a full second for the relays to flip. Other decor also being dated is really the only downside. The staff is very pleasant and helpful. The morning breakfast is very good, and the afternoon 5-6:30 pm snack with wine is outstanding. A room in the rear of the hotel was quiet except for the inevitable ambulance siren.
The staff arranged a Gray Line tour to Muir Woods and Sausilito, which was very nice. We returned via the Powell-Mason cable car which is only two blocks away. (Bush Street is not an official stop, but the operator let us off there upon request)
The Petit Auberge inn next door is a sister hotel and is served by the same desk and staff.
We arrived via taxi from the airport; upon departure we rented a car from a Hertz local location about four blocks away and then traveled to Napa and Sonoma. While in the city, it is best to use taxis or public transport because parking is expensive and often not available.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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 collectables set the tone. All guests enjoy a generous breakfast buffet and evening wine and hors d'oeuvres served fireside in the parlor. You can also check out our sister hotel, Petite Auberge, just 20 feet away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- White Swan Hotel
- White Swan San Francisco