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“Fine, close to attractions, but needs some TLC”

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Union Square Plaza Hotel
Ranked #172 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
Tucson, Arizona
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Fine, close to attractions, but needs some TLC”
Reviewed January 3, 2009

We stayed at this hotel for one night. My friend and i were headed to a conference and we decided to get there a day early so we wanted central accommodations. This place was good for $59.00. It is about 2-3 blocks from Union square to the east of Union Square. There is a Starbucks two doors down to the left and a Jack in the Box two doors to the right, a theater in front of the hotel and some great Chinese restaurants next door, along wth Colibrí Restaurant also next door, but it seemed a bit to pricey for Mexican food.

The hotel is tiny, but everything works well. We checked in quickly and they were nice. When we got off of the elevator, there was a smell of the Chinese place next door, but our room didn't smell. The bathroom had a faint smell of having been cleaned with a dirty washcloth (that was the best description we could find for the smell), but it was clean. Truthfully, the hotel rooms need a good painting, but we did NOT experience any bugs. I'm big on checking the mattresses for bed bugs, etc, but there were thankfully NO issues.

The only thing that I disliked was the ceiling which needs repair. When I was working on the desk in the corner of the room, a tiny piece of drywall fell on my head. No biggie, but there is water damage.

Overall, if you're going to San Francisco to see the sites and want something cheap in the center of town, this is a great option. My friend and I agreed that we would stay there again if we didn't care about any luxury.

Closest BART/station was on Powell about four blocks away.

By the way, the next night we moved to the MArriott on 4th and Market, and paid a reduced rate (which was truly a bargain for SF accommodations) of $130, so, in comparison, the Union Square is a bargain for the place.

Finally, because this is downtown SF, you WILL see many beggars on the street. Just keep your distance, don't be rude, and they'll leave you alone.

  • Liked — location and price
  • Disliked — drywall fell on head
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled on business
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Hamburg
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed November 2, 2008

If you're in a town like San Francisco you are out all day and you just need a central room to spend the night. In that respect, this hotel is a good deal.

Pro: great location, good price
Contra: the cockroaches in our room...

  • Liked — the location - close to Union Square
  • Disliked — the cockroaches
  • Stayed September 2008
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2 Thank TravelgirlHamburg
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Sydney
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 27, 2008

A pretty ordinary hotel. I am used to staying in budget accommodation - especially on a weak dollar - but this was pretty ordinary even by those standards. Room was clean and the blokes on the front desk for the early morning shift and the night shift were pretty friendly and helpful. That is about the best that can be said. The day shift front desk bloke was unhelpful. Seemed more interested in his iPod than attending to guests. Room was incredibly noisy - so much so that I had to brave the San Francisco beggars and run up to the pharmacy at midnight to buy earplugs. The room had no remote for the TV and no alarm clock. The hot water was temperamental at best and there is no air conditioning. There is no room directory, the phones have no little sticker on them to assist you with dialing out or room-to-room, so I had to run down to a pay phone on occasions. Needs more than a lick of paint and the elevator is so slow that it's quicker to take the stairs! Dodgy locks on doors. Will take considerable work to get it up to acceptable - even complimentary ear plugs for the rooms facing Geary Street would be a start! I'm sure they can be bought in bulk...Definitely would not take a family there. Okay for young single people.

  • Disliked — Unhelpful day guy on front desk
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
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1 Thank Bruiser101
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Nashville
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed October 20, 2008

If you are in San Francisco to be a traveller and see what the city- not just another hotel room- has to offer, look past the worn carpet and the walls that need a coat of paint!! My boyfriend and I just had a great 6-night stay in the epicenter of San Fran activity - so convenient to all forms of public transportation as well as within walking distance of everything! It IS an older hotel, but we chose to see the charm in that. The elevator was out of commission for an overnight, but was quickly back in order the next day. That was the only issue during our stay. Our room was clean, comfortable and quiet; all that we were looking for in a place to sleep. Walgreen's is a block away to purchase shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc. Starbucks is next door for those of us concerned with immediate caffeine intake in the morning. For under $90 a night, it allowed us to spend A LOT more money on the fun things! We would absolutely stay there again.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — No air conditioning, but AC is rare in San Fran
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank KDeer
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Belgrade, Serbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed October 18, 2008

I was in hotel for 3 nights and You got what You paid except the location. Location is great and our room was on the side that was quiet whole night. Hotel is great for young people who want to spend just a night to sleep. In front of hotel are many stores, open 24/7. Rooms are not too great but thay are clean. If you want to explore the city (or something) and be all day outside the hotel, just to came to sleep is't great deal.

Stayed October 2008
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1 Thank SerZeljko
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England
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 15, 2008

For the price this hotel was fine. We had read the reviews and therefore expected the rather tired level of decoration. The room itself was probably better than the communal areas. The location was excellent. At the end of the day you get what you pay for and I would recommend it as a place to stay to people who just want a convenient and value for money place to sleep.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Standard of decoration
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank EnnaH
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Lincolnshire
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Reviewed September 30, 2008

ok the hotel is not the ritz, but for what we paid, we had an excellent stay. even met the owner nice chap! the hotel is located in an excellent location and the staff are extremeley helpfull. dexter being one of them. the hotel does look worn, but as i said for what we paid it was fine.

  • Liked — Staff
  • Disliked — tired look
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank ajx
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Property: Union Square Plaza Hotel
Address: 432 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1223
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #172 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Union Square Plaza Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 72
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