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“Loved the Handlery, but would stay in Fishermans Wharf next time”

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Handlery Union Square Hotel
Ranked #69 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Loved the Handlery, but would stay in Fishermans Wharf next time”
Reviewed July 4, 2007

We stayed at the Handlery as part of a Californian round trip. The hotel is situated right off Union Square which is boarded by loads of shops of the chain store variiety. The hotel itself, from the outside, is nothing to look at. However, inside, the check-in staff and the concierge are very helpful and efficent. The hotel is built in a square with only 3 floors and the pool is in the centre of the hotel. The rooms are large and very well appointed, with balconies overlooking the pool. Large super kingsize beds, tv, minibar etc - fairly standard American rooms but very well appointed and very clean. Its only a short walk to Chinatown but a good walk from Fishermans Wharf. As a hotel I would recommend but some distance from the touristy bit of San Francisco.

  • Stayed July 2005, traveled as a couple
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Maui
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 3, 2007

Aloha-
Just returned home to Maui after staying at the SF Union Square Handlery for 5 fabulous, fun nights. Our suite was clean, spacious and quiet ( probably except for us!!!) Everyone employed are gracious and go beyond the call to help out in any way possible. Especially Hermie, Rhoda and their security Manny!
This was my 4th stay at the Handlery and I will definitly stay again.
Thank you guys for the best service and location....
With Aloha,
leslie

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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London UK
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2007

I stayed at the Handlery for 3 nights at the end of April. It was our first tim to San Francisco. The location was perfect, many people tend to stay in Fisherman's Wharf rather than the Union Sq area, but I can honestly say, the you are better off staying in Union Sq. This is where all the bars, restaurant & theatres are located. Perfect for spending the day around Fisherman's Wharf before it closes. I had a very large Club room over looking the pub opposite on a main road. It was a bit noisy at night, but we are in the middle of a city, so what do you expect? The room very very clean & the bed extrealy comfortable. The service from the staff also very good. I would deffintly stay here again.

Oh, & be sure to visit Leftie O'Dools pub/restuarant next door. Very good value for money & excellent free entertainment.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Nothing really
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
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London
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2007

As everyone has already said, the location is top notch for this hotel. It is right on Union Square, great for bars, restaurants and particularly shopping. The hotel itself is really good. We paid extra for the club room and it is well worth it. A really good sized room right next to the pool. The pool is worth staying here alone - an absolute oasis after a hard days shopping. On the downside, the reception staff were inefficient and normally failed with whatever task you gave them and there is no hotel bar ( but the irish bar two doors down is ok) but if you're up late you'll probably be in one of the livelier areas such as north beach or castro, so it isn;t a great problem.
Overall a hearty recommendation

  • Liked — Location and pool
  • Disliked — reception staff
  • Stayed June 2007
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Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2007

We have just spent 4 nights at the Handlery hotel in the Club section overlooking the pool. The king room was a good size for the two of us and the bed was comfortable and pillows soft. The bathroom was clean I always like to see really clean towels which they were. A small downside was that our room (316) was a little too near the elevator and although there was no noise from the elevator itself there was from guests coming and going at early/late hours. Staff made us feel at ease and answered all our enquiries and requests quickly and were very helpful. We ate both breakfast and dinner in the attached Daily Grill and were not disappointed by either the prices or the quality of food served. The pool area is a lovely sun spot and the pool was warm to swim in. Altogether a very nice hotel (Club Section) with helpful and willing staff. Would stay again if visiting the Union Square area again.

  • Liked — Stylish, clean and comfortable
  • Disliked — Charges for parking car
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Palmerston North
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58 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed June 28, 2007

The location of this hotel is excellent but the rooms were rather dated and smelt musty (as did the corridors). We were initially given an inner room on the second floor which overlooked a bunch of pipes and the airconditioning unit was incredibly noisy. I complained and they agreed to move us to a room with a view on the third floor. We were then given a room overlooking the street (not a great choice as the noise at night was incredible). After 2 nights I complained again and was told that the hotel was full due to a medical conference. However we returned later and were moved to the fifth floor. We managed to get some sleep on this level but for the price we had pre-paid I was incredibly disappointed .

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Noise level
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank us2kiwis
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Scotland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 25, 2007

My wife and I Stayed at the Handlery Union Square for 4 nights from 6th June 07.
We where delighted with the location,upgraded room and staff, especially belllman Hermie, great advert for the Hotel.
When we go back to san Francisco we woill not consider anywhere else.

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  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Handlery Union Square Hotel
Address: 351 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-1801
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#57 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#59 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#66 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Handlery Union Square Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 377
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Handlery Union Square Hotel is located in the heart of San Francisco's Union Square, within walking distance of world class shops, the Moscone Center, and the Powell Street cable car line. All 377 rooms feature wireless Internet access, mini refrigerators, and in-room safes. Enjoy traditional accommodations in the Historic Section or luxurious, oversized rooms in the Premier Section. The hotel features on site valet parking, an outdoor heated pool, sauna, and fitness room. ... more   less 
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