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San Francisco Hotels near Union Square

Stay in the Heart of the City - Close to all the Action


Union Square is the dining, shopping and sightseeing hub of San Francisco - the place were visitors from all over the world congregate under the towering historic downtown buildings and enjoy the distinctly San Franciscan ambiance. It's also close to the cable car, walking distance to Chinatown and hosts the city's thriving theater district. Union Square is literally packed with hotels, but here are the cream of the crop.

1. The Westin St. Francis Hotel

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Presiding majestically over Union Square itself, the Westin St. Francis is true city icon that is also on my list of San Francisco's top historic hotels. Besides the turn of the century elaborate palace that fronts Powell street, the hotel also sports a modern tower in the rear that is accesible via glass elevators that shoot up to the top while providing astounding views over the city.
335 Powell Street San Francisco, California . (415) 397-7000 www.westinstfrancis

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2. Villa Florence

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An elegant European style boutique hotel, the Villa Florence is located just a half block away from Union Square and hosts Kuleto's, a fine dining Italian restaurant, and a cocktial lounge right on street level. The luxurious rooms are decked out in Tuscan hues and feature fine fabrics making the Villa Florence an excellent choice for those visiting San Francisco for a romantic getaway.
225 Powell Street, (415) 397 7700 www.villaflorence.com

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3. The Hotel Nikko

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A favorite among international business travelers, the Hotel Nikko is a modern Asian inspired high rise hotel that is located just south of Union Square near market street and the financial district. The hotel is also a great choice for those who have business in the nearby Civic Center area or need to get to the airport quickly, as the BART station is just down the block.
222 Mason Street, (415) 394-1111 www.hotelnikkosf.com

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4. The Dakota Hotel

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Those looking for a budget option in the Union Square area may be told that it is imposssible. But the impossible is always possible in the city by the bay and the proof is right here at the Dakota Hotel. Run by the same owner as the nearby Adelaide hostel, which is one of the highest rated backbacker joints in the country and tops my list of the best hostels in SF, the Dakota is comfortable, hip and friendly. It also sports several common areas where the clientele, mostly long term travelers from around the world, like to hang out and make new friends. A variety of budget tours and outings are also available at the front desk.
606 Post Street, (415) 931-7475

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5. The Clift Hotel

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This stylish but classic hotel is located in the the heart of San Francisco's theater district, just a half block from the American Conservatory Theater and the Curran Theater, which hosts Broadway musicals. A 35 foot fireplace and surreal furniture grace the lobby, making this hotel a perfect choice for those that are in town to enjoy the city's many artistic treasures.
495 Geary Street, (415) 775-4700 www.clifthotel.com

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6. The Sir Francis Drake Hotel

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Another city landmark, the Sir Francis Drake is located just a half block above Union Square and offers Renaisance-style luxury to visitors of the city by the bay. The top floor is home to Harry Dentons Starlight room, a posh lounge with gorgeous sweeping views of the San Francisco skyline. Nightly entertainment, everything from salsa dancing to drag shows, grace the starlight room - which is why I put it on my list of the top nightlife options in the Union Square area.
450 Powell Street, (415) 795-7921 www.sirfrancisdrake.com

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