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Handlery Union Square Hotel

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In the heart of it all, just steps from a cable car stop, the Handlery Union Square Hotel offers business and leisure travelers the warm, personalized service only an independent family-owned hotel can provide. We invite you to enjoy beautifully appointed rooms and suites at one of the most preferred locations in San Francisco. If you're visiting San Francisco to do a little business, check out the sights or drop off the grid for a weekend getaway, the Handlery Union Square Hotel puts you right in the heart of it all. With our collection of hotel deals and seasonal specials, one of the best values in downtown San Francisco gets even better
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Babysitting
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Paid private parking on-site
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Shallow end in pool
Sauna
Complimentary tea
Vending machine
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Spa
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
ATM on site
Doorperson
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
Room service
Safe
Telephone
Iron
Laptop safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Radio
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City view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Centrally Located
Family
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Chinese
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SuzyLim wrote a review Mar 2024
Batam, Indonesia125 contributions70 helpful votes
The hotel was well maintained even though it was built in 1928. The staff were friendly at the registration and they had welcome drink served at the lobby. The cable car ride, Union Square, the Powell Station, eatery, and bars were around the corner.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Good morning SuzyLim, Thank you for staying with us during your time in SF. We are so fortunate to be family owned and operated for 4 generations! Your feedback helps us grow so thank you for taking the time to write. We look forward to seeing you in the future. All the best, Jack Handlery
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Shelley R wrote a review Nov 2023
Toronto, Canada13 contributions5 helpful votes
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We stayed at the Handlery Union Square Hotel for 4 nights in September. The hotel is located on Geary Street right near the Union Square where there are lots of great stores and restaurants. It is close to the cable cars, China Town and easy to get to other interesting parts of San Francisco such as the cable car museum. The rooms were very nice and big! We had a nice view of the outdoor pool. I booked the sauna and it was a nice relaxing experience! Joyce at the front desk was always very helpful and recommended restaurants. Terry and the other cleaning staff did a great job. We would highly recommend this hotel!
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Good morning 991shelleyr, Thank you for leaving us a post stay review and thank you for staying with us. We're glad to see you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. I will make sure Joyce is recognized for your nice feedback. We take great pride in our team and our property and recognition is key! We look forward to seeing you next time. All the best, Jack Handlery
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Ana wrote a review Mar 2024
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Service is top notch. The whole team, from the front desk to housekeeping and parking were great, accommodating, and would address your concerns with a smile. Huge shout out to Ms. Joyce of the front desk for making sure that I have a great stay here and for going over and beyond my expectations! My bed was so comfortable that I looked forward to sleeping during my stay here. The hotel is also centrally located in downtown SF.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Good morning tooyan423, Thank you for your wonderful feedback. I will make sure Joyce hears about your recognition. All of our team members make our guest stays special so thank you for acknowledging them. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. All the best, Jack Handlery
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Caroline R wrote a review Jan 2024
Berkshire, United Kingdom174 contributions116 helpful votes
Good central, safe location. Traditional hotel. A good base for our first three nights in US. No restaurant in the hotel but plenty nearby. Would recemmend Cafe Mason diner on Mason Street around the corner (can get a hotel discount!), or The Bartlett Hall restaurant/bar directly behind the hotel garage. Noisy pipes in the hotel and small en-suite (it is an old hotel). Has a courtyard pool (didn't try it). Has baggage storage.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Good morning _carolineascot16, Thank you for leaving us a post stay review and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. Our pool will be waiting for you next time you are on sites. It is nice to hear you were able to explore some of our surrounding attractions. SF has so much to offer. Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you in the future. All the best, Jack Handlery
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Michael G wrote a review Nov 2023
12 contributions2 helpful votes
This hotel is well located and the staff were friendly and helpful. The rooms were nice but a bit tired and getting to the rooms from reception was a bit of a mission with luggage, be prepared to carry your bags up stairs. We enjoyed our stay and would most likely stay there again
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Good morning Michael G, Thank you for your feedback and for choosing our property. We take great pride in the team members who keep our hotel running, so thank you for taking the time to recognize them. We have two buildings to our property so stairs can be trouble. Next time you are with us, please feel free to use the lift next to the stairs, or reach out to a member of our bell staff and they can deliver your luggage for you. Thank you again for your feedback and we will see you next time. All the best, Jack Handlery
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FunBoyOne wrote a review Oct 2023
London, United Kingdom239 contributions60 helpful votes
We stayed here for the first night of an extended tour and it was at the time the city had 30,000 cardiologists visiting for a conference which impacted availability and room prices. The hotel is in a very good location near Union Square so there are lots of bars and restaurants nearby. The reception staff were pleasant and helpful. Our room was overlooking the front road in the original part of the hotel which needs some investment to give it a spruce up - like others have said, it’s looking tired in places, so it matters where your room is. That said, bed was fine and the shower in the quite small bathroom was OK. The hotel doesn’t have a restaurant but you’re given a 20% discount voucher for a local cafe, which we didn’t use as we had breakfast at Sears Fine Foods round the corner. So, fine for one night after a long flight but we wouldn’t have wanted to be there for several days.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Room Tip: The rooms in the block by the pool looked newer.
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Good morning FunBoyOne, Thank you for leaving us a post stay review, and more importantly, thank you for staying with us! We appreciate your feedback anout our property. Feedback like yours are how we can grow and learn over the years. We’re glad to see you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again in the future. Until then, stay safe and healthy. All the best, Jack Handlery
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rebel-diver wrote a review Oct 2023
Edinburgh, United Kingdom2995 contributions34 helpful votes
We stayed ten nights here on our fifth visit to San Francisco - but our first since 2009 - and couldn’t have picked a better choice for comfort, location, service and price. Things that we liked about the hotel: 🏩 Welcoming lobby, quick check-in, and helpful reception and concierge staff 🏩 Spacious room, tastefully decorated with an art-deco touch with the lighting, comfortable bed. We appreciated the tea and coffee-making facilities 🏩 Great housekeeping staff who kept our room spotless throughout our stay 🏩 Small, heated outdoor swimming pool and gym 🏩 Super location just a stone’s throw from Union Square, the cable car line, bus stops and BART for the airport, as well as nearby Macy’s and other shops The hotel doesn’t have it’s own restaurant or breakfast room, but does give guests a voucher for a 20% discount at the nearby Cafe Mason, which proved to be great value; breakfasts were huge - and indeed we skipped lunch most days - and tasty (don’t miss the delicious fresh fruit salad for an extra $2).
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Good morning Rebel-diver, Thank you for leaving us a post stay review, and more importantly, thank you for staying with us! I will make sure that our Concierge and reception team members hear about your nice comments. We’re glad to see you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again in the future. Until then, stay safe and healthy. All the best, Jack Handlery
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Cindyep wrote a review Oct 2023
Melbourne, Australia99 contributions94 helpful votes
We had an enjoyable stay at the Handlery Union Square Hotel. It is in a great location, only one block from Union Square. We took a walking tour with freesftour.com that started at Union Square and gave us some information about the local area. The hotel is easily accessible to the trolley car, streetcars and lightrail station. We caught the light rail to Oracle Stadium to see the baseball, a street car to Castro for some Mexican food and Fisherman's Wharf and the light rail to China Town. We requested a room with a view and were on the top floor with a city view. We liked the balcony into the courtyard to allow fresh air into the room. With 4 of us in the one room the basin external to the shower and toilet was helpful as some could be brushing teeth and hair whilst someone was in the shower. the room was large. The manager was very helpful when our luggage was delayed by the airline and provided some toiletries.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Room Tip: Ask for room on the courtyard as you don't get street noice.
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Responded Oct 12, 2023
Good morning Cindyep, Thank you for leaving us a post stay review, and more importantly, thank you for staying with us! We’re glad to see you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again in the future. Until then, stay safe and healthy.
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Katie F wrote a review Oct 2023
5 contributions3 helpful votes
I spent 3 weeks with my family travelling around California. This hotel was on our agenda for the last night before returning home. On arrival the hotel staff were rude and not friendly at all. Probably one of the worst experiences regarding customer service I’ve had. Unless the staff members were having a bad day but everyone looks miserable. We asked for a late check out due to us not wanting to be at the airport until 5pm the day after and this was too much trouble to ask. The housekeeping staff interrupted us 4 times wanting to clean the room even though this had been extended until 3pm and exactly 3pm they were there again kicking us out of the room. Honestly the worst guest experience ever. The rooms themselves were very dated and clean but quite dusty. Probably the good thing only about the hotel is the location. I’m not one to usually moan or take things for granted but o won’t be returning here.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Good location and near public transport and is very near the cable car which runs past union square.
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Responded Oct 12, 2023
Good morning Katie, Thank you for leaving us a post stay review, and more importantly, thank you for staying with us. I have made note of the issues you experienced during your stay and I will be following up with all necessary departments. I will be following up with our housekeeping team about these disturbances you mentioned. Our late checkout policy is strictly based on availability, we do our best to accommodate but we also make sure the room attendants have the necessary time to clean after checkouts. We never want any of our guests to experience disruptions when staying with us, so please accept our apologies for the inconvenience. Thank you again for you feedback and I hope this experience will not preclude you from staying with us again. All the best, Jack Handlery
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Mark M wrote a review Sep 2023
9 contributions1 helpful vote
Great location on Union Square. Trams at Union Square and metro and buses within 2 blocks depending on where you want to go. It is easy for taxi pick up at front door. The facilities were clean and tidy. There are plenty of local restaurants to choose from. Our favorites were The Old Siam and Sears Fine Foods. Both good prices and good food. Overall an enjoyable stay.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded Oct 12, 2023
Good morning markmatth1, Thank you for leaving us a post stay review, and more importantly, thank you for staying with us! We’re glad to see you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again in the future. Until then, stay safe and healthy. All the best, Jack Handlery
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₱6,580 - ₱9,955 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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377
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Frequently Asked Questions about Handlery Union Square Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Handlery Union Square Hotel?
Nearby attractions include San Francisco Magic Theater at the Marrakech (0.3 km), San Francisco Urban Adventures (0.3 km), and San Francisco Playhouse (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Handlery Union Square Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a fitness centre.
Which room amenities are available at Handlery Union Square Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Handlery Union Square Hotel?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Handlery Union Square Hotel?
Yes, a parking garage, paid private parking on-site, and paid private parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Handlery Union Square Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lapisara Eatery, Fino Bar & Ristorante, and Taylor Street Coffee Shop.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Handlery Union Square Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Handlery Union Square Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Handlery Union Square Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Handlery Union Square Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Chinese.