Our 5 favourite hotels in Union Square, San Francisco's liveliest district

Union Square is located in the heart of San Francisco, between the financial district, the Civic Center and the South Market district. Designed in 1901 and renovated in 1990, the district owes its name of "Union Square" to the large demonstrations in support of the Army organised during the Civil War. Even today, it is at the heart of San Franciscan life, thanks in particular to the many concerts, public events and art exhibitions held here throughout the year. It is also home to the city's biggest department stores, from Bloomingdale's to Prada. Another advantage is that Union Square is well served by public transport and has the highest concentration of hotels in the city. Here you'll find hotels of all categories and prices, from luxurious Fairmonts and Westins to budget hotels.

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1. The Marker, the century-old top-of-the-range hotel

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Built in 1910 as the Bellevue Hotel, The Marker pays tasteful attention to every detail. Completely renovated in 2018, it welcomes you in a harmonious environment between past and present. Its design reflects the culture of San Francisco: expressive and colourful, visible in its Beaux-Arts-inspired colour scheme. From the soft whites and pale greys in the meeting areas and lobbies, to the bright reds, velvety navy blues and silky purples in the bedrooms: a veritable festival of colour.

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The various rooms and suites cater for all needs, and some are adapted for people with reduced mobility and/or hearing impairments. Meeting spaces make business travel easier, while the fitness room and spa with whirlpool help tourists relax after a day out on the town. As an added bonus, four-legged friends are welcome at an extra cost!

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The Marker San Francisco

With 208 top-of-the-range rooms for two to four people and a host of facilities, The Marker ensures your comfort and welcomes you in luxurious conditions.
7.7 Fine
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£184 / night
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2. Adelaide Hostel, the confidential hostel

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A pleasant surprise awaits you when you turn the corner of Isadora Duncan Lane, two blocks from the bustling centre of Union Square in downtown San Francisco. At the end of a hidden alleyway is the Adelaide Hostel, a youth hostel with friendly, welcoming staff. Voted "Best Hostel in San Francisco" in 2021 by Hostelgeeks, this hostel is something of a refuge for travellers looking for tranquillity.

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The dormitories are equipped with curtains to ensure a certain degree of privacy for travellers. Private rooms have en-suite bathrooms, while dormitories have bathrooms on the opposite side of the corridor. The Adelaide Hostel is suitable for couples, families, groups and budget travellers.

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Adelaide Hotel

The hostel has comfortable private rooms for one to four people or dormitories with up to 10 beds to suit all budgets.
7.7 Fine
From
£80 / night
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3. The 4* Hotel Zetta, modernity incarnate

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Its main attraction is undoubtedly its games room, with billiards, shuffleboard and a 2-storey-high Plinko wall rising above the art-filled lounge, not to mention its range of virtual reality headsets. The hotel also has an ultra-modern gym and workspaces.

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The rooms are located on the first floor of the Hotel Zetta. Spacious, elegant and modern, they all have custom-made furniture and a private bathroom with shower and bath. Inside the hotel you will find the Cavalier restaurant, a typical British-style brasserie. The hotel is 650 metres from the Contemporary Jewish Museum and 150 metres from Powell Street underground station.

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Hotel Zetta

Opened in 2013 in the city centre, this 4* hotel uses its design and modern facilities to stand out from its competitors.
8.4 Very good
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£207 / night
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4. The Golden Gate Hotel, the vintage hotel

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Built in 1913 as the city was slowly recovering from the terrible earthquake of 1906, the Golden Gate Hotel was originally a modest hotel popular with tourists from the East Coast. Today, it is a vintage hotel in a prime location in the heart of the city, just a stone's throw from Chinatown. Throughout the hotel, you'll find historical photos ranging from the heroic to the absurd, adding to the atmosphere.

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The hotel's 25 rooms are also finely decorated and adorned with antiques and works of art. Only the claw-foot bathtubs and Pillbox chests of drawers remain, while the Murphy beds have disappeared. You can choose between rooms with private bathrooms and either a double bed or two single beds, or rooms with a double bed and shared bathrooms. Between the uniqueness of the place, the friendly staff and Pip, the affectionate cat, you'll feel right at home here.

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Golden Gate Hotel

The vintage atmosphere is part of the charm of this hotel, accentuated by some unique antique objects such as the birdcage staircase and the furniture.
8.4 Very good
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£90 / night
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5. Kasa la Monarca, travelling differently

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The Kasa company has establishments all over the United States, and offers a special experience for travelling in a different way. Say goodbye to hotel rooms and the feeling of being away from home. Many Kasa properties include swimming pools, gyms and business centres.

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Ideally located in the Union Square district, the Monarca offers you this experience during your stay in San Francisco. There's no need for a reception here - it's virtual. You simply receive a special code with your reservation that allows you to enter the flat. You leave in the same way, simply following the instructions on your personal web space and closing the door. Everything you need for a smooth journey.

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Kasa La Monarca

Kasa flats are designed to be your home wherever you go. Comfort and convenience are the watchwords, so each flat is unique and furnished differently.
7.8 Fine
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£114 / night
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