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Handlery Union Square Hotel

Handlery Union Square Hotel
Written by Edith & Juan

On a birthday trip with my friends, we stayed at the family owned boutique hotel in downtown San Francisco, the Handlery Union  Square Hotel.  This is the hotel that upon arrival made this a great stay.  To start of our week, we were greeted and checked in early without any room wait times.  The lady at the front desk said Happy Birthday and told me they were giving us an upgrade to a family room with two rooms and three beds.  This made our day!  We’d each have our own bed!

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View from Macy’s only a few steps away.

Handlery Union Square Hotel

Not only were we given a room upgrade, but a staff member brought champagne and a birthday gift bag filled with snacks for us to enjoy a few minutes after we settled in.  This was a very nice surprise!  Aside from treating us so well, we enjoyed a pleasant and convenient stay.  Let me share with you why the Handlery Union Square Hotel was so great.

Handlery Union Square Hotel

Handlery Union Square Hotel

Handlery Union Square Hotel Amenities:

The hotel included comfortable rooms with the common amenities such as flat screen TV with cable, work desks, comfortable beds, and high quality working Wi-Fi.  The room also came with a refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron, toiletries, and room service.

Other amenities to enjoy are an outdoor heated pool (check out their cover picture of it), a fitness center, business center, hair salon, concierge, and best of all a sauna!  The hotel also has a onsite restaurant that serves American cuisine or you can order room service.  For those business travelers, there is meeting and conference rooms available.

Handlery Union Square Hotel

Hotel Location:

The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of San Francisco in Union Square.  This is the bay area’s upscale shopping center, entertainment, and shopping district.  It is also the perfect place to shop at regular stores such as Forever 21 and Macy’s while window shopping at higher end stores such as Prada and Vera Wang.

At night, it was a great area to roam and to walk to nearby bars.  During the day, it is an easy 5 minute walk to the Powell Street Cable car, Chinatown, and a short distance from the Piers.  Location wise, there is a Starbucks and a Walgreens located just a few minutes away.

Handlery Union Square Hotel

Handlery Union Square Hotel

Our stay at the Handlery Union Square Hotel

The Handlery Union Square Hotel was a pleasant stay because we had complete comfort.  As a delicate sleeper, always sensitive to noise, lighting, and comfort, the hotel was definitely a good choice.  The beds and pillows are comfortable, the window drapes were dark enough, and our room was quiet allowing me to get the sleep needed.

Another thing we liked about the hotel was their service.  They checked us in quickly, were nice to speak to, and treated us well.

We also enjoyed the room.  It had an antique vibe to it with old door knobs, neutral bronze and gold colors, and very spacious.  The room itself had everything we needed.  It had a many outlets, amenities we used such as hair dryer, a refrigerator, and shampoos and soaps.  Every morning we had our daily coffee as it was restocked daily for us.

Lastly, we absolutely loved the location.  Yes, we could have stayed even closer to the piers where many people stay because of Fisherman’s Wharf, but we found ourselves enjoying the location we were at even more.  Though we didn’t do a lot of shopping considering we stayed at Union Square the main place to shop in San Francisco, we still did a lot of window shopping and walked around the neighborhood.

Just a few steps away is the huge Macy’s that has a Cheesecake Factory atop the building with views of the city.  We also had the Coit Tower, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Pier 39, China Town, and the Pier to catch the Alcatraz Tour a few minutes away.  All which only took 15-30 minutes of walking.

Handlery Union Square Hotel

 

Handlery Union Square Hotel

 

Handlery Union Square Hotel

 Handlery Union Square Hotel

Handlery Union Square Hotel

Handlery Union Square Hotel

The Handlery Union Square Hotel is one we definitely recommend!  Where have you stayed in San Francisco?

About the author

Edith & Juan

From Arizona but temporarily based near California, Edith and her husband Juan created Life Beyond 520 to share inspiration from their local travels and adventures in California and beyond. Edith is the blogger behind these posts, but together they hope to inspire couples and others to get out there and explore new places, including their own city.

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