I had stayed at this hotel approximately 20 years ago, and remembered the great location. I've stayed at a few other places nearby in the intervening years, but thought I should try it again when my daughter and I planned a trip for spring break.
Unfortunately, it seems as if the hotel has not had any work done on it since my last visit. Our small, dark room had two windows, looking into a sort of courtyard and directly into other rooms. The room had a stale, musty smell, almost as if there had been water damage at some point. There was a mini bar with nothing in it - I'm guessing the type of guests who stay here either can't afford the cost of a drink or two, or that the hotel can't control 'shrinkage'. Pretty sad.
The worst part was the shower (no bath), which was so tiny that I could barely turnaround in it, with a flimsy curtain that did little to contain the water.
The morning after our first night (we had booked for a week), I called the Westin St. Francis next door and got a reservation: goodbye Handlery! Our room at the Westin was only $60 - $70 per night more, for a much bigger room, larger bath room, sitting area, etc. The most interesting part was that no one asked us why we were leaving after only one night. I assume they are used to this happing.
- 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 Club Section. The hotel features on site valet parking, an outdoor heated pool, sauna, and room service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Handlery Union Square San Francisco
- Hotel Handlery Union Square
- Handlery Hotel San Francisco