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Visiting a new city can be a little overwhelming, especially when that city is as big as San Francisco. With all the hotel options, restaurants and sub-areas, how do you even choose where to stay? I have stayed in my fair share of hotels while visiting San Francisco and have never experienced anything like Hotel Union Square.

Hotel Union Square is San Francisco’s first boutique hotel that offers the authentic San Francisco experience. Situated in the heart of San Francisco’s shopping district and one block from the historic Cable Car Turnaround, Hotel Union Square is neighbors with some of the finest department stores and designer shops around. Aside from the art deco aesthetic, and rich history, this hotel has some of the most unique suites in the city.

Whether you are on a business trip, weekend getaway or a family vacation, Hotel Union Square has a room to suit your needs. On our most recent trip to the city, we had the chance to stay in a Kids Suite at Hotel Union Square, and we have never had a more exciting or enjoyable hotel stay. The Kids Suite is every child’s (and parent’s) dream room!

The Kids Suite boasts retro-style mixed media collages of famous kid-friendly San Francisco landmarks, all stylized in primary colors to engage kids and encourage them to be artistic. The suite features a cherry wood trundle bed, a computer filled with history-themed games, Nintendo Wii, a writing desk, a large colorful rug and books and games.

The Suite

The Kids Suite is a large, one-room suite that is perfect for parents who wish to stay in the same room as their kids, but still want some privacy. Inside the room, parents and kids maintain their privacy with a bookshelf that divides the room.

The trundle bed is perfectly located on the back wall and is surrounded by endless amounts of toys to spark kids’ imagination and art packets to bring out their artistic creativity.

The room comes with two televisions and a computer. There is a TV for the parents to enjoy on the adult side and one for the children to enjoy on the children’s side of the room. The children’s TV is equipped with a Nintendo Wii and games are available at the concierge. The concierge also has games for the computer and the hotel offers free wi-fi.

The Bathroom

Unlike most hotel bathrooms in San Francisco, the bathroom and shower in the Kids Suite are large! As parents, we know our kids always want to be in the bathroom with us, so the oversized proportions give you a little elbow room. I was also very impressed with the quality of complimentary products in the bathroom—the Terra Pure products were great quality and organic!

The Hotel

I never knew it was possible to fall in love with a hotel. Not only is the location in one of the hottest spots in San Francisco, but the atmosphere, staff and decor of the hotel is something to brag about.

“Guests awake to the sounds of ringing cable car bells and the rumbling of the tracks, recalling the nostalgic San Francisco days. Built in 1913 for the 1915 Pan Pacific Exposition, Hotel Union Square is a visually stimulating fusion of contemporary and classic San Francisco—beautiful brick walls, original 1915 Egyptian-motif mosaic murals, signature staircases, and opulent moldings are complemented by a rich color palate, sleek furnishings from San Francisco-based funiture company EQ3, completely remodeled bathrooms, and state-of-the-art technology that caters both leisure and business travelers.”

I have this fascination with exposed brick walls, it’s something I’ve always wanted in my home, so when I saw the hallways lined with brick, I knew this hotel was meant for me.


Hotel Union Square is a 131-guest room hotel and is located at 114 Powell Street in San Francisco’s Union Square. Room prices vary from $179-$399 a night. To book your next stay, visit their website at: www.hotelunionsquare.com or call them at: 800-553-1900.

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary room to facilitate my review.  My opinion remains my own and I was not compensated in any other way.