The Best Hotels to Book near Union Square, San Francisco

Book yourself into one of San Franciscos luxurious hotel offerings before strolling out onto Union Square for an afternoon of people-watching and rewarding retail therapy
Book yourself into one of San Francisco's luxurious hotel offerings before strolling out onto Union Square for an afternoon of people-watching and rewarding retail therapy | Courtesy of Hotel Nikko San Francisco /
Nick Dauk

If you’re searching for the heartbeat of San Francisco, you’ll find a strong pulse around Union Square. Dozens upon dozens of shops, bars and restaurants will eat up every hour of your holiday in the best possible way. Stay right in the center of the action when you book one of the best hotels near Union Square in San Francisco with Culture Trip.

1. The Westin St Francis

Boutique Hotel

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
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Though many of the furnishings and amenities of the Westin have changed over the past 100 years, its commitment to the highest level of hospitality hasn’t faltered one bit. This elegant, landmark hotel will wow you with its Golden Gate Suite, beautifully showing off the bridge in the distance. The Chateau Montelena Tasting Room will prepare your palate for dinner at the famed Oak Room Restaurant. As for your daily and nightly plans, the concierge is more than happy to suggest and schedule your itinerary accordingly.

2. Handlery Union Square Hotel

Chain Hotel, Hotel

Handlery Union Square Hotel
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A private hideaway awaits at the Rooftop Garden Suite in the Handlery. Sneak up to the top of this Union Square hotel and relax on your private patio with a drink in hand. For those inclined to spend more time away from the hotel than in it, the Petite Room is absolutely perfect. We will, however, suggest that no matter which room you choose, you take advantage of the outdoor heated pool and sauna before you check out.

3. Taj Campton Place


Taj Campton Place
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Get a bird’s-eye-view of Union Square from your king room or suite at Taj Campton Place. Luxury awaits in every corner – from the limestone-tiled bathrooms to the two-Michelin-starred Campton Place Restaurant. This landmark hotel is within steps of Union Square, though we won’t fault you for choosing the full-service elevated in-room dining for most meals. If you desire more stars during your stay, the 24-hour open-air rooftop terrace features a gym with TechnoGym equipment and a Peloton Bike.

5. Palihotel San Francisco

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel

A stylish separate bedroom area separated by pink-striped curtains at the Palihotel, San Francisco
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The generous amenities of the Palihotel are enough to convince any traveler to book an overnight – even if that traveler is four-legged and furry. The bespoke Pawlisociety pet program takes the pet-friendly experience to a higher standard with complimentary pet toys, organic treats, a luxurious bed and dog-walking services on request. No matter how long you stay, the pet-loving staff at Palihotel will ensure that you and your best friend are given the best in-house treatment.

6. Hotel Nikko


Modern upscale lobby of Hotel Nikko San Francisco with white and blue armchairs and couches
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Despite the busyness right outside of the lobby, Hotel Nikko preserves a sense of serenity for all guests to embrace. Japanese-style rooms, a glass-enclosed pool and intimate tastings at Restaurant Anzu keep everything zen from check-in to check out. Should a steady stream of sake convince you to trade serenity for stimulation, an evening of cocktails and live entertainment at Feinstein’s at the Nikko is just an elevator ride away from your suite.

7. Hotel Zeppelin

Boutique Hotel, Luxury

Hotel Zeppelin San Francisco
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This hotel is for the rule-breakers out there. Hotel Zeppelin encourages the free-thinking traveler to indulge in a mind-altering experience at an avant-garde abode. Let loose in the Den with games or unwind by the Mantel Bar’s gothic fireplace and drink to the city’s bohemian past. The Zeppelin Suite is primed for a party – featuring a rooftop deck, private media room and in-room vinyl collection begging to be played as loud as possible.

8. Four Seasons Hotel

Spa Hotel, Hotel

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
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Complimentary access to the Equinox Sports Club is an exceptional amenity, but we feel that the Four Seasons can be best judged by its welcome milk and cookies service for young guests. Instantly helping your little ones feel welcome, you won’t be hesitant to take advantage of the hotel’s babysitting services – while you relax at the Equinox Spa and leisurely enjoy a steak and seafood dinner over 180-degree city views at the MKT Bar.

9. Axiom Hotel


Axiom Hotel
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Axiom Hotel is ready to woo you with unique amenities like fiber-optic WiFi, Brita hydration stations on each floor and a selection of classic video games on the Cloud level that’ll send your nostalgia into overdrive. If digital delights aren’t enough, the Turn Cafe downstairs brings the same state-of-the-art mindset to their micro-roast coffee selection and artisan sandwiches – as well as the hand-crafted specialty cocktails that’ll help you sit back and drink in this digital lifestyle.

San Francisco is like no other, so you may as well make the most of your trip here. If you’re looking for something special, discover places to stay with panoramic views or the best luxury hotels in the area – now bookable on Culture Trip. You’ll never get bored here with beaches nearby, art and culture tours aplenty and the restaurant scene second to none.

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