Handlery Union Square Hotel

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Handlery Union Square Hotel

, San Francisco
3 star

Rooms: 377

351 Geary Street - San Francisco - California - 94102 - United States Hotel Website | | 4157817800
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Handlery Union Square Hotel

Location, location, location

from ABGerber
This hotel has an excellent location, tucked between many of the finest hotels of the city, and is close to Union Square. Many of the hotels we tried to book were full, but we were able to get a good rate here, which included breakfast. Were I to stay there again, I would go for the rate which includes parking ($27 a day, going rate in the city).
The decor is very handsome and the bed is one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in, period. The pool is not of resort caliber, but it is well tended, heated and my two boys were happy to splash about after a day in the city. HOWEVER, there is a huge difference in the rooms overlooking the alley as opposed to those by the pool. The noise from the alley kept me awake all night. They were able to offer me a different room for the second night of our stay and it made all the difference in the world. The rooms on the "pool side" are larger and very quiet at night.

Wonderful honeymoon!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed for 7 nights at the Handlery and were upgraded to a huge suite which was a wonderful surprise. We received a hamper of fruit and sparkling wine as it was our honeymoon. Service was excellent - whenever we had a query it was answered immediately. The pool was an asset as not many hotels in the city have one. The restaurant adjoining was excellent too. Would definitely go back!

A family run hotel and it shows.

from graham38
My wife and I stayed five nights at the Handlery. Reception was friendly and efficient and despite having a junior suite, my wife was unhappy with the view. No problem, they changed our room and we stayed in the club section. All the staff were very helpful especially the concierge service and we would reccomend this family owned and run hotel over the inpersonable chains.

Fantastic position - fabulous stay

from Frostycat
My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights after I had stayed briefly on business several years ago. The room was out of this world - a one-bedroomed suite even though we had paid the basic rate. the position is unrivalled, as most guided tours depart from Union Square, just one block away. Also just one block away is the cablecar terminus and Macy's department store. Staff were very friendly and helpful. I left my jacket in the taxi from the airport and the concierge told me not to worry, he would make sure I got it back. He did too! Great to have a swimming pool in a city-centre hotel, and a brilliant restaurant serving breakfast and dinner. I would never stay anywhere else in San Francisco!!

Rooftop seclusion.

from A TripAdvisor Member
The late Grandma Handlery's rooftop apartment is a great escape from the city and includes a private patio. No view, but definitely Handlery's best-kept secret. A great old-San Francisco hotel. The staff is very friendly and helpful, including those in the adjoining restaurant, The Daily Grill (which has great food). I've stayed here three times, and each time has been special thanks to the Handlery staff! The updated lobby decor adds to the metropolitan feel without distracting from the Old San Francisco feel.

Not bad...

from North_Wales_Lass
Good points: MASSIVE room, truly was huuuuuge, but I think it was a corner room, so it was larger than normal, but we didn't pay any extra for it. Good location for the shops. The staff were friendly, especially Dale (don't know if he's still working there.)

Bad points: The tramps outside dampened the atmosphere, and we felt we couldn't go out at night. Insultingly small swimming pool. The restaurant was shut when we were there (was in 2001, sure it's all renovated now!) so had to eat at Lefty O'Tooles (like a canteen) and a HIDEOUS diner, was like the diner on 'No Batteries Included'. Is also quite a way from the Wharf and Alcatraz, especially with all them hills.

Would not go back to San Fran, not many things to do there!

good location

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Handlery in August 2003, on our honeymoon. When we arrived, our room had been upgraded and we got champagne and fruit. The room was very clean and comfortable. The location is excellent for Union Sqaure and shopping. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We would definitly stay there again if ever in San Francisco.

Best bed on our trip

from sandterrs
We stayed in the Club Section with a view of the pool.

This was one of the best rooms we stayed in our our trip to America.
The room was very nice, recently redone. The bed was the best part of it. It was soooo comfortable my husband and I did not want to get out of it.

We found the staff at the reception desk very friendly and helpful. We were even upgraded to the Club Section.

This place is close to everything, especially the shops. There is a great restuarant across the road. I can not remember the name of it but if you walk out the front of the hotel and look to the across the road to the left it is on the corner.

Only con was the homeless people on the street, they scared me a few times but most of the time my husband was with me. I don't think it would matter where you stay in SF, you would still encounter this.

We had a great time but remember to bring your winter cloths. We were there mid July and it was COLD.

t be going back..

from Ade_J
Not one of my favourite US hotels. On the plus side the location couldn't be more ideal for the shopping, chinatown and public transport; the furnishings are great and it is one of the few hotels in SF that has a heated (small) pool - although the pool area doesn't get much in the way of sunshine because of the surrounding buildings. And the staff were very polite and helpful - aside from one lady on reception who thought it hilarious that our room key cards had been cancelled at 0200 one morning.

The negatives predominated however - starting with my online reservation of a king balcony room - I didn't get a king bed and I didn't get a balcony room either.

Their own website states "each room equipped with wireless internet access" - they aren't, so lugging a laptop six thousand miles did annoy me slightly as it was one of the deciding factors of my choice, almost as much as the next to useless webTV that is there. If this was a UK hotel I would be reporting them for fraud.

As has been stated in other reviews, if you're not in the club section the rooms are tiny even by SF standards (my party had rooms in both sections). The twin non-club rooms we saw were too small to even store two people's luggage - bear that in mind if your planning a stay of any length.

rThe air con in the club room was woefully inadequate - nothing but low speed - and what really irked me was that California was in the grip of a heatwave for the first few days of the visit and the hotel dealt with it by 'rationing' everyone's air conditioning by setting the minimum available temperature to 68 degrees from a central control - absolutely unbelievable!!

Housekeeping in the club room was sporadic with beds and coffee forgotten on some days, but fine in the other room - aside from a few years worth of grime on the windows that somewhat clouds the view!

All in all it was a place to sleep for a couple of weeks, but not one I will be returning to..

Not A Good End To A USA Trip!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I realise that hotel rooms are generally quite small in San Francisco but this was ridiculous! The room was small, dirty, and from the window all we could see was the building next door. There was some strange smell coming from the air conditioning vent, and the staff were EXTREMELY rude and impolite. After staying at various hotels throughout the US this was definately the worst! We will never ever stay here again! You would at least think the staff would be courteous... if you want nice people- go somewhere else!

Top Local Tips for San Francisco

Dottie's True Blue Cafe Get there around 7:15-8am and you won't have to wait as long. You will wait 30 minutes-1 hour if you get there around 10am-noon as brunch is the thing to do in San Fran. Try the famous pancakes and any of their pastries-to die for!

Avoid Alcatraz I loved this city, and i saw every main attraction in 3 days. Very interesting places like Ocean beach, the park, Golden Gate, and the warf. But avoid Alcatraz, it was very dissapointing, nothing to do or see really, and too many restrictions on food and smokers, yet its a dump. For an Australian the sea food at the warf was a little dissapointing also. everything else was great. The seals at peir 39 were also very amusing.Lots of Aussie and kiwi trees too, they could almost have a colony of koalas in all the eucalyptus trees.

Alcatraz go on the earlybird trip its quiet, also dont buy a ticket on the web as they dont have the family ticket, can save about 14 dollars buying at the ticket office. Buy a 3 day ticket for the trams, its saves loads of money, also go to 6th floor at Macy's and take your passport, even bigger savings to be had.


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  • Address: 351 Geary Street - San Francisco - California - 94102 - United States
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