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Handlery Union Square Hotel
Ranked #69 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Reviewed 13 April 2012

We enjoyed the Handlery--the location was the biggest plus; the room we'd originally booked in the older part was very small so we ended up upgrading to the new section with a much more spacious room --worth it! The desk clerk spent a lot of time showing us which rooms were available, and their relative plusses and minuses. A great service. Very comfortable, it faced the pool and if it hadn't been so chilly we would have taken advantage of it. Staff were all very helpful and friendly. Directions were forthcoming every time we headed out. I would recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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HandleryHotelsMgr, Owner at Handlery Union Square Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2012

Dear lee3nan,
Thank you for choosing the Handlery on your recent visit from the famous "Cedar Pole Capital of the World". I'm glad you had a pleasant stay and we hope to have you come down to SF, when our weather will allow you the opportunity to swim in our outdoor heated pool. Thanks again for staying with us.

Sincerely,
Jon S. Handlery
President, Handlery Hotels

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Reviewed 12 April 2012

I have just returned from San Francisco with my husband and daughter. We stayed at this hotel and it was superb. We were warmly welcomed and our room was lovely. We were in the older part of the hotel and our room was perfect. The hotel is very central and all the tourist buses can be accessed down from the hotel at Union Square. We were given complimentary breakfast vouchers which allowed two breakfasts per day. However, my daughter and I shared breakfasts as the portions were so big. The Daily Grill is an excellent restaurant, we ate there several times as it was convenient for our daughter who was tired after a day of sightseeing in San Francisco. The waiting staff were polite and the service we received was excellent. We intend to return to SF and we will stay here again.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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HandleryHotelsMgr, Owner at Handlery Union Square Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2012

Dear Nicola069,
Thank you for posting your comments on TripAdvisor about your recent stay at the Handlery. I was happy to read you enjoyed our location and breakfast in the Daily Grill, a San Francisco local hangout. We look forward to having you back.

Sincerely,
Jon S. Handlery
President, Handlery Hotels

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Reviewed 12 April 2012

We stayed for only 1 night as we were in transit after disembarking a cruise ship. We were delighted to be allowed into our lovely top floor room at 9.30am. We had 2 double beds and the room was spacious, well appointed and comfortable. We didn't hear a sound all night. The location is wonderful. The breakfast which was included was very nice and the service was efficient and friendly.

Room Tip: I believe the rooms adjacent to the pool area would be noisier. I would recomment the top floor.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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HandleryHotelsMgr, Owner at Handlery Union Square Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2012

G'day Johnmont,
Great to have you visit from Australia and I was pleased that you had a wonderful stay. I was glad to see you enjoyed your room, breakfast and our location. Hope to have back from downunder soon.

Cheers,
Jon S. Handlery
President, Handlery Hotels

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Reviewed 8 April 2012

We have tried other places and keep coming back to the Handlery. The location is perfect, it is ALWAYS clean, the staff is great, and the price is right! Parking right under hotel and it is EASY access from the highway. We love it!

We love all of the staff, but want to give a special shout to Hermie. You are the best!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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HandleryHotelsMgr, Owner at Handlery Union Square Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2012

Dear Kirk and Dee C.,
Thanks for coming back and I am glad you enjoyed your stay again. I agree our location is perfect and our on site parking is convenient if you should have a car. We look forward to having you back again and thank you for your feedback.

Sincerely,
Jon S. Handlery
President, Handlery Hotels

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Reviewed 7 April 2012

My husband selected this hotel because he needed an inexpensive hotel within easy walking distance to the Moscone Center. The first room offered was tiny and noisy; a request for a better room resulted in one that was somewhat larger, but by no means spacious, overlooking an interior air shaft. The furnishings were drab and dated. The bathroom was just barely adequate in size with a small stall shower with anemic water pressure.

For maybe $10-$20 more per night there are much better hotels available in SF, including the Financial District. So unless this location is paramount, I would not recommend it. And, in comparing prices, be aware that there is a surcharge of $10.99/ night on the standard-size room rate for wi-fi, and that charge is device-specific -- that is, if 2 people want to each use their own laptop (even at different times) that's $22/ night more. There is free wifi at the Starbucks around the corner but, depending on your needs that may not be adequate

Stayed: March 2012
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HandleryHotelsMgr, Owner at Handlery Union Square Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2012

Dear MBA60302,
I was sorry to read that your stay at the hotel was not as enjoyable as you would have liked. We have a variety of room sizes and I wish you had followed up further with our staff as we could have found an accommodation that you would have found acceptable. I was a bit confused with regards to our decor as we completely refurbished the entire building at the beginning of 2011. Thank you again for your feedback.

Sincerely,
Jon S. Handlery
President, Handlery Hotels

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Reviewed 6 April 2012

This is an updated version of an older hotel. The lobby is very moderno which is deceptive as it gives the impression that the rooms will look the same. They do not. It's the old saw 'can't make a silk purse....' However, save for the heating/ ac unti that never seemed to turn off and was unfortunatley located in the ceiling right next to the bed, the room was quiet- no noise from road or people traffic. And despite it's coziness- read small- it had everything we needed for our stay. I can't say enough about the location. It was exactly where you wanted to be if being in the heart of the city was your fondest desire. From the number of people coming and going, it is a popular hotel. It was clean, the staff was friendly and helpful, and it was a good price for the location. We had a car to park and there is a garage and you do get a break on the price formovernight parking. In fact there is a room and parking package. Ask for it. I would stay here again, no question.

Room Tip: We were on the seventh floor, i believe, facing the courtyard and swimming pool. Good location.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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HandleryHotelsMgr, Owner at Handlery Union Square Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2012

Dear hipand hopping,
Thanks for staying with us and I was happy to see you enjoyed your stay. I am glad you found our location perfect and exactly where you wanted to be for your visit to San Francisco and we hope to see you back from Pittsburgh soon.

Sincerely,
Jon S. Handlery
President, Handlery Hotels

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Reviewed 3 April 2012

The hotel is a great location for a stay in San Fancisco. 20m from union square. 5 min walk from the BART and 3mins to the cable car and tram/bus lines.
The hotel rooms are adequate for a few nights stay. Having just come from Las Vegas the room seemed small. The bathrooms were quite cramped but functional. The rooms could probably do with a little updating as we were on the front and it was quite noisey (no double glazing).
Staff were friendly and very helpful. Especially the doormen and concierge.
The free breakfast was a surprise and very welcome. It's a lot better than it sounds on paper. Very filling.
Union square is a great place to shop. Macy's, Sak's and Bloomingdales all a short stroll away.
As for a drink on a night. Try Lefty O'Douls next to the hotel. Lots of different beers and the food is cheap and plentiful.

Room Tip: Ask for a room off the front.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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HandleryHotelsMgr, Owner at Handlery Union Square Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2012

Dear angler70,
I read your review of the Handlery and I am pleased that you generally enjoyed your stay. We have finished double glazing the streetside rooms which should help minimize the city noise. Our location to public transportation is ideal as you found out and only a 3 1/2 block walk from BART. Thank you again for staying with us.

Sincerely,
Jon S. Handlery
President, Handlery Hotels

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Address: 351 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-1801
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#57 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#59 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#66 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range: $192 - $487 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Handlery Union Square Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 377
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 Premier Section. The hotel features on site valet parking, an outdoor heated pool, sauna, and fitness room. ... more   less 
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