Union Street Inn

2229 Union Street, San Francisco, California, 94123, United States
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A winner

by TripAdvisor Member wocaplel

I stayed at the Union Street Inn with the family during July 2006. This B&B is a winner. The breakfast is excellent and the staff is very helpful. The rooms are clean and the beds are comfortable. I'd stay here again for sure!


by A TripAdvisor Member

We stayed at the Union Street Inn for our Honeymoon in the English Garden Room. The breakfasts were out of this world, and the owner and her innkeeper went out of their way to make sure we were pampered. The room was extremely comfortable and had a lovely terrace that opend up into the English Garden. I would highly recommed staying at this Inn to anyone who goes to San Fran!

a great way to start our honeymoon!

by TripAdvisor Member bigpants

We started our two week honeymoon with a three night stay at the Union Street Inn. This was a great place to stay and in an excellent location to sight see San Francisco.

The Inn was well maintained to a high standard and the Victorian features were beautiful. The rooms were very clean and were serviced every day.

The hospitality at the Inn was really nice and the Inn Keeper (Kit) was extremly helpful and pleasent.

The afternoon tea was a nice touch and was very welcome after a long day out in San Francisco.

A great Inn which is maintained to a high standard and was very cosy and romantic. Highly recomended.

Great location

by A TripAdvisor Member

We recemtly stayed at the Union Street Inn. We stayed in the Carriage House, which is the cottage located on the property.

We loved the jacuzzi tub in the room, the garden, and the variety of travel books both in our room and in the lobby, the tranquility, and the cozy bed. The breakfast was very good, especially the banana bread. We also loved the proximity to Union Street and the Bay Bakery on Union Street, a wonderful bakery with great coffee and the closeness to Chestnut Street.

We did feel that for the price the Carriage House was significantly overpriced, the room was quite small and we felt it could have been better maintained. The afternoon tea was not what we had expected, there was one cake with a variety of teas and coffees. The cake was good, but it was the same cake on both days. The hors d'oeuvres were okay, they consisted of crackers, a small variety of cheeses, and grapes much like you would find at your local grocery store. The fruit basket in the room was a nice touch and consisted of two apples, an orange, and a bottle of water, for two people the fruit basket seemed a little small.

As much as we enjoyed the location of the Union Street Inn, we thought that the afternoon tea could have consisted of a variety of different pastries, perhaps scones and a small cake and that it would been have nice to see maybe a few more interesting cheeses and crackers than what is easily found at the grocery store.

Mostly Charming, Fantastic Location & Warm Welcome

by TripAdvisor Member meglovesmusic

We stayed at the Union Street Inn at the end of a two week trip to California. The Inn was right on Union Street - a very handy location
for food, shopping and transport - which is one of the reasons we picked it, as well as the reviews we'd seen on Tripadvisor.

The Inn itself was remarkably well-insulated from the noise of the street, considering its location, which was a pleasant surpise. When we arrived, we were warmly welcomed by Kit, one of the innkeepers, who gave great suggestions about places to eat. She also provided tasty wine & cheese in the late afternoon and breakfasts each morning (of which more later).

We stayed in the English Garden room, on the main floor of the Inn. It was clean, cosy, and comfortable, with a good bathroom, nice firm bed and doors which opened onto its own terrace outside. However, if we stayed at the Union Street Inn again, I would definitely choose another room for a couple of reasons: first, whenever we returned to the Inn each night, we noticed that the french doors had been left unlocked. That was a slight worry, because we had valuables in the room (like a laptop), and although the doors only opened onto the hotel's own garden, it would have been easy for another guest to wander in. The other reason we'd want a different room next time was because the English Garden room is right next to the kitchen and sitting room, and as a result we were woken at 7 each morning when the innkeepers arrived to make breakfast, with the tv on, or chatting to the guests. Although it's an original Victorian house (and beautifully preserved), sound travels through the doors easily, and we couldn't have had a lie in if we'd really wanted one. Luckily, we get up early anyway...

The breakfasts were tasty and filling, and I can imagine that in warmer months, it would be lovely to eat outside in the garden (or out on the terrace in the English Garden room), but when we stayed it was a bit chilly for that, so we ate on foldaway tables in the sitting room. Unfortunately, that meant that only 4 or so guests could eat at the same time (not enough seats on the sofa/chairs) which meant we had to time our breakfasts to fit around others, plus we couldn't sit together, and were perched on the edge of big armchairs...it felt a bit like eating TV dinners, to be honest, which
is a shame because the food was yummy (home-made banana bread, eggs benedict, fruit and fresh-squeezed orange juice one morning, for example). So, I think that summer breakfasts would work better, probably.

The inn is a warm and welcoming place, though, and Kit the other innkeepers make you feel like you're staying in a real San Francisco home - right down to the well-loved furniture in the living room, the books on the shelves for guests to borrow and the elderly cat who rules the roost (and who, unfortunately, had a bit of an accident one morning right outside our door...)

I'd recommend the Union Street Inn for its location, warm welcome and slightly kooky San Francisco charm - after all, a visit to that particular city wouldn't feel right without a bit of eccentricity involved - but I'd recommend staying in a different room than we did, and possibly at a different time of year.

San Frans Most Charming

by TripAdvisor Member tricor

I highly recommend the The Union St Inn B & B. Having never before been to San Francisco, much less California, you have to stay here. Located on the trendy Union St. shopping and restaurant district, this place gives charm, comfort, and romance a new meaning. My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time with all the luxuries of home and a delicious breakfast as well. Kit, the inn caretaker, was sweet and helpful as well with directing us to things that we were interested in seeing and doing. I wouldn't recommend going to San Fran in Feb. though, it rains a lot. I also stayed at the Fairmont which is a beautiful hotel with lots of charm as well but not as authentic as staying the the traditional style San Fran. home like the Union St. Inn. For great views of the city I recommend going to The Top of the Mark bar in the Mark Hopkins International Hotel. Google Union Street Inn San Francisco for more info.

Nice B&B in San Francisco

by TripAdvisor Member eleang

We just returned from a short visit to San Francisco, we stayed at Union Street Inn. It is a beautiful house, you feel like you steped back in time, the house is graciously decorated with antiques and the most charming spot is the cozy english garden in the back of the property. Our room was decorated with antiques but was a little bit worned out and outdated, it lacked something. Breakfast were great, different every day, they were all good, though we did miss the fact that there was not dinning room or breakfast parlor ( breakfast is served in the leaving room in tray tables next to your chair or sofa, in your room or in the garden). During our stay the innkeepers were out of town, and Melissa an interim innkeeper was in her place, so we can not comment on the innkeepers, Melissa was great, one of the best innkeepers we have met and so was her husband Steve, they helped us plannig our days, helped with dinner reservations, they both were very friendly and attentive. Location is a bit far from the main tourist attractions, we walked a lot, though you can get a taxis or bus right in front of the property and the area is very nice, it's got an european feel and invites you to walk, there are several gracious restaurants and shops within walking distance. Overall it was a pleasant stay.


by TripAdvisor Member Paul68

We stayed here on the first three days of our honeymoon. Like allways I found this hotel/B&B on tripadvisor. I must say that all the reviews were right; this is the place to stay in SF!
The English Garden room was great. Big enough and nicely decorated. Downside was indeed (see other reviews) that it was next to the kitchen and living room. Because americans build wooden houses so it can get a bit noisy. But we didn't mind. That was the only slightly negative thing.
In the living room you can sit and relax, meet the other gasts and enjoy the free wine and food. Nice!
Breakfast was amazing! You won't find it anywhere else. The housekeeper, Kit, was extremely helpfull. She gave us all the information we needed, which made our staying in SF unforgettable.
The neighbourhood is cozy, with plenty of shops and restaurants. Not unimportant: it's safe, clean and not very touristic.
If you want just a room, go to a regular hotel. If you want something special, don't hesitate. Go to the Union Street Inn!!
A message to Kit: sorry for forgetting to leave a tip. Our rental-car adventure made us forget. But we really would like to thank you for a wonderfull stay!

Best Place for our special day

by A TripAdvisor Member

WE were looking for a place to celebrate our anniversary and decided to stay in Union Street (not Union Square, as was a bit confusing). Place was incredible, just the quaint, no-big-chains, 'real people' kind of neighborhood we wanted. We were fortunate enough to stumble upon the ideal location... we stayed in the best block of Union Street... quiet and nice. We found the best chocolate shop across the shop (Goldleaf Chocolatier, makes their own chocolates right there and best fudge and truffles we've ever had, all very fresh!). We had a fantastic brunch at Rose's Cafe, just down the corner (there was also a nice homeware store right there as well, can't remember the name). Further up the street there are mostly good clothing shops (pricy but unique and great quality) and plenty of other restaurants, even another chocolate shop, but an overpriced one selling other companies stuff and not very fresh from what we tasted. A great shop called Ambiance had clothing and accessories and lots more, a place I wish I had nearby at home (along with the yummy fudge!) The Union STreet Inn was a great small place and had the most wonderful garden, and even nice & quite, what a surprise (perfect room too). Lots of friendly people, in the big city, but in a true neighborhood. Highest recommendations, this was the best trip ever and the best of San Francisco! (Also, we found it conveniently located, close enough to the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf, as it is located somewhere between the financial area and the Golden Gate Bridge).

A great find!

by TripAdvisor Member Alice76

Great location - Union street has loads of shops and restaurants to choose from (French Bistro place next door was fabulous!) and you can always jump in a cab to take you to the area that you fancy going to (took a 5 or 10 minute cab ride to Fishermans Wharf, Hanover Square and China Town).

The staff at the Inn were really welcoming. All the rooms looked lovely but the Golden Gate Room was the one within our budget and we were so happy with it. Just beautiful. Found the pictures really accurate and would definitely go back. (Was glad we hadn't gone for the New York room as that was downstairs just outside the front door and lounge area.)

Breakfasts in the Garden were fantastic. All made to order and made and served by the lovely Kit, who was just so helpful throughout our stay.


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Forum Posts

Public transport in San francisco

by Dulebg

Dear friends,

Can you tell me, please, about SF public transport.
Is it well orginized and if there some kind of month ticket or so good for all means of transport?
Where can I buy it and how much this could cost?

Thanks again :-)


Re: Public transport in San francisco

by xymmot

SFO TRANSIT IS WELL ORGANIZED. you have bart, cal trans and buses and trolleys. Sounds like you are staying in SFO for a while. Enjoy and do not work too hard

Re: Public transport in San francisco

by bocmaxima

San Francisco has one of the better public transit systems in this country. There are quite a few people living in the city without a car, just because they become more of a liability and a hassle than an asset and convenience.

Just to clear it up: MUNI runs the buses, light rail and a pseudo-subway line in San Francisco. BART runs a "heavy rail" (more like a metro) all over the Bay Area. CalTrain runs a regular train service from SF to San Jose, down the peninsula.

If you can't/don't want to buy a MUNI monthly pass online, here are the vendor locations around town:
I bought a 7-day pass once while up there and relying solely on public transit, and it was really nice.

HOWEVER, it's really important to note the different systems and how that works: there's MUNI, BART and CalTrain, as mentioned, but that's JUST in the City of San Francisco. All of those agencies operate with different fares. You used to be able to use a MUNI monthly/weekly pass on BART within San Francisco proper, but it looks like they've changed that.
It's also important to note that, on BART, there is no such thing as an unlimited day, week or month pass for most riders. Everything with BART is stored-value.
Also, once you get out of San Francisco proper, the agencies change. SamTrans runs the buses south of the city in San Mateo County, AC Transit runs the buses in Oakland and most of the East Bay region, Valley Transit (VTA) runs the buses and light rail in the San Jose and Santa Clara County areas... All are different agencies with different fares, although some will allow you to transfer sometimes. It's really, really confusing.

I guess they've finally introduced a BART-compliant monthly pass for all Bay Area agencies, but it's pricey and still doesn't work on CalTrain, but this may be your best option.

Re: Public transport in San francisco

by Dulebg

WOW! :-)
This is definitely one of the most efficient forum!

Thanks everyone for help!!!

Hav a nice weekend all!


Re: Public transport in San francisco

by Dimbox

You can go to their website & let them speak for themselves.


Re: Public transport in San francisco

by Dulebg


Thanks a lot, definitely the right place to check :-)



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Address: 2229 Union Street, San Francisco, California, 94123, United States