UNION SQUARE, San Francisco
like in nearby Union Square, parking in the South of Market Area can really be expensive, if you don't want to park the the huge Fifth and Mission Parking garage owned by the city (they have similar parking rates to Union Square and Ellis-O' Farrell Garages) and the hotel parking which is more expensive, then there are cheaper parking options but with longer walks if you plan to go to Yerba Buena or Moscone or SF MOMA. One of them is the Tower Valet Parking at 901 Howard Street near the Intercontinental Hotel. They have several valet parking slots around the city.
Monday to Friday: $ 10 flat rate (from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm)
Friday to :Saturday $ 10 flat rate (6:00 pm to 11:00 pm)
Sundays: $ 10 (6:00 am to 6:00 pm)
Oversize Vehicles: $ 15 (regular) and $ 20 (event days).
Fondest memory: Tower Valet Parking located at 901 Howard and Main Street just Beside the Intercontinental Hotel. They have several parking areas around the city.
Tower Valet Parking, Inc.
680 Mission Street, #LL
San Francisco Ca., 94105
Again, Parking at the Union Square area is very expensive, if the parking Garages of Union Square or Ellis-O' Farrell and Sutter & Stockton garages are full and you don't want to pay $ 50 for hotel parking, the next thing to do is park at the Hotel Union Square Parking area just at Ellis Street, just beside the Exit of the Ellis-O' Farrell Garage. Parking rates as as follows:
before 4 pm- $ 18 flat rate
after 4 pm- $ 15 flat rate
All Day Sundays and Holidays: $ 15 flat rate
extra rate for oversized vehicles.
Hotel Union Square Parking is open from 6:00 am to 12:00 midnight everyday
again the cheapest way to union square is by Muni Bus or BART or by Metered Parking.
Fondest memory: website:www.hotelunionsquare.com/
phone: (650) 401-7600
like the Union Square Garage, The Ellis-O' Farrell Parking garage is owned by the City and if you are not the cheapskate type, you can do your parking here when in the Downtown/ Union Square Area since the garage is open 24/7 but like everywhere, parking here will be expensive so if you would just be in the area for less than 90 minutes, then just find the various metered parking in nearby streets as they will be very much cheaper. Hotel parking is way more expensive at $ 25 for a day if you are a check in guest and $ 50 when you are not.
Day Rates Mon-Sat 5:30am-5pm
0-1 Hrs $3.50
1-2 Hrs $7.00
2-3 Hrs $10.50
3-4 Hrs $14.00
4-5 Hrs $17.50
5-6 Hrs $21.00
6-7 Hrs $24.50
7-8 Hrs $28.00
24 Hour Maximum $38.00
Lost Ticket $38.00
Must Enter After 5:00pm & Exit by 8am (Mon- Sat) 0-2+ Hours
$3.50 per hour - $10 Maximum
Must Enter After 5:30am and Exit by 5:30am the next day.
$3.50 per hour - $14 Maximum
Assigned Resserved $450.00
Fondest memory: the garage is located at: 123 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco
tel no: (415) 986-4800
parking at the Union Square underground Garage is expensive but parking at the hotels around the Union Square area and Downtown cost a lot more at $ 25 for just half a day!. The cheapest parking at the Union Square area is at the Sutter & Stockton Garage then at the Ellis-O' Farell Garage then here at the Union Square Garage.(Both the Ellis-O' Farrel and Union Square Parking are owned by the City). If you are a cheapskate, then just do the public transport to union square or have the patience to find the Cheap Parking Meter parking around the area (the maximum limit for parking meter parking is 90 minutes).
Rates for Union Square Garage:
0-1 Hrs $3.50
1-2 Hrs $7.00
2-3 Hrs $10.50
3-4 Hrs $14.00
4-5 Hrs $18.00
5-6 Hrs $22.00
6-7 Hrs $26.00
7-8 Hrs 30.00
7-24 Hour Maximum $32.00
Lost Ticket $32.00
Motorcycle Flat Rate $6.00
Fondest memory: The Union Square Garage is located at: 333 Post St San Francisco, California 94102
tel no: (415) 989-4490
Open 7 days/weekDaily parking may be paid with credit cards or cash.
All those famous department stores set around a park; what a delightful thought. You can do your shopping and then relax in the relative tranquility of the square itself.
Sad to relate that my partner was really ill and couldn't even get off the bed to see inside the stores she'd only heard about. As for myself I only walked into one. Sometimes on your travels not everything goes right.
Fondest memory: Still, I did get to see the outside of them a lot since our hotel was located adjacent to the square and was entranced by the ceiling of Neiman Marcus, one of the architectural highlights of San Francisco.
Although Parking rates are atrocious in Downtown, the Sutter & Stockton Garage is the best area to park near the Union Square Area and the cheapest TOO! plus Chinatown, Crocker Galleria, Union Square, Market Street, Westfield Mall and Macy's are very near and Nob Hill plus North Beach and Financial District is just a Short walk away.
Parking Rates Starts from $ 2 for 1 hour then goes up to $ 15 for 6 hours and $ 26 for over 8 hours on weekdays to Saturdays from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sundays from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm parking rates starts ar $ 2 for 1 hour up to $ 7.50 for 4 hours or more.
Lost tickets cost $ 33
Motorcycles and Bicycles have $ 5 flat rate entry.
Fondest memory: Phone Number: (415) 982-7275
Address: 330 Sutter Street (between Grant Ave & Stockton St) San Francisco, CA 94108
I love to stay around the Union Square area whenever I am in San Francisco. It is the best place to be as you are right in the heart of all the action and you can easily navigate the city on foot or via public transport from there.
Goodluck & do enjoy your visit to beautiful SF!
Union Square derives its name from the pro-Union demonstrations held in the area during the Civil War. Today, the area is a massive collection of shops, restaurants and hotels. It is referred to as the hub of the city and most branches of the San Francisco transportation system begin here and transport outward to other neighborhoods and destinations.
Union Square is a great central base of operations for touring San Francisco. Several major attractions, including the Museum of Modern Art, are located here and other neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Nob Hill and even Fisherman's Wharf if you'd like to take a long walk, can be reached on foot. Union Square is also the place for massive departments stores and smaller boutique shops often found in alleyways and side streets.
Still at Union Square, we were having a decent coffee (I'll write somewhere in the USA pages about the coffee trouble).
In front of us, scattered around the square, there were these "sculptures" made by students of a nearby college, I can't remember its name now (memory fading, fading away).
Those sculptures want to charge for injustices and crimes, but I still don't think they were appropriate for the place.
This is Union Square in the foggy morning.
This is the beating heart of San Francisco.
Many offices and megastores are in the surrounding area.
The place is crowded with people and traffic is also relevant.
Everything, anyway, works with an appearance of great order as in the most of the USA places I visited.
This has been hard to take. Exposure time problems
I made it in Union Square to show how fast and early (it was about 10 PM) fog falls down to cover the town.
The Niketown, built upon a low building is going to be covered, and the taller building behind is already lost in the mist.
Oh well! Really! I wanted to make a nice picture! Nothing else!
Perhaps the most recently renovated section of downtown (08/2002), Union Square and the surrounding city blocks are a shopping mecca filled with major retailers (Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman-Marcus, Kenneth Cole) and specialty and unique stores (Northface, FAO Schwarz, Williams Sonoma). Union Square is also home to numerous hotels, inns and theaters.
Fondest memory: The past few times that I have been to SF, I have stayed near Union Square and I always find a new store or bar to wander into...I love that... It's just one of those places where you spend days and not see everything.
Favorite thing: In this Union Square the yearly bell ringing competition is held between the cablecar drivers of S.F.