Bed-And-Breakfast In San Francisco – 3 Top Inns Near Union Square

Good B&Bs are rare around busy Union Square, but we've sourced three of bed-and-breakfast inns within a short walking distance that are among the best in San Francisco. What we love about these B&B's are the extra touches like freshly baked cookies, a wine & appetizer hour in the evening, bottled water at your bedside, all done to make you fell, well, special.

Our roundup of the best San Francisco B&Bs near Union Square will keep you close to the action, with shopping, theater, cable cars, and restaurants all nearby. All three of these top bed-and-breakfasts are found on Bush Street just minutes away from the best of San Francisco shopping — Macy's, Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom's, Neiman Marcus, and Bloomingdales.

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Petite Auberge – Since 1911

Petite Auberge

Even the name is charming! The Petite Auberge's cozy lobby fireplace makes for a perfect spot to end your day with their evening wine and hors d'oeuvres reception.

The Powell Street Cable Car, Chinatown and the Asian Art Museum are all close by.

Guests rave about the garden view & sunny courtyard rooms, friendly staff, substantial breakfasts, and the all-day tea and coffee service. They also like that the Petite Auberge is convenient to public transit and the city center. One guest said that staying at the Auberge felt like visiting their grandma! Ask for a room with a fireplace.

On the other hand, guests have also commented that there is no air conditioning, although SF rarely gets enough hot weather to need it. Other negative comments are about the old smell, the small rooms, and outside noise at night. But overall, the comments are very positive, summed up by calling it "a delightful place to stay".

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Highly Rated = 80%+ Travelers Rating

Rating = Highly-Rated-Plus
• 863 Bush Street
• Neighborhood — Union Square

Golden Gate Hotel

Golden Gate Hotel

This has been our go-to bed and breakfast in San Francisco for years.

It's a happy hotel, Edwardian in style, combined with modern comforts. Bonus — there's always a friendly cat curled up in the lounge. Guests rave about the antiques, wicker furniture and enormous claw-foot tubs.

Family owned for 30 years, the innkeepers John & Renate report that 75% of their guests are return visitors or referrals from friends who have stayed here. We're one of those friends! You can follow their cat Pip's Instagram to see pics of Pip and his furry friends in iconic SF locations. Golden Gate rates start at around $150.

Rating = Highly Rated
• 775 Bush Street
• Neighborhood — Union Square

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White Swan Inn

White Swan Inn

The White Swan inn is a tribute to the luxury hotels of England with rich floral carpets, comfy sofas covered with elegant fabrics and English art and collectibles.

Guests love the hearty breakfasts, more British than continental, and the nightly happy hour with wine and appetizers.

Can you imagine? There are more fireplaces than rooms (26 rooms and 30 fireplaces). No wonder the inn exudes such warmth and serenity. Just up the hill from Union Square and Chinatown, it's less than two blocks from the cable cars, restaurants, and the theater district.

Guests find the White Swan to be a charming, lovely old-fashioned hotel with everything you could need. Some find it too old for their taste. It just depends on what you're expecting. Guests rave about the evening happy hour. We can't wait to next book the Abbey Suite or the Luxury King with a fireplace.

Rating = Superb
• 845 Bush Street
• Neighborhood — Union Square

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