There are two Beresfords in The City By The Bay. Beresford Arms in San Francisco is on Post Street and Hotel Beresford is on Sutter Street. Both are boutique hotels in the Union Square neighborhood.
Both Beresford hotels also have an old-fashioned Victoria charm and might well make an ideal location for your San Francisco getaway. The Beresford hotels are within a block of each other and managed by the same family. The Beresford Arms is included on the National Register Of Historic Places as one of the architecturally significant structures of Nob Hill. While there are many similarities, there are differences that might make us choose one over the other.
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Rooms at the Hotel Beresford on Sutter Street have a certain old-fashioned charm. The room decor is distinctly Victorian in style with brass-plated light fixtures, pastel bed spreads and flowered wall paper. There is a range of rooms from Queen, to Twin Twin, to Double Double. There is a free pastry and coffee breakfast included.
The White Horse Tavern & Restaurant is just off the lobby of the hotel. Dinner is served from 5:30 to 10:00. Alternatively, grab a pre-show dinner or an after-show cocktail in the cozy English tavern, the White Horse. They have a very good selection of single malt scotches and beer on tap. Guests rave about the free popcorn, shuffle board and fireplace. The vibe is homey, & friendly.
Signature dishes include the New York steak, Brick-Press Chicken, and a seafood platter with popcorn shrimp, calamari and beer battered fish. This isn't gourmet, it's just good food. The pub also serves wings, burgers, salads, and our favorite, the slider plate with three sliders smothered in fried onion, bacon and cheese. We're not the only ones who sing its praises, SF Eater named the White Horse one of the five best British pubs in San Francisco!
Just two blocks from Union Square, Hotel Beresford is in the epicenter of San Francisco. Cable cars are nearby to take you to Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, and Telegraph Hill. You're also close to great shopping, the Theater District, Chinatown and the the Financial District.
Bottom line — A quaint, old fashioned Victorian-style hotel with a charming lobby and parlor. You pay a little extra for the great location.
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• Rating = Good
• 635 Sutter Street
• Neighborhood — Union Square
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The 1912 building was once a luxury apartment building, which explains the larger guest rooms and multi-bedroom suites. The lobby is very spacious, with curved floor to ceiling windows and a massive chandelier.
The rooms are generally nicer than the Beresford on Sutter Street, with a neutral color palette and stately furniture. You can even book a suite for more space, either one or two bedrooms. Suites are outfitted with full-equipped kitchens and jacuzzi tubs. Kitchens have a full size stove/oven, fridge, sink, stove fan, microwave and coffee maker. Definitely an advantage if you're traveling with children.
There isn't an in-house restaurant, however guests do get free coffee and pastries for breakfast and a free wine reception with appetizers in the early evening. And SF being SF, there are plenty of delicious restaurants nearby.
Our top picks include Jones, serving classic cocktails, brunch and dinner with an extensive menu with pannini, pasta, pizza, and salads; and iThai, serving classic Thai with an extensive menu with appetizers, salads, soups, wok and grill specialities. We particularly like Fino, an Italian restaurant just down the street at 624 Post, on the ground floor of The Andrews Hotel. The menu includes authentic Italian choices: antipasta, insalata, pizza, pasta, seafood, fish, roasted chicken, grilled veal and meats.
Just three blocks away from Union Square, you're close to much of the San Francisco you want to see, including Moscone Center and the Financial District.
Bottom line — If you're after more space and a few more amenities, we'd recommend the Beresford Arms Hotel San Francisco over the Hotel Beresford, especially if you're interested in booking a suite.
• Rating = Very Good
• 701 Post Street
• Neighborhood — Union Square
A classy and exemplary stay in historic downtown hotel. A lovely Junior Suite with kitchen and breakfast table, a spacious living room and bedroom with TVs in both rooms; very spacious bathroom with double sinks and hot tub. Bananas, watermelon, cantaloupe, blueberry muffins, and various croissants with coffee or tea served free in lobby for breakfast and wine, crackers, and various cheeses are served between 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. Lovely Victorian hotel, excellent staff."
– 5-Star Review
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