Hotel Union Square's claim to fame is as San Francisco's first boutique hotel. Its history stretches back a century, when it was built to accommodate the flood of visitors to the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition.
Historic brick walls, original 1935 Egyptian-motif mosaic murals, sleek furnishings, and a soothing color palate of crimson, grey, and earthy taupe add to the current boutique feeling. Located in the Union Square shopping district, the hotel is just a block from the Cable Car Turnaround. Let's take a look at the hotel's past and also the fusion of Art Deco and classic style in the rooms & suites.
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The Dashiell Hammett Suite reflects the era and history of the early 1900s. The Kids Suite is a perfect escape for children that includes kid-friendly books and games. All of the suites feature platform beds with custom made cream-tufted headboards, feather down pillows & comforters.
As you would expect these days, the suites have air-conditioning, large flat-screen HDTVs, iPod docking stations, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers. The bathrooms have oversized rain shower heads plus and luxury bath & body products. Let's look at the rooms, starting at the top.
DASHIELL HAMMETT SUITE
Pay homage to one of the literary world's most esteemed mystery writers. The Dashiell Hammett Suite is a 500-square-foot corner suite rich with literary details. An antique suitcase is filled with Hammett novels, there's an old-fashioned typewriter, a collage with Hammett's books and movie posters, an vintage radio and black-and-white photos of his life.
Dashiell Hammett wrote some of the most legendary characters on the page and screen — Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon, Nick and Nora Charles from The Thin Man, and the Continental Op, a legendary San Francisco private detective. Hammett is considered to be one of the finest mystery writers of all time.
What fun! The retro-style Kid's Suite has everything they need to have fun — a computer filled with games, Nintendo Wii, books and games and a a cherry-wood trundle bed. A mixed-media collage in primary colors features famous kid-friendly San Francisco landmarks. And for parents who want to stay in the same room but still want to keep their own space, the 500-square foot corner suite has a separate king size bed.
This suite is dedicated to all-things San Francisco Giants with an orange & black color scheme, perfect for pre-game fun. The spacious corner suite is 500-square feet, with a king bed and a Giants throw & pillows. Best part? The suite comes with a goodies basket overflowing with baseball treats — Cracker Jacks, red vine licorices, sunflower seeds, salted peanuts and bubble gum.
It's 700 square-feet of pure luxury with access to a private deck for stunning views of the skyline. Accessible only by a private staircase, the Penthouse Suite has a king bed with a sofa/sleeper that can be converted into a queen bed.
The Junior Suites offer a separate sitting area, velvet chaise lounge chairs and king-size bed with a sleeper-sofa. At 500 square-feet, the suites have high ceilings, original exposed brick walls and overlook the Powell Street Cable Car line.
At a spacious 310 square-feet, the Premium Rooms have a king or two queen beds and can accommodate up to three guests. Deluxe Guest Rooms range from 170 to 190 square feet and can accommodate two guests. Deluxe Double-Double Rooms are slightly larger, up to 240 square feet and can accommodate up to four guests.
At 120 to 170 square-feet, Economy Petite Rooms are perfect for guests traveling alone. They're an affordable option with the amenities and service that you'd expect at a San Francisco boutique hotel. Economy Petite Rooms are available with a double, a queen, or two double beds.
Room-service delivery is provided by Tad's Steakhouse and is available from 7:00 AM to 10:30 PM. This is the place to get hearty breakfasts including Tad's famous steak and eggs, a San Francisco style omelette, or sourdough French toast. Lunch and dinner continue with old favorites like broiled chicken, chicken fried steak, grilled Pacific salmon, and sandwiches on San Francisco sourdough.
Built in 1908, the hotel was originally called the Golden West Hotel. During the Prohibition Era, a 10,000-square feet speakeasy called The Golden Bubble could be found on the lower level of the hotel. (If you knew the password, we assume.) Dashiell Hammett was a regular customer.
The hotel was extensively renovated in 2008 and the Dashiell Hammett Suite was created. It's believed that Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman conducted their love affair at the hotel. Hammett also stayed here on his wedding night in 1921 with his new bride, Josephine Dolan.
In 1935, artist Helen Bruton Bell added exquisite tile murals to the entrance of the hotel. She is also known for the mosaic panels for the Mudd Memorial Library at the University of Southern California. Her works have been exhibited at Beaux Arts Gallery in San Francisco.
• 114 Powell Street
• Neighborhood — Union Square
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