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The Westin St. Francis on Union Square

The Westin St. Francis on Union Square

Downtown San Francisco-Union Square, San Francisco
  • The experts at The Corcoran Group and SF Weekly recommend this place
    • The Corcoran Group
    • SF Weekly
  • Vincent L.
    "The elevator up the tower has an amazing view I the city"(9 Tips)
    The Corcoran Group
    "glass elevator for the best views"(8 Tips)
    "Go to the Clock Bar for free Wifi!"(6 Tips)
    kc! B.
    "Take the glass elevator to the 32nd floor."(4 Tips)
162 Tips and reviews
  • scenic views
  • tower
  • 32nd floor
  • clock bar
  • wifi
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  • Bre R.
    Bre RozApril 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The front entry is so glamorous. Marble with such a detailed ceiling... I read the history of this hotel and it is pretty great. Check out its Wilkipedia page.
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksJuly 18, 2014
    The Westin St. Francis is celebrating their 110th Anniversary. Drop by during lunch for free historic bites & take a tour of the hotel's rooms normally not accessible for all. Mon, 7/21, 1-2pm, free. Read more
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FooMarch 14, 2015
    This hotel has mixed reviews online but I've had a great experience so far. Stay in a high floor in the tower wing facing Union Square; rooms are newer and have great views.
  • Maina K.
    Maina KhojaJuly 12, 2015
    Location is awesome, surrounded by premium designers boutiques and dep stores. room service is excellent the only down side is that rooms needs better sound proofing
  • Joanne M.
    Joanne MillsNovember 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Charming hotel with exceptional customer service. From the front desk, concierge, maid service to the door men...all ready and willing to serve and please their guests. Loved my week long stay.
  • Karan W.
    Karan WhiteMay 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Beautiful hotel and comfortable accommodation. Immediate proximity to Union Square and the buzz of the city. Beware - internet connection is appalling and not suited to the business traveller.
  • Wayne A.
    Wayne AJune 22, 2013
    The many historical displays In the lobby as well as menus books and other items from the turn-of-the-century are truly a great way to spend About half an hour.
  • Nouf B.
    Nouf B.MJune 10, 2015
    The hotel was originally built in 1907, they have all the classic details displayed for you, it's like a hotel/museum. Location is GREAT right in front of union square.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJune 19, 2011
    Walk past the reception, make a left and ride the glass elevator for the best views overlooking the bay. Then hit the Clock Bar for an inventive cocktail – try the Hawaii 5.1.
  • Westfield S.
    Come celebrate the heart of San Francisco in our free animated 3D light spectacular under the dome at Westfield San Francisco Centre (865 Market Street) nightly at 5 pm until September 3, 2012!
  • herm p.
    herm pugayMarch 22, 2015
    I never stayed here but I've gone to a lot of events here like fashion shows at the very top penthouse or just hung out at the Clock Bar. This hotel however has a lot of history.
  • AskMen
    AskMenSeptember 3, 2010
    You really should visit Michael Minas before it shutters. The food - the tuna tartare is great & the famous lobster pot pie rules - is what brought foodies here, but the service is king. Read more
  • Trevor F.
    Trevor FilterAugust 22, 2014
    The glass elevator ride is something special. Head down the hallway opposite reception and ride any car to the 32nd floor.
  • Rafi S.
    Rafi SyedOctober 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Has a Hertz counter in the lobby, which is choice. Other than that, your standard tired Westin. Get a room on a high floor and you'll have a nice view of Union Square and the water.
  • Lexi K.
    Lexi K.August 5, 2015
    Classic, clean hotel with a decent view. Convenient location. Gym is not bad - lots of elliptical and treadmill.
  • M W.
    M WMay 11, 2012
    If you stay only for two night take the green choice and don't get room service. You get to choose between free wifi, bonus points or a free movie I think. Plus you get a $5 voucher for food/drinks
  • Wayniac D.
    Wayniac DaManiacNovember 13, 2016
    A Perfect little comfort within everything you'll want to explore. With @starbucks to start my day I'll admit I loved this place..
  • Lindsay P.
    Lindsay POctober 12, 2012
    The elevator ride is amazing- if you can get a room key to use it. Try going all the way to the top to check out the view.
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonMarch 27, 2016
    Historic hotel and it knows it. I went for the history and I'll be back. Staff = excellent. Weekends = great deals
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 30, 2012
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2012 Winner – Editorial Pick - Best Elevator. A poor man’s drop zone, the glass elevator at Westin St. Francis catapults riders up 32 stories and takes them down again... Read more
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RosenbergApril 9, 2014
    Nice Starbucks in the lobby with up-market seating area and free Wi-Fi. Perfect for a casual meeting!
  • Divya M.
    Divya MenonMarch 9, 2015
    Centre of the city - Union Sq. It's a heritage hotel. Free Wifi in the lobby. Lots of shopping stores around the hotel.
  • Arts and Culture
    Arts and CultureJuly 30, 2014
    Join the ultimate SF Bar Crawl tonight and hit up the most happening spots in the city including Nido, Range, Town Hall, Maven & more. Crawl starts at The Westin. Thurs, 7/31, 6-8pm, $65. Read more
  • Kireau K.
    Kireau KendrickOctober 1, 2011
    the all glass elevators leave the ground floors and soar up into an outdoor tower. theyre fast! its kinda scary when theres no stops but fun too.
  • Ro L.
    Ro LApril 16, 2011
    it's a visit, grab a coffee, pastry, happy hour, dinner, breakfast.Amazing service, the restaurants offer a great excellent service
  • Vilas ..
    Vilas .September 9, 2012
    Cool they allow 3 devices to connect to Internet per room, if u ever wondered if u will get charged for connecting 2..and it shows up while connecting how many active connections r present
  • Brett L.
    Brett LarondeMarch 31, 2013
    Dont expect your typical Spg/Westin experience...the staff has a lot to learn about customer service...but the building has awesome history and character
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarMarch 28, 2015
    Centrally located on union square but the rooms are lacking a bit. Service was good, gym is nice and very clean though. Overnight parking is a bit absurd at $58/night for guests.
  • Charles Turner S.
    As Charles Turner grew up in San Francisco, he exhibited the business savvy and confidence that would make him a successful investor and business leader in the area later in life.
  • Tariq A.
    Tariq AhmadNovember 7, 2015
    Good place to stay on Union Square (albeit pricey). Close to restaurants, shops, convenient stores, etc.
  • Stacey
    StaceyAugust 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Even if you're not staying at the hotel, ride the glass elevators up to the top for great views overlooking Union Square. Come back and do it again at night.
  • kc! B.
    kc! BradshawSeptember 21, 2013
    Take the glass elevator to the 32nd floor. Marvel at the views of spectacular San Francisco!
  • Max W.
    Max WennekerMay 11, 2016
    Beautiful architecture, worth getting a room in the tower for the elevator views
  • Joon Ian W.
    Joon Ian WongMarch 27, 2012
    Get a shoeshine down the corridor near the Oak Room. There's fast and free Wifi in the lobby too.
  • Carol L.
    Carol LeeNovember 10, 2010
    Love the wide hallways and mini chandeliers in the rooms! The regal decor and ambience is everything I expected from the St. Francis.
  • Kodee D.
    Kodee Dahl (Old Account)August 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Loved the in room dining. All the staff is very accommodating and friendly.
  • Amy B.
    Amy BMarch 30, 2015
    So, so crowded. Location is "great" if you want to be in the middle of Union Sq. with thousands of other tourists.
  • Spencer A.
    Spencer AllenMay 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The gym is ridiculously tiny and always packed, fork over cash an go to Equinox on pine street instead it's worth it
  • Jamie S.
    Jamie Santos AriasFebruary 1, 2015
    valet parking only (off Geary), $55 + tax per night. great location!
  • Joe D.
    Joe DApril 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for a room in the Towers. The other, older section of the hotel has dark rooms and thin walls.
  • Altaf K.
    Altaf KwJuly 19, 2016
    Huge hotel, crowded with tourist. Perfect location in Union square (shopping area).
  • Michael S.
    Michael SaitowNovember 19, 2013
    It's loud. The 3am trash collection sounds like godzilla outside the tower. Also bring plenty of long cord chargers because the outlets in this wing couldn't be laid-out any worse
  • Alex L.
    Alex LobovJanuary 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Go see the shoe doctor! That man will take good care of your shoes.
  • Maddy C.
    Maddy CookeJanuary 15, 2016
    The desserts are excellent! Stop by for sweets and tea.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SmithApril 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for an upper floor room with a view!
  • Briana V.
    Briana VenianaJune 15, 2012
    Make sure to check out this place from the ceiling to the floor. Beautiful architecture and detail.
  • Tim W.
    Tim WilsonJanuary 23, 2013
    Take the BART from SFO. Simple. Fast. And drops you off in the heart of Union Square, just 2 blocks from the Westin.
  • Clarissa S.
    Clarissa SuharliJanuary 4, 2016
    pros: best location; heavenly beds. cons: always crowded, and having to pay for internet access, like really?
  • Leif J.
    Leif JohnsonMay 10, 2013
    If you plan on using the hotel Internet here, bring an ethernet cable. The regular $14.95 wireless service is super weak.
  • Andy A.
    Andy AndersonApril 6, 2010
    Check out the Imperial Room on the 32nd floor for killer views. The ride up the glass windowed elevator is worth it by itself!
  • Aaron W.
    Aaron WheelerJune 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to see the Shoe Doctor near the fitness center. It's not a shoe shine; you are visiting the doctor! He is going to be on The Discovery Channel.
  • Ming Y.
    Ming YiSeptember 6, 2014
    Enjoying the view of Union Square from the St. Francis Suite on a beautiful day.
  • Moua L.
    Moua LoFebruary 15, 2013
    Here for a conference? If you need lotion, just ask the front desk for some. Awesome.
  • Charles Turner S.
    Charles Turner is a native of San Francisco who values the support charities give to the homeless and elderly communities.
  • Katy M.
    Katy MorrisDecember 24, 2011
    Ask to stay in the old part of the hotel. Rooms are a tad smaller but bigger on character.
  • Victoria E.
    Victoria ElliDecember 11, 2013
    Westin St. Francis Hotel NYE 2014 at Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, CA, early @ Tuesday December 31 2013.Grab your tickets @
  • Teresa H.
    Teresa H.April 22, 2012
    The chocolate vodka martinis in the bar are delicious
  • Eddie B.
    Eddie BurchFebruary 28, 2012
    No free WiFi for guests?! Seriously? Otherwise a great hotel in an awesome location. Gotta go to Starbucks to work online, however
  • M.C. R.
    M.C. R.November 4, 2011
    Breakfast is amazing try the oatmeal! Walnut, pear, and honey.
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillMay 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    My goto hotel in SF. Cannot beat the location.
  • Matt K.
    Matt KessingerJanuary 19, 2012
    Wonderful hotel but the walls are thin in the older part of the hotel. You can hear everything!
  • Michael I.
    Michael IrwinMay 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a room on the highest floor possible if youre a light sleeper. Noisy street traffic.
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 26, 2015
    Very nice lobby area. Bathroom hidden away
  • Chris M.
    Chris MillerJanuary 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you have the money and the means Victor's Palace is the place with a million dollar view.
  • Harry M.
    Harry MyhreDecember 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Roast Prime Rib of Beef - @nutzareus *shaking fist*
  • joni h.
    joni hoadleyApril 19, 2011
    Elevators are slooowww. Might want to stay on lower levels so you can take the stairs.
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SeversFebruary 5, 2012
    The glass elevator is like a theme park ride! Go to the top and back down and feel the vertigo!
  • Kirk D.
    Kirk DAugust 16, 2012
    The Otis elevators towards the back are a must ride.
    HISTORYMarch 29, 2010
    Silent film comic Fatty Arbuckle's career crashed down when a party he hosted at this hotel resulted in the death of young actress Virginia Rappe in 1921. President Ford was also shot at here in 1975.
  • Carmine Gallo
    Carmine GalloApril 16, 2011
    If you're giving a presentation in a Westin conference room, think visually. Presentations are better with words AND pictures. More communication tips at
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoJuly 15, 2013
    Try the Macaroon Tower - Gorgeous!
  • JJ V.
    JJ VenturiniFebruary 14, 2015
    At elevators enter floor number & insert room key in slot. Elevator only goes to your floor
  • Michelle J.
    Michelle JacobsonMay 23, 2015
    Nothing like ending the night with an absinthe from The Clock Bar. Professionals only please... And you'll still probably want to head up to your room before you finish it ...
  • Al Shaima A.
    Al Shaima Al MadaniSeptember 20, 2016
    Vintage hotel with great location we ❤️ it
  • Kristina D.
    The dungeness crab omelet is yummy. But, the bar here is terrible. I have never seen such disparate decor. And the drinks are acceptable at best.
  • Ray C.
    Ray CrawfordNovember 16, 2011
    Steer clear of the fruit at the @Starbucks in the lobby; it isn't very fresh looking... that said, the scones are to dye for...
  • Greg M.
    Greg MacDonaldJanuary 20
    Been here 10+ times
    Iconic spot, right on Union Square.
  • Jason H.
    Jason HumeniukJanuary 31, 2010
    Ensure that Kayleen is your server. She is more than worth the price of admission. Great espresso martini.
  • Harvey S.
    Harvey StotlandFebruary 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Not sure about the historic rooms, but service and bar are excellent
  • Taylor R.
    Taylor ReissJune 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Usually everything here is great but there have been some "hiccups"
  • Roland
    RolandApril 18, 2011
    15usd/day for wifi and 2usd for local calls are not a bargain, 50usd for parking neither
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WhiteNovember 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Right across from Union Square. Great location for shopping in the city.
  • Eduardo G.
    Eduardo GJanuary 5, 2016
    Bad, bad, bad hotel. The only good thing is the ubication. You hear all night noises from the rooms beside yours! I can't sleep in all my stay.
  • Dirk D.
    Dirk De KokMay 31, 2011
    Great lobby to work from, good wifi
  • Erik d.
    Erik de VreezeMarch 31, 2013
    Catch a rainbow
  • Eduardo D.
    Eduardo DelbonoAugust 30, 2014
    NICE sightseeing not all rooms be careful
  • Cocoa G.
    Cocoa Golden EagleJanuary 29, 2011
    Don't leave without taking an elevator ride you won't soon forget
  • Dan B.
    Dan BogdaAugust 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The elevators suck now. You have to key in your floor, 2-3 times, before an elevator will pick you up. WTF?!
  • Bryan M.
    Bryan MSeptember 1, 2011
    Stay in the new half. Old half is small & hot. Little pricey for the value.
  • Ricardo A.
    Ricardo AmaroOctober 29, 2011
    Try the highest rooms, the view is fantastic
  • Marie C.
    Marie ClemessyFebruary 16
    Been here 5+ times
    Stay in the tower, the elevators are the coolest!
  • Roch P.
    Roch PreiteJanuary 20, 2014
    Very.nice hotel convenient No.pool
  • Naturalex F.
    🏛 fantastic 🏛
  • Vivienne B.
    Very well equipped hotel gym!
  • Adam R.
    Adam ReiterSeptember 25, 2010
    Go have the bacon wrapped wild boar loin at first crush down the street.
  • Felix L.
    Felix LOctober 6, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great hotel in great location
  • dale g.
    dale gomezSeptember 25, 2013
    the place to stay when visiting San Francisco
  • Marc S.
    Marc SNovember 21, 2013
    Check out the lobby in full holiday cheer.
  • Caen C.
    Caen ConteeAugust 3, 2012
    Living up SF Chefs alongside Tanya Holland!
  • Erica H.
    Erica HirsenAugust 30, 2012
    The entrance for parking is on Geary St., not Powell St.
  • Carla A.
    Carla AlejandriSeptember 2, 2016
    La ubicación es excelente, puedes llegar por BART desde el aeropuerto, el servicio excelente y te ayudan con muchos tips para pasar una estancia más completa
  • Paula G.
    Paula Gründling TeixeiraAugust 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Hotel excelente, vale cada centavo, atendimento espetacular, quarto enorme, academia e spa muito bons. Dá para dançar uma valsa no banheiro!
  • Philippe L.
    Philippe LouAugust 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Bel hôtel très bien placé. Tout est à proximité. Beaux salons. Bémol le wifi payant et le coût assez élevé du parking.
  • Luis Felipe R.
    Luis Felipe RiveraJuly 23, 2016
    Hotel justo en frente de Union Square, excelente ubicación... Por dentro, antiguo, pero muy muy bonito, recomendable 100%
  • tasteeverything
    tasteeverythingApril 19, 2016
    Ubicado enfrente de Union Square. Imponente. Enorme. Lujoso. Al otro lado de Fisherman's Wharf.
  • Richard G.
    Richard GarciaFebruary 29, 2012
    Tradicion e historia. El general Mc Arthur descansaba aqui y todavia esta su suite
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