Thursday, November 30, 2006

Where to Stay in San Francisco: Part III - Union Square

Union Square is the principal shopping district in San Francisco. If you want to be near Saks, Macy's, Nordstrom, Nieman-Marcus, Bloomingdale's, Gump's, and hundreds of other stores, then Union Square is the perfect location for you to base your stay in San Francisco.

Staying in Union Square also lets you easily access the two Powell Street cable car lines and the F-Line streetcars to go to Fisherman's Wharf. The Moscone Center, where most conventions are held, is an easy 10 to 15 minute walk from most Union Square hotels. In fact, it's usually faster to walk to the Moscone Center than to take the shuttle bus that many conventions provide.

Numerous restaurants are close to Union Square ranging from casual lunch spots on Maiden Lane to the highly rated Michael Minna, Farallon, Masa's, and Fleur de Lys.

Hotels can be found in all sizes and at all prices. If you are on a real budget, Hostelling International has a location at 312 Mason Street. The Westin St. Francis has been gracing the west side of Union Square since 1904. Joie de Vivre Hospitality and Kimpton Hotels have a number of boutique hotels near Union Square. One of our favorites is the pet-friendly Hotel Monaco on the corner of Taylor and Geary Streets. You can bring your pet or, if you don't have one, the hotel will provide you with a goldfish.

If you want to be in the center of things, then Union Square is the place for you. If you want to take a San Francisco tour while staying in the city, please call me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.

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