The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

Historic charm, ideally located, but could use just a little TLC on rooms


My husband and I were attending a conference at the Westin St. Francis San Francisco and booked a three-night stay. We were completely impressed with how ideally it is located in Union Square. We were fortunate to reserve a suite for a reasonable price, with a Union Square view. The hotel is large and quite busy and the lobby area was crowded. Though needing an update on the rooms, it was an overall agreeable stay.




The hotel could not be in a better location. It is directly in Union Square and a short walk from the Financial District, and Chinatown. We were easily able to access downtown San Francisco and enjoy restaurants and shopping without ever having to use a car or taxi.  If it is your first visit to the city, you will enjoy the cable car that passes directly in front of the hotel on Powell street.




We were fortunate to have reserved a suite. Our suite was very large, spacious, and had fantastic views of Union Square (see photo’s). The décor reflected the historic value of the hotel. However, furniture was a bit worn and renovation would help to restore this beautiful hotel to a higher level. The Heavenly Bed that the Westin’s are famous for, is always quite comfortable.


– Separate living room area of the suite – very spacious




The bathroom had a large soaking tub and marble tile. The bathroom was clean and well maintained.


– interior view of the bathroom


- tub view

– tub view




The linens were of nice quality, and the bedding was very comfortable.


- Separate bedroom area of the suite

– Separate bedroom area of the suite




There was nothing extraordinary to note about the staff. It is a busy hotel with lots of conference attendees. As such, the staff were all polite, but not exceptional.




This property does not have a club lounge floor or room. The check-in area is a little cramped and does get quite crowded during peak check in times.




If possible, book a room that overlooks Union Square. The views are wonderful.


- View of Union Square from the room

– View of Union Square from the room


Final Thoughts:


The Westin St. Francis offered a very pleasant stay. I love the historic décor and feel of this hotel. The location is their biggest selling point and certainly one to consider when booking a hotel in San Francisco. The hotel was reasonably priced for the area and though there are higher quality hotels in the direct area, this seems to offer a solid value. I feel it is a four-star property and with a little TLC toward renovations, could rate higher.


5StarTip🌟: When it comes to the rooms, I would choose or request a room that overlooks Union Square.


The Westin St. Francis rates an Always5Star: 🌟🌟🌟🌟


**I was not compensated in any way for this post.  My opinions are completely my own based on my experiences which I paid entirely for myself.