"I LOVE this hotel! It's small, VERY convenient, comfortable,and clean. It's 2 blocks from Union Square, so it's easy to catch a bus, BART, and/or si ... " More

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Hotel Description

Union Square Plaza Hotel places you in the center of San Francisco, within just a 15-minute stroll of popular places like Westfield San Francisco Centre and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Highlights at this hotel include free in-room WiFi.

All 72 rooms feature TVs with cable channels, and you can enjoy hair dryers, phones, and irons/ironing boards. Additionally, desks and free toiletries are available.

This smoke-free hotel offers free WiFi in public areas, concierge services, and a 24-hour front desk. Other amenities include luggage storage and an elevator (lift). There's also self parking, along with the convenience of airport drop-off service.

Attractions within a 20-minute walk of this Downtown San Francisco hotel include Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and TransAmerica Pyramid.

Union Square Plaza Hotel ratings based on 11 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
2.5 out of 5 2.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 2.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5

Well worth it!

I LOVE this hotel! It's small, VERY convenient, comfortable,and clean. It's 2 blocks from Union Square, so it's easy to catch a bus, BART, and/or sightseeing buses. It's close to Chinatown, there see lots of places to eat around, and I felt very safe in the hotel itself as well as walking around in that area by myself. My view wasn't great, but very few rooms come with a view,and I didn't spend a lot of time in my room. This is an old hotel so the bathrooms, showers and sink areas are compact. I love the old hotel look, the beautiful staircases, the tile lobby, the high ceilings, etc. The staff was great, it was , inexpensive, and I would absolutely stay there again as well as recommend it to my friends and family!

Posted by , from Houston, TX on May 1, 2016

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1 out of 5


Cons: No free Internet, no security, odd smelling, old
This was seriously the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. As a woman staying in a large city by myself I was quite anxious the whole time. There was absolutely no security, the window in the room didn't even have screen, no air conditioning and the radiator (if that's what it was) was falling off the wall.

Posted by on Nov 8, 2012

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1 out of 5

Don't even try... it's a nightmare

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet
Cons: Noisy, bed bug, no a/c
I did try this hotel since it was close to union square which easy walking around market street and take the tram but that are all the good things about this hotel. I got a room which is next to the elevator which has no A/C and the air circulation is very bad. Since there is not A/C then I have no choice but to open the window to let the air inside for circulate. Not only that, but I woke up at the night because I feel that something bit me at the arm. Yes it is a beg bug !!!. I could not sleep after all. So please stay away from this hotel and don't even try or take a chance to get a room with the cheap price. It is not worth it !!!!

Posted by , from Bangkok, Thailand on Nov 5, 2012

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2 out of 5

Great Location & Value, Poor Accommodations

Pros: Close restaurants, friendly staff
The room was very inexpensive and the location was very close to plenty of shopping, restaurant, theater, and transportation options, but the room was extremely small and crowded with large furnishings—so much so that it was often difficult for two people to move around. It's an old, haphazardly renovated building, and as such, had many of the unfortunate characteristics one would expect—tiny and slow elevator, crooked doors, cracked plaster, loose door handles, etc. With a little more attention to detail, it could have been quite charming, but in actuality looked slightly neglected. The bright side was a very small, but friendly and helpful staff. For a cheap room and good location, it's definitely worth it, but keep your expectations low.

Posted by , from St Louis, MO, USA on May 29, 2012

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4 out of 5

excellent value and location

Pros: Close restaurants
The location was convenient and prices were reasonable for the area.

Posted by , from York, NE 68467, USA on Jan 27, 2012

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1 out of 5

dirty and noisy

i appreciate that this is a budget hotel, but it was very dirty. had no ice machine, no suitcase racks to keep your luggage off the floor. room and bathroom very small. the worst part is that there is a very rowdy nightclub several doors down, and the kids were screaming and yelling until 3 0clock in the morning. no one slept. also lots of street noise. also, we were told when we booked the room that there was parking for $* a day close by. turned out to be $* a day. only good thing was the location. excellent location where you can easily take public transportation anywhere you want to go. also many good resturants close by.

Posted by on Oct 7, 2010

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4 out of 5

excellent location in Union Square

I really enjoyed my stay in San Francisco and this hotel is great for the price we paid which was inexpensive compared to most of the hotels in that area..the rooms seemed fairly clean and the desk clerk was nice, but only I found that the room was a bit small with very small bathroom sink, and the hallway did smell then again that is a very old building, but that was ok if u are just staying for 1-2 nights and most of the time we were gone shopping, exploring and only came back to sleep for few hours. I would come back to this hotel for this price again.

Posted by on Jul 21, 2010

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1 out of 5

Horrible place to stay, though strategic location

Good location, just next to Union Square. However, I was so regret to end up in this hotel when I first checked in. The room was very smelly and stuffy. No air conditioning. I have to open up all the windows to get some fresh air. Room was dirty where you can see mould over the ceiling and cracked paint. It was very noisy at night, poor sound proof door. I would rather sleep in the SFO airport than in this disgusting room.

Posted by on Oct 31, 2008

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4 out of 5

Family stay at the Union Square Plaza Hotel

Very old, small, quaint hotel. Friendly and accomodating personnel who try very hard to make it a pleasant stay at the hotel. Rooms are small, but clean and comfortable,? windows stick, no air conditioning (hard on guests located in the central row of rooms-no free flow of cooling breeze from outside).Hotel is in a great location, close to the cable car turnaround on Powell, the BART station,? Union Square, and Chinatown. Numerous restaurants closeby for the many different tastes. For the bargain minded visitor its a good deal.

Posted by on Oct 20, 2008

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1 out of 5

Worst Hotel I Have Been In

I knew this was going to be a bad experience when I was given a key to a room that had not been cleaned. I started to leave but the housekeeping lady was nice enough to get right on it. I actually sat there while she vacuumed and emptied the trash.\n\n Two light bulbs over the bathroom vanity were missing. The handle that rolls the window inward to close was missing. I managed to pull it to with my hands but it was never really closed. There is no climate control in the room. The room was in need of a paint job. I watched her put sheets on the bed that I am positive have seen better days. They were so thin, you could see through them.\n\n I stayed because I knew I would be gone in less than 48 hours, but the next time, I will leave. The hotel is in a good location, but needs a lot of sprucing up. This hotel was a cut above a flea bag hotel.

Posted by on Dec 19, 2007

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About the Union Square Plaza Hotel

Location 432 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Property Features

As a guest of Union Square Plaza Hotel, you'll find concierge services and an elevator (lift). Public spaces have free WiFi. A shuttle from the hotel to the airport during limited hours is available for a fee. Parking is available for a fee. This San Francisco hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 72 guestrooms or units
  • 7 levels
  • Built in 1913
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Concierge
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge) , Offsite parking discounted rates available


  • Airport: San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.) (22.8 km / 14.2 mi)
  • Train station: San Francisco 4th and King Station (2.5 km / 1.5 mi)
  • Metro station: Powell St. Station (0.6 km / 0.4 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport drop-off
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Union Square Plaza Hotel offers 72 accommodations with hair dryers and irons/ironing boards. Cable television is provided. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations and complimentary toiletries. This San Francisco hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs available
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Ensuite bathroom

Nearby Activities

Numerous recreational activities are available at Golden Gate Park, two miles from the hotel. Presidio Golf Course, 3.5 miles away, is open to the public.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 5:30 AM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

Airport shuttle service is available during limited hours. Contact the property in advance to get details.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available.


  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

  • Only service animals are allowed
  • No rollaway/extra beds available


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 0.00 per stay (rates may vary)
  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 16 per person
  • Airport shuttle fee per child: USD 12 (one way), (from 3 to 12 years old)
  • Self parking fee: USD 35-45 per day (in/out privileges)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

You should know

  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.