by Terry Ward
Conveniently located right by San Francisco’s historic China Town, the White Swan Inn puts families in a unique area for a San Francisco vacation. Take in the local food, shopping and entertainment attractions. Make sure to check out the Powell Street cable car line, and head to Union Square for an urban shopping experience. Don’t forget the financial district, boasting many famous restaurants. At the hotel, you’ll find tons of helpful amenities, including free Wi-Fi throughout the building. In your room, you’ll find a mini refrigerator for all your snacking needs. Luxury bath products and plush bathrobes will make you feel right at home. Start each morning on the right note with a free breakfast buffet for the entire family. Guests are given access to a local fitness facility. Board games are available at the front desk for young families, and the Lion and Bell Library has many books and magazines to choose from.
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Some reviews describe this hotel as quaint, but I think tired would be more appropriate, and I certainly think it needs a refresh but without taking away its traditional features. Our bathroom door came off it’s hinges on the first day, and when we reported it to reception, we were told that the maintenance man was not in until the following day, but that someone would take a look the same day to see it could be fixed. It remained unfixed for the entire three days of our visit. Breakfast was poor with a limited choice of hot food, sausages were rubbery and croissants were limp. However, we did enjoy the complimentary wine and snacks served every day at 5:00 and the chance to sit in the comfortable lounge chatting to other guests of different nationalities. The snacks provided included hot and cold, and sweet and savoury, and were of much better quality than breakfast. One guest had the cheek to ask for another bottle of wine, which was willingly provided. I also liked the display of matchstick models of famous English cathedrals in the lounge. The hotel is reasonably convenient for Union Square, and Fisherman’s Wharf can also be reached by the Historic Cable Car, which is close by (the Cable Car Route also passes Lombard Street, another famous tourist attraction). There is also an excellent pub immediately across the road from the hotel, serving typical pub food and an excellent range of beers. Staff were friendly and welcoming, but if I ever returned to San Francisco as a tourist, I would probably look for another hotel, but whether I could find one at a similar price is debatable.
Just imagine waking up each morning, cozy & warm under your plush comforter, to the aroma of fresh coffee and scones baking in the kitchen somewhere below you. If you have opted for a room with a fireplace, just flip a switch and you will have a roaring fireplace. The bathrooms and showers have been updated in both inns, White Swan & La Petite Auberge. You will have a robe, coffee maker and bottled water in your room with plenty of outlets to charge your tech equipment.
These wonderful older homes date back to 1910. Leon will be happy to give you a tour of either or both properties. The entire staff is exceptionally accommodating. There are several comfortable dining/sitting areas where you can enjoy your breakfast or just relax by a fireplace for some friendly conversation before starting or ending your day. There is an outdoor patio area for those who don’t mind the cold. Whenever you step into the Inn, you will be greeted by a smiling face and a jar of freshly baked cookies and fresh fruit-infused water.
White Swan Inn is centrally located. You can walk to most places. The steep hills will help you get in shape. Or just use Lyft or Uber. Definitely do NOT rent a car! Wish we could have stayed longer than 4 nights in this very special place.