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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I loved staying at the White Swan Inn! The location is great. My husband and I walked to Union Square, Chinatown, Grace Cathedral, and the turnaround for the Powell/Hyde Cable Car. I'm sure we could have walked to many other attractions, but limited time and the daunting hills made us turn to Uber instead.
Check-in was easy and pleasant. Leon took us to our deluxe king room. He was quite enthusiastic and made us feel very welcome. The ambience of the room made me feel like I was visiting a friend. The room itself is big (#37), with a sitting area (2 chairs and a table) and a fireplace. The fireplace starts with the flip of a switch next to the bed. The room also has a small pantry area with a sink, refrigerator stocked with free water and soda, and a coffee maker. The bathroom is small but newly renovated and spotless. Across from the bathroom is a dressing room with a full sink and huge vanity mirror. There is also a walk-in closet off the dressing room. If I remember correctly, there is an ironing board, an iron, and a couple fans in the closet. The only thing that would make the room more cozy and perfect would be a comfortable sofa in front of the fireplace. In another review, someone mentioned the lack of sufficient power outlets. I discovered a power strip under the table, so there were ample outlets for my electronics.
The common areas on the first floor (really the basement), are wonderful. Again, it was like visiting someone's home. I especially enjoyed spending time sitting in the library reading next to the fireplace or looking at the interesting collection of English cathedrals displayed in the bookcases. The breakfast buffet was good. There were enough choices to give us a good start to the day, including fresh fruit. Regrettably, we were never around for the afternoon wine/appetizer gathering.
The 100-year-old lift was charming. We chose to take the stairs most of the time, however.
My only complaint is that we had to reactivate our room keys several times during our 2-day stay. I'm not sure why we had so much trouble with the card keys.
I look forward to our next visit to the White Swan Inn.
I have been to a lot of hotels and often say I will review said hotel but it’s a rare occourance where I literally want to shout to everyone who’s considering a SF hotel that YOU HAVE TO STAY HERE! I don’t want to be over the top but the room.... it was just perfect. I slept with a quiet real fire in the background that doesn’t overheat the trim but gives it a unique ambience. Not to forget to mention that the rooms are just in general, beautiful. I ate a varied and incredibly tasty breakfast - there’s enough variety for anyone. I also enjoyed the little extras... a free mini bar with actual soda variation.... freshly baked cookies every day that are different each day too..... free wine and nibbles every evening?! Who does this? I Just wish I had experienced this place earlier in my 31 years... it sets a bar.