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Union Square, CA
San Francisco

Union Square which includes a high rise building and a city

Fashion puts on its finest face in one of the country’s largest shopping plazas.

Union Square, located downtown, is a fashion nexus of department stores and upscale boutiques. Shop for high-end labels like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, Burberry and Hugo Boss. For a uniquely San Francisco shopping experience, head to Gump's where the well-heeled come for home décor. Within a few blocks you can pick up the latest looks from the catwalk, as well as classic antiques and jewelry. Shopping in the square is a year-round activity, with early morning being the quietest period to hit the stores.

The city’s central hub of retail was dedicated by its first mayor John Geary in 1850 and named after the pro-union Civil War rallies that were held here. The name, Union Square, refers to the park that is bordered by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton streets. It was conceived to be a green oasis and public plaza.

By the 1880s this was a smart residential district, but the famous San Francisco fire and earthquake of 1906 devastated the area’s hotels and shops. It was rebuilt, better than ever, and today Union Square is a premier shopping and dining area with a lively and historic character.

At the center of this public plaza is the impressive Dewey Monument, a tall Corinthian column topped by a bronze statue of the goddess Victory bearing a trident. This landmark commemorates Admiral George Dewey’s decisive win at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish American War. There are also modern art sculptures to view, as well as plenty of spots in the sun, at cafés or on the stone steps, to just watch the world go by.

Parking is tricky but the best, if pricey, option is the parking station right underneath the square. Completed in 1934, it was the world's first underground parking structure. Or, hop on one of the quintessential antique streetcars that pass Union Square at regular intervals.


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San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
4 out of 5
780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is $155 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Moscone Convention Center, Ferry Building, and Oracle Park. Chase Center and Pier 39 are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,279 reviews)
"Conveniently located in the city and with parking which is a big plus. The area around the hotel is a little run down and perhaps not the safest, but that’s more of an issue with the city itself than the hotel, but just a warning to not be out too late walking around. The place was clean and had ..."

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
The Park Central San Francisco – Hyatt affiliated hotel
The Park Central San Francisco – Hyatt affiliated hotel
4 out of 5
50 3rd St, San Francisco, CA
The price is $122 per night from May 10 to May 10
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Moscone Convention Center. Westfield San Francisco ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,243 reviews)
"Great hotel with central location giving you quick access to SOMA, Union Square, and the Embarcadero. The room was clean and we had an amazing city view. Only negative is the parking, which is valet only at $70 Per day. We didn’t know this when booking the trip. But there is a 24 hour garage across ..."

Reviewed on May 9, 2021

The Park Central San Francisco – Hyatt affiliated hotel
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square
4 out of 5
345 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA
The price is $165 per night from Jun 4 to Jun 4
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Moscone Convention Center, Oracle Park, and Lombard Street. Pier 39 and Presidio ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,431 reviews)
"great location"

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
4.5 out of 5
335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is $159 per night from May 29 to May 29
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Union Square, SHN Curran Theatre, and Westfield San Francisco Centre. San Francisco ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,966 reviews)
"Safe"

Reviewed on May 2, 2021

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
Hotel Nikko San Francisco
Hotel Nikko San Francisco
4 out of 5
222 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $215 per night from May 14 to May 14
This family-friendly San Francisco hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 5-minute walk of SHN Curran Theatre, Westfield San Francisco Centre, ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,214 reviews)
"The service was extraordinary. Unfortunately, there are transient populations in the surrounding area that might be of concern to those unfamiliar with the area."

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

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The Cartwright Hotel - Union Square BW Premier Collection
The Cartwright Hotel - Union Square BW Premier Collection
3.5 out of 5
524 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is $118 per night from May 17 to May 17
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lombard Street, Oracle Park, and Pier 39. Alcatraz Island and University of San Francisco ...
4.2/5Very Good! (978 reviews)
"The good people that work at the cartwright make staying there wonderful. Comfy beds and pillows are a super plus 👏"

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

The Cartwright Hotel - Union Square BW Premier Collection
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