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About Downtown San Francisco

With the lively commercial hub of Union Square at its heart, Downtown San Francisco is framed by the orange vermillion Golden Gate Bridge on the edge of San Francisco Bay. The city is the cultural, commercial, and financial centre of Northern California, with its vibrant piers, historic trams and hilly landscape making it a West Coast tourist hotspot.

The public plaza of Union Square is packed with department stores, boutique shops and art galleries, together with numerous theatres which nestle in the surrounding blocks. Just to the south lies the Contemporary Jewish Museum and landscaped parklands of the Yerba Buena Gardens, while to the west is the Civic Center where many of San Francisco’s most important government buildings and cultural institutions are situated. The Financial District extends to the north-east, home to corporate powerhouses and international banks, while the Embarcadero stretches along the waterfront to the east. Winding north, visitors will find attractions and restaurants in the tourist hubs of Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf, together with the former chocolate factory at Ghirardelli Square. Inland San Francisco’s iconic hilly terrain is on display at Russian Hill’s Lombard Street, dubbed the "crookedest street in the world", while the Cable Car Museum of Nob Hill explores this distinctive form of local transport. Further west sprawls the recreational paradise of the Presidio, home to the Walt Disney Family Museum and from where the Golden Gate Bridge extends across the bay. Just to the south lies Golden Gate Park, another of San Francisco’s leafy urban escapes where the California Academy of Sciences and de Young Museum stand alongside the San Francisco Botanical Gardens and elegant Conservatory of Flowers.

San Francisco boasts a comprehensive public transport system, with buses, metro and historic cable cars covering all corners of the downtown area. It’s also an incredible bike and pedestrian friendly city, with many designated bike lanes and picturesque parklands.

San Francisco was officially founded in 1776 when Spanish colonists established the Presidio of San Francisco at the Mission San Francisco de Asís. The settlement flourished during the mid-19th century California Gold Rush, emerging as the largest city on the US West Coast at the time, before being largely destroyed by a devastating earthquake and fire in 1906.

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Omni San Francisco

Omni San Francisco
Address
Financial District, San Francisco
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Superb, 9.2
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Centrally located, Omni San Francisco Hotel offers easy access to San Francisco's popular sightseeing and retail areas. It provides 4-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.

Hotel Union Square

Hotel Union Square
Address
Union Square, San Francisco
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Good, 7.5
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Set in the city centre, Hotel Union Square offers easy access to San Francisco's main retail and sightseeing areas. A short stroll from Union Square Plaza, it provides comfortable rooms equipped with a laptop safe, a coffee maker and blackout curtains.

Hotel Stratford

Hotel Stratford
Address
Union Square, San Francisco
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Good, 7.3
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Centrally located, Hotel Stratford San Francisco allows for easy access to San Francisco's popular tourist and retail hot spots. It is moments from Union Square Plaza.

Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square

Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square
Address
Union Square, San Francisco
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Fabulous, 8.8
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Centrally located, Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square offers easy access to San Francisco's main tourist and retail hot spots. It is within a two-minute walk from Union Square Plaza.

San Francisco Marriott Union Square

San Francisco Marriott Union Square
Address
Union Square, San Francisco
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Very Good, 8.4
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Centrally located, San Francisco Marriott Union Square offers easy access to San Francisco's main retail areas and tourist attractions. It is also situated a five-minute stroll from Union Square Plaza, and provides a convenient shuttle service.

Orchard Garden Hotel

Orchard Garden Hotel
Address
Union Square, San Francisco
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Fabulous, 8.9
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Centrally located, Orchard Garden Hotel San Francisco allows for easy access to San Francisco's popular shopping and sightseeing areas. Some of the premium features at this 3-star hotel include free Wi-Fi and a rooftop terrace.

Galleria Park a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Galleria Park a Joie de Vivre Hotel
Address
Union Square, San Francisco
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Fabulous, 8.8
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Conveniently situated, Galleria Park a Joie de Vivre Hotel offers easy access to San Francisco's main tourist attractions. It also features a rooftop terrace, meeting rooms and valet parking.

Axiom Hotel

Axiom Hotel
Address
Union Square, San Francisco
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Fabulous, 8.8
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Situated in the heart of the city, Axiom Hotel provides easy access to San Francisco's popular retail areas and tourist attractions. Those staying at the property can also enjoy free Wi-Fi.

Handlery Union Square Hotel

Handlery Union Square Hotel
Address
Union Square, San Francisco
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Very Good, 8.0
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Set in the heart of the city, Handlery Union Square Hotel offers easy access to San Francisco's main retail and sightseeing areas. It provides a gym, as well as an outdoor heated pool, a sauna and valet parking.

Kensington Park Hotel - A Personality Hotel

Kensington Park Hotel - A Personality Hotel
Address
Union Square, San Francisco
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Very Good, 8.1
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Only two minutes from Union Square Plaza, Kensington Park Hotel - A Personality Hotel is set in the heart of San Francisco. Surrounded by local bars and restaurants, it is within walking distance from Powell Street Station.

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