White Swan Inn a Joie de Vivre Hotel
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A Little Bit of Britain in San Francisco May 11, 2011
On the day of the British royal wedding, it seemed fitting to be staying at a British-themed hotel. Located near San Francisco's Union Square, the White Swan Inn is a relaxing, well-located Victorian inn, with a British decor.
From the moment visitors arrive, a British flag flies outside, in addition to the American flag. The lobby is filled with British teddy bears, a British soldier's uniform and an antique clock. One of my favorite features of the lobby is the jar of homemade cookies which change daily. The fresh cookies are delicious.
The breakfast area/lounge is covered in floral wallpaper, with cricket bats, pub signs, a china cabinet and teapots. All the decorations are centered around an inviting fireplace.
The rooms are quiet, roomy and decorated with high four-post beds. My mattress was extremely comfortable.
While the rooms can be a little dark, two of my favorite features are the bay window and fireplace found in each room. The fireplace can be operated with a switch above the bed, which is great with San Francisco's cool nights.
The bathrooms, while a little small, include a shower and tub and my shower worked well.
Rooms include the usual amenities like an iron and ironing board, as well as unusual amenities like a refrigerator. The non-alcoholic drinks in the refrigerator are complimentary to each guest.
The staff at the White Swan Inn are always friendly and provide helpful information like a printed list of area restaurants, as well as details on public transport such as the buses and cable cars. Check-in is unfortunately not until 3:00 p.m., so for visitors arriving early, bags will need to be checked.
The White Swan Inn offers breakfast including eggs, cereal, breads, fruit, coffee and juice, while an early evening happy hour offers red or white wine, along with appetizers like a vegetable plate, fudge (which is oh so good), or cheese and crackers. Both the breakfast and happy hour are included in the price.
The hotel offers a computer for guests, but there is a charge for internet usage. There are also two treadmills for those who enjoy a workout, but being this hotel is in San Francisco, visitors will likely prefer climbing the City's steep hills anyway.
This hotel is very central to many tourist locations. It is only a two block walk to the Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde cable car lines, a few blocks to Union Square or Chinatown, and about a 20 minute walk to either North Beach or Japantown.
While this hotel is not particularly cheap, the price for the location is comparable to other hotels in the area.
I am a huge fan of this inn and have stayed here many times. I found out about this hotel (and its sister inn, Petite Auberge, a French-themed inn which is just a few doors down) from friends who spent their honeymoon in San Francisco.
It's always nice to return to an inn where the staff remember you and welcome you back. I consider the White Swan my home in San Francisco and would highly recommend this hotel. It's a bit of the British countryside in the heart of San Francisco.
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Aug 07, 2011
A lovely boutique English Bed and Breakfast style hotel on Bush Street near Union Square. The rooms are huge with fireplaces. Breakfast is buffet style, tasty and plentiful and each afternoon from 4:30pm to around 6pm you get complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres in the lounge. The staff are friendly and helpful, the hotel clean and homely. Its a few minutes walk from Union Street and about 10 mins walk from Union Square and Powell Street station.
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White Swan Inn a Joie de Vivre Hotel Overview
White Swan Inn is a boutique hotel located four blocks from Chinatown and Union Square and approximately 15 miles from San Francisco International Airport. This location is also two blocks from the Powell Street cable-car line, three blocks from Grace Cathedral, half a mile from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, one mile from Coit Tower and North Beach, two miles from Fisherman's Wharf, and four miles from the Golden Gate Bridge.
Hotel amenities include the exercise room, fireplace lounge, private patio deck, complimentary gourmet breakfast buffet, afternoon cookies, and evening wine and hors d'oeuvres. The hotel also offers concierge assistance, valet laundry service, valet parking, daily newspapers, and a computer station with wireless Internet access.
All rooms feature gas fireplaces, triple-sheeted beds, bathrobes, designer toiletries, refrigerators, complimentary turndown service, wet bars and complimentary beverages, voicemail, dataports, irons and ironing boards, hairdryers, clock radios, coffeemakers, and writing desks. Rates are based on double occupancy. Charges for extra adults may apply and will be due directly to the hotel.
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