More and more I am seeing hotel properties catering to our little humans. I’ve seen teddy bears on turned down beds, scavenger hunts at resort properties, even all-out theatrical performances! Child hospitality is the way forward. With so many families traveling, and often for business (more than you’d think), why not create a few special elements for those miniature travelers? After all, it’s their experience too! Of all the varying ways I’ve seen hotels extend hospitality to children, I have to say Hotel Union Square in the heart of San Francisco, California brought the epic of all epics to their property when they designed the Kid’s Suite.
For the Kids
Picture this, your kid walking into a giant double sized room, with an entire half of the space dedicated just to their sheer delight. I’m talking toys, a kid’s bed, Nintendo Wii, a flat-screen TV, a computer loaded with games, books, and board games all nestled alongside four tall loft-like windows that overlook Union Square. Talk about epic! There’s no fighting for space! There’s no hotel boredom! There’s no going to sleep! This is what all family hotels should have, this is exactly how mom and dad get to enjoy that glass of vino after a long day of sightseeing! SCORE! For the divas in the family, check out this other Personality Hotels property in San Francisco, Diva Hotel with the Little Divas Kid’s Suite!
This is way cooler than I ever thought it would be! -The Little
For Mom and Dad
This room is just as glorious for you as it is for the little monsters! With a king-sized bed and plenty of space of your own to unwind while your kids flip out on their side of the room. Yes, there’s a flat-screen TV on this side of the room too right next to the view of the city. I especially loved the sleek design and comic art toss pillow on my bed.
The History of Hotel Union Square is Pretty Cool
Originally built in 1913, it housed the Golden West Hotel. Dashiell Hammett, famous scribe from the roaring 1920s and author of the Maltese Falcon and the Thin Man series simply adored this place. In fact, he adored it so much that he booked his bride-to-be Josephine Dolan in a suite on the night before their 1921 wedding. After this and during the Prohibition Era it had a home above a huge speakeasy called The Golden Bubble. In the 1950s, it became the Golden State Hotel until it was purchased by Personality Hotels in the 1980s and opened as Hotel Union Square in 1982 to be the first boutique hotel in San Francisco.
For the Grown-Ups
This building has a lot of character with exposed brick walls, vintage exterior, and modern glam design. The open, loft-like layout with “floating” white paneled ceiling installations will make you feel like you’re in your very own Union Square flat with all the conveniences and amenities of being in a hotel. There’s no kitchen so this is not an apartment space, but it is so big that extended stays would be a breeze.
About Union Square
Hotel Union Square is a mix of class and nostalgia right in the middle of the bustling Union Square area of San Francisco. Staying in Union Square is probably the most convenient area to stay, in all of San Francisco with the famous cable cars and other modes of public transport just outside. The area also backs up to China Town, the largest Chinese population outside of China in the world.
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So What’s the Value for the Digs?
I guess this depends on how much your sanity is worth it. To me, I would pay a fair price for my kid to be entertained in his own space while we relax after a long day of sightseeing. The going rate for the Kid’s Suite is $140.00 – $186.00 average. Not bad for peace and quiet! The hotel is pristine at every turn, the staff is very friendly and helpful, and the location couldn’t be better. We give Hotel Union Square 100 Fairytale Traveler points for staff, cleanliness, convenience, and value.
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Though we were provided complimentary accommodations for our stay, this in no way affects the outcome of our review of this property.