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Union SquareSan Francisco

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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The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
4 out of 5
335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is NT$4,200 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Union Square, SHN Curran Theatre, and Westfield San Francisco Centre. San ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,108 reviews)

"Overall stay was pleasant, but they need to change the return air filters in room, woke up with sinus issues due to dirty air circulation."…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/16

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
The Park Central San Francisco
The Park Central San Francisco
4 out of 5
50 3rd St, San Francisco, CA
The price is NT$3,330 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

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! (1,263 reviews)

"The hotel is in a perfect location, walking distance to any place"…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/16

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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 NT$3,894 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

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 Alcatraz ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,459 reviews)

"The parking was off site which we didn’t know about. Drive around and around looking for it and finally called and was told it was off site."…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/25

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JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square
JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square
4.5 out of 5
515 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is NT$4,979 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of SHN Curran Theatre, Westfield San Francisco Centre, and Warfield Theater. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (989 reviews)

"Everything was great . The parking situation sucked but what can you do in a City Like San Fran."…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/16

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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 NT$3,755 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

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! (2,385 reviews)

"Great hotel and service despite the "current situation'. The luxury suite was big and comfortable with a great view of the bay. I'll stay there again if I go back to SF."…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/18

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Hotel Nikko San Francisco
Hotel Nikko San Francisco
4 out of 5
222 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
The price is NT$5,007 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

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! (2,362 reviews)

"Secured building is great to help with Homeless issues. Room was very clean and a full bathtub an separate glass shower were a great addition to the relax factor of my trip. Wish the pool was open, but nothing I can do about state requirements. If you want a nice, relaxing, quite hotel, this is a ..."…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/2

Hotel Nikko San Francisco
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