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SF Weekend Getaway? Marriott Union Square Checks All the Boxes

May 17, 2019 11:45AM ● By Fran Miller

BY FRAN ENDICOTT MILLER

It’s always fun to explore one’s own ‘backyard’ and it is particularly enjoyable to discover under-the-radar gems that are typically overlooked by those who live, work, and play within the shadows of such ‘finds.’ Such is the case with the Marriott Union Square. This 401-room hotel workhorse that welcomes conventioneers and business people during the week is located within ground zero of the best of San Francisco; a recent refresh makes it an ideal spot for a weekend of R&R.

 

It’s easy to disregard these types of San Francisco hotels when considering a weekend stay. Perhaps they seem impersonal, or too predictable, or maybe too generic. Some have become such staples that they simply don’t register anymore. But many of these hospitality giants have – due to travelers’ increased expectations - raised their game in recent years. And this Marriott is a prime example. Fully refreshed with thoughtfully re-imagined public spaces including the entrance, lobby, bin480 restaurant, bar, lounge areas, and all guestrooms and suites, Marriott Union Square reflects the Bay Area’s innovative tech culture with updated amenities that please both business and leisure travelers.

 

Conveniently located just steps from the city’s shopping mecca and moments away from iconic attractions and San Francisco locales such as Chinatown, the Embarcadero, and the Financial District, Marriott Union Square is an ideal spot for exploration. Rooms feature plush bedding, San Francisco music artist-themed décor, and those on higher floors enjoy spectacular San Francisco skyline views. Book a Club Level room or suite for an especially decadent experience. The rooms on this private access floor include complimentary breakfast, midday snacks, and an honor bar.

 

The recently renovated lobby includes restaurant bin480, a posh bar, and space for lounging. Large picture windows showcase the urban energy just outside. bin480’s menu includes artisanal items from local vendors, and features small plates (try the cheese platter) and entrees (the seared ahi tuna salad - pictured - is tasty). The beverage menu highlights handcrafted cocktails named after famous San Francisco residents, places, and attractions. Regional wines and craft beers are well priced. Whether staying at the hotel or not, this lobby spot is a great place in which to take a shopping or sight seeing break. Tip: Monday – Friday Pizza Party Happy Hour features half-priced pizzas.

Marriott Union Square: 480 Sutter St., San Francisco