Hotel at a Glance: King George Hotel
The King George Hotel exudes old-fashioned charm—it was built for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915—but its historical façade belies the modern amenities within. Guests can connect to a free WiFi network, order a service over an in-room KEYPR tablet, watch movies on flat-screen TVs. Room decor reflects this blend of old and new with stately furniture, vintage-inspired bath fixtures, and textiles with fashionable, contemporary prints.
- Grab a drink, such as a local brew or a California wine, at Winston’s Bar and Lounge, located on the hotel’s first floor. Hotel’s guests can also enjoy a complimentary wine hour, hosted daily from 5 p.m.–6 p.m.
- Union Square: This popular park is surrounded by countless shopping options, and is a four-minute walk from the hotel.
- Bring Fido: The hotel is pet-friendly (additional fee applies).
- Accolades: Approved by TAG and GayTravel.com as an LGBT-friendly hotel.
San Francisco’s Union Square: Luxury Shopping District with Broadway Shows
Union Square is where San Franciscans go to find their coolest threads. The Square, which has grown to include several surrounding blocks, houses one of the country’s densest concentrations of department stores and upscale boutiques. Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Macy’s anchor its namesake plaza, and smaller boutiques are tucked along narrow alleyways. Shoppers can sift through vintage books at family-owned antique shops and admire iconic French fashion labels on the pedestrian-only Maiden Lane.
Union Square is also famous for its eclectic arts scene. The American Conservatory Theater produces Tony Award–winning dramas and comedies in a gorgeous Beaux Arts building. A handful of art galleries and museums—most notably the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art—display renowned works from artists such as Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, and Edward Hopper.