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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
A little piece of the French countryside has set down roots just a few blocks from Union Square, and its name is the Petite Auberge. This three-star gem is on the higher end of the cheapo spectrum but its charm and thoughtful extras make it worth a splurge.
It’s French Provencale all the way here. The hotel’s 26 rooms are papered in bright florals, with dainty sheer curtains and an array of antique furnishings like large oak armoires, intricately carved wooden headboards and sweet writing desks. Carefully chosen trinkets make appearances on built-in shelves in some rooms. All rooms are outfitted with a television, phone and free Wi-Fi, and most have a working fireplace to cozy up to in those cool San Francisco summers.
The floral theme continues to the small private bathrooms, with wood-framed mirrors and small standing sinks. A handful of rooms have stall showers while the rest have showers and tub combos. All bathrooms offer toiletries, a hair dryer and fluffy bathrobes.
Overall, the hotel gives the feeling of luxurious escape. Our adventure started the moment we stepped through the beveled glass doors. In the lavender-scented lobby we were impressed by the pale yellow wallpaper, terracotta floors, wrought iron chandeliers and the soft hum of French music (plus a jar of complimentary homemade cookies).
On the basement level is a parlour with comfy couches by the fireplace and cheerful prints hanging on floral wallpaper. Afternoon tea and cookies are offered here, and guests mingle nightly from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. over wine and appetizers. Breakfast, included in the room rate is served in a rustic breakfast room with wooden tables and chairs, a colorful mural and French doors opening onto a small patio. Coffee, tea, waters and sodas are also complimentary throughout the day.
Additional services, including a front desk safe and computer station, are available at The White Swan, a sister property located next door. Note that the Petite Auberge reception is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. but the reception next door is 24 hours.
Like other EuroCheapo picks, the Hotel Phoenix and the Hotel Tomo, the Petite Auberge is operated by the Joie de Vivre hotel group, which means cool extras like staff-written guides and personalized tours with a local “Golden Gate Greeter” (for guests staying a minimum of two nights). Through the Joie de Vivre Gives program, the Petite Auberge works with and donates to the Bay Area Make a Wish Foundation.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
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863 Bush Street
Union Square, San Francisco, United States
About the Petite Auberge neighborhood
The heart of San Francisco’s downtown area, Union Square is named for the park that was once the site of pro-Union rallies during the Civil War. These days, it’s a shopper’s paradise, home to department stores, upscale boutiques, tourist shops and salons. Just off the park, you’ll find Chinatown to the north and a cluster of theaters and art galleries to the west. The area is also a transportation and hotel hub.