The Artfully Elegant Kensington Park Hotel in San Francisco

The Artfully Elegant Kensington Park Hotel in San Francisco

Having only a few shorts days to spend in San Francisco, we knew we wanted to stay somewhere centrally located in order to get around quickly. After doing a little research, we quickly knew that we wanted to base ourselves in Union Square.

San Francisco - Oct 2014

While most people complain that Union Square lacks personality or that true San Francisco feel, staying their suited our needs just fine. So don’t let those kind of comments steer you away from staying there– after all, Union Square is where most of the city’s ritziest hotels are located, and for good reason.

The Kensington Park Hotel is located right off of the Powell Street cable car line in a historic Gothic building dating back to the 1920s.

A little underwhelming from the outside, the real magic is felt when you step inside. It was like being swept away to another era– one of elegance and opulence. With chandeliers hanging overhead and plush inviting sofas next to a baby grand, I felt like I was in the lobby of a theatre.

We were graciously greeted at the front desk and swiftly checked in. Throughout the rest of our stay we always felt welcomed when the front desk staff would call us by name.

During the check in process, we were invited to a selection of tea, fruit infused water or sherry, which is complimentary for guests daily. Coming down each morning to make myself a cup of tea was the perfect way to begin the day until I could finally get everyone out the door for actual breakfast.

San Francisco - Oct 2014

Heading upstairs to our room we passed the mezzanine level, which accommodates the ticket office for the San Francisco Playhouse, which is also located conveniently inside the Kensington Park building.

Our room was perfect for three people to stay in, with two large beds. The fluffy pillows and bedding actually made it hard to get up in the morning because it was so comfortable, but we pushed ourselves because we needed to get out to see what San Francisco has to offer.

San Francisco - Oct 2014

San Francisco - Oct 2014  San Francisco - Oct 2014

Waiting for us on our antique desk was a complimentary bottle of wine– sourced right from the area, which we enjoyed after a long day of sightseeing.

Our room had a nice view over Union Square, and we would keep the windows open during the day to provide a little circulation as there is no air conditioning in the hotel. (But don’t worry, it’s San Francisco. Do you ever really need air conditioning here?) There is of course heat however as that’s a necessity here!

San Francisco - Oct 2014

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Kensington Park hotel, especially if you’re looking for someplace with a little more personality than your standard cookie cutter hotel. Yes, this hotel is a little older, but I think that’s what gives it its charm! Plus, the staff couldn’t be friendlier and the location couldn’t be more convenient for visitors.

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A huge thank you to San Francisco Travel and the Kensington Park Hotel for hosting us during our time in San Francisco! As always, all opinions are my own regardless of who’s footing the bill.

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24 Comments

  1. February 16, 2015 / 10:51 pm

    I love San Francisco! We stayed at a gross, tiny hotel in Chinatown when were there. This place looks much nicer! And the view from the window is great!

    • Beth Williams
      February 19, 2015 / 11:05 pm

      Oh no! The hotel I’m staying at this next time is in Chinatown…hoping it’s not the same >.<;;

  2. February 15, 2015 / 2:43 pm

    that looks so lovely! wouldn’t mind staying there if I head to SF!

    • Beth Williams
      February 16, 2015 / 9:57 am

      If you find yourself in SF (which I hope you do someday–amazing city), do look it up!

  3. February 15, 2015 / 1:18 pm

    It’s a great area to stay in, especially being so close to the cable car.

    • Beth Williams
      February 16, 2015 / 9:57 am

      Yes! It was convenient being able to just step outside and hop on the cable car to get around. Plus, riding the cable car was just super fun. :)

  4. February 15, 2015 / 8:25 am

    Older hotels usually definitely have more charm and would always be my pick over modern and unpersonal ones.

    • Beth Williams
      February 16, 2015 / 9:56 am

      I agree. I love the atmosphere of older hotels, and they just feel more comfy. Probably because they’re less sterile feeling.

    • Beth Williams
      February 16, 2015 / 9:55 am

      It really was!

  5. February 15, 2015 / 3:49 am

    This looks like a great hotel! I love the vintage touches and the location sounds perfect!

    • Beth Williams
      February 16, 2015 / 9:55 am

      A lot of people don’t like staying in Union Square, but I think it’s the perfect place to base yourself as you can get to almost anywhere in SF quickly from there.

  6. February 14, 2015 / 12:21 pm

    Wow, it looks like you had a great time over there.

    • Beth Williams
      February 16, 2015 / 9:55 am

      We did! I can’t wait to go back.

  7. February 13, 2015 / 1:03 pm

    Amazing, thankyou for this – we are actually going to be spending 5 days in San Fran on the way up to Alaska so I will look them up for sure!

    • Beth Williams
      February 16, 2015 / 9:54 am

      Jealous that 1) You’re heading to SF and 2) that you’re going to Alaska! Enjoy both of them– and def take a look at this hotel!

  8. February 13, 2015 / 7:51 am

    A little older but with charm works for me! I’d prefer it to a really modern stay. Looks so nice!

    • Beth Williams
      February 16, 2015 / 9:54 am

      I agree!! All the modern hotels are getting to be so cookie-cutter nowadays lacking any personality. I guess that’s why this hotel is part of Personality Hotel Group! hah.

  9. Andrea
    February 12, 2015 / 9:50 pm

    At least there’s heat! This hotel looks luxurious and comfy! I would stay here

    • Beth Williams
      February 16, 2015 / 9:53 am

      If hotels in San Francisco didn’t have heat, I’d be worried for them :)

  10. February 12, 2015 / 5:15 pm

    Ooh looks very nice! The beds look super comfy :)

    • Beth Williams
      February 16, 2015 / 9:53 am

      Oh man, we barely wanted to leave! Especially since at the time our normal bed was a sofa bed 10 years past its prime… staying here was heavenly!

  11. February 11, 2015 / 4:29 pm

    There’s nothing more luxurious than 1920s decor, love it!

    • Beth Williams
      February 16, 2015 / 9:52 am

      I totally agree! It’s so charming.