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Traveling to San Francisco: Hilton Union Square Hotel Review

Updated on July 12, 2017
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Traveling is maybe one of the most beautiful opportunities we have. When traveling I also love to review hotels, restaurants & attractions!

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California is always a great place to visit. Beautiful panoramas, nice people and a lot of famous realities, like Hollywood (Los Angeles) or the Silicon Valley (the home of Google, Facebook, Apple and other big companies). One of the most famouse cities to visit here is San Francisco, which is closer to Silicon Valley. If you want to come there, you will appreciate this modern city and some of the biggest attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge. In this article I will review the hotel where I stayed the last time I went to San Francisco and other places where you can enjoy a great time.

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San Francisco views from Hilton Union Square Hotel
San Francisco views from Hilton Union Square Hotel

Where to Stay

For your accomodation, you can consider to stay at the Hilton Union Square: it is located in an area full of shops and near a Starbucks (hosted by Nikko Hotel, another great place). At this hotel you will be able to enjoy a very beautiful room and also have workout at the internal gym. Finally, there is an outdoor swimming pool (even if it was closed the last time I stayed at this hotel, in October 2015). If you decide to stay at this hotel and you find the swimming pool is now opened, you will be able to relax yourself in this nice place.

Room amenities. There is the TV, and even a coffee machine with some pods, so that you can enjoy a break at any time
Room amenities. There is the TV, and even a coffee machine with some pods, so that you can enjoy a break at any time
A Hilton Union Square double bed
A Hilton Union Square double bed
The room's bathroom
The room's bathroom

The Hilton Union Square Hotel is made of several floors and every room has a window on an internal square (the same in which you can find the swimming pool): this guarantees a complete privacy, as your room does not face the road. You can watch TV in your room, or even in the gym while you are training (there are also integrated displays in the conveyor belts and in the exercise bikes). Especially in the late hours of the day, gym is generally empty, so you can freely enjoy your workout. Here you will be able to perform full strenght exercises and body building training programs. There is no personal trainer, so you should train yourself with the exercises you know you should do (a good idea is to follow a workout scheduled by apps like Nike Training Club, Freeletics and Adidas Train & Run. The gym is open 24 hours a day, so you can go there whenever you want.

The Hilton Union Square Hotel Precor Gym
The Hilton Union Square Hotel Precor Gym

Another particular aspect of this hotel (and in general, of most Hilton hotels) is the presence of some shops inside the hall, so that you can easily buy some souvenirs for you, your family and your friends. For example, you can buy keyrings and T-shirts without exiting the hotel. When you want to have a break, you can just go out the hotel, and at your right you will find a Starbucks. Finally, at the end of the street there are also a mini market, various fashion brands shops (for example Hollister) and also an Apple store.

A little warning before you go to this hotel: at the check in, your credit card will be charged with an extra fee (around $200) to cover potential damage to the room. This is common among many hotels in the USA. However, when you check out, you will get your money back (this may not be instant, but probably you'll need to wait some days to see your money added to your credit card balance).

A White Hot Chocolate at the Union Square Starbucks hosted by Nikko Hotel
A White Hot Chocolate at the Union Square Starbucks hosted by Nikko Hotel

Where to Go on Friday Night

The Ruby Skye is a big place in which you can entertain yourself with disco and live concerts. In addition you can eat and drink, and even take photos with special gadgets. It is a very beautiful place you will like in order to spend a night with your friends. The place can be also reserved for special events (for example, parties organized by companies or birthdays). When you enter the Ruby Skye, you may also receive some pop corns (in general, the hall is quite similar to a cinema's one).

The Ruby Skye is one of the most popular places in San Francisco, perfect if you like to spend your Friday night out with your friends. You can dance, take photos with some original accessories, eat and drink.
The Ruby Skye is one of the most popular places in San Francisco, perfect if you like to spend your Friday night out with your friends. You can dance, take photos with some original accessories, eat and drink.

Golden Gate Bridge

When you come to San Francisco, you should absolutely visit the symbol of this city, and one of the most famous buildings in the world: the Golden Gate Bridge. This bridge links the Pacific Ocean with the San Francisco Bay. You can walk on the bridge and you can admire it even from places like the "Mason Centre For Arts & Culture" (which is a very beautiful meeting place from which you can see the bridge).

The Golden Gate Bridge, seen from Mason Centre For Arts & Culture
The Golden Gate Bridge, seen from Mason Centre For Arts & Culture

Exploring Silicon Valley

If you stay at San Francisco, you can take a coach and go to the near Silicon Valley. For example, if you want to go to Mountain View, the city which hosts Google headquarters, in around 30 minutes of travel you come to the area.

Mountain View is a city, but the Google area is more quiet and full of green parts. There are also a lot of parks you can visit. In this place most people tend to move by bike, rather than using the car. In general, this seems a very green and echological area, and if you like these types of places, you should definitely visit them.

Alessio Ganci at the Google headquarters
Alessio Ganci at the Google headquarters
Alessio Ganci at the Google Athletics Recreation Field Park in Mountain View
Alessio Ganci at the Google Athletics Recreation Field Park in Mountain View

As I travelled to Mountain View because of a Top Contributors summit at the company's headquarters, I had the opportunity to visit this beautiful city. Of course, if you decide to travel to California, you can also visit other famous Silicon Valley's places: Palo Alto (the Facebook's home) and Cupertino (where you can see Apple's headquarters) are just two of the other cities you can consider.

Views of Google buildings in Mountain View
Views of Google buildings in Mountain View

Hope you will enjoy the places reviewed in this article and you will like San Francisco and all the Silicon Valley. All these places deserve a visit and going there is a beautiful idea for a holiday.

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