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Mystic Hotel San Francisco Hotel Review

by Amanda La Gringa
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Mystic Hotel San Francisco Hotel Review

Looking for a centrally located boutique hotel in San Francisco that won’t break the bank? We found one at the Mystic Hotel! During our recent trip to the West Coast, we drove into San Fran for a quick stay in this lovely city. Our goal was to see all of the top sites in San Francisco in one day, so we needed a hotel that would put us in the middle of the action without having to shell out some serious cash. After some research, we found ourselves at the Mystic Hotel by Charlie Palmer! 


The Mystic Hotel by Charlie Palmer was perfectly situated in Union Square, just a block away from the China Town and the cable car lines. Union Square is known for amazing shopping and the chic nightlife, so this locale is great if you are a couple or group of friends who want to explore all that San Fran has to offer during the day and night. While you will have to take public transportation to all of the major tourist destinations, the cable car line is nearby so it gives you the best of both worlds. If you are visiting with your family and have no interest in the nightlife, this area might be a little too difficult for you to navigate with the kids, so I would recommend that you stay in the Fisherman’s Wharf area…which has less style/charm but is closer to the biggest attractions.

Keep in mind, that anywhere you stay will most likely be a solid 20-30 minutes from the SFO airport. Be prepared to take a shuttle to your hotel because a cab ride could exceed $50. The Mystic helps you book a ride with a 3rd party company that picks up guests for several hotels in the area…while this method does take a little extra time, it is definitely much more cost-effective!


While the hotel is on the small side (as to be expected because of the location), the Mystic has tons of personality! We enjoyed an upgrade to a Junior Suite, which was super stylish! In other online reviews, I read a lot about noise issues on the lower floors because of their restaurant/bar which is on the 2nd floor (more about that later!). We stayed on an upper level, so we did not hear any major disturbances besides the garbage truck in the alley each morning around 5am, but that is pretty standard for city living!

Overall, we were very happy with our room. The Junior Suite had a small couch and a comfy Queen bed!

Bang Buck

Depending on the timing of your trip, you can get a really good deal on this hotel! We traveling during high season, so we ended up paying around $200 per night which was a great rate for the area during that busy weekend. However, there is no doubt that for a boutique hotel in Union Square, the Mystic will most likely come in at a lower rate that most other establishments. The Mystic also offers free wi-fi and a free hot breakfast each morning, which also adds some more value to rate!


The only additional fees to be careful about is the parking. There is a garage just around the corner from the hotel, which charges $32 per night which is standard for the area. Honestly, unless San Fran is a stop in your road trip, I would avoid renting a car during your stay and stick to public transportation!


The service at the Mystic Hotel was spectacular! Everyone was very friendly and helpful during our stay. From the front desk, to the service, to the staff at the restaurant, everyone went above and beyond to make sure our stay was enjoyable. We had some issues with the 3rd party airport shuttle that we booked on our way out of San Fran and the front desk jumped in to action and made sure another company found room for us in their shuttle so that we could make our flight on time. Lifesavers!

Party Family

I would rank the Mystic Hotel a little bit closer to “Party Time” on this scale. While a family can definitely stay here and be totally happy and comfortable, the Mystic Hotel does give off a bit more of an “adult” vibe because of the decor and design. Additionally, the Burritt Room, a cocktail bar and lounge on the 2nd floor, gets hopping…so that means you have a steady stream of party-goers coming in/out of the lobby during the weekends.

As a young couple, however, having the Burritt Room was perfect for us during our stay. After a long day of sightseeing, we had no energy to venture out for a nice dinner, so we got dressed up and went downstairs! The restaurant was chic and romantic with a wide-variety of gourmet options on the menu. Having such a great restaurant option so close was awesome for us!


Little Secrets

My favorite little “surprise’ from our stay at the Mystic Hotel was the free hot breakfast served daily. While the spread wasn’t anything crazy, it was a lovely little touch during our visit to San Francisco and allowed us to have a healthy meal before our exhausting day out in the city.

Also, make sure you check our the wine glass chandelier in the staircase that takes you up to the 2nd floor! It is definitely a picture-worthy display!

Stay in Touch

Since our stay, I’ve been keeping up with the Mystic Hotel via their Facebook page which features lovely photos from San Fran as well as hotel offers and specials at the Burritt Room!

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