by Brendan M. Lynch | February 01, 2005
Handlery Union Square HotelSan Francisco’s Handlery Union Square Hotel (, run by the Handlery family since 1948, is giving something back to the community: free meeting space. Since October, the Handlery has offered its 1,035-square-foot Union Square meeting room to local and national not-for-profit organizations free of charge. The offer will be available through the end of March.
    “My hotel family and our guests benefit from the many not-for-profit organizations that provide services to the local community and others worldwide,” says John Handlery, senior vice president and general manager of the Handlery Union Square. “Whether it is an arts organization, youth- or health-related not-for-profit, we want to express our gratitude to them through this program.”
    The hotel’s Union Square meeting room accommodates up to 100 people in a theater-style setting and features state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, including a wide-screen TV, an overhead projector, sophisticated computer production equipment and wireless Internet access. For A/V use, not-for-profits are charged a nominal fee.
    To qualify for the free meeting space, organizations need not book guest rooms at the hotel. But if guest rooms are used, the property will give 10 percent of the bill back to the group in the form of a donation.
    One caveat to this philanthropy: The free meeting space cannot be booked more than three weeks in advance.