Hyatt Regency San Francisco
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hyatt Regency San Francisco
You don't need a car here!
This hotel is in a fantastic location to take advantage of San Francisco's European quality public transportation. The BART station is right outside the door, as is the Ebarcadero cable car stop and the charming old streetcars (practically free) that whisk you to Fisherman's wharf. The cable car is almost never crowded here, and you can ride it up the steep hill to China town, or transfer to the Powell street line to go to Fisherman's wharf. Once you've "done" the cable car routine, stick with the street cars to go to Fisherman's wharf.
They're fast, cheap and usually uncrowded. It's true that the room quality here is not what you might expect from Hyatt. Our room was somewhat worn and the mattress a bit thin. Every hotel in SF charges outrageous parking fees, so leave the car at the airport and ride the BART in.
Equinox Restaurant, San Francisco CThe Equinox, at the Hyatt Regency in Embarcadero, is Northern California's only revolving rooftop restaurant. A revolution is completed every 40 minutes, allowing visitors to take a virtual tour of the city without leaving their seat. Equinox serves fresh seafood, prime rib, dry-aged steaks, pasta, and seasonal specials. We visited in October, 2003.Ambiance: Sharp, modern, nicely soft-lit. Soft Jazz in the background. Service: A terrific waiter from Vietnam shared his life story. Views: Beautiful look of the sparkling Oakland Bridge.Overall impressions: Panoramic view of the Hilly City, but a sad reminder of its cold concrete nature, lack of green space and sidewalks of homeless dwellers.
We Moved On........
My husband and I stayed at the Hyatt as a suggestion from a family member. It was a nice place, the lobby is built similar to the Luxor in Las Vegas, so if you fear fire, heights or earthquakes this probably will not be your cup of tea! Overall it was a nice hotel, the room was clean and our view was OK. We could not see any of the "sights" from our room but did get a water view as promised. I would only suggest this hotel only if you must stay in the financial district. As a tourist, it was not optimal. The walk to Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 was at least 2 miles. To get your car out of Valet ($$$$$) and on the road was nerve racking due to the traffic we encountered as we tried to leave Monday morning experiencing grid-lock. The bathroom was VERY small and the bed was so hard it hurt to breathe the next morning!!!!!
We ended up cancelling our last night, and moved on!
I've always wanted to stay here after seeing "The Towering Inferno". The lobby alone is enough to take the casual's tourist's breath away. It's truly stunning. The glass elevator ride to our room was always a treat. The rooms are rather large (for San Francisco, at least) and are beautifully decorated in bold and striking fashion. Check-in was a breeze and the room service was surprisingly quick. The staff couldn't have been friendlier. Along with the lobby, the hotel's high point (literally) is the Equinox. Perched atop the roof of the hotel, this revolving restaurant provided one of the most delicious dinners I have ever experienced. As for the view from our table, well, words just wouldn't do it justice. Just be advised, however, that if you have a car, valet parking is a very steep $40. All in all, a wonderful experience and we would return in a heartbeat!
Don't go for the view.
I was in SF on business in the Embarcadero Center and checked into the Hyatt Regency partly for the convenience and partly because I decided to treat myself to a view room.
Have to say I was kind of disappointed. The views of the Bay are partial and, in half the view rooms, the balcony tilts AWAY from the view. The biggest problem though, is that the balconies exist mostly as concrete pigeon roosts and the balcony furniture is mediorce metal and plastic lawn furniture that is sized in a way that means your view of the bay disappears as soon as you sit down.
So I ended up spending 5 minutes hanging over the (pigeon-dropping encrusted) concrete railing looking at the view, then went back in the room.
Plus, as someone noted, it appears that there are regular, heavily amplified, after-work concerts on the Embarcadero plaza below, so you can forget about a peaceful early-evening break in your room if you are on the bay side.
The room I had, which I assume was like all the others on the hall, was oddly-layed out. The overly-large entryway was pleasant, but not when I realized it was at the cost of a very small (and poorly-lit) sink and bath area.
For the price (or $30 more), there are much better hotels in SF. (But think about stopping for a drink at the Equinox revolving restaurant on the top of the hotel -- it's pretty fun.)
Having stayed a short time I decided to checkout and move to a better hotel. This wasted a lot of time. On the plus side the location is good if you need to be in embacadero, the rooms are spacious, clean and newly renovated, the rooms abright with large windows, the staff were professional and respectful of guests and my needs. Of note was a particular concierge or porter called Joe who was outstandingly understanding.
On the minus and why I moved was :- i) the king bed is really springy and uncomfortable, they can give a bed board but it didn't help. Some other hotel chains offer really high quality beds for similar room rate.
ii) street noise, all rooms are on or near major roads and the rooms have huge single glazed windows, most are sliding doors but they are not properly soundproofed. If you are near the top end of the hotel you will hear the bell tower ring loudly during the day. If you are in the sea facing rooms you may hear the outdoor concerts and events held on the weekend. This maybe standard for Hyatt or city hotels but you can find properly sound proofed hotel rooms elsewhere.
iii) look out for the extra charges eg. to have to autromatic in room bar emptied for your own use you must pay USD 10. valet park is USD 38 and local covered parking is USD 27. The point is other areas of town have more choice on parking.
iv) note the sea or bay facing rooms have a partial view so dont expect much. Infact you can get better bay facing views from other hotels in the city, albeit further from the water.
So if you dont mind the minus points from myopinion then you will like the hotel !
Dramatic and Comfortable!
The most dramatic lobby imaginable. Comfortable, very quiet contamporary rooms with marble baths and good beds. For a family like ours, with 5 persons, you must ask for two rooms at the family rate to make this affordable - the second room is at 1/2 price. Parking is steep at $38 valet or $28 self-park in the adjoining Embarcadero structure (enter from Drumm St. behind hotel). Hotel is in business district, not tourist center, so it is quieter at night and requires some walking to sights and restaurants - but SF is designed for that.
Cable car terminus at front of hotel, streetcar line alongside, and BART (subway) stop to the front. We had a great, comfortable, and affordable stay of 3 days here.
Our special anniversary
My husband and I had reservations for August 2 through August 6th.
I made my plans online, and after the plans were made, I decided to call the hotel directly to tay to make our stay a little special for us.
The young lady on the phone was very pleasant and courteous. Wish I had asked her name. Upon our arrival, the front desk clerk congratulated us for our anniversary, and said we had a room with a balcony, it was an upgrade.
Five minutes after we were in our room, there was a knock at our door, and there was a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries.
We can't thank you enough for helping to make our stay so enjoyable and memorable.
We WILL return next year!!
Cassandra & Gordon Earle
Hyatt failed to disclose their outrageous $38 daily parking fee when we made our reservations. Hotel architecture spectacular, rooms are fair and overpriced, hotel staff arrogant. Obviously we won't be staying here anymore
Hyatt.... to save the day!!!!
We just returned home from San Francisco and we had a great trip thank s to the hyatt.... We had stayed 2 nights at the Nikko Hotel which is completely overated. But it was recomended by a friend so i thought i couldn't go wrong. Well to make a long story short we had to leave the nikko early due to a power outage and we called the hyatt where we were supposed to stay originally and luckily they had availability. The manager was great and after he heard all that we had gone through he made sure he had rooms avail. for us as soon as we got there which was about 10 am. We had a great stay at the hyatt we stayed on one of their private floors the 16th and 17th are private they are bigger than the regular rooms. They were great clean, spacious, (the bathrooms were a bit small but still nice,) the best thing of all is each room has a terrace we had a beautiful bay view which is avail. on request. I highly reccomend this hotel the steakhouse was great too. Well enjoy san francisco and the location of this hotel can not be beat!!!!
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