Fodor's Expert Review Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, California 94111, USA See on Map
The spectacular 17-story atrium lobby, reportedly the largest hotel lobby in North America, is a marvel. The gray concrete structure is the focal point of the Embarcadero Center, where more than 100 shops and restaurants cater to the Financial District, while the Ferry Building—a hub of activity, great shopping, excellent eateries, and a highly popular weekend farmers' market—is a short walk away.
During the holidays, the hotel is abuzz with winter cheer, especially when the ice rink pops up in the Embarcadero.
Businesslike rooms have city or bay views; 162 come with bay-view balconies. Standard rooms are 385-square feet and offer comfy bedding, work desks, and ergonomic chairs.
Splurge for a room on a higher floor on the bay-front side of the building for wonderful sunrise views.
Functional bathrooms include bathtubs, tiled sinks, and back-lit mirrors.
The massive sculpture acts as a centerpiece to the 17-story atrium lobby. A huge fountain occupies on side, while the sleek Eclipse Kitchen & Bar reigns over the other. Large TVs, plenty of outlets to plug into, and a helpful concierge enhance the lobby's already buzzing atmosphere.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Fodorites report that waits for check in can be long.
The 24-hour StayFit fitness center offers cardio machines, weights, and more.
Ask the concierge for running trail maps along the bay.
The lobby's Eclipse Kitchen & Bar serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a lively atmosphere, with large TVs showcasing sporting events. The Schnitzel Salad or fondue are popular treats. Grab and go quick eats like sandwiches and morning pastries at The Market.
Eclipse Kitchen & Bar's inventive martini menu makes this a fine place to unwind after a day of exploration.
Parking rates are high throughout the city, and this property's fees are no less staggering. Since the cable car, Muni trolley and trains, buses and BART trains all stop within a block, take advantage of the city's public transportation options. Walkers will appreciate the proximity to the bay, Financial District, SoMa and Union Square.
Enjoy classic seafood dishes like cioppino at Tadich Grill (6-minute walk), or meander over to the Ferry Building (3-minute walk) to sample the wealth of offerings from local favorites including steamed buns at Slanted Door, burgers from Prather Ranch, and innovative ice cream flavors from Humphrey Slocombe.
Slip onto a stool at the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant (3-minute walk) to sample flights of bubbly, Chardonnay or Cabernet. Also at the Ferry Building is Bouli Bar (3-minute walk) which serves craft cocktails, beer, and small bites.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A fab location near the bay and Ferry Building and a grand entryway in a spirited environment makes this Hyatt Regency a fine choice for families or business travelers.
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