A Good Choice!
My wife and I stayed at the Hilton SF Financial District for 4 nights for a New Years getaway. Before our trip we poured over reviews of hotels in San Fran and decided that rather than spend a lot of money for a dumpy hotel at the Wharf or Union Square, we would rather get a nicer hotel for the same amount by selecting a place outside the tourist trap areas. It turned out to be a good decision!
This hotel is on the edge of the financial district next to China Town and North Beach districts, and is a short walk to Union Square. A 5 minute walk down to the waterfront, jump on a trolley car, and couple minutes later your at Fishermans Wharf or Pier 39. The California Line Cable Car is a few short blocks away from the hotel. We had no problems getting anywhere in SF, its a very compact city. Ask for a Bayview Room, and request a high floor away from elevators. The rooms are not huge, but very comfortable, and the bay view will blow you away! Granted the windows are single pane and you can hear a bit of noise from the streets below, but we didn't find it to be a big deal. We had no issues with elevators, and the staff were very accomdating. During our stay we took a look at some of the other hotels we could have chosen, and to be honest, I think we made a good choice. Some of the hotels in the Union Square district are on the edge of the Tenderloin District (a very sketchy part of the city) and not a good idea to walk around late at night. And while hotels near Fishermans Wharf are very convenient to the tourist traps, there is more to see in SF than the tourist traps. If I had to find fault with this hotel, it was that we asked for a high floor when reserving, but had to insist on it when we checked in late (midnight) and they had us down for a 9th floor room, we asked for the higher room, and ended up with the 17th floor. And don't let the door men talk you into taking a town car to the airport when you check out, our cab to SF International was $36 and the town car was willing to come down to $50. We did not eat at the hotel as it seemed pricy, but the area is surrounded by incredible restaraunts for lunch and dinner, for breakfast try Mamma's in North Beach, its a short walk. Union Square is less than a 10 minute walk down Kearny St to Market St.
Tip: Purchase a Muni-Pass either at the airport information booth, or at the Cable Car ticket booths, it gives you unlimited rides on Cable Cars, buses, Trolley Cars etc. for your stay. We were not driving, but be warned parking in SF is a nightmare and expensive.
We loved SF and would stay at this hotel again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hilton San Francisco Financial District soars 27 stories, offering stunning panoramic views of the city skyline and San Francisco Bay. Located in the historic center of the city, the hotel sits at the crossroads of the Financial District, Chinatown, North Beach and Nob Hill. You are just steps away from San Francisco's most popular attractions such as Alcatraz, Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf, Coit Tower, and Lombard Street. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton San Francisco Financial District Hotel San Francisco
- Hilton Hotel San Francisco
- San Francisco Hilton