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Grand Hyatt San Francisco
Ranked #37 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed April 4, 2009

We were a little worried after reading some of the reviews. So here is the truth from an unbiased couple. The location is awesome. The rooms are fine. They are nice and not "outdated" or anything else, although we did not see them as worthy of a $200 price tag, if you pay the regular price. Our $89 Priceline rate seemed like a really good deal. The staff was wonderful and very accomodating. Everything was great... except the clicking! Wow, if you are a light sleeper, it will drive you nuts. The staff said it happens when the wind blows and is worse the higher you go. Something about the hotel moving and earthquake safety. It sure was loud though. So we gave up our view on the 10th floor and moved to the 4th. It was much better and we were not in the room much anyway. If you want the view, head to the restaurant.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2009

My mom and I booked the Grand Hyatt because it was centrally located in Union Square. We had awesome help from the conceige before we arrived (transportation to/from SFO, around the city, etc) Check-in was a breeze once we got there. Our room over looked Union Square on the 31st floor. We caught the Culture Bus to California Academy of Sciences (GG Park) a block away and were dropped off even closer to the Grand Hyatt. I would recommend to anyone that wants a hotel in easy access to everything. Cable cars were a block away on Powell (didn't ride them in this trip, but I love them). The view from the Grandviews lounge on the 36th floor is to die for (We caught it on an afternoon where it had rained the night before and you could see the Bridges (GG and Bay), Alactraz, and Transamerica building)

  • Stayed: March 2009
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Reviewed March 1, 2009

This hotel has attentive and welcoming staff from the moment you step off the pavement. Check-in, bell boys and concierge staff are welcoming and friendly and one of the strengths of this hotel.

The other is the superb location just off the corner of Union Square. As such, the rooms (27th floor) and bar have superb views of Powell Street or of San Francisco. The bar also serves great cheese cake. Nearby you are also served with plenty of Starbucks and Walgreens.

The room: I can understand criticism of them being dated or noisy with wind but they are decent rooms of good size, clean, and the noise is not that loud you become troubled by it.

Concierge recommended a great Chinese restaurant ( Hunan Homes) that was a real gift of a find. There is also a great meal and good service to be found at nearby Scala's Bistro. Best breakfasts have to be at Sears...an American Institution. All of these are a short walk from the hotel.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Grand Hyatt would be my first port of call for the next visit to San Francisco.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 28, 2009

I stayed with two friends of mine at the Grand Hyatt for one night. One of my friend is a part of the "gold membership" or something, so we stayed on a private floor and got access to the private lounge. The lounge served Starbucks coffee and provided snacks throughout the day. In the evening they provided reasonably-priced drinks and free desserts. The mood of the lounge was relaxing, and the waiter they had working there was friendly. The rooms themselves were clean and had a breathtaking view. The location was wonderful, and the night we stayed it was raining so the hotel lent us these humongous umbrellas. Overall the stay was nice, and I would stay there again.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 26, 2009

We got a great deal on this hotel on Priceline for 3 nights in mid February 2009. The location is awesome and you can walk everywhere in Union Square. When we checked in, they were extremely helpful and polite, which isn't always the case when they see you paid a lower rate for their rooms. I even asked how booked they were to see if we could have a room with a view. They happily obliged and gave us a room on the 25th floor facing Powell Street. Actually, the Starlight Room was directly across from us so it was kinda fun watching the parties over there from our window. The room was spacious, quiet, bed was comfy, staff was polite. I couldn't ask for much more than that for the great rate we got. We would definitely stay here again when in SF.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2009

We just got back from a 5 day getaway to San Francisco and we stayed at the Grand Hyatt. The location is the truly grand part of this hotel. You can't ask for a better situated hotel especially if you like to shop! The hotel itself is very dated and in need of some major work. Our room was on the 29th floor and we had a great view. The bed itself was very comfortable but the linens were worn and the towels in the bathroom were rather threadbare. The bathroom was dated and unless you "plugged" the bathroom sink you could smell sewer! Also it was rather windy for a few of the days and the creaking noise in our room kept us up at night and when we called to ask what was going on, since the first 2 nights were nice and quiet, we were told that the creaking was caused by the wind and the building was moving slightly and there was nothing we could do!!! Not really what you want to hear when you are on the 29th floor! The windows were filthy and had childrens hand prints all the way down the lower half! The furniture was old and grubby. Wallpaper was starting to peel off!
The bar on the 36th floor provided a great view but the drinks were very expensive.
The staff were helpful and the best part of the hotel.
There are many other hotels in the area I would check out before ever going back to the
Grand Hyatt.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 8, 2009

My wife and I chose the relative "safety" of the Hyatt brand for a long weekend anniversary trip to San Francisco recently. As a frequent business traveller, I've stayed at Grand Hyatts all over the country and have always been satisfied (a corner room in the amazing Grand Hyatt Seattle ranks as one of the finest hotel experiences we've ever had).

Cons: Small, cramped lobby sports a1980's brass and mirror motif with ugly tile and does not make a good impression. There is no store/gift shop on site and no soda machines on the floors. You could go to the Walgreen's down the street for beverages, but your fridge is already stocked with $5.30 soft drinks. The planned 2009 room renovation cannot come soon enough for this tired, dated property. Saw pictures of two renovated rooms online but they were booked. Our small room was clean but shabby, with faded, ripped carpet along the window ruining an otherwise impressive city view. The tub/shower combo was old and grubby and the cold-war era shower head and faucet literally dribbled water. As previous reviewers have noted, the 18" TV is as lame as the beat-up armiore that encloses it. Our walls were thin and we could hear the idiots next door with perfect clarity.

On the plus side, the service was crisp, with friendly bellman and a helpful concierge. The new mattresses are excellent. There is no beating this location- right on Union Square, steps from the cable cars.

I paid with points, which took some of the sting away. But we could've stayed anywhere in SF for our special occasion and this was a let down. Hyatt is wasting a golden opportunity to shine in this location.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: 345 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108-4694
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#20 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#23 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#24 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#28 Green Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range: $219 - $803 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hyatt San Francisco 4*
Number of rooms: 660
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the city, the newly renovated Grand Hyatt is steps away form World Premier Shopping, cable cars, Chinatown, the Convention Center. Guests at Grand Hyatt enjoy exquisite comfort & amenities including a complimentary Fitness Center, daily newspapers, free internet access at OneUP restaurant and lobby area and the ultimate sleep experience in a "Grand Bed". ... more   less 
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