We celebrated NYE in the City (San Francisco) as we do every year. But this time we decided to stay at the Hyatt at the Embarcadero. We had a great "king-balcony" room that overlooked the Bay. It was somewhat awkward though navigating the large puddles that had accumulated on the balcony floor after the previous rain. There was so much water pooled there that one had rather wet shoes/slippers after venturing out there, and then tracked the water back into the room.
The furnishings and bathroom fittings were somewhat stale ... but still attractive. The flat-panel TV though was in definite need of replacement. It just looked worn and dirty ... and the remote worked sporadically. The room was very clean, the bed comfy, and we had more than ebnough room for 3 of us (king bed for 2 + a roll-away for 1). Actually I thought that the room was pretty spacious for a non-suite type of room.
As imagined, the hotel was very-very busy because of the NYE crowd. The wait times for the elevators were rather long, and the elevators were terribly crowded. And one needed to "clear security" before entering the hotel property that night ... they were obviously (and thankfully) trying to keep out the non-guests. This area draws a huge crowd on NYE to see the fireworks show along the Bay and it can get really crazy with so many people milling about after the show.
The hotel lobby-atrium is a grand place to be, and Eclipse bar-restaurant there was equally busy. Once note about the Eclipse, since we are local to the area, we often stop by the Hyatt and head into the Eclipse for drinks after work, or on the weekend, and also stay for dinner occasionally. It's really a nice place to relax and enjoy the beautiful lobby atrium and sights.
If you are a touist to SF, then this is also a really convienant place to stay. It's right at the foot of Market Street ... one of the famed cable car lines starts right outside the front doors to the hotel, and the MUN and BART transit station is right there as well. And if you don't want to take public transit, then a cab ride to Union Square for example will cost about $10, or you can walk it i about 20 minutes. Or you can hop on one of the vintage street-cars and ride over to Fisherman's Wharf .... or head in the other direction and head over to the Castro.
My only real complaint is that the room was over-priced. I know it was NYE and so prices would be somewhat higher ... but based on my research it looks like we paid about $200 a night more for the room. For us the room total for one night was $575 which included all of the various taxes and fees + parking (at $57 per day) and wifi (at $10 per day).
We'll certainly be back for sure ... it's a great hotel and I think more than worthy of a vacation or business stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 804-room Hyatt Regency San Francisco is the City's only luxury waterfront hotel with breathtaking bay and city views. Ideally located for business and leisure, the hotel is in the Financial District, and close to all major city attractions, and located across the street from the renovated historical Ferry Building. ... more less
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