We used our HHonours points to stay at The Hilton in San Francisco’s Final District, the cheaper of the two Hiltons in San Francisco.
Being frequent travellers, we’ve stayed at the Hilton for the membership rewards. It’s paid off in the long-term for us, providing free nights in Las Vegas, San Francisco and New Zealand.
We’ve had a mix of experiences at Hilton owned hotels and resorts – ranging from the luxurious (Bora Bora), the business functional (Sydney), to the downright threadbare and a little scary (New Orleans).
Being the cheaper of the two Hiltons in San Francisco, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. But we were pleasantly surprised with everything about this hotel.
Accommodation & Views
We booked a basic Guest Room with a double bed, but on check in were upgraded to a King Bed Room with bayviews. We appreciate the upgrade, not just for the larger bed and room, but because of the fantastic views of Alcatraz from the suite/floor we relocated to!
The King bed was comfortable, the mattress the right level between firm and soft, and it was covered in a mountain of soft pillows.
The bathroom was a good size, stocked with the Hilton chain toiletries (we are those people who take toiletries even if we don’t use them – our holidays vary between road trips and luxury holidays, so it’s always handy having these around). The bathroom has a bath tub as well as a shower. The only thing the Hilton chain could improve on with their bathrooms is deeper tubs.
This Hilton is in the perfect location for tourists: a close walk to Fisherman’s Wharf and right near the Westfields for shopping. And it’s located close enough to walk to Haight Ashbury, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Academy of Science if you are as masochistic about walking everywhere as we are!
It’s also the perfect location for business visitors to San Francisco. Being right on the edge of the Financial District and Chinatown, it’s convenient for getting to meetings, and for having great after work meals.
Staff and ambience
The hotel staff is warm and friendly, which is nice after a long drive in bumper to bumper traffic. And to top off the pleasant and polite atmosphere, an upgrade to a larger suite is always a lovely gesture.
They’re also efficient, processing our parking pass immediately so we can check out as quickly as possible the next day and get on with our sight-seeing.
The Lobby Bar & the Exec Lounge
We’ve arrived at an odd time, thanks to the terrible traffic into San Fran. What should have taken us 10 minutes maximum from Candlestick took us over an hour. So we’ve missed lunch and I’m starving, but I don’t want to ruin our dinner.
Luckily, the staff gave us entry to the executive lounge, where there was a good selection of fruit, teas, and soft drink. I had breakfast there as well. If you’re an steak and eggs fan, you’d love the breakfast. I had toast with peanut butter, a banana, and tea.
The Lobby Bar was surprisingly good. Usually lobby bars are cold, soulless affairs, but this was warm and inviting. The bartender was friendly, and groups of business people and solo travelers seemed interested in chatting. If you’re travelling for business and you’re alone, this would be a good place for some human interaction.
Would we stay here again?
If you’re in San Francisco soon, I’d recommend this place. Warm and useful service, great views, a comfortable room, and in a convenient location. I’d recommend this Hilton to business people staying in the area, and for tourists. It caters well for both types of travelers.
*Exterior and restaurant photos used from the Hilton’s website*
Location & contact details: 750 Kearny Street, San Francisco, California 94108 USA
Check In & Check Out: 3pm and Midday/Noon.
Cost: 1 King Bed Bayview $339 per night.
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