Review: Grand Hyatt San Francisco (City View)

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Nightly rate
(incl. taxes/fees)
US$210.82
Length of stay4 nights
Membership levelGlobalist
(World of Hyatt)

What benefits to expect when you stay at Grand Hyatt San Francisco as a World of Hyatt Globalist member?

The hotel originally opened in 1972 and was last renovated in 2011. It has a total of 660 rooms.

This Category 5 World of Hyatt property requires 17,000 to 23,000 points per night for award stays in a standard room.

RelatedSweet Spots: Best ways to redeem World of Hyatt points

Location

The hotel is located in the heart of the city, at Union Square.

  • 10 mins drive to Fisherman’s Wharf
  • 20 mins drive to San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
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Arrival

Upon arrival, we were assisted with our luggages and directed to the reception.

As we were travelling in a group of 3 and booked a room with double beds, there weren’t any suite or large rooms available for an upgrade. As a Globalist member recognition, we were assigned a room on a higher floor, with city view.

Seats at the lobby
Lift lobby
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Key hours at the Grand Club lounge

Double Beds (City View)

Room 2902 is 29sqm/312sqft in size.

It was a small room, just enough for us to walk around in, after placing 3 large suitcases on the floor.

Some plus points include the large television and having the curtain switch by the bed.

Twin Room
Work desk
Ports near the work desk
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Ports near the bed
Power ports near the bed
Curtain switch near the bed
View from the room
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Bathroom
Bathtub and toilet
Bathroom amenities
Balmain bath products
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Floor plan of the 29th floor

Internet speed

The WiFi speed, especially for uploads, was not good during my stay.

Grand Club lounge

Globalist members and those who booked a Club Access room have access to the Grand Club lounge.

The lounge has a lovely panoramic view of the city and in my 4-day experience, it is sized just enough to accommodate eligible guests during breakfast and evening cocktail hours.

Club lounge
Lounge seats
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Lounge seats
Wireless charger and power ports
Business centre
View from the lounge

Breakfast

Eligible guests, including Globalist members, can enjoy complimentary breakfast at the Grand Club.

Like most hotels in this region, food options in the lounge were pretty basic and carb-heavy.

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Buffet area
Pastries and cereals
Bagels and toasts
Oatmeal
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Hot food
Beverage area
Tomato eggs and potatoes
Oatmeal
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Pastries
Our picks

Evening cocktail

Food offered in the lounge during evening cocktail hours are quite limited, but it is great that there was one hot food snack offered daily.

All alcoholic drinks are chargeable here. Guests can fill up a card through the Honor Bar at the buffet area, to record their consumption. They can then pass it to a staff before leaving, to have it added to the total bill for the stay.

Honor Bar
Sparkling wine
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Honor Bar instructions
Evening snacks
Churros and cheesecake

Other facilities

The has a small gym, but no swimming pool.

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My ratings

This is how I am rating my stay, after considering what I paid:

Breakfast6/10
Service7/10
Location9/10
Room furnishing7/10
View
(from the room)
8/10
Peace & quiet10/10
Facilities5/10
Elite member recognition6/10
Value7/10

Bottom line

San Francisco is known for overpriced hotels, especially in the city centre. Unlike most hotels in Asia, those in this region offer weaker membership status recognition; so be sure to adjust your expectations.

Comparing to other hotels in the area, we paid a fair rate here. However, it felt like we were just paying to stay for a couple of beds in this location, and nothing much more.

1 thought on “Review: Grand Hyatt San Francisco (City View)”

  1. This hotel has a strange problem. It’s a concrete hotel, I think 36 floors, but the rooms creak, like an old wooden ship, with beams creaking. It’s strange, I’ve never heard or experienced that before in tall concrete buildings, and it’s annoying. The creaking is LOUD going on ALL NIGHT.
    Avoid this hotel. The noise effects all rooms, the staff say its normal, which it certainly isn’t.

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