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San Francisco: Grand Hyatt San Francisco

345 Stockton Street, Phone: (415) 398-1234

Reviewed by: Colleen from CA (moderator), review #1402

When: April 2006

Elegant comfort in the heart of San Francisco. 1/2 block from Union Square.

The Grand Hyatt hotel is in a great location - 1/2 block from Union Square, and within steps of high-end stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Gump's, Neiman Marcus, Tiffany, and others - Macy's, Williams-Sonoma, Niketown, Disney, Levi's, and Borders Books.

My room (#911) looked out over Stockton Street. The heavy damask curtains kept out most of the street noise. There was a narrow balcony leading off the sliding glass doors ... but I didn't step out onto it!

The room was well sized, with plenty of good lighting. It had a comfortable king-sized bed with crisp linens and cushy feather pillows. There was a writing desk with chair, a large TV in an armoire with mini-bar underneath, two reading chairs under a floor lamp, a tall dresser and a nightstand with lamp and clock-radio alarm. In the large closet, there was an in-room safe and iron and ironing board, along with an extra blanket and pillow. One of my criteria for a good hotel is "real" hangers - not those with the tiny, unusable hooks ... the Grand Hyatt passed. :)

The other item I look for (and the Grand Hyatt provided) is the "Save the Earth" (water conservation) option: if you're staying longer than overnight, you can tell housekeeping that you don't need your sheets and towels changed everyday.

I didn't go up to the Grandviews Lounge on this trip, but have been up there in the past. In addition to the fabulous views over the City, it offers cocktails, desserts, and appetizers. A little pricy, but worth it - you're never rushed.

I only have two minor complaints about this hotel: 1) $43 + tax for hotel parking!!! Instead, park a couple of blocks away at the Ellis & O'Farrell garage for about $25/24 hours. 2) There's a coffee maker in the bathroom (along with a TV!), but you have to BUY THE COFFEE ($2.50) from the mini-bar! Come on. They're charging a hefty rate, you'd think they could provide a pot of coffee for guests ...

Check the website for prices - I stayed as part of a conference for $199+tax/night. As long as you don't mind paying exhorbitant fees to park at the hotel or drink their coffee :D , the Grand Hyatt is a fine place to stay.

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