Sunday, October 12, 2008

Hotel Review - Hilton San Francisco Financial District (Room 1513)

Hilton Financial District - San Francisco, CA
750 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Hotel Review and Trip Report - Hilton Financial District

Update: I have stayed here since, there is a HUGE new building right next door. During early 2011 they were still constructing it, so the noise was fairly loud during the day. Plus the street noise at night now echos up the sides which was disappointing since this is such a decent hotel otherwise.

This hotel used to be a Holiday Inn, but got coverted to a Hilton a year or two ago...The conversion was done nicely, calling this hotel in the "Financial District" is a bit of a stretch. The hotel is really on the boarder of Chinatown, Broadway..and barely the Financial district.

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The location is not bad -- since there are plenty of great resturants nearby, plus easy access to funky bars and clubs on Broadway. But plan on taking a taxi to any locations on Market Street or south of Market -- its a bit of a long walk otherwise.

I had prepared myself for the basic "priceline room" but I asked for a room with a nice view and the cheerful front desk clerk was happy to give me a room on the 15th floor with a great view of Coit Tower and the Bay.

The open views are great from the northside of the hotel -- you can see Coit Tower, the bay and even the Golden Gate on a clear day.

The rooms have been redone with the conversion and offer a perfect desk space next to the window, with plenty of outlets and work-friendly touches.

The bathrooms are small, but have been upgraded with granite and shiney faucets. Everything was very clean -- unlike some other SF Hotels.

The location is not always the best, but the area is safer than most "downtown" hotels and offers a more San Francisco experience than the huge and impersonal SF Hilton. All in all a great hotel if you dont have business south of market -- or dont mind taking a cab to business meetings.

Hotel Review - San Francisco Marriott (room 3144)

San Francisco Marriott
55 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Hotel Review and Trip Report -  San Francisco Marriott

This is another mega San Francisco hotel that is big on rooms, but small on personality and San Francisco Charm. The location is ok -- close to the Powell Street BART/MUNI stop, but in a very busy area slightly south of Market Street on 4th Street. The Westfield San Francisco Shopping Centre is nearby.

The Front desk clerk gave me a nice room on the 31th floor in the "high-rise" tower. The hotel layout is confusing since there are multiple banks of elevators and not all floors.

The rooms are standard Marriott style. The Desk is ok, but the chair is dated and was stained. The desk space was cluttered with all sorts of stuff, including hotel guides, coffee marker, clunky WIRED internet access (no Wireless access in the room) and assortment of snacks -- warning: the snacks and minifridge are touch sensitive, if you pick up a candy bar you are charged.

They did have a LCD tv with HDTV channels with is a nice touch, and the bathroom was mid-size and clean.

My two biggest gripes were I asked for my Rewards number to be added (never happened, even though the front desk clerk wrote it down) and I was overcharged for daily internet. These are small things, but for a "business" hotel you would think these would not be an issue. The high-speed price was a bit disturbing since I selected the lower price internet option online and was charged the higher price one automatically.

I dunno I just didnt feel good about this hotel -- there are much better places to stay in San Francisco.