San Francisco Journals

Left My Heart in San Francisco

An October 2002 trip to San Francisco by dalefried

Quote: I visited S.F. three times: once on vacation and twice on business. It reminds me of NYC with big hills! Driving over the hills is scary, and cab drivers enjoy scaring you by driving quickly over the hills--so if you enjoy thrill rides, this is the place for you!

The Fairmont San Francisco

Hotel | "The Fairmont"

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I visited here while on a business trip. The Fairmont is located in the Nob Hill area. It's very classy. The lobby is gorgeous, with burgundy velvet and Oriental rugs. Our hotel room was extremely large, with a separate dressing area. The bathroom had a scale and an electric shoe polisher. Now for the bad stuff: The wooden window was old and rattling. I had to call to change rooms because I never would have been able to go to sleep. The second room faced the street, and I could hear the cable car clanging its bell whenever it passed by. One of the bathroom fixtures was coming off the wall. The hotel provides two terrycloth bathrobes, but one day there was only one bathrobe. I didn't want to be ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 11, 2003

The Fairmont San Francisco
950 Mason Street
San Francisco, California 94108
(415) 772-5000

Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport - South San Francisco

Hotel | "Embassy Suites at San Francisco Airport"

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The Embassy Suites is located close to the airport. As a result, it is about 45 minutes away from San Francisco. Traffic is always horrible, so leave loads of time to go to downtown S.F. The lobby of this hotel is so beautiful, it's like a museum. It was enjoyable just walking around. Embassy Suites is part of the Hilton family, and being an HHonors Gold VIP member, I was treated like a queen. Check-in took 2 seconds. Whenever I travel on business, I always look for an Embassy Suites hotel. I love them! The Embassy Suites is an all-suite hotel and provides complimentary breakfast buffet and happy hour from 4 to 7pm. We ate in the hotel restaurant, where I had Florentine ravioli with g...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 11, 2003

Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport - South San Francisco
250 Gateway Blvd
South San Francisco, California 94080
(650) 589-3400

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Restaurant | "Bubba Gump's"

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This is a theme restaurant located in the Pier 39 tourist spot. It is right on the water, so it was great to watch boats sail by. You can even see Alcatraz from there. The theme of the restaurant is from the movie Forrest Gump. On the tables are license plates that say, "Run Forrest Run" or "Stop Forrest Stop." When you need service, you turn the license plate to "Stop Forrest Stop." We needed another place setting, so we turned the license plate. A waiter passed by our table, stopped in his tracks, and came back to our table. I couldn't believe it! The food was tasty. We started with nachos with refried beans and all the fixings. I had pasta primavera, which was good. This was very enjoyable,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 11, 2003

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Pier 39
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 781-4867

Fisherman's Wharf

Attraction | "Fisherman's Wharf / Pier 39"

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Whenever I visit San Francisco, I always go back to Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 39. Each time I've visited, I was with either my husband or different coworkers. There are so many shops and restaurants there. I didn't really leave my heart in S.F.--I left my money! There are a lot of tacky souvenir shops, but there are also quality gift shops. My coworker went to town buying Lladro figurines. Don't forget to ride on the carousel and visit the seals sunning on the barges. Loads of great seafood restaurants located here. There are street performers--some deserve donations, while others definitely don't. They think because they spray themselves silver and stand like a statue that they deserve money. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 11, 2003

Fisherman's Wharf
The Embarcadero
San Francisco, California
415/956-3493

Ghirardelli Square

Attraction

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I visited here for the first time in 1994, with my husband. There was a band playing, which was very nice. Inside the building were a lot of shops you could find anywhere. We walked inside the Ghiradelli chocolate shop--nice. Well, I visited again in 2001 on business. My coworker is a shopaholic, and I got a totally different perspective when I went with her. We visited one shop that sold unique Italian ceramic and porcelain products. She spent about $500 there! (I told you, she is a shopaholic.) Then we visited a very unique music-box store (not the San Francisco Music Box Store). There were a million clocks that played music. I fell in love with a unique silver wall clock, made by the Rythym ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 11, 2003

Ghirardelli Square
900 North Point St
San Francisco, California 94109
(415) 775-5500

Lou's Pier 47

Attraction | "Lou's Blues"

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On my first trip to San Francisco with my husband, we walked to Fisherman's Wharf and heard great music coming from Lou's Blues. Lou's is a restaurant with a bar and live entertainment upstairs. It has bands in the afternoon and evening. When we returned to hear more that evening, we had to wait until 9pm. I noticed that I was the only woman waiting! Well, this is San Francisco. The act that night was a blues band playing original tunes. I could tell that my husband was bored, so we only stayed for an hour. He said that the wooden chairs were uncomfortable. On a business trip in 2001, I coerced my coworker to stop shopping for an hour and to come listen to a band at Lou's Blues. The band was pl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 11, 2003

Lou's Pier 47
300 Jefferson St
San Francisco, California 94133
+1 415 771 0377