Weekend Getaway in San Francisco

San Francisco is full of the sights, sounds, and experiences that you would expect it to have and so much more. However, be prepared to shell out some cash while out there. As the old song goes, “I left my heart in San Francisco.” Well, I also left my wallet there!


Hyatt Regency

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Pony Boy on January 7, 2006

The Hyatt Regency is located just outside the financial district in downtown. It is right next to a major shopping center that seems to have every store and major brand name there is. Along with the shopping center, it is also very close to numerous restaurants, most of which are on the high end. It is also only about a 10-minute cab ride or so from the Fisherman's Wharf and other tourists spots within the Bay area, so it is a good location if you plan to hit up those areas.

The hotel is very nice, and the room I was in was spacious but expensive. I was in a standard room, which ran close to $300 a night. A grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup from room service ran me about $20. My room had a full room service menu, wireless Internet access, minibar, cable TV, and every other standard amenity one can image.

The Hyatt also had a concierge service, the employees of which were very knowledgeable about the area, and a restaurant and bar within the hotel. I didn't bother eating there since it didn't look all that attractive. I decided to venture out into the city and try something more San Franciscan. I also had an amazing view of the Bay Bridge from my balcony. For you photographers out there, a picture of this bridge in the morning with the surrounding fog makes for a great souvenir! A cab ride (with tip) from the airport to the hotel runs about $40. All in all, the hotel is nice, but the location is what you really paying for. I probably wouldn't stay there again, opting for something a bit less expensive.

Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, California, 94111
(415) 788-1234

The Adante Hotel

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by Pony Boy on January 7, 2006

Well, if you’re looking for a budget hotel, this is your place. Keep in mind, however, that you get what you pay for, which was about $100 a night. Maybe I'm being a bit too harsh, but the hotel is very old and the room we stayed in was probably 8x10. That size room was enough for a queen-size bed and about an extra 3 feet from the bed to the door. The elevator sounded old and creaky, but it was serviceable. There wasn't much from an amenity standpoint. Outside of a wake-up call service and views of taller buildings outside of the one window, it's pretty much just a place to sleep in and that's it.

On the plus side, however, there is an Internet cafe that is connected to the hotel and a free continental breakfast, and the hotel staff there was VERY friendly and helpful. The hotel also offers a shuttle to/from the airport for $20 per person, which is a deal considering a cab ride would run you around $40.

The location of the hotel isn't bad. Make sure you ask for directions from the staff if you go out walking around. Three blocks the wrong way and  you’re in a very rough area, and three blocks the right way will take you to trendy Union Square and many trolley stations. There are also many homeless people begging for money on the streets around there. If you can put up with just using the hotel to sleep in, the location of the hotel to everything else in the city is very good and the price is very reasonable.

Adante Hotel
610 Geary Street
San Francisco, California, 94102
415-673-9221

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