A few weeks ago I stayed two nights at one of my favourite airport hotels – the Hyatt Regency, San Francisco Airport.
I am not wholly sure why I like it so much, but I think it’s because the buses do run promptly, the Regency Club is pretty good, the staff are friendly and the rooms are renovated. Sometimes it can be packed with huge events and at other times it has been empty. It has some great views of the Bay on one side, but noisier rooms on the other side near the freeway.
I stayed there on 31 December and had a fairly poor suite using an upgrade. The property offered to give me a nicer room on my return – this was that trip.
The Shuttle Buses run from the Upper Levels at SFO and calls at each Domestic Terminal and then the International Terminal, before heading off to the Marriott and thence the Hyatt Regency. The buses run about every 20 minutes, and are not usually too full except for first thing in the morning.
Check-In was uneventful, although the Duty Manager came out to meet me after the previous service problem. I was on the 8th Floor in a suite with a nice view of the Bay. (Picture above was taken from the room).
The suite had two seperate areas divided by a wall but with no doors separating them (see above). There was also a nice desk area with plenty of light in the main sitting area.
There are two TV’s working using either remote control provided. The seating area was comfortable and I slept well in the new Hyatt Bed.
The rooms at the property either face inwards to the Atrium (above), or outside to the Bay or Freeway. The internal rooms I find too warm and airless and so I usually ask for an outside room. It’s a careful balancing act between inside/outside vs. road noise.
There is a public bus stop opposite the hotel and whilst not frequent they are an option if you want to get in to San Francisco, have time and wish to avoid the massive fee imposed by BART for using the Airport station.
Regency Club is open all day and has a serve-yourself fridge with Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew and water as well as an espresso machine which enables you to make your own drinks. Access is via your room key. There are now two computers and printers in the room for boarding passes etc. Unmanned, except during Breakfast and Hors d’oeuvre it does have free internet.
The food selection is fairly typical both at breakfast and dinner with no hot offerings. The menu doesn’t really change from day to day and so can be a little predictable.
Overall – A good stay at a property I like and for an airport location, hard to fault