More hotel info
- From: Jonas Borjesson <
- Subject: More hotel info
- Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 09:36:02 -0800
Since I used to stay a lot in various hotels around the city when I
was going back and forth between Sweden and San Francisco I thought I
would share some of my experiences with both the hotels I stayed at as
well as the neighborhoods they were in.
First off, what do you want? Close to the office or a little more
lively neighborhood after work? The financial district and the hotels
that Binod listed are certainly very close to the office, however,
that area is completely dead after 7pm. It can even be hard to find
somewhere to eat. From a food perspective, the Hilton (750 Kearny St)
is very close to china town and there you can always find food. It is
also a short walk to North Beach (the Italian part of town) where food
will always be served around the clock. However, that Hilton (I stayed
there for 3 weeks) is the most boring hotel I have ever experienced.
The hotels around Union Square have a little more to offer as far as
late night dining goes and if you are thinking of shopping for your
loved ones then you are next to the shopping center of San Francisco.
I have stayed a month both at the Grand Hyatt and at the “other”
Hilton (333 O'FARRELL STREET) and they are both great Hotels. Grand
Hyatt is a little closer to Oracle (probably a 4-5 min walk between
the two hotels). Overall, the walk from Hyatt to the Oracle office is
not more than 10 min and it is a nice walk (and plenty of cafes on the
way to satisfy your caffeine addiction in the morning). Also, the
Hilton on O'Farrell St has a really nice sky bar with great views of
I assume most people will probably choose either of the two
neighborhoods above but in case you are interested in some other
neighborhoods where people actually live then here are some more
suggestions (note, you will have to commute in the morning, which can
To the west of the financial district you have Russian and Nob Hill
where you will find some of the best views of the city and the most
expensive hotels such as the Fairmont
It is still very much walkable to the Oracle office and you have a
neighborhood with good food and great location in general (Nob Hill is
closer to the office than Russian Hill).
Haight/Ashbury – my old neighborhood and I love it. There is a cute
hotel called Stanyan Park Hotel (http://www.stanyanpark.com/
), I have
not stayed there but a friend of mine has and he liked it. This is
right next to Golden Gate Park and next to Haight St where there are
plenty of good restaurants, bars and a lot of foot traffic in general.
To get downtown you would jump on the N muni line, which is a block
away. Takes about 30 min to get to Oracle from here.
Off course, you have Pier 39 and that area. Extremely touristy so
there are plenty of hotels around and I assume there are buses to take
you to the financial district but I don't know which ones. If you end
up staying here let me know and I'll figure out what the best way to
get to Oracle would be.
The fancy part of town are the two neighborhoods Marina and Cow Hollow
(they are only two blocks apart). Plenty of high-end restaurants, nice
cafes, exclusive shopping etc. I haven't stayed at any of the hotels
here but there are a bunch of motels/inns along Lombard St. They look
quite sad though but I'm sure there are good quality hotels around
this area as well. Apart from shopping and food you are right next to
Crissy Field, perfect for the morning/evening jog and beautiful views
of the Golden Gate Bridge. The San Francisco Yacht club is situated
here as well so if you like sailing, this is the place to be (if you
want to rent a boat it is easier to do so in Berkely instead).
Anyway, just some random info. Just email if you have any questions.