Do you have a hotel you are so familiar with it feels like a second home? With my many stays in the last few years at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, it has become my west coast home.
My company has an office on the San Francisco peninsula relatively close to the airport, and we get a decent corporate rate at the Hyatt, along with a few other places. Based on my preferences I opt for the Hyatt vs Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn or other options. The rate at the Hyatt is often lower than other hotels, and I consider it much nicer than other options. With almost 800 rooms, its usually not too difficult to get a room. At such a huge property, I wouldn’t expect service to necessarily be that personalized, but I’ve had great encounters with some of the front desk and Regency Club staff. Occasionally I’ve received bay view rooms or better yet free suite upgrades.
An executive suite in the older decor, with CRT TVs, thankfully these have been updated.
In general, the entry-level suites in this property are fine, but in my opinion, not the best use of a Diamond Suite upgrade. I have used them here but only when they would otherwise expire. Most of my stays here are relatively short business trips, so I don’t typically bother with trying to use certificates to upgrade.
When landing at SFO, this hotel is easily visible on most approaches from the south if seated on the left side of the plane. Its a large square building, with what looks like white tents on the roof. Like many Hyatt Regency hotels, there is a large atrium. During the day, there is a lot of natural light.
The hotel has several restaurants, but I rarely dine on property, beyond breakfasts and possibly some snacks in the Regency Club. There is a nice large fitness center on the main floor, and a small one on the 9th (club) floor. Due to the atrium, and only one elevator bank, it can be a quite long walk to your room.
One of my favorite features of this hotel is easy access to the SF Bay trail. Assuming weather cooperates, I make an effort to take a run along the bay. It is scenic enough with views of the water and surrounding mountains, but best of all there are great views of planes flying into and out of the airport.
There are also some nice views of planes landing into SFO directly from the hotel. The Regency Club is on the 9th floor, which has some great opportunities for plane spotting as do the Bay View rooms, which come at a premium. I never seem to have my DSLR, but I know Daniel has taken some great shots from this particular spot.
Here are some photos he took from the Hyatt and graciously shared with me to include:
These are photos I took of rooms with a view:
Bay View rooms
Evening dessert service in the Regency Club during December with a holiday theme.
In the past few years, rooms have been modernized with slightly new decor, including flat panel TVs, new linens and refreshed bathrooms.
Updated decor in Executive suite
Current view of refreshed bathroom, with low flow toilet and KenetMD amenities
Parlor room, with a patio into the atrium. This was a unique room I had recently.
Lots of reading options are provided on occasion. On some days, zero papers are delivered…
I’m a fan of the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. It is definitely the first place I look at when I need a hotel at or near the SFO airport.
Do you have a property you visit frequently?