Oct082012

Hyatt Regency San Francisco at Embarcadero Center

Hyatt Regency San Francisco at Embarcadero Waterfront is one of the best hotels in San Francisco for being up close to the water of San Francisco Bay with its location at the end of Market Street across the street from the Ferry Building.

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San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge at sunrise seen from Hyatt Regency Club.

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Ferry Building at Port of San Francisco seen from Hyatt Regency at the Embarcadero. The street in front of the Ferry Building is the Embarcadero.

One million visitors were expected in San Francisco for multiple events including Fleet Week with the Blue Angels performing, San Francisco Giants National League Playoff games, America’s Cup sailing races and a free 3-day music festival courtesy of former Wall Street financier  Warren Hellman who died last year, but also left an endowment to continue “Hardly Strictly Bluegrass” as an annual free festival in Golden Gate Park since 2001. Here is the official Hardly Strictly Bluegrass site to see this year’s band line-up for the 3-day event that ended yesterday.

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Blue Angels Saturday, Oct 6 seen from Pier 39 on a San Francisco perfect 70 degrees weather day of cloudless skies.

Originally I had a reservation at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport for 8,000 points per night, then about 90 minutes before the time of penalty-free cancellation was about to expire, I checked to see the Hyatt Regency San Francisco available for 15,000 points per night. I rebooked my hotel Thursday afternoon for the weekend stay.

Rooms at Hyatt Regency at Embarcadero Center, San Francisco

The main thing to know about the Hyatt Regency San Francisco at Embarcadero Center is the triangular shape of the hotel gives three very different room experiences. I have never stayed in a suite at this Hyatt Regency, although I have had suites at Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf and Grand Hyatt San Francisco. I have stayed in two rather roomy suites at Fisherman’s Wharf and that is my preferred hotel for a Hyatt suite upgrade stay.

The standard room at Hyatt Regency SF is generally a room facing Market Street. Market Street is one of the busiest roads in San Francisco and the rooms on that side of the hotel generally are noisier from vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Also, the power washing of windows in the nearby skyscrapers creates a bit of early am noise that has wakened me in the past when staying on that side of the hotel.

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Market Street has city and water views. Drumm Street has city view only. Sacramento Alley has patios with city and water views.

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Market Street view from Hyatt Regency San Francisco. The slideshow in Loyalty Traveler blog shows this view at night.

Drumm Street is the entrance side of the hotel. I have only been in a room one time on this side of the hotel and it was a remodeled room I wrote about in early 2008. The basic difference is the tub, present in most rooms, is replaced with a rainshower stall in the upper floor Drumm Street rooms.

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I stayed in a patio room the last two times at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco.

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1725 patio room on top guest floor of Hyatt Regency San Francisco.

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Room 1725 was actually the smallest room I have ever had at the hotel, but the patio view compensated for the small room size.

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TransAmerica pyramid skyscraper is one of the iconic structures of the city.

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San Francisco Bay view from Hyatt Regency room 1725 patio.

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View of Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay and San Francisco Belle, a 292-ft. sternwheeler boat.

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The TV in the bathroom mirror never got much use in my previous stays, but this stay allowed us to watch the San Francisco Giants while getting ready for my sister’s birthday dinner at the fancy Michelin-starred One Market Restaurant across the street from the hotel.

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One Market Restaurant across the street from Hyatt Regency provided a unique dining experience for my sister’s birthday.

The original article  would not publish on my blog after repeated attempts. Too many photos I guess. I broke the article in two and Part 2 describes the room and Regency Club in more detail.

Ric Garrido, writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler, shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. You can follow Loyalty Traveler on Twitter and Facebook and RSS feed.

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. Excellent portrait of a beautiful hotel, absolutely staggering in it’s design. Holds up after decades-classic old-school Hyatt.

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