Hilton San Francisco Financial District-An Honest Review

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Why stay at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District?

The reasons we stayed at this hotel were for its location and price, everything else was a bonus!

 

 

Location

 

Hilton San Francisco Financial District as the name suggested is in the Financial District, and it is also at the edge of Chinatown!

 

 

Across the street is the heart of Chinatown, The Portsmouth Square.

 

Hilton San Francisco Financial District is only about a mile to North Beach which offers a rich Italian history and sumptuous food choices. 

 

You can walk 0.6 miles to theTelegraph Hill and explore the historic murals of Coit Tower, or head east 0.7 miles to Embarcadero and peruse the farmers market or eat your way through the food vendors and restaurants in the Ferry Building Marketplace.

 

 

The Ferry Building

 

About 1.2 miles to the west is the famous Fisherman’s Wharf with more food choices and if you want shopping, head west about 0.7 miles to Union Square, one of the shopping hubs of San Francisco.

 

Behind this Hilton property is the famous San Francisco Skyline icon, the TransAmerica Pyramid Building.

 

 

The Transamerica Pyramid Building

 

 

During our one night stay at the hotel, we only focused on exploring the Chinatown and the Financial District and a little bit of the waterfront attractions across the Ferry Building!

 

 

The Hotel

 

 

The Hilton Financial District

 

 

The imposing Hilton Financial District has 27 floors, with 537 guest rooms and 7 suites.

 

 

The steps going up the lobby.

 

 

As you walk up the stairs to the modern lobby, you will see this beautiful Chinese themed sitting area with big comfortable chairs and sofas.

 

 

 

 

Guests can sit here comfortably while waiting for check in or check out or wait for the valet parked car.

 

 

 

 

You can see a small but lush and beautiful garden on both sides of the stairs thus making it a pleasant waiting area.

 

As you enter the hotel, to the right is the beautiful check-in counter with helpful staff, next to the baggage counter.

 

 

The beautiful and modern check-in counter.

The baggage counter.

 

 

The rental car counter and the concierge counter are located in the lobby as well for the guest’s convenience.

 

 

The guest elevator area just across the Flyte Wine Bar. We did not have any problem with the elevator and the wait was usually short.

 

 

The first person who helped us at check in was courteous and businesslike but not friendly, everyone else we encountered for the rest of our stay was warm and welcoming. 

 

Dining

 

Across the check-in counter in the middle of the lobby is the Flyte Wine Bar which showcases the delectable wine from Napa and Sonoma.

 

 

The Flyte Wine Bar.

 

 

I love the overall look of the bar with its modern design and the friendly wine expert behind the granite counter.

 

If you continue to walk from the lobby towards the back, you will find the 750 Restaurant where they serve the Hilton Breakfast Buffet.

 

 

The 750 Restaurant

 

 

The full breakfast buffet cost $34 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity.  There were a waffle station, the usual meat sausage and bacon and eggs, and hash browns.

 

 

 

 

There was an Asian breakfast station with fried rice and pork shumai.

 

 

 

 

What fascinated me was the Juice Bar where you can make your own fresh fruits and vegetable juice complete with a menu.

 

 

The healthy fresh fruits and vegetable station!

 

 

Having the breakfast restaurant at the hotel is very convenient especially for group travelers and for those with children. In my opinion, the price is too much for the available breakfast food choices and it is better to just opt for the a la carte menu than the full buffet.

 

We are Hilton Honors Gold members and we had complimentary continental breakfast and it was enough for us. The most important part was enjoying their delicious and bold fresh brewed coffee! 

 

 

The 750 Bar

 

Next to the 750 Restaurant is the 750 Bar which is a cool place to have a drink and relax, with its beautiful glass enclosed fireplace, cozy ambiance, and friendly bartenders.

The 750 Bar serves delicious lunch and dinner and they have ample menu choices.

 

 

As inviting as the 750 Bar and Restaurant was, we did not have the chance to enjoy it (aside from the complimentary breakfast) because the night we stayed at the hotel, we went to watch a Stand-Up Comedy Show at the nearby Punch Line Comedy Club.

 

And during the day we explored Chinatown and the Financial District and there were so much food adventure opportunities out there that to us, eating at the restaurant was the last option.

 

We had a delightful surprise upon returning to our hotel room after we explored Chinatown and our hearts were touched of the gesture!

 

 

The hotel manager’s surprise to celebrate our 18th year Anniversary!

 

 

On the 26th floor is the executive lounge where they serve complimentary wine and snacks and drinks in the evenings and continental breakfast in the mornings.

 

 

 

The Executive Lounge

 

 

However, the executive lounge is open 24 hours for coffee, tea, water, and soda, and they leave some fruits and snacks too.

 

 

 

 

The executive lounge is complimentary for those who booked rooms on the executive floors or if you are a Hilton Honors Gold or Diamond members and received an upgrade to the executive floors.

 

We checked out the breakfast items at the executive lounge but we preferred the ambiance of the 750 Restaurant!

 

Of course, there is still the choice of room service available from 6 AM to 11 PM daily.

 

Rooms and Suites

 

Hilton Financial District rooms and suites are furnished with modern furniture and plush bedding with the high floors offering magnificent views of the bay and the San Francisco skyline.

 

 

The beautiful view of San Francisco Bay and the Coit Tower, although marred by the dirty windows!

 

 

The guest rooms have one king bed or two double beds, and some are accessible for those who have mobility and hearing difficulties.

 

 

 

 

The rooms are spacious and clean with the comfortable Serenity bed which I preferred for its firmness with good back support. 

 

 

 

 

The bathrooms are spacious and clean with granite vanity counter and the luxurious Hilton toiletries which I have come to love.

 

We did not get to enjoy the available coffee maker in the room because we had access to the executive lounge and we just get our coffee from there.

 

TIP: I booked a king bed Hilton Honors reward room which was a regular guest room and we were upgraded to a premium room with two double beds but with the bay view at no extra cost.

I think what brought about the upgrade was I constantly check my Hilton mobile app and mobile checked in only when my desired room with the view became available.

So when I went to the check-in counter for my room keys, I was already checked in online in my upgraded premium room.

 

The suites have upgraded amenities for more convenience like a mini refrigerator and a wet bar at a higher price.

Premium rooms are on higher floors 21 to 23, while executive rooms are from 24th to 27th. The suites on the 27th floor have a balcony that will give you more viewing experience of the San Francisco horizons.

 

Again, those who are staying at the executive floors have a 24 hours access to the executive lounge for drinks and snacks and continental breakfast in mornings.

 

The rooms are dated but they are clean and comfortable. As mentioned in many reviews, the views on the higher floors are beautiful but the windows are dirty, enough to take away from the pleasure of enjoying the view.

 

Pets and service animals are allowed in the rooms with a security deposit of $75.

 

Entertainment

 

The hotel has a Technology Lounge, the Cloud with floor to ceiling TV screen. There are massage chairs and comfortable ergonomic chairs for those who would love to spend time watching TV or play a video game.

 

The Cloud located to the left of the Flyte Wine Bar.

The floor to ceiling TV screen inside the Cloud.

 

There is a cool sitting area in the lobby across the Cloud where you can relax on the red sofas, with a mini book collection and a big lighted map of the area on the wall across it.

 

 

 

 

This Hilton hotel has a Karaoke Room that is cozy and private with the option of food and drinks service. This is good for a group of travelers to have fun and let loose singing and dancing the night away.

 

Hotel Amenities and Services

 

We did not have the time to use the Fitness Center but we checked it out! The Fitness Center was small but with adequate equipment for a quick work out. We love the big windows with the city view.

 

 

 

 

The gym looked clean and organized!

 

The Business center is in the lobby next to the Flyte Wine Bar and equipped with Apple computers and 2 printers.

There is an ATM machine as well for your convenience for a fee of $3.25.

 

 

The small but efficient looking Business Center.

 

And there is no swimming pool in this hotel.

 

We did not have the time to use any of these amenities because we did not need to and our stay was short and we preferred to explore the area.

 

Chinese Culture Center

 

The Chinese Culture Center ( CCC) located on the third floor of Hilton Financial District Hotel is a community based, a nonprofit organization that serves to introduce Chinese history and Culture and initiatives through cultural and art exhibits.

 

It is also accessible from the pedestrian bridge connecting the hotel and the Portsmouth Square.

 

 

The steps leading to the Chinese Culture Center from the bridge into the hotel.

 

 

We wanted to see the gallery exhibition of the XIANRUI 10 Years which celebrates the talents of the excellent but under-recognized artists with Chinese descent, but the center is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

 

 

 

 

Parking

 

There are other parking garages nearby that are cheaper than the hotel’s but we used the valet parking service for our convenience. The self-parking fee is $55 per day and the valet parking is $60. It was a surprise that parking gets taxed as well and we paid $8.40. 

 

We paid a total of $68.40 for overnight parking with in and out privilege. And because the hotel location is close to the areas we wanted to explore, we parked our car at check-in and the next time we saw our car was at check out already.

 

 

Price

 

 

As of the writing of this post, standard rooms on weekdays cost about $170 plus taxes and fees which could cost about $200, premium rooms and executive rooms are of course much more expensive, as well as peak seasons like summer and weekends. 

 

The price seemed expensive but it is actually comparable to the nearby hotels with the same level of luxury and convenience. And what I noticed on booking a Hilton hotel is you will find the exact price if not cheaper if you book directly from the Hilton website as opposed to booking from other travel websites.

 

Will I recommend this hotel to family and friends? Yes! proudly of course! Especially during the Annual Chinese New Year Celebration because it provides a good vantage point for watching the Chinese New Year Parade.

 

Will I stay again at this hotel? Probably not because I prefer to stay at a place close to the places I want to see.

 

Click this link to learn more about the nearby attractions we visited while staying at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District

 

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You can also email me at lilibeth@lifeisadventures.com.

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