In my preparation for my holiday vacation trip, I booked a two-night stay at the brand new Grand Hyatt at SFO as I will be flying out of SFO. Because I was so busy at work, I couldn’t attend the official grand opening ceremony of the hotel. Since the construction of the Grand Hyatt at SFO, I was eager to stay here myself. I booked one night as a paid night and my first night (Thursday – Friday) was an award night. The Grand Hyatt at SFO is a category 6 hotel and I had a Hyatt free night award expiring just a few days later. Room rates for this weeknight were also almost $300 for a regular room. Not the best usage of this free night award but a pretty decent one and better than letting the award expire.
After arriving at Terminal 2 from my inbound flight from Seattle, I grabbed my bag and headed to the AirTrain station. I didn’t know how easy it would be to get to the hotel, especially with all the luggage I had in tow. But it is super easy.
As the name suggests, the Grand Hyatt at SFO is located right next to the airport and is the closest airport hotel in San Francisco. There is even a dedicated AirTrain stop just for the hotel. The AirTrain is the automated people mover who connects all the terminals, parking garages, and rental car facility. This makes it super easy to get to the hotel. Just follow the signs for AirTrain and board the red line train. This is the fastest way to the hotel, no matter at what terminal you arrived. Because of the proximity to the airport, this hotel is also perfect for long overlays between flights. The hotel offers only valet parking in case you arrive by car. It’s even super easy to get to the rental car center from the hotel. Just hop on the AirTrain again.
If you plan on visiting the city, no problem either. Take the AirTrain (Red Line) to the BART station. BART is the train that will take you straight to downtown San Francisco and beyond.
After I arrived at the Grand Hyatt at SFO’s Airtrain station, I took the elevator down to the connector to the hotel. There is even a check-in counter right in the Airtrain station, which wasn’t manned anymore during my time of arrival. I walked straight over to the hotel where you will find the check-in counter right in front of you. This is actually the fourth floor and if you arrive by car, you have to take the elevator up to this level to check-in. I really liked the marble countertops at the front desk. This gives the place an extra luxurious touch.
The check-in process was flawless as usual and the agent checking me in even tried if she could upgrade me to a suite but I was out of luck for my two-night stay. They were all booked up on the suites. I am sure, I will be back, so it was not a big deal for me. However, she made sure that I get a runway view room and even got one on the top floor with a room number, which is easy to remember -1234. 😉
She pointed me toward the elevators at the other end of the lobby. There are actually two sets of elevators. The once on your left are only going to the floors 1-4 while the group of four elevators on your right is going to all the floors (1-12).
Runway View | King Bed (Room 1234)
This is a standard room but has an awesome view of the tarmac and the runways in the distance – a dream for plane spotters and aviation geeks. The near floor-to-ceiling windows give you outstanding views of what’s going on at the airport. You can see some of the big international carriers parking at the gate here. Don’t worry the windows have superb noise cancellation and you don’t hear a thing. They are so good insulated, you can’t even hear the planes taxing to and from the gates. So if you have a light sleep, you don’t need to worry about that.
A nice little extra is the binoculars (16×32) and a plane spotting guide. The binoculars are really great to see what’s going on at the airport. Please don’t try to take the binoculars or the guide with you, so other guests can enjoy them as well and you avoid getting charged $45 for the binoculars. The plane spotting guide gives a simple reference to the planes you commonly see here, but it’s missing a lot of the smaller planes you can see at the nearby gates as well.
In the one corner of the room, next to the window, is a desk and chair while in the other corner you find a chair with a footrest. Next to the desk is a wall-mounted TV and below a closet that hides a small refrigerator and safe besides some empty drawers for storage. On top, you find a coffee maker and aluminum water bottles. Of course, this hotel offers also Chromecast integration with the TV in your room. This is one of my favorite benefits of Hyatt. Other places let you sign in to your own streaming accounts, but just streaming it from your phone or tablet is way more convenient. Besides that, you can use any other app which is compatible with Chromecast.
Just opposite the TV and closet is the king-sized bed. It sits centered against the wall and comes with a nightstand on either side. Both sides of the bed have a light and a reading light mounted to the headboard. Two power outlets and two USB ports are conveniently located on either side of the bed to charge your devices. I really loved the alarm clock on the nightstand from iHome. This clock had a built-in wireless charging platform on top of it and if you have a compatible phone, this is just awesome.
The entrance hallway to the room has a closet on the right-hand side which comes with a PJ and a foam massage roller besides the usual iron and ironing board.
Opposite the closet is the entrance to the bathroom which can be closed with a sliding door. Inside is a beautiful shower with an overhead showerhead and removable shower head inside a glass “box”. Next to it is the toilet and opposite of it is the vanity with a big edge-lit mirror. Next to the vanity is a dressing mirror mounted to the wall. Inside you find all the typical amenities you expect like a makeup mirror, hairdryer, makeup remover, and even a scale.
The floor of the bathroom and entrance hallway is lined with tiles while the bedroom portion of the room has a carpeted floor. The climate control is next to the bed towards the hallway.
The room has a decent size even tho it could get a bit cramped when you arrive with two suitcases, as a couple for example. Other than that, it’s a great room with gorgeous and best airport views.
The hotel has a lot of spaces to hang out. There is a beautiful lobby space on the fourth floor just past the front desk and next to the bar and market. Plenty of chairs and also some tables where you could set up your laptop. Lots of them with great views of the airport as well. There is a small fireplace next to the front desk. On the hallway connecting the lobby and the AirTrain station is a bucket with umbrellas, which you can borrow for free.
There is a staircase near the elevators connecting the fourth and third floors. The third floor has a few more seating options near the elevators and mainly houses the restaurant and Grand Club. Both of them come with great views of the airport as well.
On the second floor, you find all the meeting rooms. It might be worth taking a stroll through the hallways to look at the art pieces on the wall. One of the best art pieces is the mosaic in the atrium between the first and second floors. It shows the Bay Area in a beautiful mosaic. Can you find where you are? Yes, it’s the golden dot on the map. The first and second floors are also connected by a staircase beside the elevator.
On the ground floor (1st floor) you find the fitness center. It’s very well sized and comes with a lot of different workout equipment and even massage rooms if you decide to book one.
It’s even possible to walk to the International Terminal from the Grand Hyatt at SFO by passing through the nearby parking garage, but it’s easier to take the AirTrain, especially if you have luggage.
On the lobby level (4th floor) you find the Twin Crafts Market and also a Bar. The market offers a variety of quick snacks and coffee. This is a great option if you are on the go and need something really quick. Adjacent to the market is the Twin Crafts Bar which opens just before breakfast ends and is open until midnight. The perfect spot to hang out and enjoy a cocktail while unwinding from your flight or meeting.
One level lower, on the third floor, you find the Quail & Crane restaurant which also features a Sushi Bar. The opening hours of the Sushi Bar are different from the restaurant’s opening hours. The exact times can be found here.
The Grand Club is located on the same floor as well and just past the Quail & Crane restaurant. It’s a bit of a weird location as they have a host near the restaurant’s entrance to have people seated but to get to the club you have to just walk in and through the restaurant. Sometimes the host greets me and wants to seat me, but I am actually just passing through to the club.
The club itself is beautiful and well designed and located in the corner of the building. This gives you even better views from the windows onto the tarmac of the nearby International Terminal. You won’t be able to see the runways as you are to low. On the shelves inside the Grand Club are many interesting books about aviation and San Francisco. If you have club access come here and grab a book while watching the airport. One of the shelves had different kinds of games for you to use. Ideal if you have to entertain young kids.
There is a good selection of breakfast items but for some reason, they don’t have any eggs. Which is for me almost a standard for breakfast.
On the other side, there is a good selection of other foods and snacks. I never left hungry. One of the best things about Hyatt’s club spaces is the endless supply of coffee. Not just regular coffee, it’s one of these fancy coffee machines where you can select all kinds of brews like cappuccino, latte,… The evening service is pretty great as well and has good options including a big wine selection which is available for a small charge.
The Grand Club at the Grand Hyatt SFO is open 24 hours a day. Perfect to grab a cup of coffee or a soda and hang out and relax. Inside the Grand Club are also two workstations and a printer, which are located near the uni-sex restroom.
Last but not least, the Grand Hyatt SFO has 24 hours room service.
What should I say, it’s just the perfect place to stay for so many reasons. I really loved my stay here and the staff was amazing. They always make sure the guests are happy and try to do everything to get them there. No matter if it’s in the Grand Club or while you order room service. Staff interaction was always very pleasant here. I really do love this property and it is one of my favorite on-airport hotels in the world. If you stay here, it’s so easy to get around. Easy to get to and from the airport and even downtown San Francisco and other cities in the area. You don’t even have to rent a car. This is also the second Grand Hyatt hotel in San Francisco. The first Grand Hyatt is located in downtown, near Union Square.
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