San Francisco Airport Gets Public Observation Deck and On-Airport Hotel

I have some news to share about one of my favorite airports in the USA, even in the world. The San Francisco International Airport is undergoing some construction right now and will offer a whole lot more to the visitors once completed.

Public Observation Deck

You might have seen the air traffic control tower, which looks like an upside-down cone. This tower replaced in October 2016 the old air traffic control tower which was built in 1983. The workers will remove the tower and tower base (built in 1954) within the next view month. These structures don’t meet the current seismic requirements anymore.

In its place will be a new space of the airport including a café, offices and a public observation deck. This point offers views of all four runways at SFO. If the observation deck will be accessible by public or only with a boarding pass is not clear yet.

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of January 2019. I am super excited about this. Especially an observation deck is something rare in US airports. Many other airports have observation decks like Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Berlin Tegel, and Munich.

Check the webcam for updated views of the project site.

Rendering of the new Office Spaces and Observation Deck © San Francisco International Airport

Rendering of the new Office Spaces and Observation Deck © San Francisco International Airport

On-Airport Hotel

There is a Grand Hyatt coming to the San Francisco International Airport. The 4-star hotel will be owned by the airport but privately managed. Hyatt is one of my favorite hotel brands out there and I am excited to see another Grand Hyatt in San Francisco. It won’t top the views of the Grand Hyatt located near Union Square in Downtown San Francisco but it will give you easy access to departing flights or if you have a layover in San Francisco. The hotel will be close to parking garages and has easy access to the 101 Highway. The airport’s people mover, called AirTran will shuttle people from the airport to the hotel and back.

Features & Amenities

  1. 351 soundproofed guest rooms (including 21 suites)
  2. Direct connectivity to AirTrain Station
  3. 16,700 square feet of net meeting space (excluding pre-function areas)
  4. 90-seat three-meal restaurant
  5. Two bars
  6. “Grab & go” market
  7. In-room dining
  8. Grand Club
  9. 2,000-square-foot fitness center
  10. Relaxing spa services and Calistoga-style soaking tubs with changing rooms/showers
  11. 235-space surface parking lot
  12. Lush native landscaping and green areas

Rendering of the On-Airport Grand Hyatt Render of the new Office Spaces and Observation Deck © San Francisco International Airport

Rendering of the On-Airport Grand Hyatt Render of the new Office Spaces and Observation Deck © San Francisco International Airport

 

 

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