I recently had a two night stay in the Bay Area that was bookended by a late arrival the first night and an early departure the last morning. Because of this, I wanted a hotel near the airport. The Grand Hyatt SFO was on peak pricing for the two nights that I was there, so I chose the Hyatt Regency SFO instead. It was a very pleasant surprise…and at almost half the points price of the Grand Hyatt.
Hyatt Regency SFO Bottom Line Review
The Hyatt Regency SFO is a very good-value points option near San Francisco Airport. While not on the AirTrain like the Grand Hyatt, a free shuttle operates every 15 minutes for the vast majority of the day. The reception and guest-services teams were terrific and provided excellent elite recognition. The Bay-side rooms have a lovely view of San Francisco Bay and the south end of the SFO runways (where it looks like you’re about to land in the water). Good breakfast, fitness area and common spaces makes this a an all-around winner for an airport stay.
- Price: This is a category 3 Hyatt and costs 12,000 Hyatt points per night standard, 9,000 points off-peak, and 15,000 points peak. The cash rates usually hover in the $200-$300 range. It was 12,000 pts/night when I was there.
- Value: Very good. Given the cash prices, it’s difficult to find award nights that don’t provide at least 2.0 cents per point value.
- Location: Good. While it’s not on the AirTrain like the Grand Hyatt SFO, it’s only 8-10 minutes away by free shuttle. The Bay View side faces the south end of the runways at SFO, providing some fun planespotting.
- Room: I stayed in a massive, 1400 sq-ft Premier Suite with floor-to-ceiling bay view windows. It has a wet bar, full sectional sofa and a huge bathroom with a wraparound sink and soaking tub.
- Parking: Self-parking is $40 and is located in a garage adjacent to the hotel. There are walkways connecting to the hotel on the first and fourth garage floors. Valet parking is currently unavailable.
- Airport Shuttle: Every 15 minutes from 4am-1am, every 30 minutes from 1am-4am.
- Resort/Destination Fee: None.
- Internet: Great, able to stream easily throughout the hotel.
- Service: Very good. Excellent reception staff, good restaurant service and a very-responsive guest services team that can provide most things you need via text.
- Turndown service: None.
- 3SIXTY Bistro/Bar/Market is located in the atrium and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from 6am-11pm. The bar stays open an extra hour until 12am.
- Spa: None.
- Fitness Room:There is a nice-sized fitness room that has a variety of cardio options as well as a good selection of free-weights and resistance machines.
- Hyatt Globalist Elite Benefits:
- Suite Upgrade: I booked a standard room and was proactively upgraded to a huge, top-floor “Premier Suite.”
- Club Lounge: One the ninth floor with lovely views. While the lounge is “open,” there is no service, so it effectively just serves as a place for meetings/hanging-out or if you need to print something.
- Free Breakfast: From the menu at 3SIXTY Bistro. There are some excellent options, including NY Steak and Eggs, Dungeness Crab and Avocado omelet and a smoked salmon eggs benedict. Very good food and service. F&B and gratuity were comped.
- 4PM Late Checkout: Applied automatically without asking.
- Free Parking: Free self-parking on award stays. Valet wasn’t running when I were there in January 2023.
- Would I stay again? Yes.
Pros and Cons
- In better shape than many Regencies, with recently-refurbished public spaces
- Good views on Bay side of hotel
- Excellent elite recognition and service
- Good restaurant/bar
- Convenient shuttle
- Multiple common areas for work/meeting with excellent views and privacy
- Requires a shuttle to get to the airport (unlike the Grand Hyatt)
- Still has the Hyatt Regency convention-hotel feel
- Lame pool area
Hyatt Regency SFO Premier Suite
Hyatt Regency SFO Club Lounge