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Hyatt Regency SFO
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It was late when I arrived in SFO due the late arrival of our plane, and the stalls in the food court was closing at the end of the day. With only snacks for dinner, I was kind of hungry, and as the shuttle bus to the airport hotels (the bus to Hyatt also serves the Marriott) passed by an In-N-Out Burger Outlet, I yearned to get out for a bite. Sadly though the Hyatt Regency SFO is located a little bit far for a walk to In-N-Out Burger or anywhere else for that matter. As it was getting late, I figured I will just get a bite from one of the hotel’s restaurant.
Fortunately, check-in was fast and I was assigned a room very quickly with a small mention of my privileges. The whole experience was very forgettable though which I attribute more to fatigue than the agent’s incompetence. Furthermore I was assigned a room that was at the other end of the atrium, a good 3-minute walk from the elevator lobby due to the roundabout resulted from the huge central atrium. This was not fun at all, and I wondered as to why they could not just have 2 elevator lobby.
The room I was assigned had a King bed that has partial bay views and also that of highway 101. with a small terrace outside. Again this highway can get very noisy and I would really rather have the atrium-facing rooms. While the room was spacious, it also reminded me of the Hyatt Regency in Chicago O’Hare Airport. Both hotels have a large central atrium and similar designed rooms. A standard bathroom also meant that it was like any other standard Hyatt Regency hotels.
But the similarity to the O’Hare Airport Hyatt stops there as the Regency Club which I visited in the morning was one that was in dire need of renovations. Even though it had a bay view, the lounge was small and had very few seats available for guests. As I counted there were only like 5-6 tables around the lounge, with a sofa facing the TV. There was also a meeting table of sorts with seats for 8. The choices during breakfast was proportional to the number of seats in the lounge too (that is very little choices) and includes the usual cereal, croissants and yogurts. Fortunately I know I can get better food in the airport lounge later so I just settled for coffee and some pastries.
As I mentioned earlier, I also had some food from the Knuckles Sports Bar on the night I checked in as that was the only dining outlet that still served food around 11:00pm. The sports bar ambience was as usual crowded and busy, thus I ordered a take-out order of baby-back ribs intending to bring it up to the room. While waiting for the order, I had a pleasant chat with a local who frequents the sports bar. The ribs was good enough as far as pub fare goes, and I enjoyed it in the room while watching some TV.
The room rate for the Hyatt Regency SFO is slightly lower than most airport hotels of similar calibre and now I know why. The relatively old rooms, large number of rooms and lack of amenities makes this a below average property. Until it undergoes some sort of renovation, I would probably steer clear away from this hotel.