Review: Sheraton Fishermans Wharf San Francisco

Posted on December 6, 2013 by in Travel Deals

Book the Sheraton Fishermans Wharf San Francisco here.

Starwood has a number of properties in San Francisco. In general the major chain hotels are either located downtown or in the Fishermans Wharf area. The area is also called Pier 39 and its perplexing to locals why anyone would go there – ever!

However it is world famous and tourists from all over the world especially Asia flock to see sea lions lounging in the sun at the San Francisco piers. The hotels in the area are usually 'upgraded motels' which serve an international leisure market. I had the impression that few Platinum members ever set foot into the property.

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I checked in around noon and just one agent worked the front desk which was surprising given the number of people with questions about their bill (keep in mind most guests are NOT frequent hotel guests). Eventually the back-log cleared up and check-in was quick and friendly.

The hotel had no suite upgrades available but offers full breakfast and the 500 points amenity to Platinum guests.

The lobby and some of the outdoor areas are recently renovated and look really modern. There are a number of outdoor fireplaces which proved wildly popular during the times of my stay.

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However the rest of the building and the rooms are old. The window in my room look liked it has been sitting there without being washed for several decades.

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The beds were much newer but way too soft. This is something I usually associated with Hyatt and not Starwood. The sheets and comforters were of high quality though.

The bathroom was 'motel style' – all basic amenities were there but it's more a Four Points by Sheraton standard than a Full Service Sheraton.

The wifi was easy to connect but very slow (1.5 Mbit).

The area is also rather noisy since the bus depot is the immediate neighbor and for a reason I could not find out – it is an unofficial racing course for some Bay Area residents.

I liked the breakfast – while not great it was good and had a decent amount of selection and the quality was ok. It's certainly not worth $24.95 per person as the sticker says but still a good value for Platinums.

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Overall this is an ok place in the middle of a below average neighborhood in terms of hotel quality. Average rates are around $200 with certain dates dipping into $120. Given the $120 price it's good value for these pricey San Francisco hotel nights. If you manage your expectations this places is quite good.

Book the Sheraton Fishermans Wharf San Francisco here.

About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]

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