What We Love
- A gem of a boutique hotel along the Embarcadero waterfrontStaying at a hotel that’s received multiple endorsements from San Francisco magazine
- Being on the Embarcadero, just a hop, skip and a jump from the Financial District and Chinatown
- Resting up in a European room, after visiting the historic restaurant (now in its fourth decade)
What To Know
- Just across the street you'll find the Ferry Building Farmers Market which is open each Saturday
- Rooms are small but well appointed
- Free WiFi is fast
Have a golden stay in the Golden Gate City at a low-key, yet classy, waterfront award winner. Hotel Griffon is the recipient of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and has been voted the city’s Best Boutique Hotel, as well as the Best 24-Hour Getaway, by San Francisco magazine. Set along the Embarcadero waterfront, it’s clean, comfortable and inviting, the perfect base for your forays into bustling downtown San Francisco.
So go dumpling tasting in Chinatown, greet the sea lions at Fisherman’s Wharf, line up for a cone from Smitten Ice Cream in the SoMa neighborhood, or hop on the BART or Muni to explore another neck of the woods. Shop for vintage clothes on Haight Street, or wave the rainbow flag in the Castro. At day’s end, return to the hotel for dinner at its historic American restaurant, before retiring to your European-inspired room. Only appropriate that you get a bit of both continents in the city whose other famous nickname is The Paris of the West.
The hotel offers 62 European-inspired accommodations, with views of either the bay or the city. Each comes with a plush mattress with deluxe bedding, as well as a flat-screen TV. Cozy Standard rooms offer your choice between one king or one queen bed. The full windows of the City King rooms offer views of the surrounding Financial District. For even better vistas, stay in a View King room, which looks out over the Bay, Pier 14, Treasure Island and the Bay Bridge.
Perry’s on the Embarcadero has been gracing San Francisco with its warm hospitality and signature brand of American fare for more than three decades. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available Monday through Friday, and on weekends, the first gets switched out for a tasty brunch. Come to try the popular dishes, which include corned-beef hash and a popular burger; stay for the stylish atmosphere of the dining room and mahogany bar, as well as the sweeping views from the outdoor patio.
San Francisco is a colorful, elegant city with a fresh, youthful energy. You’ll have a blast sampling chocolates at the Ghirardelli’s manufactory and sourdough at Boudin Bakery, scoping out the sea lions at Fisherman’s Wharf, shopping at the Ferry Building and popping over to any other neighborhood you please, thanks to the fantastic network of public-transportation lines. A trip to the Mission for a burrito of epic proportions? An outing to Oakland? All in a day’s adventures, when you’re a guest at Griffon.
How to Get There
This small hotel is located very near the Ferry Building, which is great to wander through. Close enough to the Embarcadero Shopping and dining area and near to public transportation. Friendly staff and even though the rooms are quite small, they are furnished beautifully and the layout is very efficient. Our room, though facing the street was very quiet. Super comfortable bed. We would stay again without question! Our week-end rate was quite attractive. So great value as well.
Has history, location on the waterfront, fun Perry's downstairs, nice rooms and beds. Rooms are a bit small with little clothes storgae but mainly fine for two people. Our Room 416 was insufferably hot. We turned off the heat at night and opened the window but it was still hot.
I chose this hotel for the location, which is good, and the floor space and layout, which was good (we had a Deluxe King room). However, the whole room was on a slope which felt like being on a cruise ship, and the bed was the least comfortable bed I've ever slept on! The pillows were also hard which didn't work with the weird bed, and softer ones weren't available. Also the decor style was old-fashioned, breakfast isn't included, and it's very expensive, so all-in-all I would look for a different hotel if I came back to San Francisco.
The room was way more than we expected (a nice surprise I might add) it was full of everything you could need. The staff was attentive and friendly and the hotel was clean and looked nice with little to no noise from the surrounding area. If I ever do come back it will definitely be here.
The Hotel Griffon is a gem in the Embarcadero district of San Francisco. Next to wonderful restaurants (including Perry's in its building), and the Embarcadero itself (including the classic Ferry Terminal Building) for delightful afternoon and evening walks, the hotel is perfectly situated to enjoy this lovely city. But I reserve my highest compliments to the caring and helpful staff. They recognize me each time I come (which is one or two times a month) and remember my little preferences. I can always count on a smile and a warm welcome by name. This boutique hotel is definitely a winner!