Hotel Nikko San Francisco
What We Love
- Sprawling fitness center with daylit heated pool, sauna and fully outfitted gym
- Central location, just two blocks from Union Square
- Very pet-friendly
- Read more about what to see and do in San Francisco and Big Sur in our magazine section
What To Know
- With 533 rooms, it’s far from intimate — plus it’s popular with conventioneers
- The best rooms face east, toward the bay
- The gritty Tenderloin neighborhood is just west of the hotel
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A tranquil stay two blocks off Union Square, Hotel Nikko greets guests with the sound of rushing water, Japanese scrolls, kimono accessories and silk lanterns in a subdued white marble lobby. Sweat out the stress in the state-of-the-art fitness center or enjoy a dip in the glass-encased pool. It may be very Zen, but Nikko also has a wilder side. The hip Feinstein’s at the Nikko lounge hosts a wide range of music and comedy performers nightly, and Restaurant Anzu has a creative sushi menu and an extensive sake martini list.
In the Area
The hotel is centrally located near many beloved cafés and restaurants. Farm:Table features delicious fresh produce for lunch, and the brunch at Brenda’s French Soul Food is wildly popular (hint: arrive late). On a sunny day, take San Francisco’s historic cable car over Nob Hill to Fisherman’s Wharf to gawk at the California sea lions. For more exercise, take one of the vintage Globe bikes available at Hotel Rex and follow their Literary Map of San Francisco created for the hotel by Paul Madonna. With Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Chanel, and Saks Fifth Avenue, Union Square is a bustling commerce hub. For an authentic speakeasy experience and some killer cocktails, book a reservation at Bourbon and Branch (a password is required for entry). On a boat trip under the Golden Gate Bridge and out to the Farallon Islands, blue, gray, humpback, killer, and sperm whales can be spotted seasonally. After Hotel Rex whets your literary appetite, check out San Francisco’s best bookstores: City Lights in North Beach (co-founded by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti) and Green Apple Books, in the Richmond district.
How to Get There
I was on a family trip to the West and after a terrible experience arriving to a horrible hostel, Hotel Nikko was a GODSEND!
The hotel customer service is exceptional, the hotel itself is beautiful and the room was amazing.
The location is perfect because it is walking distance from all major transportation as well as the infamous SF Cable Car.
Stayed here before flight out of SFO to Switzerland. We stayed in the Deluxe Queen Room with 2 queen beds and had AMPLE room for me, my boyfriend, my sister and her boyfriend. The price split amongst the 4 of us was very reasonable and such good value given the service provided and the hotel itself. Rooms were lovely and the attention to detail was fantastic (lighting, toiletries, minibar fridge split to give space to guests for their own items, electric outlets, little doggy on the bed). Great and easy valet parking. Super comfortable beds and pillows and very clean all around. Large bathroom with a nice shower and loved the space around the sink for all our toiletries etc. What stood out the most was the service. We got back late after a Giants game and post game drinks and ordered breakfast at 4am to be delivered at 8.30am. The guest services rep was so accommodating and professional. Breakfast was tasty (would recommend the Japanese version than the continental version). We also requested late check out and the hotel was very accommodating here. Every query and concern we had was addressed so efficiently and with such a highly level of quality. Location is perfect if you want to see the sights and have easy access to public transportation (MUNI and BART Powell station is just around the corner). Special thanks to Michael who checked us out and who really went above and beyond and gave us the perfect ending to a truly wonderful 24 hours in SF. I couldn't speak more highly of this hotel and can definitely confirm that we will be returning the next time we are in the city for a flight or Giants game or perhaps pure whimsy!
The rooms were nice and fresh, also pretty quiet. Still the hotel was too pricey for what you get - the room 800 dollars and parking 65 dollars per night. Boring lobby, nothing happen there. The location was perfect. If I come back, probably not for that prices.