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
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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
The hotel is pretty, the bed and pillows were comfortable and the bartender Jason was a great mixologist! Had a wonderful stay and would go back. Walking distance to convention center and Starbucks in the lobby.
Nice hotel in good location, front desk staff could do with some improvements, not-so-flexible approach to booking-changes, cumbersome processes.
Spa facility looks nice - unfortunately I didn't have the chance to use it during my stay.
Awesome hotel, especially if you have little ones. The indoor pool was a big hit with my 5 and 8 year olds. The location of the hotel is ideal as well. You're with 5-10 minute walk of Union Square, Westfield Mall, the Metreon, and Yerba Bueana Gardens. Chinatown is about a 15 minute walk, faster if you don't have kids. We might make this a yearly trip.