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
- 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
We were seeing a show at Feinstein’s and decided to make it an overnight in the city. So glad we did. It’s a gorgeous hotel, beautiful pool and terrace, love the venue for the show-small and intimate. Would highly recommend.
Spent two nights there in June 2018. Good location, able to walk there easily with our bags after leaving the BART station coming directly from the airport. Close to Museums and the pCable Car station, also close to lots of time transit options on Market Street. The Starbucks attached to the hotel opens early. Concierge is helpful. If you plan to travel to other parts of California, all the rental car companies have storefronts right across the street with their garage right there, so instead of renting at the airport we saved on the high cost of parking by renting from there on the day we left Frisco.
Rooms are clean, modern and spacious. We had the Deluxe Room with a king bed. Classic turn down service at night with chocolates on your pillow.
Only issue is that it is close to the problematic homeless population that inhabites the area around Market Street and bleeds over towards the hotel. Not a big deal for urbanites like my wife and I, but other travelers might want to go to less central locations where the issue isn't so 'in your face'.
I did my research and decided this was the hotel for me. I had called before my stay and spoke with Anne Estiva the Front Office Director. Anne was very friendly and super helpful. We were on the 20th floor with a great view of the financial district downtown. It was my wife's birthday so we got a upgrade and were allowed access to the pool and fitness area which were very nice. The fitness are was spacious and very modern and clean. Our room had a king sized bed and was clean and very comfortable. It was a bit small but the view more then made up for it. It was also very quiet and the elevators were super fast so we never waited more then 10 seconds for a ride. The Hop on Hop off stop was ride outside the door so that was very convenient. The conceirage whose name I think was Fernando was very friendly and helpful. Family friendly and close to restaurants and shopping I highly recommend this hotel.
Located in what is known as the Mission district and about 5mn walk to Union Square.
Some concern with the homeless if walking home late at night however, the Hotel has a nice vibe once inside; service was polite and professional.
The room was good with a large bathroom, shower over the bath and good vanity area. Decent amenities with plush towels. Modern room with blackout blinds. The window was good with plenty of light. The bed was good.
Great pool and gym area.
Check in was easy, staff were fast and helpful. Choosing not to go for the upgrade option, which is quite expensive, we found out we didn't need to as the rooms are really well appointed. The are moderately sized, clean, and have a wonderful bathroom with shower and bath!.
The pool is simply Amazing! We spent hours relaxing there with the kids having a blast! You can even order pool side room service. The gym is very well equipped with everything you need. A really nice touch is the large iced jar of lemon water in the gym, really refreshing!
Staff were so amazing, they organised and left a nice birthday cake surprise in the room for the kids. We also had a late flight, so organised a day pass for the gym, pool change room area for the afternoon. The pool area was the perfect place to relax before a long flight home.
For such a high class hotel, I would have expected to pay double for our stay. If we are ever back in San Fran, we will be staying here again!