Loews Regency San Francisco
What We Love
- The Bridge to Bridge rooms, with views going from the Bay Bridge all the way to the Golden Gate
- The location’s prime for business travelers, with easy access to downtown
- The morning juice bar menu
- The uber-efficient Julien Farel blow dryers
What To Know
- Take the house car to your morning meeting or first museum of the day
- The gym is open 24 hours a day
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
It’s all about the view here: hands down, it’s the best in town. The hotel, which occupies the top 11 floors of a 48-story building, is an Instagrammer’s dream. But while you might be tempted to take a long bath in the deep tub while gazing out at the San Francisco skyline, you should probably leave the bathroom eventually….right? When you do, you’ll find the rest of the hotel is just as spectacular: the spa is soothing and the treatment rooms very private, the rooms are spacious and have desks big enough to actually work at, and in addition to a well-equipped gym, the hotel offers summer yoga on the 40th-floor deck, where you can literally salute the sun. While every room has fabulous views (use the binoculars provided for full effect), the restaurant, all the way down on the first floor, unfortunately doesn’t.
In the Area
Just five blocks from the waterfront, the hotel offers easy access to the tourist mecca of the Embarcadero, though savvy travelers will prefer to head south instead, towards the Yerba Buena gardens, St. Patrick’s Church, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of the African Diaspora, which are a half-mile walk away (and all San Francisco must-sees). A BART station is just three blocks away (easy airport access!) and there are heaps of cafes and restaurants nearby. Working while traveling? Stop by Workshop Café, a pay-by-the-hour workspace with coffee and fast WiFi. Once you’re finished, stroll over to Rickhouse Bar, where the after-work crowd mingles and downs creative cocktails like the Rye Maple Fizz. Alternately, there’s 83 Proof, a well-stocked whiskey bar in a welcoming high-ceilinged space.
How to Get There
Check in was very nice. Small area just inside the entrance. Very unassuming entrance from the outside which gave the hotel a little boutique feel. Everyone was very friendly with smiles and greetings. Several quickly memorized our last name on the first day and greeted us ever since that.
Concierge was always available and very helpful, and if they weren't there, the front desk would quickly step up to help us. Restaurant had good food, pricey as expected. Definitely slow kitchen however even when not busy. We had the larger king room with the bridge to bridge view which was really nice. Windows a little on the small side. Furniture needs updating. Bathroom large enough with separate shower and tub. Could also be updated.
On arrival to the room...only thing that was negative...there was one of those dental floss picks lying in the middle of the floor. I grabbed a tissue and put in the garbage. Wasn't worth reporting.
Location is great for Chinatown or walking to the ferry building. It's in the financial district so on the weekend and at night restaurants tend to close. But really not an issue. Just walk a little further or take an Uber. Felt like a very safe area. Staff was really great. All of them were just really friendly like they enjoyed working there. Made the stay extra special, and I would return there next time in San Fran because of that.
I was eager to stay here having been a fan of the Loews Santa Monica. When I called to make a reservation, the front desk connected and I waited 15 minutes. Nobody picked up. I called back and waited and waited. This happened on four consecutive occasions. I gave up trying. Loews used to be an upscale hotel brand, but the poor experience with reservations sure suggests otherwise
I stayed here many years ago when it was a Mandarin and remember it being great, but unfortunately it really didn't live up to my recollection on my return. I was tempted to go back based on the fact that it was "renovated" so was thoroughly confused by the fact that it seemed to me to be a definite downgrade. Most confusingly of all, they've completely removed the spa, so it's a hotel with virtually no facilities, there's barely even a lobby to speak of. The only real reason to stay here is the views which are amazing.