Updated: May 21, 2015
San Francisco: Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel Review - Best Hotels Near Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39TOURIST REVIEW OF RECENT VISIT..
What's the best hotel for families in San Francisco? What hotels are close to Fisherman's Wharf? Where should tourists stay in San Francisco? We hear these questions all the time. We made a Spring 2010 trip to San Francisco, and included a stay at the Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel (photo at right) as part of our journey. We chose the Sheraton over a variety of other tourist-friendly hotels located near Fisherman's Wharf -- a good place for families visiting SF to stay. Other hotels within a few blocks include: Radisson and Wharf Inn (right across the street), Hyatt, Hilton, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, Marriott and Courtyard Marriott. To be honest, if you are comfortable with any of these chains, all these hotels near Fisherman's Wharf are in a good location, and you probably won't go wrong with choosing any of them.
San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Sheraton Hotel - LocationOK, let's start with the location -- that's why we picked this hotel in the first place. The Sheraton (SheratonAtTheWharf.com is the official web address) is located off Mason St., between North Point and Beach St. It is a 2 minute walk to Fisherman's Wharf or Pier 39. There is a Safeway grocery store across North Point (enter through the garage). There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance. If you don't mind walking up hills, you're just 7 blocks from the crookedest street in the world, Lombard Street. There are 2 cable car boarding areas nearby. The boats that go to Alcatraz are at Pier 33, 4 blocks away. OK, you get the point -- this is a location convenient to alot of the SF tourist stuff. Unless you need to stay closed to the financial district or Union Square, this is the place to stay for a SF vacation. On with the hotel. There is valet-only parking at the Sheraton -- the driveway entrance is off North Point Street (there is sort of a center courtyard between 2 building where you pull in and drop-off the car -- registration desk is in building to the RIGHT). If you are taking a cab from SFO airport, cost is around $40.
San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Sheraton Hotel - Rooms and AmenitiesThis Sheraton was recently renovated at a cost of more than $30M, and it shows, from the lobby to the rooms. The Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf has a very modern feel to it, from the colors and materials to the styles and decor. The lobby and bar area almost feels like a club. The chairs and firepits (one of our favorite features!) that line the driveway/courtyard only add to that feeling. There is an outdoor pool (heated, with fire pit nearby), but let's face it, you are not going to get a lot of super-hot afternoons in this city by the Bay (Mark Twain is famed for remarking: "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco") - between the summer fog and ocean breezes, we're guessing the pool will offer you lots of privacy and alone time! The hotel offers just over 500 rooms, and the entire property is smoke-free. Rooms have modern flat-screen TVs (42") and the famous Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Beds, which yes, are quite comfortable. As with most hotels, you also get a small desk and chair, no refrigerator. Our room was ready when we arrived, check-in was prompt and courteous. The room was clean and modern, same with bathroom. The toilet and bath/shower are separated from the sink area by a door -- and it is kind of a tight fit in there (see photos to right), with the door barely being able to open and close past the toilet -- don't plan any parties in there. Bathrooms as a whole are kind of small. Other amenities include:
- fitness center
- outdoor firepits (as mentioned -- out in front, they look like they may be little sitting areas in front of someone's room, but they are open to anyone -- grab a drink and a fireside seat and relax! see photo bottom right...)
- martini and sushi bar (like we said, pretty modern interior) - try the evening tapas, tasty
- free WiFi in lobby (WiFi in your room is $15 per day -- Sheraton, GIVE US FREE INTERNET EVERYWHERE, COME ON!)
- business center with fax, overhead, meeting rooms, printers, etc.
- pets under 80 lbs allowed
Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf ParkingParking -- OK, parking in most big city hotels is pretty much a rip-off -- in this case, a $44+ rip-off. Yeah, I know, parking is limited in downtown areas, but should a parking space really cost as much as 20-25% of your room rate? Lesson being, if you don't need a car for getting around, don't bring one or rent one downtown when you are ready to depart. Otherwise you will be out $44 per night.. As mentioned, enter off of North Point Street and leave car with valet..
So overall, we were very pleased with this hotel. The location was great, kids loved the decor, firepits were very welcoming and warm to fight off the SF chill in the evenings, having a Safeway grocery store across the street was very convenient, staff was courteous, rooms were clean and in good repair, location was safe and family friendly. I'd stay here again and recommend it to friends, no hesitation. Major complaints -- high cost of parking and having to pay for Internet access in your room. Other than that, enjoy your next stay in SF at the Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf - we did!