Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, the city of San Francisco, in northern California sits on the tip of a very hilly peninsula.
Known for its iconic Golden Gate Bridge, impressive Victorian houses, year-round fog, and cable cars, along with remarkable restaurants it is also home to Alcatraz Island, the site of the notorious former prison – but more on that and the food in stories to come.
Our first suggestion when visiting San Fransisco is to find a great base from which to explore everything the city has to offer and to us, the Hilton San Francisco Union Square fits the bill perfectly.
It is just steps from Powell Street Station in the theatre district, and located a short walk or streetcar ride from Chinatown, North Beach's Little Italy, Ghirardelli Square and Fisherman's Wharf where it's fun to browse the many shops on Pier 39. It is also surrounded by great shopping and magnificent restaurants.
Our recent stay there was perfect from check in to check out. The staff were welcoming, efficient and friendly. Our room offered a feeling of understated luxury, great views and it was spacious and very well appointed.
As you enter the hotel foyer you immediately feel that you are in the heart of everything the city has to offer – the hotel has a real buzz about it. A large open bar aptly called, The Lobby sits centrally.
Here you can mix with the locals, business travellers and holiday makers or simply enjoy the bars comfy chairs and sofas which provide a comfy place to sit and relax while enjoying a cocktail, a locally crafted beer or a glass of wine.
A highlight of our stay was Cityscape on level 46. Here you can enjoy unobstructed 360-degree views of the city and the Golden Gate Bridge through its magnificent, 14-foot floor-to-ceiling windows.
You really feel like you are in the heart of everything, and along with the spectacular views and drinks, they have an extensive menu featuring gorgeous little morsels of tasty bites to share.
Their Dungeness Crab and Kennebec Potato Chips were delicious and we highly recommend them to nibble on while you have a drink and take in the views.
We believe this is one of the top "must see" attractions in San Francisco – a quintessential destination if you want to experience the city's most dynamic views.
While there ensure you try one of their signature cocktails including the Mission (below), the Nob Hill Manhatten or a Pacific Heights to name just a few. The area is open from 5:00 p.m. to Midnight every day of the week.
The hotel itself also features a 24-hour fitness centre and one of the city's only heated outdoor pools.
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