After two weeks of camping and staying in budget hotels and hostels, on our last night in America, we decided to treat ourselves a bit with a nicer-than-I’d-usually-pay-for hotel. Because if you can’t treat yo’self a bit on your last night of holiday, when can you?
By that, I mean, I was lucky enough to win some vouchers to spend with The Hotel Guru in a competition, so we were able to splash out a little more than we would normally. And we decided on Galleria Park Hotel as the perfect spot to spend our night in San Francisco.
Galleria Park: Location
Galleria Park Hotel is located in the Financial District, just two blocks away from Union Square. Just around the corner from Montgomery Metro and Bart station, it’s a half hour journey to or from San Francisco airport, and easy to get to some of the further out areas too.
It’s about a 20 minute walk to get to the start of the Embarcadero, and a 30 minute walk to Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz Landing. In around 10 minutes, you can reach the Chinatown and Jackson Square areas, as well as the gritty Tenderloin.
Galleria Park: First Thoughts
The hotel was renovated recently, and it has a bright and contemporary look. The lobby contrasts clean white walls with colourful, patterned seating for a chic and welcoming feel.
The front desk staff were friendly and helpful, and as a special I-never-normally-do-this treat, we actually had someone take our cases up to the room for us. The little wonders that happen when you normally travel on a budget, eh?!
- Air conditioning
- Free WiFi, pretty decent for general web and app use.
- Restaurant (a French brasserie)
- Room service & concierge
- Illy espresso machines in-room
- Chargeable mini bar
- Evening ‘wine hour’
Before going to bed, we took a wander to Galleria Park’s roof garden, a sweet little secret space with benches and a small running track. Looking up, the buildings of the Financial District towered above, reinforcing Galleria Park’s city slicker vibe.
The Deluxe King Room
We booked a Deluxe King Room, priced at $273/£210 for one Friday night (which also includes a discount through booking with The Hotel Guru). Prices for the smaller rooms start at around $190/£150. There’s also a nightly Urban Amenity Fee of $20 ($25 from 1 Jan 2019) per night on top of this.
The room was a decent size, plenty of room for the bed, a desk, TV stand, bedside tables and enough space to unpack our suitcases all over the floor the moment we arrived. USB charge points are provided beside the bed and desk plug sockets, and we settled down in the evening watching The Shallows (for some reason) on the decently sized flat screen TV.
I really liked the sleek, contemporary feel of the rooms – bright and modern, with blinds that blocked out the light so well, we thought it was still night time when we woke up.
The king size bed was an ABSOLUTE dream. And I’m not just saying this because I’d got used to a half-deflated airbed, but it’s one of the comfiest I’ve slept in to date. Nice and firm, but still comfortable, I had an amazing night’s sleep, waking up fresh and feeling ready for a final day of exploring.
The bathroom featured a large walk-in shower, toilet and sink, with fancy bath products and robes. It was really nice to actually have a proper power shower after weeks of campsite facilities, and I probably spent longer in it than I needed to…
Top of the Mark – high end with panoramic city views ($$$)
Hakkasan – upscale Chinese dining ($$$)
Akiko’s – Japanese sushi and seafood ($$)
Per Diem – Californian-Italian ($$)
King of Thai – affordable thai dishes with a late-night vibe ($$)
The Cheesecake Factory – just for THAT CHEESECAKE… ($$)
Hops & Hominy – Southern fare and American microbrews ($$)
Uno Dos Tacos – colourful Mexican eats ($)
Local Edition – newspaper themed bar
Pagan Idol – fun Tiki bar
Rickhouse – inventive drinks and lots of whiskies
Summer Place – dive bar with pinball & rock music
Chelsea Place – dive bar with cheap drinks
Ginger’s – basement bar with San Fran themed cocktails
The Galleria Park Hotel was definitely a good choice as a mid-priced hotel to lay our heads in after a busy two weeks of road tripping. Clean, classy and very comfortable, its central location and proximity to transport links makes it a great place to base your city explorations.
Considering we were in the centre of the city, Galleria Park offers good value for money, and has some great restaurants and bars on its doorstep.