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Because of the nature of my travels (I book a lot of positioning flights) I tend to spend quite a few nights at airport hotels every year and so I’ve had quite a lot of time to discover what it is that I like and don’t like about these properties.
While comfort and quietness both come very high up my list of requirements when I’m choosing a property at which to stay, proximity to the airport and convenience are by far and away my biggest concerns if it’s just a one night stay (especially if I have a very early morning flight to catch) so I’m always happy to hear when we get a new hotel open up that’s actually attached to the airport itself…and that’s what we have here.
Hyatt has announced that the Grand Hyatt at SFO is now open and accepting guests and this means that San Francisco Airport now has its first on-airport hotel.
The Grand Hyatt At SFO
The Grand Hyatt at SFO isn’t linked to the airport in quite the same way as the Grand Hyatt DFW but it is located on airport property and it comes complete with its own newly constructed AirTrain station which links it to all the terminals at SFO.
- The property cost $237m to construct
- It sits on 4.2 acres of land
- It offers 351 rooms including 22 suites
- There are two eateries serving “two distinct culinary concepts”
Hyatt says that the rooms were designed to offer the maximum amount of light and come with bespoke interiors and soundproofed floor to ceiling windows.
All rooms feature Hyatt’s Luxury Pillowtop Grand Bed, a flatscreen TV, and en suite bathrooms.
Interestingly, the Grand Hyatt SFO is also offering “micro stays” for anyone who has a long daytime layover. Rates start at $125 for access to a guestroom for up to 6 hours between 08:00 and 20:00.
The Grand Hyatt SFO offers two dining options – a signature restaurant and a “multifunctional lounge”.
The Quail & Crane is the property’s signature restaurant which seats 108 guests for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. According to the press release, the restaurant serves a “bold, multicultural menu that speaks to both the bounty of Northern California and the cooking practices and traditions of Asia“.
The Twin Crafts Market & Bar is the Grand Hyatt’s multifunctional lounge which offers a 24/7 market where guests can buy breakfast, salads, and sandwiches as well as a cocktail bar (open 10:00 – 24:00) which serves “burgers, oysters on the half shell and salads, paired perfectly with cocktails, California wines and local craft beers“.
Fitness & Wellness
The property features a 24-hour fitness center complete with a dedicated yoga space, treadmills, elliptical fitness equipment, and free weights.
On-demand workouts are available through interactive technology and an “intimate massage suite” offers a range of on-demand treatments including massages, body treatments, and facials.
The Grand Hyatt SFO is a Category 5 property and so an award stay costs 20,000 points per night.
Considering an entry-level room for 6 November 2019 is currently pricing up at $646 + taxes…
…and considering that same room can currently be booked for the same night for 20,000 points…
I suspect that this may rapidly become a very good value property for World of Hyatt point redemptions.
In line with Hyatt’s existing new property bonuses that have been running for a few months, guests staying at the Grand Hyatt SFO through 31 December 2019 will earn 500 bonus points per stay.
No registration is required to take advantage of this offer as Hyatt will post the points automatically.
As a west-coaster who has been finding more and more good fares for travel between Europe and San Francisco, I’m particularly happy to see that SFO now has an on-site hotel as I suspect I’ll be using it quite a bit….and I also suspect that this will be a property at which a lot of my hard-earned Chase Ultimate Rewards points will be spent!