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Hilton San Francisco Financial District [In-Depth Review]

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I stayed 2 nights with my family of 5 at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District. We flew into the San Francisco area so we could head up to Redwood National and State Parks, but I wanted to spend a couple of days in San Francisco before making our way north. We’d originally planned to just spend 1 night, but I’m so glad we had 2 nights in San Francisco to kick off our California trip. This hotel was a good choice for our plans.

With a location in the Financial District at the edge of Chinatown, we enjoyed cultural richness and convenience. The Hilton San Francisco Financial District hotel offered a cozy guest room, warm service, and nice views of the city.

Let’s explore more of what we enjoyed about this hotel.

Booking the Hilton San Francisco Financial District

This was my first time in San Francisco and I was clueless regarding where to stay, though I knew we wanted to stay in the city proper. We tend to stay at Hilton and Hyatt properties, so I pulled up options for both, comparing prices, locations, and reviews.

There were surprisingly few Hilton options within San Francisco, but I liked Hilton San Francisco Financial District because it was in Chinatown, had a low room rate, and the reviews looked good. We chose a Hyatt hotel for our last night before flying out of the San Francisco area, but this Hilton property had a lower nightly rate, so it was a better choice for our 2-night stay.

With taxes and fees, we paid about $184 per night, and there was no resort fee. However, there was a $68.40 daily parking fee, tax-inclusive. That parking fee was painful, but I’d looked around at other hotels in the area, and it was fairly standard and offered in-and-out privileges, which we needed.

Hilton San Francisco Financial District booking
Our room rate was about $184 per night.

Between the room rate and parking fees, I earned 9,548 Hilton Honors points on this stay. I have Hilton Honors Diamond status, so that included a 100% Diamond elite bonus of 4,274 points. Another 1,000 points came from a Diamond MyWay bonus.

Hilton Honors points earned at Hilton San Francisco Financial District
I earned 9,548 Hilton Honors points between base points and bonuses.

I used my Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card to pay for our stay and parking. The Hilton Surpass card earns 12x points per dollar on hotels and resorts for eligible purchases made directly with hotels and resorts within the Hilton portfolio, so I earned another 4,617 points after my card statement closed. That got me a total of 14,165 Hilton Honors points for our 2-night stay.

Hilton San Francisco Financial District Location

The location of the Hilton San Francisco Financial District was a mixed bag. We loved that it was adjacent to Chinatown. While it was still a somewhat touristy area, we walked among many locals going about their days, and we liked our food and entertainment options nearby.

In the Financial District, we were surrounded by a mix of office buildings, shops, and restaurants.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District street view
The hotel was at the edge of the Financial District and Chinatown.

We had numerous restaurants and shops within blocks of the hotel.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District location Chinatown
A view of the hotel from down the street in Chinatown.

On the third floor of the hotel was the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District amenities art center
Free Chinese cultural exhibits were on the hotel’s third floor.

From the third floor, we could walk out onto a bridge that went over Kearny Street and into Portsmouth Square. My kids were thrilled by the rainbow stairs and the pagoda at the end of the pathway to the park.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District walkway to Portsmouth Square
The walkway bridge from the Chinese Culture Center within the hotel to Portsmouth Square.

The park had a small playground, seating, and restrooms.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District location Portsmouth Square
Portsmouth Square was connected to the hotel by a bridge.

Ross Alley, the oldest alley in San Francisco, once known for brothels and gambling, was just a few blocks away. It was only about a 5-minute walk from the hotel.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District location Ross Alley
Ross Alley was easy to walk to from the hotel.

One of Ross Alley’s most notable shops is the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, where you can see how the cookies are made.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District location Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory
The Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory was close to the hotel in Ross Alley.

Some describe this experience as a free tour, but essentially, you just take a few steps into the storefront to watch the workers fold fortune cookies. You can check out the selection of cookies, which include jumbo, candy-coated, specialty-flavored, and adult fortune cookies. Cookies are available for purchase, and tips are accepted.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District location fortune cookie factory
Visiting the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory near the hotel was quick and fun.

By car, the hotel wasn’t very far from the places we wanted to go, particularly the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Muir Woods National Monument. It was only about a 15-minute drive to the Presidio of San Francisco, where we entered the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Muir Woods was just a 40-minute drive, including a trip over the Golden Gate Bridge and through the Robin Williams Tunnel.

Hot Tip:

Returning to San Francisco through the Robin Williams Tunnel revealed the Golden Gate Bridge with the city behind it. If you’re driving this way, make sure passengers have their cameras ready!

It was easy to reach points in and near the Financial District and Chinatown from the hotel, and driving to further destinations wasn’t a chore. However, the hotel’s location wasn’t within short walking distance of major tourist hotspots. The hotel was about a 20-minute walk to the Ferry Building or a 30-minute walk to Pier 39. Union Square wasn’t as far — about a 16-minute walk. Those might not be too far for adults, but with kids, we’d probably need to drive or get a ride-share.

Hot Tip:

The Hilton San Francisco Financial District is in a business district and many shops and restaurants close early. On our first night, we settled in around 7:30 p.m. and found that many restaurants closed at 8 p.m., which limited our options.

Getting There

We arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area via San José Mineta International Airport (SJC). In our rental car, it took us a little over an hour to get there. If you’re flying into San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Oakland International Airport (OAK), expect about a 20- to 30-minute drive by car.

The hotel does not offer airport shuttles. However, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) trains connect SFO and OAK to downtown San Francisco and other area destinations. The BART Montgomery station is about a 15-minute walk from the hotel.

Checking In

We arrived around 6:15 p.m. and entered the hotel’s covered drive, but it was very busy. I’d checked ahead and knew we wanted to park in the garage, so we headed down there after we saw the parking garage entrance just beyond the hotel’s front steps.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District front drive
The front drive was busy when we arrived, but it was easy enough to get to the parking garage.

We took the elevator up from the parking garage to reach the front desk. There was no wait, and we were promptly welcomed to the hotel.

The front desk agent confirmed I’d need parking for both nights and informed me I had a $36 nightly food and beverage credit, which was good at either the hotel’s restaurant or market. They sent us up to our room on the 24th floor with 2 bottles of water as a welcome gift.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District lobby check in desk
The front desk at Hilton San Francisco Financial District had subtle world clocks on the back wall.

Elite Benefits

As a Hilton Honors Diamond member staying at a Hilton hotel, my benefits included:

  • Free premium Wi-Fi
  • Free bottled water
  • Space-available room upgrades
  • $36 daily food and beverage credit

Although the front desk didn’t specifically mention an upgrade, we were on a high floor — just 3 floors from the top. We also got free Wi-Fi, bottled water, and a $36 daily food and beverage credit for 2 guests.

The Lobby

The front entrance had 2 large sets of steps to reach the sliding glass doors.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District front steps
The front steps of Hilton San Francisco Financial District.

There was also an accessible ramp to the right of the front steps.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District drive up entrance
The ramp — behind the SUV in this photo — led up and around the garden to reach the lobby level.

Art and seating were within the lobby’s front doors. As soon as we passed through the first set of glass doors, we noticed a painted figure in front of a fountain — the elevators were beyond that.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District lobby art
Chinese art in the Hilton San Francisco Financial District lobby.

There were also large carved and painted doors just before the sliding glass doors that led to the check-in desk. These didn’t open — they were just decorative.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District lobby art
Ornate doors in the front entrance.

The light-filled front entrance had comfortable chairs, tables, and a nice view of the patio outside.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District lobby seating
Seating in the front entrance of the hotel.

The concierge desk, seating area, and a city map were within the lobby, around the corner from the hotel market.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District lobby hallway
The hallway opposite the front desk.

The meeting room entrance was on the left side of the lobby.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District meeting room
The entrance to the hotel’s meeting rooms.

This cozy seating area had books, a long upholstered bench, and tables with chairs.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District lobby seating
A seating area near the hotel’s meeting space and restaurant.

The Room

We had a guest room with 2 queen beds on the 24th floor. I wouldn’t call it spacious, but it was just enough for us to be comfortable. The long desk was a nice feature, but the best feature was the lounger that made it easy to sleep our family of 5 without any creative bedding. I also appreciated the view of the city, though some other rooms have views of the bay that we might have enjoyed more.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District guestroom
This room was comfortable for my family of 5.

Each of the queen beds had all-white bedding and tufted leather headboards. The beds were on platforms with just a small space underneath them. I appreciate not having open space under the beds when traveling with kids, as it’s easy for toys to lose their way under there.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District guestroom beds
The queen beds in our guest room at Hilton San Francisco Financial District.

Across from the beds was one of the reasons I booked this room: A lounger large enough for my youngest to sleep on comfortably. We used extra pillows and sheets to make a sleep spot for her here. A TV and a long mirror were in this space, along with a door for an adjoining room.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District guestroom TV mirror and lounger
The lounger expanded the sleep occupancy space of this room.
Hot Tip:

This lounger was a welcome feature, but be careful sitting down. The TV is mounted at head level, and 2 of us bonked the TV while taking a seat on the lounger.

Between the beds was a nightstand with 2 drawers, independent lamps, a phone, an alarm clock, the remote, and a notepad. These drawers were 2 of the 4 total drawers in the room. There wasn’t much in the way of unpacking space.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District guestroom nightstand
The nightstand in between the beds.

The alarm clock offered 2 USB outlets and 2 pronged outlets.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District guestroom nightstand drawer
The top of the nightstand.

Next to the bed on the window side was a desk that spanned the edge of the room. Under the desk and behind a vent wall was the room’s air conditioning unit. A sort of cubby space was under the coffee station portion of the desk — this is where the kids put their backpacks so we weren’t walking all over bags.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District guestroom desk and view
The desk between the beds and the outer wall.

While most of the room was spacious enough for our needs, we didn’t have an inch to spare between the desk and the bed. If anyone sat in the desk chair, another person could not walk behind it to get to that side of the bed, reach the outlets, or access the minifridge.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District guestroom desk chair
The desk area was cramped next to the bed.

The minifridge worked fine and had enough room for a few leftovers and drinks.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District guestroom mini fridge
The room’s minifridge.

On top of the desk was a lamp with 2 pronged outlets. A flip-up outlet cover revealed an additional 2 pronged outlets.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District guestroom desk and lamp with outlet
Lighting and power with a view.

The far side of the desk had the in-room coffee and ice. Although we got water bottles from the front desk, larger water bottles were available for purchase.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District guestroom coffee
In-room coffee on the desk.

We had a nice view of the city from the desk.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District guestroom view
A view from the room’s desk.

In one of the largest buildings in the area and on a high floor, we had a nice perch to look down on the city below. Other rooms in the hotel have a view of the bay.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District guestroom view
Looking out over the city.

Back toward the room entrance was a small hallway with the room’s closet and bathroom entrance.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District guestroom hallway
The room’s entrance door and hallway.

Within the closet was a small chest with 2 drawers, a safe, luggage rack, ironing board and iron, and a hanging rack and shelf. This is where my husband and I kept our bags. It would have been nice to have more drawer space.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District guestroom closet
This closet offered good storage space.

Bathroom

Across from the closet was the bathroom, which had a shower/tub combo and a shiny black countertop.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District guestroom bathroom
The guest room bathroom.

We weren’t in an accessible room, but the shower wall had a grab bar. There were also small dishes for soap or toiletries in the corner and below the grab bar. Another wall had a towel rack with folded towels on top and a bar to hang wet towels. It was nice to have towels available in the shower and they were high up enough that they didn’t get wet. The showerhead was adjustable and had good water pressure.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District guestroom bathroom tub and shower
The shower had functional fixtures, including an accessible grab bar and a towel rack.

The wall-mounted amenities — shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel — were from Crabtree & Evelyn.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District guestroom bathroom shower amenities
Shower amenities, including shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel.

At the bathroom counter was a single sink with a cubby for open storage underneath.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District guestroom bathroom counter
The bathroom counter.

On the left side was a lighted magnifying mirror plugged into the wall outlet. This side also had the soap dish and wall-mounted Crabtree & Evelyn lotion.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District guestroom bathroom mirror
The lighted mirror next to the sink.

On the other side was a collection of towels and facial tissues.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District guestroom bathroom counter towels
Towels and tissues on the counter.

Underneath the counter was storage space with additional toilet paper and tissues, as well as a hair dryer.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District guestroom bathrool toilet paper and hair dryer
There were extra bathroom supplies and a hair dryer under the counter.

Amenities

Hilton San Francisco Financial District didn’t have a pool or spa, but it offered a parking garage, nearby bike rental, a fitness center, Friday night movies, and a business center. There was also a lounge area adjacent to the lobby.

Parking

The hotel had self-parking available in the underground garage with in-and-out privileges. The self-parking fee at Hilton San Francisco Financial District was $68.40 per day inclusive of taxes and fees. Valet parking was not available.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District drive up entrance
The front entrance had a wide sidewalk and circular drive.

One of the parking garage entrances was to the left of the hotel’s front door. I was initially issued a parking ticket, but I used my room key card to get in and out of the garage after we’d checked in at the front desk.

The garage had tight turns, and plenty of evidence was left behind on the walls of cars that didn’t quite fit through the turns. We made it through without any dings! The parking spaces were large enough, and we never had trouble finding a spot close to the elevators. I looked for Diamond member parking but didn’t see any. However, we did see numerous signs encouraging guests not to leave any valuables behind.

Electric vehicle charging was available on-site.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District amenities parking garage
The front parking garage entrance.
Hot Tip:

Car break-ins are common in San Francisco. We were advised by the rental car company, locals, the hotel, and numerous signs not to leave anything visible in the car, not just in this parking garage but anywhere in and near the city. A local said, “Anything more than a toothpick” might welcome a smashed window. We kept the car empty and had no problems!

Bike Rental

A Lyft/Bay Wheels bike rental station was right across the street from the hotel on Washington Street. Each time we passed it, numerous bikes were available. We saw many bike rental stations throughout the city, so this would be a good option for getting around without driving. Single rides start at $3.99 for 30 minutes, with daily, monthly, and annual passes available.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District Lyft bike station
My kids don’t have the skills yet for urban biking, or we would have used these!

Fitness Center

The 24-hour fitness center was on the fifth floor. That floor was under renovation during our visit, and the elevators were down a hallway from the fitness center. We were instructed to take the elevator to another floor and take the stairs to get to the fitness center. It was a little out of the way, and we got a bit of a workout just getting there!

San Francisco Hilton Financial District amenities fitness center directions
Follow signs to access the fitness center during fifth-floor renovations.

The fitness center had numerous aerobic machines overlooking windows with a view.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District amenities fitness center ellipticals
Elliptical machines with a view from the fifth floor.

There were several treadmills in the adjoining room.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District amenities fitness center treadmills
The fitness center treadmills had a view, too.

There were 2 Peloton bikes and a scale near the towel station.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District amenities fitness center Peloton and towels
A Peloton bike in the fitness center.

Not 1, but 2 rowing machines with built-in fans rounded out the cardio equipment.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District amenities fitness center rowing machines
Rowing machines in the fitness center.

The fitness center leaned much more on cardio equipment than weights, but it did have some weight equipment. A weight bench, free weights, and weight rack were near the fitness center entrance.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District amenities fitness center
Weight equipment near the fitness center entrance.

There were also weighted medicine balls on a rack near the entrance. Most of the walls had mirrors for checking form.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District amenities fitness center medicine balls
Medicine balls in the fitness center.

A towel stand offered cleaning wipes, water cups, and individually packaged earbuds. Next to the towel stand was a water station, emergency phone, fire extinguisher, and balance ball.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District amenities fitness center towels and water
The fitness center towel stand.

Activities

An activities calendar near the front desk had family movie night picks for the month. It showed that a movie would be played every Friday at 6 p.m.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District amenities events
The hotel’s activity calendar for June.

Business Center

Across from the front desk was the business center. This desk had 4 workstations with barstool seating, lamps, and a printer.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District amenities business center
The lobby business center.

The Cloud

Near the front door was a lounge space behind frosted glass named The Cloud. It was open to all guests, as this hotel didn’t have an executive lounge.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District amenities The Cloud
The Cloud was a lounge space in the lobby.

This was where the hotel showed movies, but it also had TV on during the day.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District lobby The Cloud TV
The lounge space offered seating and entertainment.

There were numerous chairs and some small tables in the middle, with dining tables and booth seating along the walls. It was a convenient spot to eat the breakfasts we purchased at the lobby market just a few steps away. We sat near the windows and had a view of the street.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District lobby The Cloud seating
There was lots of seating in the lounge, and my kids each claimed their own small table.

The Cloud had a microwave available for guests. A sign had instructions for ordering food and drinks that could be delivered to the lounge.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District lobby The Cloud microwave
A guest microwave was available in The Cloud.

Pet-Friendly

Hilton San Francisco Financial District is pet-friendly for designated rooms. A nonrefundable fee of $50 applies, and the pet’s weight can be a maximum of 75 pounds.

Food and Beverage

Hilton San Francisco Financial District had 2 dining options: 750 Restaurant & Bar and The Market. Our $36 nightly food and beverage credit was good at either.

750 Restaurant & Bar

The hotel’s restaurant and bar served breakfast and dinner. On Mondays and Tuesdays, it was open from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. for breakfast. Wednesday through Friday, it was open for breakfast from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 4 to 10 p.m. for dinner. On Saturdays and Sundays, it was open for breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m. for dinner.

A continental breakfast buffet was $17, and the complete buffet was $27. The menu featured California fare with locally sourced ingredients. Entrees included ravioli, roasted chicken breast, filet mignon, and a signature burger.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District food and beverage restaurant
The entrance to 750 Restaurant & Bar.

The Market

The Market was in the lobby and open each morning from 6:30 to 11 a.m. The menu featured coffee, pastries, and breakfast snacks.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District food and beverage market
The Market bar and menu.

We used our food and beverage credit at The Market each morning. Our credit worked out to be just about enough to cover a basic breakfast for 5 on each visit. My husband and I got coffee and tea, breakfast burritos, and breakfast sandwiches, which were microwaved behind the bar.

These microwaved breakfasts weren’t exactly gourmet, but they were enough for a quick breakfast to get out the door to our day’s adventures. The kids were happy with pastries and cereal with milk.

Vending Machine

A vending machine with drinks was available on our floor next to the ice machine.

San Francisco Hilton Financial District guestroom floor vending and ice
Vending and ice near the elevators.

Service

The service at this hotel was warm and welcoming, and all of our needs were taken care of. We had positive interactions with all of the staff we encountered. The front desk agent got us checked in quickly and made sure we knew everything necessary for our stay. The lobby market attendants were patient with our kids as they mulled over the menu, then cheerfully and quickly prepared our breakfast items and got us on our way. As we left our room each morning, the housekeeping staff in the hallway greeted us, politely asked if we’d like our room cleaned, and wished us a great day.

Final Thoughts

We enjoyed our visit to the Hilton San Francisco Financial District. The guest room was comfortable and roomy enough for 2 nights, and I liked that we had a lounger to easily accommodate a fifth sleeper even though the room was only designed for 4 people. The view was nice, and the service was warm. The location worked well for our plans in and near San Francisco, though you might want to stay closer to the action if you’re planning to visit tourist hotspots along the waterfront, such as Fisherman’s Wharf.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many floors does the Hilton San Francisco Financial District have?

The hotel has 27 floors and offers bay or city views. There are taller buildings in the area, but our room had a clear view for a block or so.

How much is parking at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District?

Self parking in the underground garage is $68.40 including taxes and fees. You can access the garage using your room key. Don’t leave any valuables in your vehicle, as car break-ins are common in San Francisco.

Are pets allowed at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District?

Yes, you can bring a pet to Hilton San Francisco Financial District. The hotel welcomes pets up to 75 pounds for a $50 nonrefundable fee.

What time is check-in and checkout at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District?

You can check in at 3 p.m., and checkout is at 11 a.m. The hotel charges late checkout fees starting at $25 and up to 100% of the room rate.

What is the Hilton San Francisco Financial District close to?

Hilton San Francisco Financial District is at the edge of Chinatown in the Financial District. It’s close to Union Square, the Ferry Building, Coit Tower, and City Lights bookstore.

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