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Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco [In-depth Review]

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San Francisco is an awesome city to visit. From the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz to Fisherman’s Wharf and PIER 39, there’s so much to do in and around the city.

I was visiting for the weekend to see my brother and his girlfriend (and to see “Top Gun: Maverick” on opening day, but that’s another story). When I was searching for hotels, I started and ended my search with Hyatt since I am trying to earn Globalist status (or at the very least keep my Explorist status) for next year.

Luckily, there were a number of Hyatts around San Francisco available, so I had my pick of hotels. I chose the Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco because it was in a great location and reasonably priced.

In this review, I’ll show you around this hotel so you can decide if it’s right for your time in San Francisco. Let’s get to it!


One of the main reasons I booked the Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco was its location. In addition to being near my brother’s apartment (which I’m assuming won’t matter to you), it was close to popular San Francisco attractions such as Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, and PIER 39.

After arriving at Oakland International Airport (OAK), it took us about 30 minutes to drive the 20 miles to the hotel. Alternatively, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is just about 15 miles from the hotel.

Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco is located near lots of popular tourist attractions.


When I originally booked this hotel, the cost was $948.54 for 3 nights. This is a Category 5 hotel, so I could have opted to pay 20,000 points per standard night, giving me a 1.58 cents per point value. We value World of Hyatt points at ~1.5 cents each, and I generally prefer to save them for higher value redemptions, so I paid with a credit card.

Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco cost 20,000 points for a standard award night. Image Credit: Hyatt

A few days before my trip, I checked the prices and the hotel was less expensive than when I originally booked. I found an even cheaper price on Because of that, I was able to use Hyatt’s best rate guarantee to get a price adjustment that saved me $266!

In the end, I paid $682.45 for 3 nights. I used my World of Hyatt Business Credit Card, so I earned 4x points on this stay in addition to the 6x points I earned as a Hyatt Explorist member (5x points plus a 20% bonus).

All in all, I earned 5,750 points and 3 elite night credits from this trip.

Hot Tip: While I ended up paying cash for this stay, there are plenty of great hotels in San Francisco to book with points.

Destination Fee

I really can’t stand destination fees! If you’re not familiar with a destination fee, it’s like a resort fee for a non-resort hotel — a way for the hotel to charge you more for “benefits” you most likely don’t need or want.

These magnets were part of the destination fee “benefits.” While that’s nice, I’d rather just not pay the $30 per night.

This hotel charged a destination fee of $30 per night. Here’s a look at what’s included in the fee:

  • PUBLIC bike rental
  • High-speed Wi-Fi
  • Local and 1-800 phone calls (seriously, who needs this?)
  • Business center usage including printing and copying
  • Daily bottle of water
  • Retail discount card for PIER 39
  • Special keepsake San Francisco magnet upon departure
  • 20% discount on Big Bus sightseeing tours
  • $2.50 off aquarium tickets
  • $2 off Exploratorium
  • Rollaway bed rental
  • $10 discount off Spin Scooter
  • $10 off Madame Tussauds

Unfortunately, none of these shopping or activity discounts were offered to me. I didn’t really need any of the discounts, so I didn’t ask about them, but I imagine many guests don’t even know these are available.

Hot Tip: Hyatt waives resort fees (including destination fees) when you book a stay using points.

Elite Benefits and Check-in

The lobby at Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco was stylish and modern.

Check-in was quick and pleasant, and my Explorist status was recognized right away.

I originally booked a room with 2 double beds but then changed my reservation to a single king bed because it was less expensive and I figured I’d be able to switch to 2 beds at check-in.

The man who checked me in said that wasn’t a problem and went to work finding a room in his computer system. He then said he had an upgrade for us — to a room with a king bed and a double bed.

He said it was because there were 3 of us and he noticed my husband, who was standing with my daughter behind me, was tall and didn’t want him to have to share a double bed with me (haha). For the record, my husband is tall (6 feet 6 inches) but this is the first time we got an upgrade because of it!

I thought that was a sweet gesture and it was definitely nice to not have to share a double bed with anyone.

I was also offered a 2 p.m. late checkout as part of my Explorist benefits.

My elite status was recognized when I checked in and I was offered a room upgrade and a late checkout.

Hot Tip: If you’re on a tight budget, you may want to check out these inexpensive hotels in San Francisco.


Let’s take a look at some of the amenities offered at Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco.


There was a heated outdoor pool on the third floor. It was large and had lots of seating around it, but it lacked some ambiance.

The heated outdoor pool was located on the third-floor rooftop.

There was also a hot tub next to the pool.

Hot tub next to the pool.

Fitness Center

The fitness center was a pretty decent size and had multiple elliptical machines, bikes, and treadmills.

The fitness center had bikes, treadmills, and elliptical machines.

There was also an area with weights and exercise balls.

There was also an area with weights.

The Market

The Market is a 24-hour grab-and-go shop located in the lobby of the hotel.

There was a 24-hour market located in the lobby.

It offered a variety of food items from snacks and drinks to frozen food and fresh fruit.

There were snacks and drinks along with refrigerated and frozen items available for purchase.

Pet Friendliness

Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco is a pet-friendly hotel as long as you inform the hotel at least 3 days prior to arrival. There’s a $100 fee on stays of up to 6 nights. For stays between 7 and 30 nights, an additional $100 fee will be charged.

Dogs must be 50 pounds or under. If you’re bringing 2 dogs, their combined weight must be under 75 pounds.

Bike Rentals

Free PUBLIC bike rentals were included in the destination fee benefits.

Bike rentals were included in the destination fee.

Travel Depot App

If you forget an essential like a charging cable, sunscreen, or headache medicine, you can order via the Travel Depot app (iOS, Android) and pick up your items at the front desk within 30 minutes. I was given a $5 off coupon for this service when I checked in but never needed to use it.

Hotel guests could order essentials through the Travel Depot app and have them delivered to the front desk within 30 minutes.


There was a small parking area right by the front door which was very handy when we were getting picked up or dropped off. In addition, there was a garage right by the front entrance for longer-term parking. The rate was $6 per hour or $65 plus tax for overnight parking. If you have Globalist status, parking fees are waived on award stays.

Hot Tip: If you prefer one-of-a-kind hotels, check out these San Francisco boutique hotels.

1 King Bed and 1 Double Bed Room

I booked a basic 1 King Bed room but was upgraded at check-in to a 1 King Bed and 1 Double Bed room. While the room itself wasn’t much different than the base level room I booked, it was really nice to have one of the beds be a king instead of having 2 doubles.

Our room had a king bed and a double bed.

The room was basic but comfortable. The 2 beds each had lots of pillows of varying thicknesses so you could find exactly what you wanted. There was a bedside table shared between the beds with lights, a phone, an alarm clock, a USB outlet, and plugs.

There were easily accessible plugs by the bed.

Across from the beds was a cabinet that housed the coffee setup, a safe, a TV, and a minifridge.

There was a minifridge, safe, and coffee machine in the cabinet opposite of the beds.

On one side of the cabinet there was a nice, sturdy luggage rack and on the other side was a moveable table that also worked great as a luggage rack, too!

We used the moveable table as an extra luggage rack.

There was a bottle of water on the cabinet that was replaced each day as a benefit of the destination fee. Additional bottles were available for $5 each.

A free bottle of water was left in our room each day as part of the destination fee.

There was coffee and tea in the room, which I’m always excited to see.

There was an in-room coffee machine along with coffee and tea.

The only issue was that instead of creamer there was a packet of coffee whitener. I use milk in my coffee for the taste, not to change the color, so this stuff doesn’t cut it for me. Plus, it’s really pretty gross.

This is the second Hyatt that I’ve come across this coffee whitener instead of creamer. Totally gross if you ask me.

I ran across this stuff at the Hyatt Regency Deerfield just outside of Chicago, too, so it’s made its way to more than 1 Hyatt location.

I ended up buying a small container of milk in the lobby market and kept it in the minifridge for my morning coffee.

There was a closet with hanging space, drawers, an iron, and an ironing board.

The closet was located across from the bathroom.


The bathroom was pretty basic and had a feature I really don’t like — a tub/shower combination with a curtain. I admit, I’m very picky about showers and this style just doesn’t do it for me.

Our bathroom wasn’t spectacular but it was functional.

It did have a nice rain shower head, but that was the only thing I liked about the shower. The one weird thing about the shower head was that the surface was mirrored so you had to stare at yourself in the shower any time you looked toward it! I left out a photo of that for obvious reasons!

The shower had a nice rain shower head, but I wasn’t a fan of the shower curtain.

The bath amenities seemed like an afterthought as they were all mismatched brands.

The bath products were all mismatched brands.

The single sink had a decent amount of counter space. There were plenty of towels as well as a Drybar hair dryer.

The bathroom had plenty of towels and a Drybar hairdryer.

1 King Bed Room

My mom was traveling with us, so I grabbed a few photos of her room, too. She had the base level 1 King Bed room. The style, size, and decor of her room were nearly identical to ours with just a few exceptions.

Where our room had a king bed and a double bed, hers had a king bed and a chaise lounge.

The 1 king bed room had a chaise lounge in lieu of a second bed.

She had a view of the pool instead of the street view I had.

This room had a view of the pool.

The bathroom size and layout were also identical to ours, but her room had an updated stand-up shower instead of the tub/shower combo.

This room’s bathroom had an updated shower.

Food and Beverage

At the time of my stay in May 2022, there was only 1 restaurant open — Brick & Beam.

Brick & Beam was the hotel’s only restaurant.

The hotel’s website also lists a restaurant called The Wardroom, but it was non-existent during my stay. According to the website, there were some renovations a couple of months earlier, so I’m guessing the second restaurant either had recently been closed or is still being renovated.

Brick & Beam served breakfast and dinner daily:

  • Breakfast: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. daily
  • Dinner: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Brick & Beam served breakfast and dinner daily.

Since my stay was rather short and there are so many great restaurants nearby, I never tried out the hotel’s restaurant.


The service we received at Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco was excellent. The front desk staff was always helpful and the housekeeping staff was always quick with a friendly greeting when I walked by.

One morning, we were waiting for my brother to pick us up so we could go to breakfast and my 8-year-old daughter was complaining that she was hungry. My brother was running a little late and her patience was running thin. The same man who had checked us in walked over to The Market, which was located in the lobby, grabbed a cookie, and brought it over to my daughter.

The gentleman working at the front desk grabbed a cookie for my daughter while we were waiting for our ride to breakfast.

While a cookie isn’t my idea of a great breakfast, she was thrilled and I was impressed by the thoughtful gesture (yes, I let her eat the cookie).


Housekeeping is one of those hotel luxuries that has suffered because of COVID-19. While many hotels have brought it back, many are continuing to limit it. As a lover of hotels, daily housekeeping is one of those things I enjoy. While not necessary, getting fresh towels and a made-up bed every day is one of the reasons I prefer hotels over vacation rentals.

I’m happy to report that Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco offers daily housekeeping. I was even asked whether I preferred service in the mornings or afternoons, which was a nice touch.

Our room was refreshed every afternoon, so it was clean and made up every evening when we returned.

Final Thoughts

Overall I was very happy with my stay at Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco. While not a super luxurious hotel, the rooms were comfortable, the staff was friendly, and the location was great for exploring San Francisco.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the check-in and checkout times at Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco?

Check-in time at Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco is 4 p.m. and checkout time is 11 a.m.

What are some of the property amenities at Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco?

Some of the amenities at Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco include a fitness center, heated outdoor pool, outdoor hot tub, on-site restaurant, free bike rentals, and a lobby market.

Which popular attractions are close to Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco?

Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco is close to the following attractions:

  • Fisherman’s Wharf — 0.3 mile
  • PIER 39 — 0.4 mile
  • Ghirardelli Square — 0.4 mile
  • Lombard Street — 0.5 mile
  • The Palace of Fine Arts — 2 miles
  • Oracle Park — 2.4 miles
  • Golden Gate Bridge — 3.8 miles

What category is Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco?

Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco is a Hyatt Category 5 hotel. It costs 17,000 points per off-peak night, 20,000 points per standard night, or 23,000 points per night for peak times.

About Katie Seemann

Katie has been in the points and miles game since 2015 and started her own blog in 2016. She’s been freelance writing since then and her work has been featured in publications like Travel + Leisure and Forbes Advisor.


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