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Just half a block from Union Square, San Francisco's upscale commercial center, the 660-room Grand Hyatt has all the standard features you'd expect from a large midpriced city hotel -- business center, free gym, decent restaurant -- but each amenity has surprising qualities that evelate a typical Hyatt into, well, a slightly grander one. And after a massive 2012 renovation, the hotel improved it's overall appeal even more.
Take the business center: It offers secretarial services, audiovisual equipment rental, and a notary public -- useful, no doubt, for the conferences and events held in the hotel's 30,000 square feet of meeting space. The 24-hour gym has top of the line equipment added in 2012, with enough of a variety for a solid one-hour workout. Treadmills, stationary bikes, and elliptical machines have individual TV screens, and the hotel provides warm towels and headsets for free. They also added floor-to-ceiling windows, opening up the previously-drab gym to the highrising San Francisco skyline.
The Hyatt's, off of the lobby, serves American bistro fare in a casual but lively atmosphere.. Open throughout the day (with a limited menu between meals), the restaurant attracts locals and visitors alike. It also features hand-crafted cocktails and its own 22-month-old whiskey, aged at a local distillery. OneUP also has its own food truck, which can be spotted in nearby San Francisco neighborhoods.
These nicer-than-usual nuances extend to the rooms, which were part of the 2012 renovation. Now each one comes with an iHome dock, Internet TV, floor-to-ceiling , and plush "Grand Beds" that have pillow-top mattresses, down duvets, and eight soft pillows. Streamlined, dark wood furniture give the space a contemporary edge.
One block away from the commercial hub of Union Square
The Grand Hyatt is one block northeast of Union Square, which is famous for its couture shops. Home to enormous outposts of Niketown, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany, Macy's, Louis Vuitton, and Neiman Marcus, among others, Union Square is to San Francisco what Fifth Avenue is to New York. Locals don't hang out here much, but the square is great for people-watching nonetheless, and occasionally plays host to concerts, small festivals, and demonstrations. If shopping isn't your priority, you might prefer a hotel in a neighborhood closer to some of the biggest tourists attractions, like the Hyatt in Fisherman's Wharf.
This 660-room Hyatt offers all the standard amenities of a mid-range city hotel, with a few extra touches. Its Union Square location and spacious rooms make it a good choice for business and leisure travelers who want a lot of comfort without paying top dollar. This is especially true after an extensive, multi-million dollar renovation in 2012, which brought new decor and amenties to the rooms, a new restaurant concept and food truck, and a lobby revamp.