Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, California

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Pros

  • Renovated in 2008
  • Large rooms full of multicolored furnishings with geometric patterns
  • Cozy outdoor firepits with comfortable lounge chairs
  • 24-hour free gym with plenty of free weights and exercise machines
  • Outdoor heated pool
  • Tourist-friendly location -- two blocks from Fisherman's Wharf, cable cars a block away
  • No charge for pets, but only those weighing 45 pounds or less are allowed
  • Free Wi-Fi in the lobby

Cons

  • No views of the water, though it's just two blocks away
  • Restaurant serves only breakfast and evening hors d'oeuvres.
  • Room service is limited to breakfast and dinner.
  • Daily fee for in-room Wi-Fi
  • Rooms have huge, outdated, and somewhat ineffective AC units.

Bottom Line

Renovated in 2008, this 531-room Sheraton has large, comfortable, and colorful rooms. Outdoor firepits, an outdoor heated pool, and a spacious, modern gym are nice touches. Overall, the hotel is nothing special, but it's a solid choice for tourists exploring Fisherman's Wharf.

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This is your basic midpriced tourist hotel, but with quirky, multicolored decor. Amenities are comfortable but not luxurious.

A Standard Room, brightly colored and a bit bland
A Standard Room, brightly colored and a bit bland

In the range of hotels around touristy Fisherman's Wharf, the 531-room Sheraton falls somewhere in the middle. Rooms are large and have comfortable new furniture, and the hotel is well located, just two blocks from the area's major attractions (Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, the sea lions sunning themselves on the docks). There's not much striking about the hotel, except that the design is somehow both bold and boring: The beige facade looks like a '60s apartment complex, while the interiors have an almost overwhelming Ikea flavor -- all geometric shapes and bright colors. There are sky-blue leather couches and blond wood panels in the lobby, while the hallways have murals of giant beach balls in the corners.

Despite the $33 million renovation in 2008, leftover fixtures like clunky AC units in the rooms and exposed pipes in the stairwell give the hotel a distinctly dated feel. The air conditioner also did a poor job controlling the temperature in the room -- it was often either too warm or too cold. The hotel is only four stories tall, so the neighboring buildings block views of the San Francisco Bay. (The Radisson, on the other hand, has unobstructed views.) On the positive side, the rooms are a bit larger than average (about 300 square feet for a standard room), and they come with comfortable Sweet Sleeper beds, which have Sealy Posturepedic mattresses, down duvets, and hypoallergenic pillows. There are 32-inch flat-screen TVs with 48 channels and pay-per-view movies. Wired Internet is available for a daily fee; free Wi-Fi is available only in the lobby. Room service is limited to just breakfast and dinner.

The hotel's other features include a heated outdoor pool (though it's not as nice as the Radisson's pool, next door) and cozy seating areas around outdoor firepits. There's a business center with three computers and a small gym with seven cardio machines, a multipurpose strength training machine, and free weights. A cafe in the lobby serves breakfast, evening hors d'oeuvres, and cocktails, and an adjoining room serves an American breakfast buffet daily.

All told, this is a sufficiently comfortable hotel, and a fine choice as a home base for a busy sightseeing itinerary. If price isn't as important as luxurious accommodations at the wharf, go for the Fairmont Ghirardelli Square or the Argonaut, both high-end hotels slightly cut off from the tourist crowds in the area.

 Location

At the heart of San Francisco's biggest tourist destination, Fisherman's Wharf

Just over a block from Fisherman's Wharf, the Sheraton is conveniently located near the docks where ferries leave for Alcatraz, Sausalito, and Tiburon. The hotel is also a block away from the terminus of the Powell-Mason cable car line, which connects to the farther reaches of the city, like Union Square and Nob Hill.

  • A 30-minute stroll on the boardwalk will get you to the fancy waterside restaurants at the Embarcadero, or you can take the F-line streetcar, which also stops a block away from the hotel.
  • North Beach (San Francisco's Little Italy) is a 10-minute walk up the hill.
  • Roughly 3.5 miles to Golden Gate Bridge (for public transportation, the 28 and 29 buses are the best bet).
  • Golden Gate Park is over five miles away.
  • 25 minutes to San Francisco International Airport.

 Bottom Line

Renovated in 2008, this 531-room Sheraton has large, comfortable, and colorful rooms. Outdoor firepits, an outdoor heated pool, and a spacious, modern gym are nice touches. Overall, the hotel is nothing special, but it's a solid choice for tourists exploring Fisherman's Wharf.

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Address

  • 2500 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • San Francisco Sheraton
  • Sheraton Fishermans Wharf
  • Sheraton San Francisco

Room Types

  • Accessible Room
  • King Suite Accessible
  • Standard Room
  • Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 531
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
Address: 2500 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
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