Despite proximity to Fisherman's Wharf, rooms lack water views
In-room Wi-Fi costs a fee (though it is free in the lobby and courtyard)
Limited room service
Costs for overnight parking and buffet breakfast are high
There are sometimes homeless people hanging around outside hotel
The Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf is a mid-range, 531-room hotel just over a block from Fisherman's Wharf, one of San Francisco's top tourist destinations. A cozy courtyard, a heated outdoor pool, and a good-sized fitness center are nice-to-have extras in an otherwise motel-esque property. Rooms feature flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and updated AC units, but lack water views (the hotel is only four stories tall, so the neighboring buildings block views of the San Francisco Bay). Guests could also consider Hotel Zephyr, a boutique hotel across the street, where higher-category rooms have unobstructed bay views.
A basic mid-range tourist hotel, with a few fun features
In the range of hotels around touristy Fisherman's Wharf, the 531-room Sheraton falls somewhere in the middle. Rooms are large and comfortable, and the hotel is well located -- just a few blocks from the area's major attractions (Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, the sea lions sunning themselves on the docks). There isn't much that's 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 bright teal chairs and blond-wood wall panels in the lobby, while the outdoor terrace on the ground floor features wicker furniture with sherbet-colored cushions. All told, this is a sufficient choice as a home base for tourists with busy sightseeing itineraries. If price isn't as important as luxurious accommodations at the wharf, go for the Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square or the Argonaut, both high-end hotels slightly cut off from the tourist crowds in the area.
At the heart of Fisherman's Wharf, one of San Francisco's biggest tourist destination
Just over a block from Fisherman's Wharf, the Sheraton is conveniently located near the docks where ferries leave for Alcatraz, Sausalito, and Tiburon. A 25-minute stroll on the boardwalk -- or a short ride on the F-line streetcar, which also stops a block away from the hotel -- will get you to the fancy waterside restaurants at the Embarcadero. The terminus of the Powell-Mason cable car line, which connects to Union Square, is a block away, as well.
Three-minute walk to Madame Tussauds San Francisco
Five-minute walk to North Beach (San Francisco's Little Italy)
Six-minute walk to Pier 39
11-minute walk to Ghirardelli Square
11-minute walk to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
20-minute walk to Coit Tower, Chinatown, and the Exploratorium
20- to 25-minute drive to Golden Gate Park
40- to 50-minute drive to San Francisco International Airport
Rooms are large, but have low-grade, IKEA-like furniture and decor
The rooms are a bit larger than average (320 square feet for a standard room), and their decor seems to be a slight tribute to Scandinavian minimalism: off-white faux-wood headboards, white and light wood furniture, bright blue and yellow accents. Rooms come with Sheraton's signature Sweet Sleeper Beds, which have Sealy Posturepedic mattresses, down duvets, and hypoallergenic pillows. There are coffeemakers, Sony Dream Machine clock radios, and 42-inch flat-screen TVs with cable and pay-per-view movies. In-room Wi-Fi costs a daily fee (free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby). Room service is limited to just breakfast and dinner.
Link@Sheraton Cafe for coffee and light bites, a pleasant terrace, and a good amount of flexible meeting/conference space
The Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf offers a few unexpected features for a mid-range hotel. An on-site cafe serves a breakfast buffet every morning (for a fee); guests can enjoy their meal in the cheery breakfast room or outside, in the landscaped courtyard, which features comfortable garden furniture and picnic tables (two of which are shaded by yellow umbrellas), as well as simple wooden tables and chairs. In addition to the breakfast room, there is a Link@Sheraton counter that sells coffee, bottled juices, granola bars, single-serving cereals, and baked goods. Next to the Link@Sheraton is a small business center with two PCs and two printers. The hotel offers two meeting rooms and three ballrooms; the largest is nearly 2,500 square feet. Catering, audiovisual equipment, and a technician are available.
Other features include a Dollar car rental desk, a small heated outdoor pool and a 24-hour gym with seven cardio machines and a multipurpose strength-training machine, as well as as well as free weights, stability balls, and jump ropes. There is no charge for pets, but only those weighing 45 pounds or less are allowed.