Hotel Review: Hyatt Centric San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf

We stayed at the Hyatt Centric San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf for a weekend in October 2017. This was our first time staying at the Hyatt Centric brand.


The Hyatt Centric San Francisco is a category 4 hotel, which means it cost 15,000 Hyatt points per night. We recently earned Globalist status with the World of Hyatt program and were excited to take it for a spin. We looked at other Hyatt hotels in San Francisco, but settled on this one because it was closer to many of the sites we wanted to see.


As noted in the paragraph above, the location was ideal for us as tourists. It was walking distance to Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 33 where the Alcatraz Cruises departed from, and much more.

In terms of transportation, the turnaround for one of the San Francisco cable cars is a block away from the hotel. We primarily used Uber to get around and rented bicycles for a day. The bike shop we rented from was just a block away. There were plenty of restaurants and stores nearby as well to take care of all your food needs.

Hotel Layout

The hotel lobby was pretty small. It was pretty minimal and only had a couple of seating areas. There was a little cafe to the right of check-in and the hotel restaurant was off to the right.

Furthermore, the biggest complaint I had about this hotel was the elevators. There were only three elevators for the entire hotel and unfortunately one of them was broken during our stay. We ended up emailing the general manager about this and they gave us 5,000 Hyatt points as an apology. The hotel was only 4-5 stories high so I wouldn’t have minded taking the stairs. However, there were no stairs to/from the lobby and the only exterior exit doors from the stairwells were all emergency exits with alarms.


We were upgraded to a premium room. It wasn’t a suite, but it was definitely bigger than their normal rooms. There was a ton of floor space, but it felt kind of empty and in need of more furniture. The room was very modern and contemporary. Our room overlooked the hotel entryway, which really wasn’t much of a view.

The room could have used a little color in my opinion. Everything was pretty much gray, black, or white. We did utilize the table quite a bit, which had two office chairs as well as built in electrical outlets.

The bathroom was a good size, but it had a sliding door that didn’t really lock. Not a huge issue, but kind of annoying.


When we checked in, we had a good conversation with the hotel front desk agent. She informed us that there would be a high school dance at the hotel on Saturday night. The other hotel staff that we interacted with were friendly and attentive. We forgot to print out tickets for one of our excursions and we were able to forward them to the hotel front desk agent who printed them out for us.


As Hyatt Globalist, we received free breakfast in the hotel restaurant since the hotel does not have a lounge. You were comped up to ~$30 per person. The menu prices were pretty expensive, but this is typically the case at hotel restaurants.

The first morning my wife and I each ordered from the menu. I had an Eggs Benedict and my wife had sausage and eggs. The second morning my wife went with the buffet and I ordered a Strauss Burger (avocado toast with burger patty in some hollandaise sauce).

We enjoyed both of our meals at the restaurant. The service was prompt and friendly. Our receipt total for each meal came out to around $60-70. We definitely enjoyed utilizing this status benefit.

Closing Thoughts

Overall, we enjoyed our stay at the Hyatt Centric San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf. I’m not sure I’m a huge fan of the Hyatt Centric’s minimalist design, but it was modern and sleek.

The breakfast was delicious. We enjoyed being able to eat a full meal rather than the limited continental breakfast at many Hyatt lounges. If you have Globalist status, you can definitely get your money’s worth.

The main hiccup during our stay was the out of service elevator, which wasn’t the end of the world and hotel management did a good job addressing the issue. The location is great for sightseeing and exploring San Francisco. For this reason, I would definitely recommend this hotel for tourists.