We typically stay in the Union Square area when visiting SF, but after reading some bad reviews of my long-ago go-to hotel, decided to try something new.
The Hotel Griffon is right on the Embarcadero, a half-block or so from the ferry terminal (though the main entrance is on Steuart St). The lobby is small, and the whole hotel is somewhat narrow, but is nicely appointed. We were upgraded from a premium room to a Junior Suite, and while I still object to the nomenclature of sticking a couch and a desk in a room and calling it a suite, we were happy for the upgrade.
This upgrade made the room very spacious by SF hotel standards, with a desk, full-sized couch and armchair, and coffee table for day use. There was also a balcony out over the light well / inner courtyard, but as it was early November, it was really too cold to use.
One drawback of the room was that the bathroom was small, and the tub quite shallow, but that is the only real complaint. It would have been nice to have a view of the bay, but the larger room made up for that lack.
The staff was very polite, though we did not need to rely on them for much, as we were out and about.
The bottom line is that we really liked both the general location and the hotel in particular, and we'll likely stay there again on a future visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Griffon invites you to experience what was voted "Best Boutique Hotel" and "Best 24 Hour Getaway" by San Francisco Magazine. Situated along San Francisco's stylish Embarcadero waterfront, our certified green hotel is the perfect choice for business and leisure travelers who seek a pleasant and charming alternative to the chain hotel. Indulge in an appealing San Francisco boutique hotel inspired by European sensibility and enjoy exceptional amenities that include well-appointed guestrooms and luxury suites, delectable on site dining at Perry's on the Embarcadero, and distinguished meeting space for business travel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Griffon Hotel San Francisco
- Griffon San Francisco