Pretty much any reason is a good enough reason for me to book a trip to San Francisco, and luckily, we’ve had a pretty great one recently. Aaron has been spending a lot of time in San Francisco lately (like Monday through Thursday for the past couple of months), so we’ve planned a few weekends when Hudson and I can meet him up there to explore the city together. We’ve been walking, biking and cable car-riding all around San Francisco’s diverse and colorful neighborhoods. But, we like to stay centrally located near Union Square. On this last trip, we enjoyed a hosted stay at the Parc 55 San Francisco, a Hilton Hotel. We’ve stayed in over ten different hotels in the city, but think we just found our new favorite.
The Parc 55 is as Central as it gets in San Francisco
The Parc 55 hotel is located steps away from the Powell and Market Street intersection, just a few blocks south of Union Square. Almost every mode of public transit in San Francisco converges at this corner; the Powell Street BART station is steps from the door, the historic trams trundle down Powell Street on the way to the Embarcadero, and you can board the famous cable cars that pitch up and down the City’s steepest hills around the corner. Even though we love to explore from Land’s End to North Beach, staying near Union Square is so convenient since any bus train or trolley you’ll need to catch is just outside the door.
A Spacious Room with a View
Since we’re sleeping three to a room, I always appreciate hotel rooms that can easily accommodate a baby crib or cot for our toddler so we don’t feel like we’re stepping all over each other. Even the standard room had extra space plus a sleeper sofa. The large king beds are soft and comfortable, and the recently updated room and bathroom had a very modern, clean aesthetic.
From 31 floors up, we had an almost floor-to-ceiling view of the San Francisco skyline. Our bay windows looked out over the financial district with the iconic Transamerica pyramid and stretched all the way down to the bay. I seriously couldn’t get over the view; it was the perfect place to watch the sunset before we headed out to grab a bite to eat.
Restaurants at the Parc 55: Cable 55 for breakfast and Kin Khao for dinner
A trip to San Francisco always turns into a bit of a foodie tour, so my standard of what counts as a good hotel breakfast automatically goes up a few times when we’re in the city. Even with the higher standard, I was super impressed with the Parc 55’s breakfast buffet at its restaurant, Cable 55. The spread includes a huge variety: made-to-order eggs, pancakes, sausage, muffins, fruit. Basically everything you’d think of for your traditional American breakfast plus a few more creative and absolutely delicious options. There are also offerings for a traditional Chinese breakfast, including congee, stir-fried noodles, and steamed fish. The buffet is a bit pricey on its own (as all hotel breakfasts are), so I’d recommend booking a breakfast included package on the Hilton website.
Kin Khao, a Michelin star Thai eatery, is located in the lobby of the Parc 55 and a great place to grab dinner. The dining room is open, modern and bustling. Be prepared for a serious kick from the super fresh and authentic Thai dishes.
The Parc 55 combines forces with its sister property, the Hilton Union Square, right across the street. We didn’t have time to pop over to enjoy the outdoor heated pool and hot tub but hope to another time. The Parc 55 has its own fully equipped fitness center, so you don’t need to venture offsite to get in a full workout.
With all of the convenience and comfort we could ask for in a hotel, topped off with a spectacular in-room view, Parc 55 made the perfect home base for our weekend in San Francisco.
Thank you again to the Parc 55 San Francisco, a Hilton Hotel, for hosting us during our stay in San Francisco. As always, all opinions are my own.
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