During our 4 night stay in San Francisco, we stayed at two different hotels: the San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf and the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. Here is our detailed review of the first hotel.
San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf hotel reservation with Marriott Bonvoy points
For this stay, I chose to use points from the Marriott Bonvoy program: 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for 2 nights.
That’s 45,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night… or the equivalent of 15,000 starpoints, instead of CA$389 + tax.
Using these 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points / 30,000 starpoints will have saved me more than 850 CA$ taxes included! Not bad when one credit card, the American Express Marriott Bonvoy, can already give you 20,000 starpoints, enough for at least one night!
Benefits of Marriott Bonvoy GOLD status
With the Marriott Bonvoy Gold status, obtained through the equivalence of the Marriott Bonvoy Gold status, itself obtained with my Carte de PlatineMD from American Express, I had various benefits such as:
- Free high speed WiFi
- Late departure / early arrival
- Free breakfast
- Upgrade to a courtyard room instead of a street side room
No lounge in this hotel unfortunately.
San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel
The San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf hotel is in the Marriott Bonvoy Category 6 program (after August 18, 2018). It is ideally located in the tourist district of Fisherman’s Wharf.
Freshly disembarked from our – excellent – flight from Seoul, the check-in will be very fast.
In fact, I had already checked us in via the mobile app while we were at the lounge… in Seoul! The receptionist will tell me the benefits of being a Marriott Gold member: including free high-speed internet and breakfast the next morning. Also, a welcome cocktail will be offered at the hotel bar.
In front of the elevators to the rooms, there are self-service coffee machines.
The hotel has just been renovated, you can feel it in the corridors.
We asked for a room with 2 queen size beds (which is rare in San Francisco, as hotels tend to offer rooms with 2 double beds).
The size of the room was correct as was the layout of the interior space.
A nice flat screen takes place in front of the beds, with the possibility to connect to online services like Netflix.
Next to it is a desk with all the necessary wired connections: electrical outlets and USB.
A small club chair and a coffee table decorate the rest of the space near the window.
Another view of the room:
A good quality clock radio at the head of the bed, with USB connections for our cell phones:
The standard American coffee machine. As a Marriott Bonvoy Gold member, the water bottles – for a fee – were complimentary.
No bathtub, but a big shower. Here too, it smells like new!
If you have followed our entire trip, and especially the stays in the different hotels in Asia, I think you will understand my disappointment with the breakfast offered in this hotel. We are suddenly down to the “North American standard”.
Let’s start with the salt section:
Then the sweet section:
To finish with the cereals and breads placed on the bar:
Well… we’re not going to be picky, this breakfast is free thanks to the Marriott Bonvoy Gold status obtained with the American Express Platinum Card (by equivalence of the Marriott Bonvoy Gold status). Also the service offered for hot drinks was very attentive, the waiters helped us well with the children.
But for the quality of the food, this breakfast is far below what we have experienced in the last weeks in Asia.
Children will be happy with it!
Simple and effective. That sums up our stay at this San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf hotel. Proximity to Fisherman’s Wharf as well as completely renovated rooms make this Marriott a solid choice for a first stay in San Francisco.