When my husband and I were invited to a special celebration to be held close to San Francisco's Fisherman’s Wharf, it was clear to us the Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf was where we should stay. This proved to be a great decision.
About a year earlier I had the chance to explore and review (see) Pier 39 and Fog Harbor Restaurant. Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf is right across the street from Pier 39, how could it be better?
We learned that taking a taxi from the airport might not be the best way to get to the Radisson. Our trip to the hotel by taxi was $65.00 from the airport. (See Airport Express Shuttle information below.)
After a long flight and a stressful taxi ride, it was wonderful to be greeted by Isabelle. She welcomed us warmly and offered lots of information and many suggestions to help us get settled, including a sheet with answers to FAQ. Entering our room we saw immediately that it was “user friendly”, pleasant and efficient. It was the view, however, that took our breath away; Alcatrez below, the Golden Gate and the hills of Sausalito in the distance.
In our room, we liked the Sleep Number Bed, the shower, the fridge, the coffee maker, the 37-inch flat screen TV (with pay movies) and free wireless Internet. Later, we slept very comfortably on the plush bedding and oversized pillows.
After settling in, we wanted dinner and to explore. Pier 39, just across the street, was “hopping” on this evening before St. Patrick’s Day. We headed directly to Fog Harbor Restaurant (www.foghaaarbor.com) hoping it was as good as we remembered – it was. (See review). We had a light dinner and the food was delicious. We could not resist sharing a dessert and order a raspberry sorbet, locally made by Café Classico. It was “the best” and is now our standard and, so far, has not been matched. What a treat!
We also learned that Fog Harbor is “related to” Biscoff Coffee Corner, Wipeout Bar&Grill, and Pier Market Seafood Restaurant & Market.
Walking back to our hotel we noticed an art gallery that was open and stepped in. This proved to be an unexpected treat. Huge, beautiful and unique photos filled room after room. It felt like we were travelling the world. There were also notices about photographic workshops and classes. (.http://www.rodneyloughjr.com/photos/foto_folio/2)
Because our special event began at noon we had Sunday morning to explore the Waterfront. The St. Patrick’s Day run across the Golden Gate Bridge that was mentioned on TV was taking place, just down the road and went to see what was going on. It was a beautiful day and a lovely walk. It was fun to see the runners as they crossed the finish line returning from the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge.
We especially enjoyed being at the Radisson because it is the only hotel located directly on Fisherman’s Wharf and is close to Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, ferries to many destinations, the waterfront restaurants and attractions and lots more. The courtyard lounge, with its fire pit and pool, was a welcoming and relaxing, and a pleasant place to gather. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.
After completing a multi-million dollar renovation in April 2012, the management and staff at the Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf seem very proud of the beautiful new rooms and updated features. All 355 guest rooms include a custom wall vinyl depicting an evening scene of the Golden Gate Bridge, allowing guests to sleep soundly beneath the San Francisco landmark. We agree with Radisson when they say, “Whether you are returning for the tenth time or visiting for the first, guests at the Radisson Fisherman’s Wharf will be pleasantly surprised to find a large number of modern updates all around our San Francisco hotel's downtown property”.
On Monday morning when we asked for a breakfast recommendation, we receiving a great suggestion, the Beach Street Grill (www.beachstreetgrillsf.com) where we enjoyed a special breakfast treat of homemade food that was created with organically grown ingredients and there were also some gluten-free choices.
One afternoon, we did not want to take a lengthy cruise or a combined cruise and city tour because we have previously seen many places in San Francisco. The concierge came up with the perfect activity for us, a ferry trip to Sausalito. The hydrofoil moved us across the bay in no time and once on the other side there were charming shops and great restaurants. We lunched at the Spinnaker Restaurant(www.thespinnaker.com), which is set in the water with beautiful views of San Francisco. The food and service were great. We wanted to catch the last ferry that returned to Pier 41 but we could have stayed much longer and taken a ferry to the Ferry Building and a shuttle back to the hotel.
On one of our waterfront walks we surprised to discover the San Francisco Maritime, which is part of the National Park Service (www.nps.gov/safr) and a National Historical Park. We later learned that it is a frequent destination for school children in the area. What a wonderful resource. We wandered into the visitor center first and found this to be a fascinating free museum with captivating displays that describe San Francisco Bay’s discovery, growth and development. There is a free waterfront tour that leaves from this location on weekend afternoons.
The staff at the visitor center told us not to miss the Aquatic Park Historic District and the chance to board historic ships. There is no fee to walk Hyde Pier but there is a small fee to board the ships, a very worthwhile experience.
We would not have had our lovely dinner at Scoma’s (www.scomas.com) if Isabelle had not been so enthusiastic about it, especially because it was rather hard to find. The setting was lovely, on the water. The food and service were wonderful, as was the evening. We were very pleased with the ambience, which was quiet enough for us to easily hear one another, but upbeat and energetic.
We enjoyed our time exploring the waterfront restaurants and activities so much that we hated to leave but we look forward to returning soon.
TIP: Airport Express (www.airportexpresssf.com) cost us $35.00 (for two) to return to the airport by shuttle. The shuttle leaves at specific times and makes schedules stops on the way.
Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf
250 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Photos: Leon Keer