The Hotel Griffon On San Francisco’s Embarcadero Has Views To Die For

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Voted Best Boutique Hotel by San Francisco Magazine.

Union Square is not the only famous neighbourhood in San Francisco that tourists and travellers like you and me want to explore. The Embarcadero waterfront is also a desirable area to call home for a few nights of San Francisco adventures. Easy access by foot or street car to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, a short walk to AT&T Park to watch the San Francisco Giants play, and it’s also one of the borders of the Financial District where a lot of wheeling and dealing happens. My home away from home for a few nights on the Embarcadero is another fabulous boutique hotel called the Hotel Griffon. Are you starting to see a pattern to my 30 Days In SF hotel adventures? It’s all about the Boutiques, with their European charm, friendly service and intimate settings. I love attention to detail and personalized service and being one of only 60 guests means I usually get that. It’s a lovely way to live when the staff all know your name and welcome you with a “Welcome home Mr. Smith”, after a day of adventures.Hotel Griffon along the Embarcadero Waterfront of San Francisco

The Hotel Griffon faces the Embarcadero on one side of the building while the other is on Steuart Street. 155 Steuart Street is the address I give the Taxi that transports me to the hotel as that is the “front” of the hotel and how you access the front desk and lobby. Entering off Embarcadero you would walk into Perry’s San Francisco, the hotel restaurant and local watering hole.

Lobby and registration desk of the Hotel Griffin in San Francisco

Perry's San Francisco along the Embarcadero San Francisco

After a quick check in I head up to the second floor to drop off my luggage before meeting my friends in Perry’s for dinner and drinks. In my mind when you say Boutique hotel I generally expect a small room and at the Hotel Griffon that is definitely the case but this has to be the hotel room with the best use of space I’ve ever had the pleasure to stay in. The main room is slightly wider than the queen bed but is beautifully appointed and who wouldn’t love the exposed brick wall behind the headboard. Across from the foot of the bed is the bathroom sink, mirror and a flat screen TV is mounted from the ceiling angled down towards the bed, perfect for watching TV in bed.

Hotel Griffon bedroom with exposed brick walls

Desk and wash basin amenities in my room at the Hotel Griffon

When I first walked in to my room the “water closet” containing the toilet and bath tub was on my left and to my right was a full sized desk complete with all the necessary electrical outlets for my laptop and smartphones. To the left of the desk was where I placed my suitcase, a drawer beneath to store clothes and a small bar hung above to hang shirts and dress pants if I desired. All in all this room is very well laid out and designed. It is certainly small but like all the other guests I’ve come to San Francisco to be out in the city not holed up in my hotel room.

Tub and toilet are compact but serviceable at teh Hotel Griffon

If the smart design of my room and its location hadn’t already won me over then the view would have for sure. I’m calling room 218 home for my stay and if you ever visit the Hotel Griffon and want a view I recommend you request either a suite ending in 18 or 19 directly across from it. The reason why is obvious once you are inside. The gorgeous view of the San Francisco Bay and the Bay Bridge. Whether it’s at night when the bridge is lit up like a Christmas Tree or early morning sunrise it’s spectacular. Waking up to this every day will put a spring into your step I can tell you.

The Bay Bridge and moon as seen from my room at the Hotel Griffon

Sunrise view from my room at the Hotel Griffon San Francisco

Ok I’ve checked in, luggage is arranged and I’ve had time to freshen up so it’s time I head down to Perry’s San Francisco for a drink and a bite with my friends. A piece of advice is to make a reservation as this place is hopping busy. Being that it’s so close to the Financial District and the Hotel Griffon is a popular hotel it’s always busy and it probably doesn’t hurt that the prices are very reasonable, especially Happy Hour where house wine is $5 a glass and on Monday’s when the Burgers are 1/2 price!

Happy Hour specials at Perry's San Francisco

Welcome to Perry's San Francisco

If I was asked to describe the atmosphere and food at Perry’s I would simply say “comfort”. Perry’s is an easy place to hang out and the food portions are massive and uncomplicated. My meal consisted of Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy, a side dish of Creamed Spinach au Gratin and my friends and I enjoyed a trio of desserts that almost put me into a dessert coma, so good! Good honest food and the most expensive entree on the menu was $18.95. You are welcome!

Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy from Perry's

A side dish of Creamed Spinach au gratin from Perry's

Trio of desserts from Perry's San Francisco

Amazing views, wholesome and “cheap” dining at Perry’s, it’s a wonder they had a room available for me to stay in at the Hotel Griffon. I can see why they’ve been named Best Boutique Hotel by San Francisco Magazine, I certainly love it here and it’s the perfect place as my home base to explore the Embarcadero and all the awesome that’s in this part of the city.

Exploring the waterfront of San Francisco

30 Days In SF Over the course of 30 posts I’m exploring Where to Stay, Where to Eat and Drink and What to Do in San Francisco and the Bay area. I won’t get to everything awesome but I welcome your suggestions and if I don’t get to it on this visit there is always the next time!

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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