Four Seasons San Francisco Review, Photos, Video

Four Seasons San Francisco Review, Photos, Video


This Four Seasons San Francisco Hotel Review is from our recent 2021 stay and includes photos and a video. Originally opened in 2001, the Four Seasons San Francisco on Market Street was fully renovated 2017-2018 and is convenient to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Gardens, Union Square, and the Ferry Building at the Embarcadero, which hosts a great Farmers Market on Saturdays, with a smaller market on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Four Seasons Preferred Partner Benefits and Current Offers

TravelSort Clients enjoy these benefits at the Four Seasons San Francisco:

  • Upgrade at check-in, based on availability
  • Welcome amenity
  • Complimentary daily breakfast for up to two in-room guests, either at the restaurant or via in-room dining
  • A $100 hotel credit per room or $200 hotel credit per suite, per stay

Additionally, there's a 4th night complimentary offer that combines with the above benefits, and for stays until 12/30/21, a guaranteed one category room upgrade at time of booking, up to Four Seasons Superior Executive Suite.


Four Seasons San Francisco Location and Check-in

Upon entering the hotel, which. is located at 757 Market Street, you'll take an elevator up to the 5th floor, which is where the lobby and reception is located. The convenient Four Seasons app let me know that my room was available for early check-in, and there was no line or wait to check-in. One of the things I love about international luxury hotels is the game of trying to guess where a team member is from, via a combination of his/her name and accent. I correctly guessed Russia, and we made some small talk in Russian as she checked me in, and even escorted me to the elevator.


Premier Room, Four Seasons San Francisco

We were kindly upgraded to a Premier King Room, which, as a corner room, enjoyed abundant natural light. The entryway itself was a bit dim, but the end of it was a corner, with a window on one side and the hallway leading to the bedroom, which also was a corner, with dual exposure. So the room in fact had windows on 2.5 sides. I especially liked the cute window cushions; had our son been with us, he probably would have curled up on them with a good book.

Corner of Premier King Room, Four Seasons San Francisco Review


The King bed was very comfortable, thanks to Four Seasons bedding, and the room was very quiet, I didn't hear anything from any neighbors or from the corridor.

Pillows, Four Seasons San Francisco Review
King Bed, Four Seasons San Francisco Review


The welcome amenity was one of the most special we've seen in a city hotel in the U.S.: a colorful edible map of San Francisco, with treats that paid homage to several of the city's neighborhoods: green tea and chocolate cookies for Japan Town, dulce de leche cookies for the Mission, and cannoli for Little Italy. And the piece de resistance? A gorgeous chocolate heart that, when broken with the provided wooden mallet, revealed a plethora of additional chocolates within. Yum!

Welcome Amenity, Four Seasons San Francisco Review


We enjoyed the great views of downtown against the deep blue sky:

View from Premier Room, Four Seasons San Francisco Hotel Review


While the hotel was fully renovated in 2017-2018, bathrooms in a high rise can be notoriously hard to renovate, so it's no surprise that there's a single sink instead of double sinks. There is a soaking tub and separate glass enclosed shower, although the shower has a regular shower head.

Bathroom, Four Seasons San Francisco Review


Bath products are by Erno Laszlo.


Here's our Four Seasons San Francisco Video Review:


In-Room Breakfast

We opted for an in-room breakfast, and had trouble choosing from the many tasty choices. During our stay there wasn't a breakfast selection card, and by the time we got around to choosing our breakfast it was after 10:30pm and in-room dining was gone for the day. Not a problem–the Front Desk took our order and passed it along to In-Room Dining, such that our order was ready promptly at 8am, exactly when we requested it.

In-Room Dining Breakfast Menu, Four Seasons San Francisco
Breakfast Menu, Four Seasons San Francisco


We started with a glass of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, and followed that with Avocado Toast.

In-Room Breakfast, Four Seasons San Francisco Review


We really liked the use of house made focaccia, which was both tasty and made it easier to cut than some of the sturdier breads we sometimes encounter for avocado toast. We also liked the addition of toasted pumpkin seeds and pickled onions, although undoubtedly these could be left off if you don't care for them. The egg was perfectly poached. It's not an enormous portion, so those with heartier appetites will want to supplement this with some fruit, pastry, and/or a side dish.

Avocado Toast, Four Seasons San Francisco Review


Our sweet tooth was sated with some ricotta doughnuts, prettily plated on salted pecan streusel and accompanied by maple syrup (which I didn't need to use, as the doughnuts plus streusel were plenty sweet enough). The perfect accompaniment? Coffee, which we made in the Nespresso maker, with the Tokyo Lungo capsules.

Ricotta Doughnuts, Four Seasons San Francisco Review


Equinox Sports Club

On this occasion we didn't have time for a proper workout, but I did take a look at the offerings at the adjacent Equinox Sports Club, which is located on the 4th floor (the floor below the lobby). As a large Equinox, the fitness class offerings were extensive, especially on weekdays. Keep in mind that you'll need to present proof of full vaccination when you check-in.

Equinox Lobby Seating


In addition to the exercise machines, this is a particularly good club to visit for swimmers, since there's an Olympic size swimming pool. There's also a basketball court.

Swimming Pool, Equinox Sports Club, Four Seasons San Francisco Review


The Verdict

While we only had a quick overnight stay at the Four Seasons San Francisco, service was better than I remembered from a stay many years ago, and we were especially taken with the creative and delicious welcome amenity from the Pastry Chef. Of the rooms, we highly recommend Premier Rooms on higher floors, thanks to the abundant natural light of these corner rooms, and similarly, among suites, we'd suggest the Premier Suites, which also have corner locations and thus dual exposure. While the more recently renovated Four Seasons San Francisco at Embarcadero has more iconic views of the bay and bridges, at present, due to the pandemic, only Four Seasons San Francisco has a restaurant (both hotels have room service) and the Market Street location also has the advantage of complimentary access to the Equinox Sports Club.

The main con of this hotel is that Market Street isn't as safe as one would like, especially at night, due to the issues of homelessness and drug addiction in this part of the city. From a neighborhood perspective, we prefer the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco on Nob Hill, but in terms of service, room views, food quality and fitness, we prefer the Four Seasons San Francisco.

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