As I walked into the room on the 32nd floor of the Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco, I stood there in wonder. My home for the next week was magnificent from the first step, my first view out the window in front of me. This was no ordinary room though, but a suite on the top floor. A full suite. The presidential suite. How was I this lucky? I didn’t want to question it, and in 5 minutes when a busboy brought my complimentary wine, I still expected him to say there was a mistake. This room with the view, the massive amount of space, and even more of a view, was mine for a week. Awe struck is an understatement.
Now, let me be upfront. I was there for business. I booked the Parc 55 based off location and amenities, and having stayed there before, knew it would fit the bill. During the week I was in town, to get a room at all is difficult, especially anything magnificent, so when the opportunity arose for me to stay here, I couldn’t say no. Walking distance to both the tourist side and real side of the city, I was very much comfortable with my choice. While my stay before was not totally ideal, the hotel and brand had since won me over for all my business focused trips. It’s a business hotel with clean, comfortable rooms and all the amenities I look for when travelling, and even with over 1000 rooms, never feels cramped or busy.
Let’s talk about the hotel in general. It’s the 4th largest in the city, and with people coming and going so much, it amazed me after 2 days the staff recognized me and my basic schedule. The lobby is open, modern, and fresh, with great windows surrounding it and stone tile leading up to the desks. The restaurant Cityhouse sits right off the lobby and provides a darker, modern lounge feel while still flowing great into the main floor. The hotel itself is right next to a BART station and easily within walking distance of many of the city-center restaurants. While some might see a bit of the area as rundown, it felt more like a real city then the typical, sparkle-shined tourist traps that surround. Want a great meal for breakfast? Head up two blocks to one of the many diners filled with locals. Looking for a great, cheap drink? Right around the corner are lounges with great music and local drinks.
The rooms, beyond the suite I was in, are all spacious, clean, and kept up. The decor is a bit plain, but it allows you to focus on the views out the windows. Every room has a bay window so you can look around and take it all in. The beds are comfortable with a great selection of pillows, and bathrooms clean and stocked with Bath and Body Works toiletries. For a city as packed as San Francisco, there is a surprising amount of room in even the basic rooms, and you cannot hear your neighbors one bit.
Overall, I love this hotel and it will be my go-to every time I am in town, upgrade or not. It is clean, comfortable, and consistent.
So here I was, sitting in my armchair looking at one of the towers of the Golden Gate to my left, the capital building in front of me, and the bay to the right. The hills had fog rolling in over the distance, and I took it all in. Every bit of it. It was amazing. I am sometimes lucky, but not this lucky. The Parc 55 has surpassed every thought or expectation of comfort, truly delivering one of my greatest extended trips I have had in a while. The view, the room, the staff; everything was beyond perfect.
I didn’t just visit the Parc 55 San Francisco; I became a resident.