Perhaps it's not unexpected to find three Hilton Hotels in San Francisco. Hilton is, after all, one of the largest hotel chains in the world. There's one in the Financial District, another on Union Square, and the Hilton we review in this article — the Parc 55, just a block from Union Square.
First the Parc 55 pluses — its central location is key to guest happiness. Another advantage is the Michelin-starred Thai restaurant Kin Khao located in the hotel. Guests also like the clean rooms and friendly staff.
You're close to the action of Union Square, just a block away and guests rate the hotel's location very high. They also mention the large, fully equipped, state-of-the-art fitness center.
However, they're not so happy about the expensive parking, lack of room service, and the street noise on the lower floors. With rooms starting in the $400 per night range, some guests reflect that this is not good value for money. WIFI is only free if you are a Hilton HHonors member, which is a perverse sort of customer loyalty program. The overall feeling is that the hotel needs a facelift and a few more positive features. The good news is that a reno is happening as we write this.
The room names are similar to the Hilton Union Square with catchy names like Classic, Urban Contemporary, Skyline View, Accessible Room with Tub. You could choose to upgrade to their sister hotel on Union Square for a 300 square foot, mid-level room with views of the city.
There's also a collection of large suites. Choose from a One-Bedroom Presidential Suite, a King Bay-View Suite, a King-Bed Junior Suite, a Skyline One-Bedroom Suite. or a Sunset One-Bedroom Suite. We have a soft spot for the Presidential Suite which boasts a whirlpool tub, separate bedrooms, and living room. We only wish they had a private wine cellar! WIFI is included in all the suites.
We do love a good special package. At the Hilton Hotel Parc 55 they've got some good ones including a Romance Package with bubbly delivered to your room, the Save More/Book Tonight Package that gives you a 20% discount, and limited-time offers like the current Experience the Hunger Games that gives you VIP tickets to the exhibition.
There are a few dining option at this Hilton Hotel — Barbary Coast coffe shop, Cable 55, and a Thai restaurant with a newly minted Michelin star, Kin Khao. In case you're wondering, in Thai, kin means eat and khao means rice.
Kin Khao's vibrant menu serves up authentic Thai cuisine using plenty of garlic, tamarind, cilantro, Sriracha, lime and chilies. Favorite bites include spiced peanuts with chili and kaffir lime leaves; or the Bangkok posh salad with gem lettuce, radicchio, radishes, carrots, shallots, a peanut-rice vinaigrette, with a soft boiled egg on top. Even the drinks menu has an Asian flair with wines matched for spicy foods and an exciting selection of teas. They are open for lunch and dinner. Best to make a reservation.For less spice head over to Cable 55 for classic American dishes. There's a hearty breakfast buffet and a lunch and dinner menu that offers SF specialties like farmhouse flatbread with Laura Chenel goat cheese, Cobb salad with Point Reyes blue cheese, and Dungeness crab cakes made with locally-caught crab.
The eating options make this more attractive to us than the city's other Hiltons. While the 2016 renovation may resolve some of guest complaints about the need for a facelift, we're reserving judgement until we see it. Like many big-city Hiltons, this is a massive hotel — the Parc 55 has a whopping 1,024 guest rooms — so it's hard to avoid a corporate feel. Checking into a Hilton wouldn't be our first choice, but if we had to stay at an SF Hilton, we'd choose this.
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