Arrivals, departures & awesome hospitality: the new Grand Hyatt at SFO
Views from a room at the new Grand Hyatt at SFO. (Photo: Blair Heagerty / SFGate)
Plane watchers are in for a treat at the new Grand Hyatt at SFO which offers unbeatable views of jets coming and going.
The Grand Hyatt SFO — the first and only hotel to be built on the grounds of the San Francisco International Airport — is slated to open its doors on Tuesday, October 1.
Before it does, however, the $237-million-hotel is currently busy training 200 new employees as the final touches are made to the luxurious property.
Once it’s completed, the Grand Hyatt SFO will be a 351-room, 12-story hotel located at the airport’s front door. It will be adjacent to the international terminal with its own AirTrain stop.
The Grand Hyatt SFO’s location and unique views
Being the only hotel located at SFO gives this property a unique location.
The front of the hotel overlooks the ramp on the A-side of the international terminal. This means guests with rooms on the airfield side will be treated to thrilling views of jumbo airlines as they make their way in and out of gates for transoceanic flights to Europe and Asia.
Guests will be so close to the planes, it will feel like they can reach out and touch them, a real treat for fans of aviation, especially in the early afternoon when the ramp is busy.
On the other side of the Grand Hyatt SFO
The Grand Hyatt SFO, of course, has two sides, with the other looking out on the maze of roads, highways, tunnels and rail links leading to the airport.
This is, obviously, a different view than that of the big jets, but it’s a mesmerizing one nonetheless, and cost-minded travelers should take note that the rooms on this side are a bit cheaper.
How does one know which side of the hotel they will be on? Well, that’s simple — guests who want an airport ramp view need only to request a room with an even number, while those who want a view of the roadways and mountains (and a lower price) should ask for odd.
Guest rooms are on floors 5 through 12, and the hotel does not have a special observation deck for the airport. You can, however, steal some views of the planes by visiting the hotel lobby as well as the food and beverage options on the third and fourth floors.