Dear Marriott Friends,
I am going to San Francisco for my birthday on Saturday and I'm trying to decide between the JW and the San Francisco Marriott at Moscone Center. I'm going to be using points and I want to have fun, traveling with my girlfriend. We were in San Francisco last weekend and checked out the JW, it did not seem very exciting. Any suggestions?
I've stayed at the Moscone Center one and it's OK--really large, can be impersonal at times, and it's easy to get lost.
I have not stayed at the JW, but have seen it first hand with a member of the staff--exceptional touches, clean windows inside and out, little niceties, etc. set it apart from other places. Parking is pricey at both places so avoid bringing a car if you can.
If the objective is to walk the city either will do. To see what a grand hotel is like I'd recommend the JW
My favorite Marriott in San Francisco is the Courtyard on the wharf. It's not the most glamorous. It is actually quite run down, but the location is the absolute best and the staff is wonderful! I never rent a car, public transportation and taxis work great. Take Edward's (concierge) advice on places to eat, he will not steer you wrong. Ask for the end room with a view of Alcatraz.
I have stayed at the "jukebox" Marriott on several occasions. I lived in SF when the hotel was built in the early 90's and that's what locals call it due to the glass encased bar on the top level of the building.
The property is stylish and is in a great location, just steps away from the BART station on Market Street. To avoid hotel valet parking fees, there is a public garage directly across the street (but no in/out privileges).
My family (2 daughters) stayed at the SF Marriott last July.
Great location near the cable cars. Nice rooms, friendly staff.
We upgraded (for a fee) to the concierge level-hot breakfast buffet, hor'douvres. desserts. computers, honor bar, TV's etc'
Recommend renting bikes near Fishermans Wharf-rode through city & crossed the GG Bridge.