My trip to San Francisco was a bit last minute, but I was so excited to be staying at Hotel Nikko when I saw how beautiful the hotel looked online. What I had understood from the website was that it was an Asian modern fusion hotel, with great views of the city and beautiful rooms, all of which was true!
Arrival: When we first arrived we were honestly a bit confused, with no signage and no lobby on the floor where our Uber had dropped us off, we had to rely on a random man also walking in to tell us how to get to the lobby (which is by elevator or escalator). So off we went to check in, with no line I had my key within three minutes and was headed up to my room on the 17th floor.
The Room: The room was perfection! The room was a double queen, and I knew it would be spacious when I had to walk down a hallway to the bedroom. The big plushy beds were dreamy and I had to fight the urge to jump into the comforter before getting a clean photo to show you guys! There was also a cute sitting area that was perfect for morning coffee, which you can have from the complimentary Keurig provided in your room! My room looked out on the city which was an awesome view to come back to both during the day and at night. The room had a mini bar with a small space to keep your own things. I was tempted by the Peanut M&M’s after traveling and went for what is probably the most expensive candy purchase I have ever made ($10).
The Bathroom: The bathroom was spotless and features a tub, separate shower, toilet (obviously) and a spacious counter. I usually am not ones to take baths because all I can think about are germs, but I like to think that at hotels they are spotlessly cleaned and ready for use. I kept this in mind as I grabbed a face mask from Forever 21 while out shopping the first day and couldn’t wait to relax in the tub later. However, this is when things went south quickly. When I turned on the water in the tub, some weird substance, either from the drain, or from the water itself, was hanging around in the water. Honestly my first thought it that it looked like vomit. But I REALLY wanted to take a bath, I washed it down the drain and used a bunch of soap to clean the tub where it had touched trying to convince myself that it was hopefully just some cleaning supply residue. So I poured some bubbles into the water and let the water fill up while I got ready for my relaxing soak. I came back a few minutes later and the tub was GREEN. At first I didn’t think much of it since I am so used to bath bombs turning the water different colors nowadays. But I did not use a bath bomb, and the soap I had poured in was clear… so why in the world was the water green?! At this point in time I already had my “relaxing” mask on, but was busy running experiments in the sink to see if that water would turn green too, it didn’t. I sat by the tub and watched my dreams of a relaxing bath drain away with the green water. Farewell spa dreams!
Sleeping: Luckily my sleeping experience was much more pleasant than my bathing experience. The black out curtains in the room were truly a miracle and I had the best nights sleep I have had in a long time. The bed was just as amazing as I thought it would be and in the morning it was more than difficult to finally get up and be a real person.
Amenities: The hotel had beautiful workout facilities and a stunning glass roof covered pool. However, we did not get to enjoy this beautiful pool or hot tub as it closed at 7 P.M. This means for business travelers like us, we never got to use it. We were really sad about this since we had brought our swimsuits and there was nothing more we wanted to do after a few glasses of champagne at the happy hour we had come from.
Food: I only ate one meal at Hotel Nikko, but it was a delectable one! We went to breakfast at Anzu, the hotel’s restaurant located on the main lobby level. The host asked for our room numbers as we walked up, and the waiters that came to serve us greeted us formally by name. Even though I ordered a basic Bagel and Lox, it came presented beautifully and the staff made sure we were well taken care of with coffee refills and water.
The Takeaway: Overall, my experience at Hotel Nikko was 90% perfection. The location of this hotel cannot be beat, less than a ten minute walk from the best shopping on Market Street and several minutes from Union square. If I had not wanted to soak away my stress in the bath, or pretend to be a mermaid in the pool after 7 P.M. I would have been completely happy. However, as those things did happen, it makes me a little more hesitant to recommend this place to friends or to our readers. If you are looking for a simple place for a great nights sleep, personalized customer service, and a central location this place is for you. If you are looking to take advantage of all this hotel has to offer, including using the pool which you had been fantasizing about for three days, I would recommend a more family friendly hotel would have what you are looking for, especially if you are going for work and not for vacation.