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Staycation at Park Central San Francisco

Staycations are always a godsend this time of year when work is super crazy for me. I jumped at the opportunity to stay at Park Central in San Francisco and planned my stay for September. Full disclosure: My two-night stay was complimentary as well as the breakfast buffet. All opinions below are my own.

The Location

Park Central is located in Union Square. The location is unbeatable. It’s just a few minutes from the Metreon, Westfield mall, Chinatown, and the Museum of Modern Art. BART access is also just a few steps away. A few of my favorite spots to eat around the area are Ippudo, Mazarine Coffee, Sanraku, and Boba Guys.

Parking

Now for the major downside during our visit: the parking. Parking is available at the hotel but will cost you $72 with tax. Considering the location, this is fairly typical. The hotel did not cover our parking expenses, so we found a cheaper garage right across from the hotel called Heart Parking Center which cost $35 for every 24 hours.

Check-in

The check-in process was fairly smooth. We came around 3 pm so our room was ready. The front desk worker we spoke to was helpful and inviting. The process took about 5 minutes. Shout out to the bell desk workers who helped us get bandaids when we asked!

The Property

Once you step inside Park Central, you’ll find a modern hotel with plenty of seating spaces and unique decor. There was a big light blub clock that caught my eye in the lounge area. The paintings on the walls are distinctive and striking. The rooms, on the other hand, could use an update. They’re nice rooms, but they don’t match the modern vibe of the hotel.

The Room

My room was a traditional room with a king-size bed. We were on the 30th floor and had an amazing view of the city and the San Francisco Marriott Marquis (and a big building still under construction). The room was spacious and bright. The bed was comfortable but the pillows were not firm at all. The bathroom was also standard but had a nice waterfall showerhead. We were so high up that we avoided the city noise but we could hear our very loud neighbors next door. One night got so bad around 2 am that we had to call the front desk. Thankfully security handled it.

Breakfast Buffet & Food

The hotel has a restaurant called Maso which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a cocktail hour. We were able to check out the breakfast buffet, and we were pleasantly surprised! First off, the decor in the restaurant is gorgeous. The lighting is very moody and atmospheric. The food selection has the usual scrambled eggs and bacon, but we were surprised to find chicken and mushroom congee and samosas too. There’s also quiche, chicken apple sausage, a lot of fruit, and a huge wall of baked goods!

Pro tip: the hotel offers a complimentary wine tasting and hors d’oeuvre at Maso for hotel guests around 5-6 pm but no one at the hotel informed us until we saw it on the website.

Overall Thoughts

Park Central is a nice stay if you plan to go to attractions around the area. We were able to do a lot of shopping and exploring, but it would’ve been nice to plan a show or a fun night out on the town. I’m not convinced that it’s the perfect place for a relaxing getaway as it doesn’t have a spa, pool, or room service, but it would be perfect for a work trip or a staycation with plans around the area. The staff is kind and helpful and the hotel is clean and spacious. I would recommend it as it’s fairly affordable and a great value.

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