Plane Spotting San Francisco

Grand Hyatt San Francisco Airport     Added March 2020
Is a new hotel connected to the terminal and Air Train at San Francisco Airport. Plane Spotting Hotels seem to be a popular theme right now in the USA and this hotel is no different. Airport facing rooms overlooking A terminal and the runways are even provided with a pair of binoculars which can be used free of charged or purchased for around $45. San Francisco has recently opened up two great roof terrace observation decks on the terminal which are only a short walk or ride on the air train from this hotel.
 
Location: *** Perfect location with easy terminal access, Air Train access and only a short walk away from the new viewing decks.
Spotting: ***

Book an Airport facing room and you will not be disappointed. Club rooms give access to the lounge which also has runway views as well as free drinks and refreshments. The rooms overlook the A terminal where close encounters can be had with heavy traffic parking up below your window. All 4 runways are visible from this room although flight tracking software will be required to tie up landers on the far parallels.

The airport now has two viewing decks connected to the terminal, both of these locations are only a short walk via the Air Train from the hotel.

Photos: *** Good photos can be had of traffic parking up at the A terminal below the hotel. A 200-400 zoom lens should be able to capture aircraft lining up on 01L and 01R
Value: *** Twin rooms start at a typical price of £62 at weekends. This is great value considering the location.
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 Above : Great views can be had from the Grand Hyatt Airport Facing rooms.

Above One of the 2 new spotting decks at San Francisco airport which is only a short walk away from the Grand Hyatt hotel.

Marriott San Francisco Waterfront Airport Hotel
is widely regarded by many spotters as the best hotel for spotting at San Francisco. The hotel is just 1 mile from the airport but very close to Runway 01R and is linked with the airport by a free shuttle bus. When reserving this hotel ensure you ask for a room on a high floor overlooking the airport to get some fantastic views. A North facing room will offer views of Runway 28 which the “heavies” tend to use. A room at the Northwest corner of the hotel will give you excellent views of Runway 01R as well as Runway 28. The views of arriving and departing aircraft from the hotel car park are described as incredible. Also right by the hotel is Bayshore Park which is reported as being an excellent spotting area.
 
Location: *** This hotel is in a fantastic location to see the vast majority of traffic at this busy airport with little or no problems.
Spotting: *** Rooms on a high floor facing the airport in the Northwest corner, are the best rooms to ask for. If you get one of these then you won’t be disappointed.
Photos: ** No reports of photo opportunities from the rooms however the car park offers great opportunities.
Value: *** Twin rooms start at a typical price of £62 at weekends. This is great value considering the location.
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Above : view from the park outside of the Marriott hotel. Runway facing rooms have a similar view from inside of the hotel.

 

Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel
is located approximately 1 mile from the airport and is linked to the airport by a free shuttle bus which only takes 5 minutes. The threshold of Runway 01R is very close indeed as is the nearby Bayshore Park area which is said to be very good for spotting.
Location: *** Very close to all the action on Runway 01R.
Spotting: *** Ask for a room facing the airport when booking this hotel. Otherwise views from the hotel car park are said to be very good.
Photos: ** Great opportunities for photos are to be had from the hotel car park. A 300mm lens may be needed.
Value: ***  Fairly expensive . A twin room at a weekend costs about £90.
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A comprehensive list of San Fransisco Airport hotels and map can be found here

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