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Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf : a review

Today I’m sharing a review of a hotel that my son and I stayed in recently in San Francisco:  Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf

Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf: a review

The Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf is located at Jones and Bay- a central location to Fisherman’s Wharf, just three blocks from the Embarcadero and a short distance from the boat that will take you to tour Alcatraz!

Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf: a review

We checked in, hopped on the elevator (floors are enabled by room cards as a safety feature), and headed up to the 3rd floor.  We had two rooms, so we decided to open up my room first…

Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf: a review

My room was a suite- an absolutely delightful surprise!  I was welcomed with this perfect living room area.  My first thought was, “Wow, this seems more like an apartment than a hotel room… a really nice apartment!  And much nicer than any apartment I’ve ever lived in!”  Guests who stay in Club Rooms or Suites gain access to the VIP Club Lounge, which includes complimentary continental breakfast, morning newspapers, 24/7 access to soda and bottled water, evening appetizers, and an honor bar for guests 21 and over.

Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf: a review

This leather couch was a highlight of my stay here.  I sat on this comfy couch to work on my computer…

Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf: a review

…and watch late-night TV.

Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf: a review

Adjacent to the living room was a kitchenette area, complete with a spacious table with four leather barstools.  There was a refrigerator and a sink area (no microwave), coffee maker, waters + metal ice bucket, and a radio/sound system.  The hotel does offer use of a microwave and access to hot water at their Bay Street Market located in the lobby (where food and convenience items are available for purchase).

Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf: a review

I entered my bedroom via a rustic sliding wood door that separated it from the living room.  It was outfitted with a king-sized luxury bed, incredibly soft linens and squishy, perfect pillows.

Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf: a review

The walls were not cement, but I had to touch them to make sure.  And I especially liked the unique choice of lighting above the bed.

Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf: a review

The wall opposite the bed displayed styled shelving, a wide-screen TV and an open-style closet (ironing board/iron, luggage rack and safe in this spot too).

Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf: a review

I thought their choice of shelving display was awesome– novels, vintage cookbooks and other goodies.

Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf: a review

A beautiful dresser and sitting area was located next to the bed.

Pier 2620 Hotel Bathtub

As you enter the bathroom in this suite, you’ll see nothing but this TOTALLY COOL bathtub!  What a fun piece to add to a  hotel room- it adds so much to the hip and cool decor of the hotel.

Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf: a review

My teenager was pretty keen on the shower too- big, spacious, bright white and clean.  It had a rain-like shower head as well as a hand-held fixture.

Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf: a review

The toiletries in the shower were exactly what I love to have in a hotel room- unlimited pump bottles and quality products.

Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf: a review

I had to show you this little feature… they built-in a little shelf in the shower to use for shaving your legs!  Brilliant!

Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf: a review

My son’s room (a king room) was connected to the suite room by a door that could be left open.  It was similar to mine- he had a nice table area for sitting and working.

Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf: a review

His room had this super cool closet area (he also had a refrigerator in his room).  His bathroom was nice too- no free-standing tub, but it had the cool light fixtures and a nice shower/tub area.

Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf: a review

This area located on the first floor in the “courtyard” of the hotel.  I observed many hotel guests using this area in the mornings with their laptops and coffee… and again in the early evening with cocktails in hand.

Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf: a review

The gym was located adjacent to the courtyard area too– and had big, gorgeous windows looking into the courtyard.  There were many treadmills, bikes and elliptical machines- weights, balls, mats, TRX, towels and water too.

Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Of course, the first thing we did when we left the hotel was to explore Fisherman’s Wharf!  It’s an easy walk from the hotel– very touristy but a must-do.

Fisherman's Wharf

There are all kinds of fun shops and food spots (a store for lefty’s, memorabilia, fudge, donuts, ice cream, crepes, souvenirs), a carousel and street performers.  We had a blast there!

Fisherman's Wharf - Fog Harbor Fish House

We chose to eat at Fog Harbor Fish House for our first night.  It’s quite a touristy place right on the wharf, but they had really good seafood, and the views were amazing.  I enjoyed chowder and halibut for dinner.

The Codmother: San Francisco

For lunch:  just one block away from the hotel was a stationary food truck:  The Codmother.  We spotted it, and then we checked out reviews on Yelp.  It was clear that we had made a great discovery.  This place was started as a roadside food trailer with a couple of plastic chairs back in 2011- serving up freshly cooked fish at a reasonable price.  Now they’re #83 on Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in America!

The Codmother Fish and Chips : San Francisco

My son ordered the fish and chips- which were pretty much the best fish and chips ever.

The Codmother Fish Tacos : San Francisco
I ordered shrimp tacos.  Having lived in San Diego for so many years, I have had so many seafood tacos.  These were excellent.

The Codmother Deep Fried Oreos : San Francisco

And we absolutely couldn’t resist trying their Deep Fried Oreos– LOVED THEM.

Musee Mecanique

One of the most enjoyable things we did together on this trip was visit the Musée Mécanique (short walk from the hotel).  It’s filled with antique coin-operated arcade games– everything from the really, really old stuff, to skee-ball and Pac Man.  All of the games are super cheap to play, and — after spending $50 at the aquarium (where we spent less than an hour), we were super happy with spending $10 here and having such a fun time.

Fisherman's Wharf near Musee Mecanique

Just outside the arcade place, you’ll find a view of Alcatraz.

The Baked Bear : Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich

Another not-miss place to grab a goodie:  The Baked Bear— make sure you order an ice cream sandwich!  Mine was a brownie ice cream sandwich with birthday cake ice cream and hot fudge.  Turns out they’re a chain with 9 CA/AZ locations.  So good though!

Italian Homemade Company

A short walk from the hotel was another awesome find for dinner:  Italian Homemade Company— the best homemade pasta (all made right there in front of you) and homemade sauces too.  There are a few salads and flatbread too.  The place is inexpensive- you order your food, choose your table, and they bring you your meal.  It’s very casual, and the place is fairly small.  Well worth a visit.

Victoria Pastry Company

Just a couple doors down from Italian Homemade Company is Victoria Pastry Company.  Tons of homemade Italian pastries and cookies.  It’s a nice way to end your Italian night dinner.

Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf: a review

The bar in the hotel – Evenkeel Lounge- offers a full bar selection of cocktails with a bartender serving from 5 to 11 each evening.  You can also choose to create your own tasting flight of local wines from their self-serve Napa Technology Wine Station

Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf: a review

Happy hour boasts $6 house wine and an $8 cocktail of the day.  Help yourself to a big bowl of bar snacks.  It’s a nice way to start your evening, and I spotted a lot of people hanging out in this spot after dinner too.  The hotel also offers freshly cooked breakfast at their in-lobby Bay Street Bistro.

I loved this hotel so much!

San Francisco

Until next time, beautiful San Francisco!

Hotel Details:

  • website:  Pier 2620 Hotel: located at 2620 Jones St. (Fisherman’s Wharf), San Francisco : 800-228-8408

Things to do in the area (some of these shared from my fabulous contact at the hotel!):

  • The Filbert Steps on Telegraph Hill, near Coit Tower ( – LOVE this walk. There’s actually a pandemonium of parrots (such a fitting term for a group of parrots!) that live on Telegraph Hill. It’s so amazing that something like this exists in the middle of a city!
  • The Exploratorium ( is a really cool interactive museum along the Embarcadero – great for all ages.
  • Musee Mechanique ( is a really cool antique arcade that’s sort of hidden on Fisherman’s Wharf – don’t let the creepy website scare you!  My son and I spent a good deal of time at this place.  We only spent about $10- all of the games are 25 – 50 cents.  We had so much fun for such a low price!
  • Walk through the Ferry Building – a gorgeous walk along the Embarcadero, or hop on the F-line Street Car that’s 2 blocks away from the hotel.
  • Get fresh, hot fortune cookies in Chinatown – There are a few places in Chinatown where you can try fresh fortune cookies right out of the oven – SO DELICIOUS!
  • Walking Tours – food, history, architecture, etc. There are lots of themes to choose from.
  • Tour Alcatraz:  You must get tickets before you come to SF– they sell out!
  • The City Pass is a great idea if you are going to be in the city for a few days: discount access to cable car/buses, museums, aquarium and cruises on the bay.

Restaurants to consider within walking distance of the hotel (most of these shared by my contact at the hotel):

Review Pier 2620 Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco

Disclosure:  Pier 2620 Hotel hosted our rooms in San Francisco so that I could share a review of our stay with RecipeGirl readers.  All opinions shared are my own, and there was no agreement in place to write a positive review.  We enjoyed this hotel so much and would stay there again in a heartbeat.  I recommend this one 100%.


  1. postedJul 24, 2016 6:13 AM

    Thanks, Lori! Hubby and I are taking a trip out that way and deciding where to stay, Pier 2620 was one of the places on our list!

  2. postedJul 24, 2016 9:52 AM
    Heidi Johnson

    Oh my gosh, I’ve never seen a hotel like that!!!

  3. postedJul 25, 2016 11:44 AM

    Hi Lori! Wish I knew you were coming to town! The Musée Mécanique is definitely one of my favorite spots out there–that arcade used to be located in the SF neighborhood where I grew up, and when we visited it a couple of months ago, it brought back all sorts of wonderful memories. Many of the same games I played as a kid were still there & working! And cheap! For your readers, if you miss out on Alcatraz tix, I would recommend the Red & White Fleet’s Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise–we did this recently (yes, even though we live in SF!), and it was so much fun–much broader history provided, including Alcatraz, and unparalleled views of the city and both bridges (the boat goes under both). Sometimes it’s fun to play tourist in your own city! 🙂

  4. postedJul 25, 2016 4:41 PM

    What a cool hotel room! I love those lights…and those deep fried oreos OMG!

  5. postedJul 25, 2016 6:26 PM

    Wow, looks like a great hotel. I just finished reading your 3 San Francisco hotel reviews and cannot decide which one to book. Zelos had clearly the best rate, but I really like the Pier 2620. My husband and two boys (18 and 16) will be going over xmas break. Do you think there is one that is best for first time visitors to SF?

    • postedJul 25, 2016 9:05 PM

      Hmmm, it’s tough to say since I enjoyed them all! I really loved 2620- it was very spacious and walking distance to so many things! Zelos is in a totally different area- spacious as well and near a lot of shopping. Near the cable car so you can hop on and explore. It depends what you want!

  6. postedJul 26, 2016 6:33 AM

    I saw some of your pictures when you were staying at this hotel and bookmarked it for the next time we go to SF!! Such a cool looking place, I know my daughters would love it!

  7. postedJul 26, 2016 9:41 AM

    What a cool hotel! I would have never even given it a second glance as it looks so totally different from what you’d expect from seeing the exterior. I love SF and this IS a great location!

  8. postedJul 29, 2016 10:24 AM

    SF is my favorite place to visit! I will definitely be checking this out when I head back. Love those OREOS!!

  9. postedJul 29, 2016 12:32 PM

    One of the most intimidating parts about visiting any city is figuring out where to stay. I couldn’t imagine a better location than Pier 2620, and the hotel is GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for sharing. I loved reliving your trip with you.

  10. postedJul 31, 2016 7:37 AM

    I just love that bathtub! It’s the kind I totally want to have a bubble bath in while I drink a glass of wine and read.

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