Wes Tyler, the General Manager of the Chancellor Hotel is certainly an authority on the hidden gems in San Francisco. The Chancellor is a historic, service-oriented boutique hotel located in the heart of the City. Wes and his staff pride themselves on providing exceptional guest service, including tips on what to see and how best to get there.
An Interview with Wes Tyler of the Chancellor Hotel
If a person only had a few hours to see San Francisco, what would you recommend?
I would suggest that they take a Deluxe City Tour which takes around four hours and gives you a good overview of the city.If I was going on my own, I would take the Powell-Hyde cable car from Union Square, over Nob Hill, past Chinatown, by Lombard_Street - "the crookedist street" - to Ghirardelli Square and the Cannery. I would walk along the Fisherman's Wharf area and take the 30 Stockton Muni bus back to Union Square. The 30 Stockton Muni bus has stops on Beach Street and goes through North Beach, through Chinatown and the Stockton Tunnel back to Union Square. I would then walk around the Union Square area, Yerba Buena Gardens and the theatre district.
What destinations would you recommend for a family with kids 6 to 12 years old?
The Metreon entertainment complex south of Market Street is very popular. The wharf area, Pier 39 and its sea lions, Alcatraz, a Bay Cruise, Musee Mecanique (a mechanical museum) and Ripley's Believe It Or Not are all interesting and popular. Or they could take a cable car ride, the Fire Engine City Tour, or visit the Fortune Cookie Factory, the Exploratorium museum or the California Academy of Science.
Do you need a car to "see the sights" in San Francisco?
Absolutely not! San Francisco is a great walking city. The transit is very good and all systems lead in and out of the Union Square area. San Francisco is only seven miles across, so everything is relatively close.
Where are the hidden gems in San Francisco for romance?
Evening dinner cruises can be very romantic as can the Top of the Mark at the Mark Hopkins Hotel or other view restaurants/lounges. The Embarcadero area with the Cupids Arrow sculpture and the Ferry Building can be a romantic destination.
Walking across the Golden Gate Bridge or through North Beach, the Italian section of the City with all the cafes, restaurants and bars at night is romantic. Café Claude and other restaurants on Belden Lane are hidden gems in San Francisco as is the Cliff House.
What are the "must sees" in The City?
What tips can you give for the San Francisco tourist to improve their visit in The City?
San Francisco is forty nine square miles of beauty, surrounded by reality. It is a different world, so allow enough time to get a real feel for all the different areas the City has to offer.