San Francisco Hilton debuts lounge with a view

The Hilton San Francisco Union Square has opened a new viewing lounge that capitalizes on views of the famous City by the Bay. The Cityscape San Francisco Lounge on the hotel’s 46th floor welcomed its first guests starting at 5 p.m. Sept. 12.

“Designed as one of the top ‘must see’ attractions in San Francisco, Cityscape is the quintessential destination for those that want to experience the city’s most dynamic views,” the hotel said in a news release announcing the opening.

The lounge features 360-degree panoramic views of the entire Bay Area, including the city’s most iconic landmarks.

The view from Golden Gate Corner, Cityscape, Hilton San Francisco Union Square
The view from Golden Gate Corner, Cityscape

“No two days look the same from Cityscape, where San Francisco weather flows over the ever changing skyline,” Lenny Gumm, Cityscape’s general manager said.

Guests can drink in the views through 14-foot tall floor-to-ceiling windows while drinking in signature cocktails, wines by the glass, a variety of beers on tap and fine spirits. The lounge, which the hotel calls the “most coveted viewing platform in the city,” also offers small plates and appetizers.

Some of the highlights from the locally-inspired menu include avocado hummus with farmer’s market vegetables, spiced cucumbers, ahi-salmon-hamachi poke, Dungeness crab, and a cheese and charcuterie plate.

With a capacity of 350, the lounge is open to individuals, couples and small parties. Groups of up to 20 can be accommodated in the Bay Section, which offers a view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Hilton San Francisco Union Square is located at 333 O’Farrell St. in the city’s Theater District. It is within walking distance of the city’s famous cable cars, the Moscone Center, shopping, Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. Stations for the BART and MUNI public transit systems are nearby. The historic hotel boasts three towers, rooms with city views, a 16th floor pool deck and a ballroom that occupies and entire floor.

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