November 19, 2012

Burlingame: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport + Knuckles Historical Sports Bar + Swiftwater Cafe; hotel review + restaurant review

1333 Bayshore Hwy., (800) 233-1234, (650) 347-1234.  10 stories; 789815 rooms; $$.  Heated pool; hot tub; fitness room.  3 restaurants; room service.  Pets ok.

The fabulous 10-story atrium at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport features greenery, revitalizing natural light, and a cascading waterfalls.  Prime guest rooms face the airport and bay, but rooms opening on the immense indoor atrium are also enjoyable.  Beds are made with Italian-made Egyptian cotton linens, and each room has an iHome clock radio and a desk with an Aeron office chair.  Complimentary amenities include a 24-hour airport shuttle and a shuttle to nearby downtown Burlingame for one-of-a-kind shops and specialty restaurants. 

Park, Stay N’ Fly Package  

A Park, Stay N' Fly Package is sometimes available.  It Includes a spacious guestroom, complimentary shuttle to/from the San Francisco International Airport, and free parking for up to ten days in a covered lot (additional parking days are $10 per, with a maximum of twenty days).

beers at Knuckles Historical Sports Bar in Burlingame, California

Knuckles Historical Sports Bar 

L-D daily. 

Knuckles Historical Sports Bar features 30 big flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and several pool tables.  Non-gustatory delights in this atmospheric pub include pressed-tin ceilings and old-time tiny 1-inch white floor tiles.  But I was most impressed by the 30 ice-cold beers on tap—my favorite being the Spaten from Germany (my companion favored the Pilsner Urquell from Czechoslovakia).  Fish & chips and fall-off-the-bone-tender barbecued ribs made tasty accompaniments.  Salads, sandwiches, and hand-tossed pizza round out the menu.  There are plenty of stools at the friendly bar, as well as high banquettes with small round tables and also regular table seating.

brunch buffet at Swiftwater Cafe in Burlingame, California

Swiftwater Cafe 

B-L daily, Sun brunch, D sometimes.

Swiftwater Cafe is open to the dramatic  atrium and serves a daily breakfast buffet in addition to an a la carte breakfast and lunch menu.  The Sunday Champagne Jazz Brunch offers an expansive array that includes fresh seafood, sushi, dim sum, made-to-order omelets and pancakes, meat carving stations, salads, breakfast classics, and a colorful and decadent dessert table.

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images ©2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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