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I visited SFO last week.
The international terminal is great, though of course considerably smaller than T5.
It also has the advantage of plenty of space to expand laterally; T5 was constrained by the need to fit within the existing two runways at LHR. This is why there is so much mountain climbing between checkin, lounges and boarding the aircraft.
However, I would say that coming from the rental car return, I had togo down an escalator, across a road, up an elevator and onto a five minute Airtrain to get into the terminal to check in, and down an elevator into the lounge.
BA has a very acceptable “board from lounge£ set up in SFO, which is very Concorde Room and a rather nice feature. Shame that sort of facility was not put in place, at least for the premium JFK route, at T5.