Hotel Zetta San Francisco
What We Love
- The Jawbone Big Jambox Bluetooth speaker in each room
- Getting in a boxing workout in the fourth-floor gym
- The gussied up British pub grub at the James Beard-nominated Cavalier restaurant
- Playing pool and shuffleboard in the game room
What To Know
- Street noise has been known to filter in to the rooms
- Free WiFi, but there’s a daily charge for high-speed
- There are no particular amenities for children; families may prefer to stay elsewhere
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Hotel Zetta is styled as an “urban retreat,” and it lives up to that promise with an abundance of public spaces for drinking, playing, and relaxing. There’s a game room stocked with board and video games that mimics a Silicon Valley start-up, a small fitness center, and a lobby that features a giant Plinko wall. Guest rooms are larger than you usually find in San Francisco, and have a modern aesthetic that incorporates butcher-block desks and black leather headboards. Minibars are stocked with local, organic, vegan and gluten-free snacks (although there’s a section for more traditional chocolate bars and sodas, too), and each room has an Illy espresso machine. Contemporary art, from murals to graffiti to installations that have been plucked from the trash and affixed to the wall, is an interesting—and Instagrammable—feature throughout the hotel.
In the Area
With a prime spot in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood, the Zetta is close to some of the city’s best art spots and restaurants and just a couple of blocks from the Union Square shopping district. The enormous Westfield mall is just around the corner, too. Kick off every day with a Chemex coffee from the much-lauded Blue Bottle, just across the stree, while Farmer Brown, an industrial-chic soul food restaurant with modern versions of grits, catfish sandwiches, and candied yams, is a two-minute walk away. Not to mention a 10-minute stroll through the Yerba Buena gardens brings you to St. Patrick’s Church, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of the African Diaspora, all San Francisco must-sees. Public transportation access is nearby, including the Powell Street cable car and a BART station for making trips across the bay to Oakland and Berkeley.
How to Get There
I stayed here for 4 nights with a friend and we had a fantastic time. From the moment we arrived we felt right at home. The staff on the reception were so very helpful with everything from what to do, where to go, where to eat etc. The room was spacious and comfortable and the location was great. Right next to a shopping centre for easy access to shops and a food court, easy uber ride down to the wharf area. All in all very good value for money and its located on the safer side of Union Square.
Fantatsic hotel, welcoming and happy staff, on top of minor problems. Great facilities. Lobby bar had many games and activities to amuse all ages, and was large enough to sit and read a book comfortably. The retro art work is quite special and the finishing touches to decor was quirky and special.
Delidji (I think he was the front of house manager) was so friendly and helpful. Will definitely return.
A great stay for the whole family (with kids aged 10 and 11).
Overall, my 4-night stay was wonderful. Hotel Zetta is truly in an ideal location for easy transit around the city to see all the sights - BART, MUNI, taxis, cable cars and more are right outside the door. Union Square, Moscone Center, Yerba Buena gardens, the SF MOMA and an endless variety of shopping and dining options are all in easy walking distance.The bed, pillows and linens were wonderful. The decor is fun and playful. The mini-bar had a nice selection of snacks and drinks and there was in-room Illy coffee. Staff were very friendly and courteous. I ordered room service one night - it arrive promptly and the food was good. My two small complaints? First, the rooms could use better sound insulation. I'm very accustomed to big city noise, but the trash collection at the alley outside was insanely loud early Saturday morning (around 2 a.m.) and I could very clearly hear every word of the very loud conversations of the guests in the next room during the first 2 nights of my stay. Second, although clean and tidy overall, my room had dust bunnies in the closet, in corners of the room and under the desk. I set my black canvas handbag down on the floor near the desk when I first arrived and it got fuzzy dust stuck to its bottom. However, these small things wouldn't keep me from booking there again.
The employees went above and beyond at this hip, conveniently located hotel. It was easy to find and very quiet in the evenings despite being so close to all the action. We really enjoyed the complimentary bikes to get around town.
Overall a great experience with the zetta hotel. I will definitely recommend and stay there again. Staff was super helpful and respectful. Had diversity in staffing as well which is always nice to see. Location is perfect for sightseeing, dining, and shopping.