W San Francisco
What We Love
- The gathering place for art exhibitions, film screenings, fashion, and music events
- Its "Pets Are Welcome" program, which includes a pet bed, food and water bowl with floor mat, pet-in-room door sign, and a special treat in your guest room
- The hotel's location right next door to MoMa
What To Know
- Leave the kids at home—this hotel is tailored to vacationing adults
- Some of the rooms feature less-than-ideal views
- Traffic can make for travel delays in congested SoMa, so plan ahead
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In-house art exhibits. A vibrant social atmosphere. Trendy, late-night restaurants. This hotel is urban eye-candy for the energetic traveler who wants it all at their fingertips—and the chance to recoup in style. A towering 27-foot light sculpture inside the three-story entrance welcomes guests to one of San Francisco’s chicest hotels. Upstairs, tech and art collide in the kitted-out guest rooms, where in-room amenities include bottles of Grey Goose and Napa wines. But the main draws are all about about the hotel’s many socializing areas. Trace restaurant is styled with posh white furniture and gleaming modern décor that accentuate the refined Californian menu, including some dishes that use honey harvested from the hotel’s own rooftop apiary. (Don’t miss the epic weekend brunches.) After dinner, hotel guests and locals who work in the neighborhood’s tech industry pack in to the Living Room Bar and the Upstairs Bar, which features an inviting lounge with radiating colors, nightly beats spun by a live DJ, and top-shelf cocktails like the R&R (Bulleit Rye, bitters, root liqueur, and a splash of vanilla). But for all it provides in the nightlife scene, the W doesn’t skimp out on next-day recovery. A “hangover kit”—Advil, mouthwash, sunglasses, and vitamin water—is available via room service, while the 5,000-square-foot spa maximizes relaxation potential.
In the Area
Being smack in the center of SoMa, San Francisco’s cutting-edge neighborhood means there’s no shortage of activities within reach of the W. In fact, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is the hotel’s next-door neighbor. on sunny days, venture across the street to Yerba Buena Gardens, a two-block park of green space, water features, and art installations that’s also home to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, which hosts a packed calendar of visual arts and culture performances and events. Just a few blocks away, the Westfield Metreon is a modern, upscale mall that will change your idea of what a shopping experience can be. And don’t miss the famous handmade noodles at M.Y. China.
How to Get There
We recently stayed at our second W Hotel. First was in Chicago. The customer service was great. No complaints. The hotel and rooms are clean. That's great. But it's not for everyone.
This hotel was very dark. Yeah, the lighting in the lobby of the W San Francisco is super dark in the lobby at night. And, in the rooms, they use a very warm and low CFL lighting that is terrible for putting on makeup. Luckily with this visit to San Francisco, we paid a little more for a corner room (#2117) that had a ton of windows. It really was a nice room with a sitting area that seats 4 ppl, and a large bathroom. The room and bathroom had these waste-high "walls" or shelves on which you could put your suitcases and things. That helped a lot since were were there for a week. We took full advantage of the Nespresso in the room since a small cup of drip coffee to-go in the lobby cost over $4. The food and drinks at this hotel were very expensive. The Chicago W Lakeside had free coffee in the lobby.
The style of these hotels is very contemporary. We like that but it's not for everyone. On weekends, they have a DJ spinning tunes in the lobby. Also, not for everyone. This W also charges for wifi unless you are a Starwood member. That would've sucked for us since we were there for a week for a conference and required wifi. Luckily we're Starwood members. Also, in our room the hot water could get painfully hot. The worst part was it was very difficult to get to a manageable temperature from the sink faucet. It took many adjustments, which wasted a lot of water and was irritating. The shower was no problem.
The location is good if you need to be downtown. I'm not a fan of this area of San Francisco (lots of homeless, urine smells, nothing special, very expensive) but we were there for a conference at the Mascone Center. It's only a 2-block walk there so it's a great location for conferences. Lots of good restaurants and coffee shops within short walking distances. Whole Foods and Target are within walking distance, as well as other shopping.
We stayed here for three nights as part of a longer holiday. Modern décor, friendly helpful staff and beautiful ,very clean and fresh room with everything that you could need. Central and within walking distance to the peirs and pubs and resturants in downtown area.
I've stayed here several times and it's my favorite place for the rate, service and food. Everyone, from the front desk, bell men, etc are so friendly and on top of anything that you ask for. They have much better food in the bar and room service than some of the quintessential five star hotels in SF and I have found all of their rooms to be quite spacious (I've stayed in everything from a standard room to a suite here). Their bar downstairs is a fun, hip place to hang out and their proximity to the MOMA is a dream. This is a very well located hotel for many great restaurants in the city. I've never had one issue at this hotel. This is the best hotel in its class of a modern hotel that I've stayed in, in San Francisco.
We went to San Francisco for my daughter in love's graduation. We had booked four rooms.....the rooms were of good size, great views, window seats, Bliss products (heavenly) and the location and the staff were amazing......teh little touches around the hotel are fun, like "Good Morning " mat and "Good Evening" mat in the elevators....lobby is very comfortable and the bar was really fun.....
My client put me up here for an event at the Yerba Buena. It's an easy walk across the street. So nice. Anyway, the hotel was clean and the staff we all quite nice and helpful. The doorman had good recommendations for food and was flat out cool. I was greeted every day with a genuine smile and a kind hello.
At night, the lounge and lobby area felt like a European disco. Somehow, it was not annoying. It's like a kid just figured out how to use LED lighting and had a new controller.
The bedroom was comfortable and quiet and Buddha lights up. You'll see if you get there. The room was larger than most I've stayed in big cities.
I had breakfast with my client and they picked up the tab, so I can't comment on price, but the food was good and the coffee was strong.