4.5
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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

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

Swanky cosmopolitan hotel wired with the latest technology, cool art, and a vibrant social scene, smack in the middle of SoMa

The Lowdown

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.

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

W San Francisco
181 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States

Reviews

Great location if you're in town for a conference at Moscone
cyclopseye

Stayed 3 nights for conference with the wife. Check in was friendly and efficient. Newly renovated room with great west facing view. Super comfy beds. Bright bathroom. Toilet paper roll not easily accessible. Decent closet but lacking in drawer space. No traditional seating - one high stool and then a bench on the window sill. Plenty of USB ports and electrical plugs. Nice reading lights for the bed as well. Renovations led to loss of the pool. Gym fairly small with lots of cardio machines and some free weights but not too many weight/resistance machines.

amazing views
paulelliott1981

Stayed here as part of a twin centre tour of the USA. Arrived in a dull dreary wet SanFransisco after leaving the heat of NYC behind.

We were overwhelmed by the service when we arrived, as it was raining, we were given towels to dry off whilst we completed the check in formalities.

The room was a fantastic size, with great views. It was modern, contemporary and clean. It brightened up our day when we walked in.

It is in a fantastic area, close to Market St, and Union Sq shops. Close to the BART and the MUNI stations. The heritage streetcar F Market & Wharves stops at the end of the street. The cable cars are also only a 10 minute walk away.

A great base for San Fransisco

pleasant stay
WTRL456

I stayed for 4 nights on a work trip. the staff here is really friendly and accommodating. the room was large but a bit outdated. lobby area was pretty loud and obnoxiously clubby but that is typically par for the course with W properties. overall I prefer this property to most other locations in the SF when staying on business. would definitely stay again.