The W San Francisco : Hotel Review

When seeking a hotel in the heart of San Francisco there are a dizzying array of options.  Large chains, trendy boutiques, tiny spots with a view and so much more.  I recently had the opportunity to stay at and review the W San Francisco on a whirlwind trip to the city by the bay.  Here’s what we found:

Next to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and in the heart of the SoMa District (South of Market neighbourhood), the W San Francisco is a 404 room hotel in a fabulous location. It has a contemporary and stylish vibe that will appeal to business and leisure travellers alike.  First impressions are key, and the lobby does not disappoint.  Less lobby, more living room, the area is welcoming, comfortable and sets the trendy/chic vibe the moment you walk in the door.

photo courtesy of W San Francisco

The location is ideal, just a short 6 block stroll to Union Square and a 10 minute taxi ride to Fisherman’s Wharf.  Nearby you can find a plethora of restaurants and there’s a Starbucks less than half a block from the front door.  At night the lobby comes alive as the hip lobby bar fills up with fashionably dressed people enjoy a cocktail, a chat and some gorgeous appetizers.

The hotel itself is home to Bliss San Francisco Spa, and a futuristic fit gym like we’ve never seen before.


photo courtesy of W San Francisco
The hotel is pet friendly and the concierge is happy to arrange; dog-sitting/walking, as well as provide locations of the nearest dog parks, dog runs, veterinarian, and grooming services.  Note that dogs over 40 llbs are permitted with permission and efforts are made to be sure customers with pet allergies are not affected.

The rooms are the star of the show.  Contemporary rooms offer flat-screen TVs, minibars and Wi-Fi (fee). Upgraded rooms have sitting areas and/or skyline or city views. Suites offer in-room safes, coffee machines, pillow top mattresses and pillow menus.  Room service is available 24/7.

The rooms and luxury suites come in seven different categories running from the aptly named Wonderful Room to the largest Extreme Wow Suite.  Each room envelopes you in a quiet fashionable style and artful décor.  The bathrooms are stocked with Bliss products and signature W bathrobes.

We stayed in a Mega Corner Room.  400 square feet of I don’t want to leave.  A glorious King Size bed with down duvet, 47-inch flat screen TV , Nespresso Coffee Machine and an iPod® docking station.  There was a charming sitting area with coffee table and full size desk with multi charging ports to connect your laptop.


  • Loved the location – 181 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA – Just far enough from Union Square to be quiet but close enough to be walkable.
  • Mid-price point (keep in mind that SPG members do get better rates, so sign up before you book!)
  • Clean contemporary style
  • Friendly and helpful staff


  • Few family-oriented amenities
  • Fee for in-room Wi-Fi (but free in lobby)

Conclusion:  The W San Francisco offers quiet contemporary flare in the heart of San Francisco,  a good choice when booking that next trip to San Francisco.

Craving more details?  Find more information about the  W San Francisco on their website.

Disclosure:  My accommodations were provided in order to help facilitate this review.  As always all opinions on this blog remain my own.


  1. Judy Cowan says:

    Wow, what a modern looking hotel! Looks really nice!

  2. Tania B says:

    This sounds like a fantastic hotel. Now I know where I want to stay once I get to San Francisco. Love the vibe the place gives, comfortable yet a little posh.

  3. Looks so sleek and modern! I would love to stay here someday.

  4. kathy downey says:

    That’s certainly a comfy looking room….someday

  5. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    Wow the hotel looks so futuristic and awesome!

  6. Cynthia says:

    This hotel is gorgeous. Thanks for the recommendation, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to stay.

  7. Melinda Jana says:

    wow everything looks so funky and futuristic

  8. Lynda Cook says:

    Holy moly that doesn’t even look like a hotel, very very nice!!

  9. Shirley P says:

    This looks like a wonderful place to stay

  10. Looks great. Hope to visit SF soon.

  11. Kristi F says:

    This looks like the type of hotel I would want to stay in. That room is beautiful.

  12. Laurie P says:

    Love the style! My kind of place!

  13. Carole D says:

    Wow! Love the gym! Sky light sealing. It’s for sure futuristic!

  14. nicolthepickle says:

    It looks so modern, but the part that got me was that the bathrooms are stocked with Bliss products.

  15. Alison Braidwood says:

    Super stylish. Looks like it would be perfect for a weekend away.

  16. That looks lovely – I guess it’s a revenue generator especially for the business traveller but I’d still rather not worry about an extra charge for wifi!

  17. Lushka Smith says:

    Wow, looks like a fantastic hotel. Will keep it in mind as SF is on my bucket list.

  18. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I love how stylish this hotel is, I don’t like that you are charged for Wifi in your room – the only place I’ve heard of that was in Vietnam – seems a bit over the top for such a classy hotel.

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