We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Time and money well spent...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of SW Hotel

Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 4 more sites!
Save
You added SW Hotel to your Saves list
SW Hotel
615 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Chinatown)   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #113 of 235 Hotels in San Francisco
Japan
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Time and money well spent...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

I loved my stay at the SW Hotel. I am already planning to stay there, the next time I am visiting SF. It's a beautiful hotel, with free access to wi-fi, reasonable car parking and allow guess some privacy. Although, it's a bit old in terms of your lock and key not electronic operated keys, it's still a wonderful place to stay. My room was decorated in Chinese style future and I loved the simplicity. Had a comfortable sleep... Staff service was excellent and location was just perfect to allow guest a real taste of San Francisco. Had really good stay, many thanks to the hotel staff. Knowing how expensive hotels are in SF, the SW Hotel was a treasured palace for a steal price. Enjoy'

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

245 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    37
    130
    57
    13
    8
See reviews for
26
102
25
26
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (40)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Melbourne, Australia
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

My wife and I stayed for one night following an Alaskan Cruise. We had stayed at the Marriott for two days prior to the cruise and due to a medical conference were unable to get back their following the cruise. The service at the front counter was excellent and the hotel's foyer is spacious and nice and clean. The lifts were fine and the hallways were nice and clean as were the public areas. Our room was at the front of the hotel and during the day this was fine. At night time it was a nightmare. The windows need to be upgraded to double glazed and with heavy duty curtains and I am not sure this would solve the problem. The room was tidy smallish as was the bathroom. Both were very clean. Need to install room safes. The breakfast was basic and the plastic utensils and paper plates and cups were rubbish. Great location.

Room Tip: Refuse to take a room at the front of the hotel.
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

First stop after a long haul from New Zealand. Hotel is very clean and the front desk very helpful and friendly. Room was quite basic for the price but the Americas cup is on so everywhere is well booked out. Only negative is the noise from other rooms. Can hear low level conversations quite easily.

Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Japan
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

Great location, access to China Town, restuarants,night clubs , bookstore , Beautiful hotel and friendly service. I would stay here again because the rooms are clean and well kept. This hotel offers free wi-fi acess, continental breakfast and in reality a five star stay. Beautifully decorated lounge, perfect for meeting friends while staying at the SW hotel.

Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Montreal, Canada
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Nice hotel on the border of Chinatown and Little Italy. Lots of great places to eat nearby (I recommend Firenze by Night, brought back some nice memories of Florence). The area is very lively and a short walk or very quick bus ride to Fisherman's Wharf. Overall I'm very happy I chose to stay here vs the Union Square area. The room was very small (as was the double bed) but I assume this is common in SF. Also noisy.

Room Tip: Take an interior-facing room. I was going to take a street-facing room but I was warned at the front...
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Normal, IL
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Stayed here on August 10. I like the bars and restaurants in the North Beach area and this hotel seem is one of a few full service hotels in the area. I would easily stay here again. They offer a breakfast but any adventurous traveler would walk out the door and find a greasy spoon eatery off of Columbus somewhere. Service was good, staff was nice.

Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

I chose this hotel because SF is expensive and this was one of the few hotels in our budget. I was pleased with the choice. It is clean and comfortable. There is an iron and ironing board available. Wifi is fast and available throughout the hotel.
My favourite thing was the location. It's technically in chinatown but within 1 minute you are in little Italy. There are tons of good restaurants within walking distance. Its easy to walk around SF from here and there is a bus line close by.
It is advertised as breakfast included but you would be better off going into the city for breakfast. That was the only minus point about the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to SW Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about SW Hotel

Address: 615 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Chinatown
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
#69 Business Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 81
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Orbitz, Booking.com, Cheap Tickets, Priceline, Expedia and Odigeo so you can book your SW Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Sw Hotel San Francisco

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage SW Hotel, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.