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“Excellent little find”
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SW Hotel
Ranked #125 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
Corby, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Excellent little find”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

We stayed here during a bit of travelling round America and this was our first stop. It's right in China town and was a great find. Walking distance to Union Square, lovely restaurants nearby and some great little bars. Felt perfectly safe there, the room was quiet and clean. We faced on to a building at the back but to be honest, I wasn't there to stay in the room and admire the view so don't care about that!
Chinatown is a wonder to see in the morning. It is literally a mass of people buying vegetables and fish and chattering and the streets are full. Come back at about 7pm and the streets are empty. Crazy.
Never felt unsafe wandering around here.
I would stay here again without a doubt. We never tried the breakfast so can't comment but do try the restaurants nearby. It is the best Chinese food I've ever tried!

Room Tip: We were at the back and never heard a noise.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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whakatane
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

Great location minutes away from China Town ,Little Italy, short walk to Union Square etc.
Very clean and tidy and staff helpful and friendly.Light breakfast was great in morning .No complaints at all.Would stay again.

Room Tip: Request a room at back.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Belo Horizonte
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21 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

I'm reviewing from my room. We're staying until nov 11th. We had to stop at walgreens to buy some stuff for tomorrow's breakfast. No ham or cheese, no hot milk, no hot food of anykind, no hot chocolate.

Location is great.
Our room has window to inside of the building, so no noise and no view.
Hotel and room are old but well taken care. Matress isn't that good...Average sleep.
TV has lots of channels.
Bathroom is good.

Stayed November 2013
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Canberra, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2013

This hotel is right on the edge of China town and was very close to restaurants and bars. About a 15 - 20 minute walk to Fishermans Wharf were all the city tours leave from. The hotel was clean but small and you could here the guests in the next door rooms. Staff were friendly. The room included a free continental breakfast which was ok.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 15, 2013

Pros:
--Literally close to everything. Can get to the bars and restaurants on Columbus in less than 3 min along with Little Italy. We walked to Fisherman's Warf in 15 minutes and to the Business district for dinner in 5 min. Seemed to be a very safe area as well
--Staff was very friendly and helpful
--Hotel was very clean and orderly
--Bathroom was spotless and roomy (as far as hotel bathrooms go). Water was nice and hot too
--AC was quiet and powerful!

Cons:
--This was easily the loudest hotel room I have stayed in. It sounded like we were sleeping ON the street in Chinatown ALL night long.
--Possibly the most uncomfortable bed of all time. Wood platform bed with a single cheap mattress

Room Tip: I suppose you could ask for a quiet room--not sure that one exists!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is in a great location.
Being right on the edge of china hotel and little Italy you are spoilt for choice for food.
15-20 min walk to pier 39 area makes it so easy to get around.

Hotel was clean and staff were very helpful with underground secure parking at a charge.
The TV didn't work but we weren't in the room enough to complain.
Our room was on a side street so you do hear a little noise but it's not an issue.

Overall I would high recommend this hotel/location for a great San Fran stay.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

My husband and I spent a night at the SW on the edge of Chinatown and we absolutely love it! It's perfectly located, clean, and friendly. It's an alley away from City Lights Books, a block from Little Italy, and an easy walk to the Pier. It's in a beautiful area, with quiet neighborhood parks, and wonderful hole-in-the-wall restaurants. The people that run the hotel are kind, and very accommodating. We'll be back!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: SW Hotel
Address: 615 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4405
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Chinatown
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #125 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — SW Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 81
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