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“Excellent high end hotel in downtown San Francisco”
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W San Francisco
Ranked #70 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
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Seattle, Washington
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“Excellent high end hotel in downtown San Francisco”
Reviewed November 24, 2010

The W has always been my favorite brand within the Starwood family of hotels. Redeemed my 1 free night here as part of a SPG promotion and it was well worth it! Also stayed at the Westin St Francis the next night and the difference is like night and day. The W is very swanky, but still maintains a high quality feel. The rooms were a fairly good size, the bathrooms were nice, and the Bliss products are a great bonus.

Cons: Parking is extremely high ($50/night), but that's the going rate for all hotels in the city. I didn't see a self-park lot, so I had to valet, which took relatively long to retrieve my car. The ambiance is a bit stuffy, but I think that's true with all W hotels. The staff can have a bit of arrogance, which is why I rated it a 3/5.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 17, 2010

W San Francisco has annually helped our organization throw events ranging in size from 30 - 300 guests. The level of detail and service consistently exceeds our expectations. The quality of their cuisine along with the experiences I've had at W is at a level I rarely encounter at hotels...and consistently makes me want to return as a casual customer, in addition to returning as a client.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
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Fairfax, Virginia
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Reviewed November 14, 2010

We just spent a long weekend there -- the W is definitely beautiful, great location, great staff & rooms; but it's also fun. Everything from the Buddha nightlight, the Chinese (W)
checkerboard, that little statue to hold your change, and the extra tp roll in a bag that says, "Back-up Plan." Lots of hotels are comfortable and tasteful like this, but here you wander around the room smiling at the little amusements. It's entertaining and different.
Loved it.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California, USA
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Reviewed November 13, 2010

This place is good for price and its convenient if you are not driving. If you are driving then there are more places you can get.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Arcadia, California
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Reviewed November 12, 2010

Before my trip I heard good things and bad things about W Hotels. We stayed at W San Francisco for 3 nights - it was my first time in a W and I was very pleased. First of all, I am very picky regarding cleanness and I was totally satisfied by the room and bathroom's cleanness. The room is on the small side, but we did not have many belongings so that was OK. They do have some interesting decor such as the illuminating Buddha on the shelf. Generally the room looks modern and easy on eyes. The window seat is very cool - My son was 7 months at that time and he liked sitting there watching out of the window for the city view. The bed is comfortable too.

The lobby and elevator room are very hip. The location is hard to beat. The biggest downfall is the $48 valet parking fee - your only option at the hotel. However, I did a little research beforehand and used the parking garage across the street for half the price.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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Waupun, WI
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Reviewed November 12, 2010

The W was the perfect hotel to host a group of my colleagues while we were in San Francisco for a tradeshow. It was within short walking distance to Market Street, the Moscone Center, the streetcar system, many restaurants within different price ranges and a mall. The decor at the W was incredible - they really focus on the details. There was incense and music playing in the elevators, great views from the rooms, have complimentary rides with their Acura program and the staff is eager to help with anything! I absolutely recommend staying here if you are traveling to San Francisco!!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed November 11, 2010

I spent three nights at the W San Francisco and had a great experience. The staff was excellent - the concierge provided us with great information about the area, room service was quick and efficient (even at 3 am) and the servers in the restaurant were friendly and knowledgable. They really excelled at delivering the "whatever, whenever" standard. The rooms are eclectic and modern - as to be expected at a W - the lobby lounge is a great place to relax, the upstairs bar is very hip and the food at XYZ was AMAZING. After trying it the first night, we did not even bother to go anywhere else. The location of the hotel was great as well - very easy to get around and close to everything we wanted to do. I've stayed at many W properties throughout the country and would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: W San Francisco
Address: 181 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3107
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > SoMa , South Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Spa Hotel in San Francisco
#16 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#36 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#40 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#61 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#70 Family Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — W San Francisco 4*
Number of rooms: 404
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of the SoMa district, and neighbors with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, W San Francisco faces the beautiful Yerba Buena gardens and is a short walk to Union Square's shops. ... more   less 
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