W San Francisco

181 Third Street | San Francisco, CA 94103 [See Map]
#18 in Best San Francisco Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Moderate Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 1473 reviews
Property Type Boutique hotel with 404 rooms, 31 floors
Primary View(s) City center
Style Modern
Best For Business travelers, Families, Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

Like many W hotels, San Francisco's iteration is ΓΌber-trendy, yet remarkably comfortable. Previous guests were fond of the hotel's accommodations, praising the colorful decor and the in-room amenities, which include pillow-top mattresses, goose-down bedding, flat-screen TVs and access to iPod shuffles and a variety of DVDs through the hotel's Whatever/Whenever program. The W San Francisco also provides pet beds, litter boxes and food bowls for those traveling with four-legged companions. In addition to its 404 guest rooms, the W also has TRACE, a restaurant that serves socially conscious Californian cuisine, and the lavish Bliss Spa, where you can watch a movie while you get your nails done. Previous visitors (and their kids) appreciate the enormous hotel lobby that's stocked with various game tables and board games. Sitting near the Yerba Buena Gardens in the SoMa neighborhood, this Starwood-affiliated hotel makes a great choice for business and leisure travelers alike.

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Critic Reviews


“The place is infused with hip energy, owing some of its cachet to the next-door San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: techno-pop pulses in the lobby, bar, and Trace Restaurant, where the massive jellyfish-like chandelier is a destination in itself. ”


“An outpost of the generally solid 'lifestyle'-focused chain, the W San Francisco in the SoMa art district offers clean, airy rooms, and above-average amenities in a whimsical, stylish setting.”


“This ultra-contemporary facility offers 'cool' luxury in all respects. The guest units are housed in a 31-story modern high-rise located across from the Museum of Modern Art and Moscone Convention Center.”
Award: AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015

Other Awards:
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Frommer's Highly Recommended
  • Lonely Planet Recommended

Guest Rooms

The W San Francisco's standard rooms (known as "Wonderful Rooms") feature pillow-top mattresses, goose-down bedding, 32-inch flat-screen TVs and access to iPod shuffles and a variety of DVDs through the hotel's Whatever/Whenever program.

  • In-room Internet access available for $14.95 per day
  • Bathrooms feature glass vanities and Bliss spa amenities

Standard room size:

300 square feet
  • Internet (with fee)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1473 guests have reviewed the W San Francisco, giving it a rating of 4.0, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.0 (based on 1473 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

The W San Francisco sits in the SoMa art district of San Francisco. The Museum of Modern Art is next door and the Moscone Convention Center is across the street. The Yerba Buena Gardens are located a block away as well.

  • Closest cable car line is five blocks north on Market Street
  • San Francisco International Airport about 15 miles south

  • 24-hour valet parking ($56 to $66)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle (with fee)
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping


TRACE, the restaurant of the W San Francisco, serves socially responsible Californian cuisine using sustainable ingredients from local farmers. The chefs infuse local flavors into American cuisine for dinner and breakfast, while the Living Room Bar & Lounge offers light lunch and late-night menus.

  • Living Room Bar & Lounge offers a full bar and light fare until 1:30 a.m.
  • 24-hour room service available

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

Asian, American
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast



Bliss San Francisco Spa boasts 4,000 square feet of space on the fourth floor of the W San Francisco. You can watch a movie while you get your nails done or book one of the traditional services: massages, facials or body treatments, available for both women and men.

  • Aromatherapy steam showers
  • Brownie buffet pre- and post-treatment

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna



The W San Francisco's recently renovated fitness center, known as FIT, has a futuristic design, embraces a funky decor and is housed in a circular 1,875-square-foot space naturally lit by a skylight. The gym features a variety of cardio and weight-training machines as well as Pilates equipment.

  • Open 24 hours a day
  • Personal trainers are available upon request

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The W San Francisco offers 12,000 square feet of meeting space, including seven meeting rooms and a 3,450-square-foot Great Room with floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel's business center is fully wired and open 24 hours.

  • Audiovisual equipment is available
  • Hotel is within walking distance of the Moscone Center, the largest convention center in San Francisco

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


Pets up to 70 pounds are welcome at the W San Franciso for a one-time charge of $100. The W offers four-legged friends plenty of amenities, including pet beds, food and water bowls and litter boxes for feline guests.

  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting



The W San Francisco is equipped to host weddings for up to 450 guests. Hotel staff includes wedding planners who can organize the ceremony and reception.

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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