Fodor's Expert Review W San Francisco

181 3rd St., San Francisco, California 94103, USA See on Map

Sleek design caters to the expense-account crowd craving a scene. The place is infused with hip energy, owing some of its cachet to the next-door San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Business guests predominate during the week, but on weekends the hotel attracts families with kids--and pets are always welcome. The accommodating staff will help parents arrange for babysitting and will take your pup for a walk.

Fragrances waft throughout the hotel and guest rooms, so sensitive noses should call ahead to request special preparations.


Compact and colorful guest rooms rock comforts like upholstered window seats, pillow-top mattresses, and goose-down comforters and pillows. Flat screen TVs perch in hidden nooks, backed by splashes of primary colors. Upper floors boast excellent views of SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Gardens, and the Bay Bridge.


Baths sport green-glass counters and shiny steel sinks. Most rooms feature bathtubs as well. Travelers adore Bliss's complimentary bath amenities--the body butter is downright divine.


That airport lounge vibe--think blue lights, and plenty of glass--is punctuated by the loud techno-pop pulsing throughout the common areas. A see-through screen divides the main area, with a floating fireplace creating atmosphere for the techies occupying comfy couches over evening cocktails. The Whatever/Whenever concierge desk operates 24/7.


The onsite signature Bliss Spa provides a fun spot for a mani-pedi or a facial. If the R&B soundtrack and their signature massage doesn't chill you out, dig into the brownie bar, for sweet treats to keep you energized all night long.


Their 24-hour Fit gym feels like you've stepped into a futuristic nightclub, with blue and purple mood lighting shining behind the cardio machines. Pilates and yoga equipment, personal trainers on request, and a juice bar inspire travelers to up their wellness game.


The futuristic decor extends to Chef Jason Rea's Trace Restaurant, where the massive jellyfish-like chandelier is a destination in itself. Dishes like the wild Alaskan halibut followed by a mango sundae keep the party going in your belly.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Adjacent to Trace, the Upstairs Bar features science-based cocktails and bottle service in the white-walled lounge. Downstairs in the lobby, the Living Room bar boasts DJs spinning dance-heavy beats and a full bar of technicolor treats.


Getting Around

Parking will run you over $60 a night. Since you are in the heart of downtown, use ride share apps, your legs, and Muni/BART to get around. Catch a train at Powell Street Station (5-minute walk) to access the east bay, Mission, beaches, and Golden Gate Park.


Indian gem Amber India (5-minute walk) serves their addictive butter chicken and saag paneer in a mod setting. If pizza's what you're craving, head to Zero Zero (5-minute walk) for gourmet thin crust pies and seasonal salads. Their soft serve topped with salt and olive oil is worth a try.


Sample the wealth of Napa and Sonoma wines in the upscale digs at Press Club (7-minute walk). From atop the Marriott Marquis at The View (5-minute walk), take in the expanse of San Francisco as you sip scotch or a rum punch.


Like all good hipsters, W San Francisco continues to reinvent itself with a fitness center that feels like a nightclub, two bars and live DJs spinning on weekends.


Business, Family, Green, Pet Friendly, Service, Trendy, Views
404 rooms, 9 suites
Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Cafe No
Room Service Yes
Valet Parking


Phones: 415-777–5300; 888-627-8391

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