The Boring W Hotel San Francisco, Hotel Review
There are a lot of luxury hotels in the world, but not that many are luxurious AND can be considered a party hotel at the same time. The W hotel (by Westin/Starwood) typically has the distinction of being a fancier, upscale hotel with a great nightlife vibe. We’ve stayed at the W in New York, Beverly Hills, Atlanta, Seattle, Barcelona, and more… but the W San Francisco was hands down the most boring and worst W hotel that we’ve ever stayed at.
From the outside, the hotel could be any other hotel or office building. There was really nothing exciting or different about the hotel that set it apart. Once you checked in to the lobby, that feeling continued. Yes, there were low levels of lighting and a very slight thumpy thumpy music going on in the background, but otherwise nothing worth noting.
The room was booked for us was a 2 double bed room and when I asked about upgrades at the front desk I was told there were no other rooms available. This was, as it is usually, a lie, as there were plenty of rooms left to be booked on their website. She did point out that if we wanted to change rooms tomorrow that we could do so, giving us a suite for the one night and a normal room for the first night.
Not in much of a fighting mood, as we were tired from the journey, we accepted and went up to our room.
Our boring room
Once you open the door to a hotel room, that property has literally seconds to make a first impression. We opened the door expecting bright colors and interesting shaped furniture. What we found could have been just as easily confused with a Sheraton Airport Hotel in Anytown, USA.
Sure, there was a funky sofa on the wall and two random odd cutout shaped mirrors above the bed… but that’s it. Nothing else made this property stand out.
The bathroom was an afterthought. The beige tones screamed “I’m boring” which matched perfectly with all the other parts of the room!
The TV/Desk/Dresser/Minibar/Mirror/Office/Charging Station was so clumsy and cluttered that it just looked dirty. Ya know when you’ve got TOO much going on in a space that it all just mushes together and no destinct design can be found? Yup, that’s here.
The second night we were upgraded to a suite. While the room was more spacious, the bathroom was another fail. It was the same boring bathroom that I would expect from any motel, not a $400/night luxury brand in downtown San Francisco.
The minibar had no rhyme/reason
But, at least there was a well defined office/desk space and seating area.
We did decide to check out the gym and spa areas just to get an idea. The spa was closed (at 6pm?!) but the gym was pretty amazing. THIS is what I expect a W hotel to bring.
Set on the 4th floor, the ceiling is glass to allow natural light in. All the exercise equipment is set around the outside of the round room with weights on one corner and a large relaxation/stretching area in the middle. One of the coolest gyms I’ve seen, and, coincidentally, one of the busiest!
Is this hotel worth $400 a night? HELL NO. With that said, is any hotel in San Francisco during the week worth that much? Probably not. It does seem that the W is riding on the hopes that you’ll come there thinking that you’re going to get a good experience and maybe a neat nightclub vibe, but with only a small lobby bar and no real identity, the W hotel lacks what it’s big brothers in other cities have in spades.