When travelling to an exciting city like San Francisco we like to stay in a vibrant, happening neighbourhood instead of the concrete jungles of downtown. The SW could not have been a better location. Chinatown is busy and unique with tons of shopping. North Beach or otherwise known as 'Little Italy' is right across the street....fantastic eateries, excellent service. Easy walk to Embarcadero & the Ferry Bldg. (10 min. walk straight down Broadway), bus stops are nearby to anywhere. Columbus will take you right to the TransAmerica tower which has a lovely redwood urban forest right beside it.
SW was a comfortable hotel but very plain and simple. We had a deluxe king room but there really wasn't anything deluxe about it. Sheets were clean and crisp, just enough towels but the room had an old smell....we kept the window open a bit and that helped. Our room looked out on Chinatown which was very busy and noisy during the day but we were hardly ever in the room during the day. The night may be noisy with several clubs nearby but we wore earplugs in that case. The room could have used drapes, only blinds on the windows, so we hung our extra blanket up at night.
Front desk staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. After we decided where we would spend our day we'd ask at the desk for the best transit route etc. and they always gave us great advise. Hotel has shuttle service to the airport which is a bonus.
Now for the bad news. SW advertises a 'continental breakfast'....it is nothing but garbage!!!! Cheap, plain, tasteless and bare bones. Everyone shares the same butter dish and jam bowls. With lovely Chinese and Italian bakeries so nearby you'd think they'd have a great selection. Breakfast consisted of white or brown bread, some kind of tasteless loaf, one or two dry cereals, juice and coffee. No fruit, no yogurt, no pastries....BLAH!!! We ate there the first morning and never again.
All in all a great, affordable hotel...but if you like a fancy hotel with ammenities it won't be for you.
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