Pros

  • Trendy boutique hotel with reused furnishings and a lively vibe
  • Stylish rooms come with flat-screen TVs and minibars; suites have living rooms
  • SoMa location near the BART, Financial District, and tourist sights
  • Comfortable lounge with a piano and flat-screen TV
  • Playroom offers a pool table, shuffleboard, table tennis, and games
  • British brasserie and a cocktail lounge
  • Fitness center provides modern equipment, weights, and an Arke wall
  • Nearby Burke Williams Spa and in-room treatments available
  • Three meeting rooms with modern audiovisual equipment and business corner offers three Macs
  • 24-hour valet parking (for a fee)
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout, New York Times digital version, and yoga classes
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Cons

  • Busy, noisy location, and noise can reach the rooms
  • Some rooms are small
  • Charge for breakfast and valet parking
  • Neighborhood can be seedy in areas
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Bottom Line

The 116-room upscale Hotel Zetta San Francisco offers a uniquely crafted hip refuge that’s close to Union Square, with a decor of cool repurposed furnishings, a funky recreational room with games, a TV lounge, an on-site restaurant and lobby bar, a state-of-the-art fitness center, stylish conference rooms, and a Mac computer corner. Sleek, industrial rooms offer flat-screen TVs, and illy espresso makers. Rooms can get noisy from street traffic and neighboring guests; some parts of the area look seedy. Guests might also want to check out The Scarlet Huntington hotel.

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Hotel Zetta San Francisco

Scene

Hip boutique hotel with repurposed decor, a lobby bar, recreational lounge, and restaurant

The Hotel Zetta San Francisco’s interior furnishings follow the credo of a neon sign hanging in the lounge that reads "Don't throw it away. Hang it." The repurposed furnishings mesh to create a hip, unique atmosphere that mimics the bustling streets visible through large arched windows at the hotel’s entrance. Stacked wooden planks make up the front desk, where staff -- clad in all black -- can provide running-route maps or schedule tours. Reused vintage rugs, a two-story Plinko game, an inmate arrest photo mural, and a banquet table are in the lobby. Hallways include repurposed red shag carpeting and artwork. 

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Location

Near Union Square in SoMa

The area around the hotel -- particularly Market Street -- teems with tourists. Located in SoMa, which can feel a bit dicey in parts, the hotel is a seven-minute walk to Union Square. The Powell and Market street cable car turnaround is two blocks away. The Westfield Shopping Center is next door. The Old Mint is across the street. The Mission District is within a 10-minute drive, while  Embarcadero is a 16 minute ride  on the BART. Fisherman's Wharf is about a 10-minute drive or a 30-minutes cable car ride. San Francisco International Airport is within a half hour's drive.  

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Rooms

Trendy rooms and suites with sleek furnishings, flat-screen TVs, and dining rooms 

Contemporary artwork, leather tufted headboards, dark-wood floors, and Asian patchwork rugs are in each room, which include Deluxe, Superior, Premiere, Premiere Studio King Rooms, and Suites. Industrial chic rooms offer illy espresso coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, G-Link docking stations, minibars, irons, bathrobes, safes, and umbrellas. Minibar credits of $10 are issued to guests who opt out of housekeeping. Sleek bathrooms feature walk-in showers (there are no bathtubs) and designer toiletries. Bookshelf wallpaper adds a fun touch. Windows face other buildings or the streets. Premiere Rooms have sofa beds. Zetta Suites include wet bars, dining areas, sofa beds, living rooms, and bedrooms. Pet-friendly rooms are available for an extra fee, with no weight limit on the animals.

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Features

Stylish meeting rooms, a bright business corner, and lounges

The stylish S&R Lounge offers six bar stools near a banquet table at the entrance. The upstairs lobby lounge -- with a porch swing at the elevator bank -- provides comfortable chairs and a flat-screen TV. Also upstairs, in the playroom, are a pool table, shuffleboard, Nintendo Wii with Super Mario Bros 2, table tennis, an English telephone booth, and giant Jenga. Another TV lounge offers colorful, mod furniture. 

The sophisticated 135-seat Cavalier, a British brasserie, features tufted leather booths and animal busts in four different rooms. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner are served here. 

Three sleek meeting rooms -- the Lumen, Demo, and Reboot -- are a perk for business travelers. They can accommodate up to 50 people. The business corner offers three Mac computers and a cool egg-shaped swing chair. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property, and digital copies of the New York Times are included in the room rate. 

There’s also a fitness center with state-of-the-art cardio equipment, a boxing dummy, free weights, a wall full of Arke products, a TRX station, a water cooler, a scale, and fresh towels. Free yoga classes are offered and, for a fee, personal training.

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Basic Television

  • Business Center

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Gameroom / Arcade

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

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