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“Comfortable hotel, great location” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Cartwright Hotel - Union Square, BW Premier Collection

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The Cartwright Hotel - Union Square, BW Premier Collection
Ranked #87 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
Regina, Canada
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Comfortable hotel, great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

My wife and I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights while on a conference in San Francisco. Check-in was quick, front desk people were friendly and set a nice atmosphere. The room itself was very small, a bed, desk and two night tables but considering how much time was spent in the room it was fine. The bathroom was very small but really, how much room do you need?

The location is excellent, within walking distance of restaurants, shopping, cable car stops, etc. We walked to Fisherman's Wharf to catch the ferry to Alcatraz and took the cable car back. Next morning I did my run from the hotel down to the Wharf and back - which included some hill work!

I recommend the Hotel Cartwright and would definitely stay here again on a return trip to San Francisco.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Miami, Florida
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42 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

I loved the location of the hotel as well as the historic charm of this location so I was prepared for the small size of the rooms. I was there during 3 very warm days and the lack of an A/C unit was uncomfortable at best. Staff were very friendly and always went the extra mile and the central location to Union Square was great.

Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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139 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014

I found this hotel very last minute and I got an excellent rate for a single overnight. It is a block away from Union Square and half a block from a Trolley line stop. The line will take you all the way down to the pier area and wharf.

The hotel is nicely equipped with all you need. The staff was quite friendly. Parking is nearby but expensive...but that's about all one can do if you drive there.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Chicago
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83 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014

I travel to San Francisco quite frequently for business and discovered this hotel a few months ago and keep coming back because of location, comfort and price. This is an older, no frills hotel with a friendly staff, clean small rooms, small bathrooms, comfortable beds and an amazingly good location. The size of the rooms probably accommodate a single guest most comfortably for an extended period of time. The hotel is located on Sutter Street a short distance from the intersection of Powell and Sutter. Street noise is minimal but probably best to ask for a room at the back of the hotel. In the immediate area you will find a wine shop, Lori's Diner, Walgreens, Starbucks, and the Sir Francis Drake hotel so you will not be lacking for food, sundries or liquid libations. The financial district is a 10 minute walk; 5 minutes to all of the shopping Union Square offers and of course there is the Powell Street cable car that can take you down to the piers.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014

I stayed at this hotel for one night and this review is for the room itself. The room was really small, and ran down. It look pretty bad and did not expected something so small. I guess this is because it is downtown San Francisco (which is already a small congested city), there isn't much room in general. The bathroom was no bigger than a closet...and to put in perspective, we I sat on the toilet, I was able to was my hands in the sick as well! Customer service at the front desk was fine, the location is great - right in the hear of the downtown area and walkable distance to shops. If you like space and rooms on the decent side. Do not come here. If you don't care about the size, and location and service is what you're looking for and for a decent price - come here. You get what you pay for.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

There is just about NO BETTER location than this. A step or two away from the main drag in Union Square, near tons of shops, restaurants and transit stations - no car needed. The hotel rooms are small and uninteresting, but very clean; staff is 24 hours and very friendly and helpful. If you want a gym, breakfast, etc., this is not the place. If you plan on being out and about most of the day and need a safe, convenient place, this is great!

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the end of the hall - it is pretty quiet, but ours was even quieter!
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Rhode Island
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130 reviews
88 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

I stayed here on business travel. The front lobby was a great first impression followed by a very pleasant desk clerk. All went well with check-in.

The room was small very very efficiently organized. The only thing I wish was different was a little more space for the luggage stand. The bath was again small but had no problems as again it was very well organized. Bed was comfortable and room temp was fine however there was no thermostat in the room only a steam regulator. The hotel is older and the walls thiner than modern hotels, but I had no trouble with room noise from adjacent rooms or from the outside.

The wifi work but was slow at times. No problem with VPN.

The BART station (Powell) was a short walk and I took BART to and from the airport as well as to work in Alameda (transfer to AC Transit Bus 51A in Oakland)

If you are a Starbucks fan there are at least 4 along the way from BART to the hotel. A 24 hour Walgreens was across the street from the hotel.

There was no onsite gym but they did offer a $15 day pass to Club One. Luckily I had access to another gym.

Would certainly return again.

Room Tip: Room at the back of the hotel away from the street.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about The Cartwright Hotel - Union Square, BW Premier Collection

Property: The Cartwright Hotel - Union Square, BW Premier Collection
Address: 524 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1102 (Formerly The Cartwright Hotel - Union Square, BEST WESTERN PREMIER Collection)
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #87 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Cartwright Hotel - Union Square, BW Premier Collection 3.5*
Number of rooms: 114
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
What Will You Do Today In San Francisco? The possibilities are endless. Dine at the city’s most celebrated restaurants and sample the latest food innovations for which the city has become famous. Explore the city’s countless tourist attractions such as the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge, and take a ride through the city’s notorious yet energizing fog, setting your eyes on the wondrous parks and landmarks along the way. Browse the nearby boutiques and department stores in and around the bustling Union Square area. And enjoy all of this while staying at the Cartwright Hotel Union Square. Located just one block from Union Square, the epicenter of the city’s best shopping, dining and entertainment venues, the hotel is also just minutes from the Financial District and Moscone Center. Apart from its excellent location and quintessential San Francisco charm, the Cartwright Hotel Union Square offers thoughtful amenities and premium guest services, making it the perfect choice for business and leisure travelers looking for comfort and convenience in the thick of all that San Francisco has to offer. ... more   less 
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