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The Cartwright Hotel - Union Square, BW Premier Collection
Ranked #81 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Reviewed 22 June 2014

We stayed here for 3 days at the end of May. The room was an decent size as we were only there for 3 days.The room was clean and tidy but the rooms could do with a refurb.The hotel is central to a lot of shops, bars and restaurants. The staff are friendly and helpful especially Kevin.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

There is plenty to like about this old hotel, ideally located in the center of San Francisco. The more churlish of travellers might note that the decor is dated and it needs repainting. But my small and spotlessly clean room had everything I needed including a comfortable double bed, bijou bathroom (with good toiletries) and a large walk in closet. A ceiling fan added to the charm. WiFi was free and good. The staff are friendly and everything is on your doorstep, including a 24-hour Walgreens, 7-11, a diner, Starbucks and transport to all points. Yes, you'll hear the clang of the street car and other noises of the city. Isn't that the point?

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

Hotel Cartwright dates from 1913 and has had five recent owners. It has 114 rooms. There is only one small elevator. The first floor bar has no liquor license. The place is a block from Union Square and in the heart of San Francisco. The place is dated, a bit musty, but it was priced less than $200 which is a bargain given the location. My room barely fit a queen bed and desk. It was clean; the bed was pillow top soft. There was no thermostat, but it was still comfortable with a ceiling fan, radiator and open window (no screen). The walls are thin and you can hear all of the showers and hall noise. The front desk stated that the hotel was due for future renovation which it needs. The staff was friendly.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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5  Thank macman2
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

Spent 3 nights at this low frills but well located hotel. The Staff, especially Lidia was most helpful when my wife fell ill. They arrange for a late checkout and Lidia personally came up to the 4th floor to talk with cleaning staff to insure that my wife would not be undisturbed.

The rooms are small, but clean. The hotel is more than a 100 years old but there is WiFi throughout, high def TVs, and really small bathrooms. Small but not unusually small for a 3 star hotel in an old building.

Room Tip: Note: if you're not used to city noises like the clang clang clang of the trolley, and you like...
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

If you're considering to stay on SF downtown, this is the right place. The room is clean and comfortable, the staff is polite and always available if you need any information or any help. There's free Internet access inside the room and in the lobby as well. For a quick breakfast, you can drink a coffee in the morning. Also, you're a few steps from the famous historic Powell/Hyde cable car line and a block and half from Union Square. If you need to take a bus, there's a bus stop right in front of the hotel where you can take route 30 and go from Pier 1 to AT&T Ballpark. In case you're hungry, there's a diner on the corner of the street, a Walgreens on the other corner and a 7-Eleven in front of. Definitely I recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: I suggest you choose a room at the highest level because Sutter St. could be very noisy some times.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

I stayed at the Cartwright Hotel for 4 nights in April 2014. My stay was absolutely great. The location is wonderful, a block form Union Square and great shopping and dining; as well you are on the Cable Car line to Fisherman's Wharf and Market Street. The hotel staff was very helpful and nice; and ensured that my stay here was outstanding. I must say I agree with certain reviewers that the hotel room is rather small especially the bathroom; but the upkeep of the hotel and rooms was great. I would not hesitate staying here again. With this hotel you get to be right in the middle of Union Square within an easy walk to all the attractions, shopping, chinatown, the ferry building, the F Streetcar line, Westfield Mall Center, one of the hugest Macy's I have every seen with a Burger Bar and Cheesecake Factory located inside as well as within walking distance to the embarcadero and the financial district.

This is a great boutique hotel to stay at within the city that will not break your budget and had a lot of character.

Room Tip: The hotel is four blocks off the Muni / BART rail lines on off of Powell and Sutter Street. Once you...
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

This is a great location for Union Sq & only a short cab/tram ride from the usual attractions. Whilst the public areas were more highly polished than the bedrooms they were still clean and satisfactory if not a little small (not a problem for 2 nights). Vouchers for the next door Lori's Diner meant breakfast was cheap and set us up for the day and the free coffee's avaialble in the reception area of our hotel were welcomed. Stay were friendly and knowledgable and I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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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 #81 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range: £90 - £408 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Larkspur Union Square
Larkspur San Francisco
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