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“Great Hotel, Great Location” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Cartwright Union Square
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   524 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Formerly Larkspur Hotel Union Square) (Union Square)   |  
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Ranked #131 of 233 Hotels in San Francisco
Melbourne
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Great Hotel, Great Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

After travelling by train from Chicago, which lasted for three days and two nights, we arrived in San Francisco and went straight to the artwright Hotel, which I had booked from Australia on the Internet.
I had asked for a quiet room at the back of the hotel as we wanted a good nights sleep before returning to Australia the next day. We were greeted very warmly and told that we had been upgraded to a suite. We had booked a king size room. The suite was more than comfortable, very clean, very pleasant and on the 6th floor, and very quite although it did face Sutter street. Our choice could not have been better. Very comfortable bed and lots of clean fluffy and new towels etc in the large bathroom. and coffee making facilities in the sitting room.
Although the hotel does not have a restaurant, there are plenty of places for breakfast, Starbucks and a Seven Eleven just to name two. There is also a great Diner on the corner of Powell and Sutter where we had lunch with a discount voucher from the Hotel.

The staff organized a pickup to the airport for us so everything went very smoothly.
Hopefully, we can return to San Francisco sometime in the future and we will certainly stay at this very convenient located Hotel in the Union Square area. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Rooms a little small but location of hotel and staff made our stay enjoyable. Hotel is in a great location just off Sutter and Powell. Staff was more than willing to help with any requests we had. Great hotel overall.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Destin, Florida, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

My wife and I stayed here a couple nights during our first trip together in San Francisco October 14-16. The hotel was clean and the staff was friendly. The room wasn't too small and the bathroom was a little cramped but not to bad. The best thing about this hotel is the location, right on the outside of Union Square and safe to walk everywhere. On our last night, in the middle of the night the bed room light just turned on. I did a little research and saw that the hotel had other names in the past and was wondering if anyone else had any odd experiences staying there. Overall a good place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Orange, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This is your typical 100 year old hotel in SF. Price wasn't too bad considering the rates in the city. Great location in union square close to Powell St cable car, Nob Hill, Market Street, etc. Rooms are small and bathroom is smaller. Street noise is a problem if your room fronts to Sutter Street, but hey,,,your in San Francisco. Parking is not on site and a block away ($36 self park). The staff was great and the night manager Art was wonderful with my 10 year old son. Showed him all kinds of magic tricks and riddles...my son thought he was great. The bar is closed and they are working on getting their liquor license restored (lost it when ownership changed). Not a problem, as we just corked a bottle ourselves and enjoyed wine and cheese we brought.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

My boyfriend took me on vacation to San Francisco for my birthday and we stayed at the lovely Cartwright Hotel in Union Square. Wow! You couldn't be more in the mix of the city if you tried. The location of this hotel couldn't be more perfect. Plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops. Very central to everything you could possibly need.
Upon entering the hotel, it's truly beautiful and quaint with a nice lounge and bar downstairs in the lobby. And the staff have been so nice and helpful, even upon parking for the hotel. They have Valet but the parking garage is on the street behind just a short walk away.
Our room was on the front face of the hotel and we had a beautiful view of the main street out front. It was great to be able to people watch out the window, we even had a window out our shower. The bathroom was on the smaller side but you could wash your hands while sitting on the toilet if need be, which could never be a bad thing. The room was small and quaint but it was really nice. Incredibly comfortable bed, had to have been a pillow top because boy, did I not want to wake up.
I would say, Overall, this hotel was awesome. If you want a special, friendly, boutique, San Francisco style place to stay, the Cartwright Hotel is the place for you.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

My friend and I stayed here for 3 nights during a very busy long weekend due to the America's Cup going on. We booked using the HotelTonight app and got a great deal. Location is ideal, especially for 2 women traveling in a city they didn't know. Very central to many activities, bars, restaurants and public transportation. We felt very safe. Relatively small room and bathroom but it worked fine for the two of us. We both had trouble sleeping due to the softness of the beds, we both prefer a firmer mattress. The hotel staff is amazing. Everyone we dealt with was not only super accommodating, they were also extremely friendly and made you feel very welcome. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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40 hotel reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We stayed here for our weeks holiday in September. The location is preface for shopping and getting about the City. The rooms are smaller than most Hotels in the area, but the price compared to the Hyatt reflects this. However, I found the service and family feel to the place better than most of the big Hotel chains. We really enjoyed the stay and would go back again.

Room Tip: We request a quiet room and got one at the back.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 524 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Formerly Larkspur Hotel Union Square)
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #131 of 233 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Cartwright Union Square 3*
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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Also Known As:
Larkspur Union Square
Larkspur San Francisco
Cartwright Hotel San Francisco

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