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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)   |  
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Ranked #108 of 236 hotels in San Francisco
Steinkjer, Norway
2 reviews
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“Location, location, location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visiting Sf this hotel is close to perfect. Why? Location! Old rooms, distanced staff, no breakfast, but still worth it :-) Affordable and clean, no air-condition and expensive parking, still worth it :-) Close to shopping and cable cars :-) No problems to get around to all highlights in Sf :-)

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great location, friendly and helpful staff. We spent a couple of nights in this little hotel on Union Square. We had an 8th floor suite which was clean, comfortable and inviting. Will stay here again.

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel has definitely seen better days. Although obviously renovated and clean it is most likely one of the original hotels of San Francisco. The ground floor area is quite impressive with many comfortable lounge chairs, an open fireplace (when needed) and boardroom table. Quite impressive.

Accommodation in Central San Francisco is expensive hence our reason for staying here...it is very, very central to everything. Just a short block or so to Union Square and all of the excellent shops and malls as well as the famous trams. Chinatown is also very close. Many, many outstanding restaurants. Save your money on accommodation and spend it in these famous restaurants.

WiFi is free but we experienced much difficulty in securing it ...took at least two days to get it sorted .

There is no air conditioning, just a fan with speed control. Weather in San Francisco is much, much cooler than we expected. On some days during our visit (4 nights) locals were wearing coats and scarfs!

The CBD is thriving with activity.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We recently stayed here for two nights. I will begin by saying that our room was at least clean and the bed comfortable and that the location was convenient. Unfortunately that is where the good experience ends. Those claiming this as a boutique hotel clearly have not had the pleasure of staying in such a place. I was very disappointed.

This hotel is very old. Don't let the lobby area fool you into somehow indicating old world charm and luxury. The rooms are tiny. The decor is very dated and the furniture in the room is extremely beat up. There is plenty of exposed cabling on the walls, peeling paint etc.

As for the bathroom - it is tiny beyond belief.

This hotel needs a serious refurb before I would consider returning.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 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, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, England
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155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 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, traveled on business
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 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, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Cartwright Union Square

Address: 524 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Formerly Larkspur Hotel Union Square)
Location: United States > California > San Francisco
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 #108 of 236 hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Cartwright Union Square 3*
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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