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“Historic, but needs updating” 3 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)   |  
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Ranked #108 of 236 Hotels in San Francisco
Southern California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Historic, but needs updating”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Opened in 1913, this hotel has a lot of historic charm and is in a great location just 1 block from Union Square. Staff are friendly and rooms were clean and comfortable, but could use updating. Wallpaper had been patched and paint job was sloppy as if no one bothered to strip the old paint or sand the wood trim before re-painting. No microwave or fridge, but there was decent wi-fi. Plenty of restaurants, shopping and markets nearby. If teeny-tiny bathrooms are not your thing, this is not the place for you.

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just spent four nights at this hotel small but comfortable quite room . Staff very friendly and Keven who greeting us when we arrived was very friendly and helpful Its located near plenty of bars diners restaurants and shops

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  • Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although the room was small,it was cozy and the bed was comfy.
The room had no fridge or microwave,but had good wifi.
The location is excellent for union square.
The staff are very helpful and friendly.
Hotel is in a safe area.

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pluses -
+ near to union square and markets which implies easier access to everything
+ good internet speed
+ courteous staff- they were kind enough to open up their kitchen and allow me to use their microwave

Minues-
- small rooms but I guess at this price and in downtown, this is a norm

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cameron Park, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful place to visit! We stayed at a one-bedroom suite. Very nice! The front desk staff were extremely helpful, polite, and FRIENDLY!! They were awesome--thanks to Martin!
Excellent cleans room, good kitchen facilities! We were within a block of Union Square; Lori's Kitchen was always open!!
Rob, Anthony, and Eric were very helpful!! They are the valet and bellman.
There was no problem with the Wyndham service. We did not want to spend more money.
They were an excellent choice!! I would stay at the Canterbury Hotel any time!!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were shocked by the price of accomodation in San Francisco versus other cities in america when on a multi-city trip. The Hotel Cartwright was still fairly expensive but was one of the more reasonably priced options with a good location. The hotel is reception is nice and new, the rooms and hallways are old but well kept however the rooms are tiny. My partner and I could not both open our suitcases at the same time with only a double bed in the room and you could literally sit on the toilet and wash your hands at the same time the ensuite was so small. Reception staff were exceptional and couldnt have been nicer. The hotel is 1 block back from Union Square and very close to the main shopping areas of downtown San Fran. There was no air con in our room, luckily it wasnt hot during our stay and the fan was sufficient to cool the room down. Not a bad option if you can get a good deal and arent going to be in the room much

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hotel is pet friendly so does smell a bit and looks a bit dated, but the staff couldn't be more helpful and anywhere you need to find, they will show you how to get there. They also give you vouchers for 10% off at the 1950's style diner a couple of doors away which is a great place for breakfast.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) 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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