What originally drew my partner and I to this hotel was its location, the affordability, and some room features our hotel, at the time, didn't have (iron/ironing board/coffee facilities etc).
The Front Desk/Concierge Staff were the only staff we encountered, and they were lovely and willingly, helpful people. Nothing but friendly.
What we didn't expect was the dank, dark and aged appearance of the rooms. We had a standard room right up on the top (8th) floor, which was just a bedroom and bathroom. It was TINY.
The double bed was narrow, and the mattress felt old and worn. It sunk in, and the springs squeaked with every small movement. The pillows were thin, flat and square! (We speculate it's a trick to make the tiny bed look bigger).
And only ONE small bedside table. The other side of the bed had nothing on it.
There was a coffee facility in form of a small coffee machine! I was hoping for a kettle! The machine required coffee pods, only two kinds provided (I don't drink coffee, I wouldn't know) and a "condiment" packet (inc. sugar, powdered milk, stirring stick).
NO BAR FRIDGE!! That was the biggest surprise.
No Room Service (only a Bar in the Lobby).
No AirCon - just ceiling fan.
The bathroom had a shower over the bath, a toilet, small rectangle mirror and sink vanity. One small, narrow glass shelf above the sink was the only storage. Bit frustrating with nowhere to put beauty products without getting them wet, as the shallow sink basin splashed upwards when used. There was no exhaust fan either, just louver windows to open when showering to let the steam out. Bit chilly in the classic San Francisco foggy mornings.
In general, the hotel is an Old one trying to keep up appearances. The place has been painted and painted, again and again and it shows. It's rough and messy in places, and the aesthetics aren't very pleasing up close. The sash windows in the bedroom are very stiff and hard to open/close. There is nothing between your room and the floor hallway to block out noise. Especially with you bedhead on the adjoining wall, next to the doorway. You hear EVERYTHING! ALL the Noise, 24/7. Even your neighbours, and their activities... The cable car bells, the fire trucks, the garbage man, I kid you not, every noise will be heard.
Very little, restful sleep has been had over the one week I stayed here.
An Average experience for an Average Hotel.
- 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