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“A fine small San Francisco hotel” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Cartwright Hotel - Union Square, BW Premier Collection

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The Cartwright Hotel - Union Square, BW Premier Collection
Ranked #104 of 236 Hotels in San Francisco
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“A fine small San Francisco hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

This is one of those typical San Francisco hotels that have been around for a long time and are full of character. Nothing fancy, but the staff is wonderful (if a little erratic at times), and the rooms are nice, although old fashioned. Don't stay here if you want a modern luxury hotel. But if you want a real experience, do stay. There is no restaurant but dozens within a few minutes.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

an excellent place to stay in union square is a true gem we really love it, it is real room are small as the restroom but are really comfy and clean, staff members were really nice always whit a smile, hotel is located just one block for union square, two block for china town and three blocks for market street heart of the city and to catch the cable car is just a few steps i will be back to this hotel next year without question.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nicosia, Cyprus
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

From where to start. I have arrived at the hotel and in the reception there was an old Chinese man who was very serious not even welcoming me or even smile.
From that time I said "What a horrible place this is?"
The room was tiny it was more like a single room and not a double room.
It is an old building that needs renovation.
It looked like my grandmothers old home.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We stayed here for a wedding vs the Fairmont not hard to figure why. Price was average for S.F.. Rooms are on the small side and so are the bathrooms but overall we enjoyed our stay. Place was clean, desk staff were very nice and helpful. They actually acted like they were my mom making sure I had everything thing etc. That part was very helpful. They have coffee and tea on the main level however my wife said the coffee was awful. They do contract with a parking garage one block over so be prepared to do some walking. They also warn you that it can take 30 to 45 minutes to get your car if you're using valet parking so my suggestion is park it yourself if you're able to save money and time. The location is great and if you're interested in shopping Union Square is right around the corner and they're close to the cable car lines. Some good restaurants in the area.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

If retro is your thing and you don't mind smaller rooms, this centrally located hotel is a good choice. Smiling and helpful staff (ever rarer these days), comfortable bed and a good chair to sit and read (almost non-existent in hotels these days). Street noise can be intrusive at times, so light sleepers/day nappers need to pack earplugs.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

This was my second stay at this hotel and I am really growing fond of it. Let me say I am an old house nut so the age and style is perfect. I also like the smaller size and easy going attitude. While rooms are small, they're comfortable. The lounge area is lovely - nothing like having your morning coffee in front of the fireplace. Also, great and convenient location!

Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Property: The Cartwright Hotel - Union Square, BW Premier Collection
Address: 524 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1102 (Formerly Cartwright 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 #104 of 236 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Cartwright Hotel - Union Square, BW Premier Collection 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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Larkspur Union Square
Larkspur San Francisco
Cartwright Hotel San Francisco

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