Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre hotel
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Am letzten vollständigen Tag ist Sightseeing angesagt. Wir wollen ohne Mietwagen ein wenig von San Francisco sehen. Nach dem Frühstück brechen wir auf in Richtung Market Street Ecke Powell Street. Dort holen wir uns den Munipass für einen Tag. Der erste Weg soll uns in Richtung Japantown führen. Auf dem Platz bemerkt eine …
Der letzte Tag bricht an und wir verstauen die Sachen in den Taschen und Koffern. Es wird nicht stressig, denn gegen 10 kommt die Limo zum Flughafen und dort haben wir noch massig Zeit. Erst gegen 13 Uhr geht der Flug.
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Pets allowed
TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre hotel San Francisco
Great hotel, clean, lovely rooms, perfect location. And the lift is a traveller's dream!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre hotel San Francisco
Ignore everything written about the Hotel Carlton before May 2004. The hotel has just re-opened after a multi-million dollar top-to-bottom renovation. My wife and I were fortunate to have been among the first post-renovation guests. It was everything a "boutique" hotel should be (but all-too-seldom are).
Where do I start? Overall, my husband and I were very dissapointed with the service and quality of the hotel. It just underwent renovations and we thought it would be nice the first month it re-opened. First off, front desk - staff was not friendly, no bell man or concierge. We found out check-in wasn't until 3pm, when we thought it was 12, so flying in early was no benefit. We loitered around SF and when we finally checked in, they got our room wrong and the card didn't work. Had to go back down and get a new card. Secondly, the rooms - small, small, small. Lamps did not work, channels on the TV were frozen, poor channel selection, paint smell was nauseating, the wind howls under the door when you open the window to air out the room, no mini bar, no ice machine and the coffee maker cord was less than 1 ft long. We had to put the coffee maker on the floor to use it in the morning! Iron and ironing board were both poor quality. Other issues - the valet takes 20 mins and the parking lot is sketchy. There's a free wine hour at 5-6pm, but they offer very bad wine and it's gone by 5:30. The maid service didn't come until 5pm one day and in general, poor cleaning. So, to say the least, a very BAD experience. No matter what the price, please do not stay here!
A SAn Francisco original.
The staff was very friendly and attentive. The hotel was a little worn but they mentioned a complete winter renovation.
Definitely a great value with exceptional service.
Probably wouldn't stay there again
We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights and were a little disappointed.
The view from our room was of walls covered in grafitti, there were sirens all night long and the rep told us not to go out of the hotel and turn left as it was unsafe. On the plus side, the front desk staff were brilliant, really helpful and friendly and the room was o.k. if a little drab. Don't think I would stay here again by choice, but if I had to, it wouldn't be such a bad thing.
The hotel lobby is welcoming and the staff were extremely helpful and friendly on arrival, advising us as to some of the best places to see and to avoid.
The room was very tired and the drapes were in shreds from too much sunlight. The blinds on the windows were covered in dust. The room was hot so the windows had to be open all the time. There was a fire/ambulance station on the street behind the hotel and as a result, sirens went all night making it very difficult to sleep. The shower upstairs leaked into our bathtub every time they showered. The in-house restaurant had poor service (slow) and the food not that great. On the good side, the front desk staff were extremely helpful and knowledgeable about trip booking, buses and restaurants.
The hotel is situated in a save, central, but not so attractive area of the city. The rooms - we were on the 9th floor - are small and oldfashioned, and the walls are thin so we could listen in on both neighbours conversations !! The staff made up for it, though, they were helpfull, friendly and above all really funny. Would we go back? It was value for the money, but if I had more of the latter, i would go to a hotel in Fishermans Warf.
My brother and I stayed at this hotel for about 6 days in San Fran.
My wife and I have stayed at the Carlton twice. Because of our experience the second time, there will not be a third. The staff was friendly, the location excellent, but the rooms were very unclean. On both occasions the bathrooms were filthy (other people's hair), the carpets dirty, and the sheets needing some serious bleach. If you don't mind dirty walls and wondering if the cleaning staff has actually done anything to the room during the past month besides change the towels and slap a new bar of soap down, than this is the place for you. There are better priced hotels throughout San Francisco which would be less disappointing .
Comfortable and reasonably priced
My husband and I have stayed at the Hotel Carlton about 4 or 5 times in the past two years. It is an older hotel located a few blocks from Union Square, so it is convenient for shopping. The staff are friendly and accomodating. The beds are comfortable and the rooms are clean. This is an older hotel and it has that old San Francisco flavor that I happen to enjoy, since it reminds me of my San Francisco grandparents. Their pricing is very reasonable. If you aren't from San Francisco, be sure and go have dinner at Johnny's Grill over on Ellis Street.