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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Cartwright Union Square San Francisco
The hotel itself is quite dated, but they've made it really cute and as comfortable as possible. The staff are excellent - all the staff were brilliant...very helpful, very friendly.
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I'd definitely recommend this hotel.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Cartwright Union Square San Francisco
Another vote for a room on the street side
We stayed at the Cartwright during August and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Don't be afraid to stay on the Sutter side - we had a room on the second floor front and had no problems with noise. Very comfortable, pretty sizable room with nice furnishings. Charming, not cookie cutter. The staff was very helpful, the location is great.
Thought it was a great value.
Great Hotel with Wonderful Staff
There has been an incredible barrage of bad reviews for the Cartwright which I believe are truly unfounded. My five night August 2003 stay found a clean comfortable room and an accommodating staff. The only problem was the noise. I took the advice of another traveler and did book a corner room removed from the Sutter Street side; however, street noise could still be heard as well as noise from adjoining properties.
Overall this hotel is a great value in a spectacular city.
Cartwright was Great
This place was fine, if you want to pay 270. a night for the westin st.
fran go ahead but dont compare the two!! Who is in San Francisco to be in the room anyway? Everyone was very nice and we felt completley safe.
Room was clean and comfortable and made up when we got through with our day on the town. Dont be a wuss and get a room that overlooks Sutter....although a little noisy it offers endless entertainment and the ability to really get a feel for this awesome city! Thanks Mike and the rest of the Cartwright staff!!
Charmed by the Cartwright
I chose the Cartwright after reading the reviews posted here, and I was so pleased I felt I should post my own favorable review.
As you may have gathered by now, the Cartwright was built in 1913 and retains MUCH of it's old world feel. The rooms are small, but the antique charm of the place makes it feel cozy, not clausterphobic. The beds and pillows were very comfortable (and I'm fussy!), the entire hotel was extremely clean, and as a woman traveling alone, I felt very safe. Also, the staff was pleasant and helpful, and I found the other guests in the hotel to be of the sophisticated, yet down-to-earth variety...think "English Professor" not "Carrie Bradshaw".
The location is central to Market Street and Union Square, and there is plenty to do within walking distance - resturants, shopping, theater, etc. I stayed for 4 days on business, and for the price, location, and level of comfort, I was extremely satisfied. I will certainly return!
Tiny rooms, only one wooden chair and dirty. I can't imagine why anyone would like this hotel. I would rather spend less to stay at a hostel or more to stay at a real hotel. With all of the deals on the internet, I would much rather spend $20 more to stay at the Holiday Inn and have enough room to open up my suitcase on the floor. The furniture was merely old and broken- hardly antique- and there were dust bunnies hanging from all the moldings and the tops of the curtains. DO NOT STAY HERE. The only good thing is the location.
The Cartwright is Okay but...
Certainly the Cartwright has that old world charm. In a city where everything is outrageously expensive, it is somewhat affordable. Since we were celebrating an anniversary the staff was thoughful enough to include some sparkling wine in the room for us. The room, while adequate was somewhat claustrophobic. While it is nice to have a mini bar, with space at a premium, it seemed to me to take up a lot of room.
The mini bar items covered the surface of one of the few pieces of furniture, jammed into the small room. There were earplugs in the bathroom, which were apparently meant to keep you from getting water in your ears when you shower, but will come in handy when you are trying to sleep, in case you like the window open, as it can be quite noisy with the cable cars nearby. The afternoon wine reception is a nice break for weary travelers. The free continental breakfast was pleasant on the first morning. However, on the second day, the 'breakfast room' was being used for a business meeting and guests were relegated to the lobby for their morning meal. The furnishings were far more suited to cocktails than for meal service. Overall, the hotel is in a good location at a decent price, but the room size and noise level and some other details need improvement.
Good value for SF
I enjoyed my stay at the Cartwright and felt that it provided very good value. We stayed in a standard queen size room for an $80/night promotional rate (not including the steep SF room tax) in May 2003. The room and bathroom were small, but they were clean, nicely appointed, and more interesting than the bland rooms in the big motel chains. We heeded the advice of another reviewer and requested a quiet room away from Powell Steet. We ended up getting a corner room with plenty of natural light. We didn't have problems with noise from neighbors or the street, but it's possible that we had very few neighbors that weekend or that they were really quiet and polite. We could hear occasional street sounds, but had no problems sleeping. A really light sleepers could always bring earplugs just in case. The bathroom was fairly cramped but clean. I agree with the reviewer who mentioned that there's less bathroom privacy because you can hear every sound through the bathroom door. It might be best if you go with a travelling companion who doesn't mind hearing all your personal sounds!The location is indeed good, walking distance to Union Square, transit, shopping, restaurants, touristy stuff, etc. We saw a musical revue at a small theatre just a few doors down from the Cartwright. Like most of SF and other urban settings, there are assorted panhandlers and homeless people around Union Square, but it's also a fairly busy area even at night, so we felt reasonably safe walking around the area in the evenings - just exercise common sense regarding personal safety in urban areas. Some other nice amenities include the continental breakfast, afternoon wine and cheese reception, and library. Don't expect a five-course hot buffet for the breakfast, but the assorted breads, fruits, coffee, and orange juice that they do server are ample and delicious. The library is a nice touch - you can leave a book there if you have one to share, and you can take a book with you after checking out if you would like to finish reading it. desk about the complimentary bathrobes, though - they forgot to give us ours! I've read some less flattering reviews about the Cartwright, but some of them seem to be from people who go to SF and expect Mark Hopkins posh on a Motel Six budget! If you're looking for a pleasant hotel at a good value, rather than luxury and opulence, the Cartwright is a great choice, and I would not hesitate to stay there again.
The Alcrataz on Sutter
After staying at another Kimpton Property in San Francisco, I wanted to try another one in the city. The hotel is nothing like what is shown on their website. I almost cried when I got to the room. I thought I was sent to prision. Luckily, the other property that I stayed in was available so I checked out immediately before they charged me for the cell.
Good value in an expensive city
Great location. Easy walk to Chinatown, Union square, shopping. Cable car stop across street. Small efficient rooms, cont.breakfast, very nice staff. LOVED IT.
Cartwright Hotel one to remember
Stayed at the Cartwright Hotel in March 2003. After reading mixed reviews was pleasantly surprised when we arrived. This is an average tourist hotel in an excellent central location. Hotel is very welcoming and staff very helpful. Room was very adequate and clean with fluffy towels and Aveda complimentary toiletries! Stay included a complimentary breakfast in the Library. Hot drinks are available 24 hours. Definitely value for money.
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... Fisherman's Wharf to return the bike. At one point I must have taken a wrong turn and went off road, then ended up having to carry the bike up steps!
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