Larkspur Hotel Union Square

524 Sutter Street, San Francisco, California, 94102, United States | 3 star hotel
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If Los Angeles was the eighteen-year-old party animal of the family, then San Francisco was the mature uncle, sophisticated and educated with an air of grace. “We love San Francisco,” said the elderly gentleman sat with his wife at the table next to ours. Every time he spoke his dentures looked like they wanted to escape his mouth. When …

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... toes up. So I gave up on that idea, but Pascale kept working on it until she was in the water up to her knees. I looked on, shivering from the grass opposite, and just resorted to breakfast of sourdough turtles and croissants on the beach.

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Location

This 3 star hotel, located in the Downtown area of San Francisco, is near Point Reynes, 450 Sutter Building, Cable Car Clothiers, and Eleonore Austerer Gallery.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsLarkspur Hotel Union Square San Francisco

    Reviewed by natsully

    Fantastic Service

    Reviewed Sep 21, 2012
    by (13 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

    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.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by cessna152

    ideally located and free wi-fi

    Reviewed Aug 3, 2010
    by (8 reviews) Brighouse , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    I'd definitely recommend this hotel.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews Larkspur Hotel Union Square San Francisco

    Another vote for a room on the street side

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    I chose the Cartwright after reading the reviews posted here, and I was so pleased I felt I should post my own favorable review.

    Absolutely horrible

    from

    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...

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    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.

    Good value for SF

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    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

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    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

    from

    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

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    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.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Larkspur Hotel Union Square San Francisco

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent