Ratings based on 1,424 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.4 Room cleanliness
4.3 Service & staff
3.9 Room comfort
4.0 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
by A verified traveler
Small hotel room,but close for shoppingPosted Mar 5, 2014
The room was as big as my own room back home and the bathroom was way too small. I couldn't even stand at the sink without my legs touching the toilet. The location was great in downtown union square! It was nice to be able to go shopping! My boyfriend and I did a lot of walking, but we got a good workout going through china town, union square, and going down to pier 39.
for Everyoneby Joanne & Kurt from San Juan Capistrano
Perfect place to stay for a weekend in the CityPosted Mar 5, 2014
Pros: Close to everything, quaint hotel and I loved the history in the old building.
Location: We loved that Lori's Diner and Sears Restaurant were practically next door. Kuletos was perfect for dinner and The Starlight Room for the after party
We spent a long weekend in the city for a wedding. This hotel was within walking distance of the reception. A block from the cable car , a few blocks from Chinatown and close to so many great restaurants too
for Everyoneby Craig from Durham, NH
Bare bonesPosted Mar 3, 2014
Pros: Only stay here is the price is lower than all the other options.
Cons: They can't change the old facility so you need to accept it.
This is an old hotel. It is clean and maintained. The rooms are small. Temperature control comes from opening your windows or turning on the ceiling fan. There is radiator heat but no control. There is no AC. Given the water shortage, I was surprised by the large volume of water flowing out of the shower. There is no hotel restaurant but many options within a short walk. They have just coffee in the morning. They claim "Union Square" but are a block north and a bit west. This is in the direction away from the convention center. It takes maybe 15 minutes to walk to BART's Powell Station and 30 minutes to walk to the convention center.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Great location & good value, not for allergy-pronePosted Feb 26, 2014
Location: Bourbon and Branch is a speakeasy about 1/2 mile away. (Need a reservation) Tonga Room a kitchy 1940s restaurant. Food just ok, but fun atmosphere.
Pros: Location and value. For the location in Union Square it is an excellent price. Part of the reason it is a value is the rooms are slightly smaller, but big closet and they made excellent use of the space. Extremely friendly and welcoming staff. (All individuals we interacted with were helpful and lovely.) Cons (not uncommon to the area, but for those who may not expect it): Parking is on the next block, up the hill. (Most hotels partner with local garages, so common.) Make sure to have the front desk stamp the ticket to get the discounted hotel rate. They are pet-friendly, so if very allergic to dogs and cats (as I am) you may want to stay elsewhere. No AC, though not uncommon. Ceiling fan provided white noise and breeze.
for Everyoneby Helen from San Diego, CA
Great Location, Friendly Staff, Quaint HotelPosted Feb 26, 2014
Pros: Location is the best thing about hotel. We took BART from airport to Powell station and walked a few blocks to the hotel which was centrally located
Cons: Mattress should be replaced soon.
Location: Close to BART, buses, trolleys... No need to drive or take expensive cab rides. Close to restaurants, shopping, museums, Chinatown,...
We enjoyed our stay at The Cartwright. No issues. Will definitely go back.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Nice price, comfortable and close to everything.Posted Feb 25, 2014
Very nice, clean hotel, with a very comfortable bed. There is a little street noise, but if you want to experience the city as a resident would, this is the place. The staff is friendly. I wish they had Blue Bottle coffee in the room, considering this is San Francisco. But, overall, an excellent choice for the value.
for Everyoneby Daniel from Sydney
Historical Charm in Accessible LocationPosted Feb 25, 2014
Pros: The location is wonderful, close to all public transport and the action of Downtown San Francisco.
Cons: There is some noise, even between the hotel walls but nothing that impedes sleep, and indeed adds to the charm.
Location: Close to all of Downtown San Francisco, shopping and public transport for further adventure. Great Location that is also very safe!!
The Cartwright Hotel is a cosy hotel that provided with me with ease of access to allthe delights of San Francisco. The hotel is charming, clean and confortable and holds so much history, if only the walls could speak! The service was impeccible.
for Business Travelersby A verified traveler
Comfortable and quiet, near Union Square and BARTPosted Feb 20, 2014
Pros: Quiet, comfortable and convenient.
Location: Union Square.
Stayed at the Cartwright many times over the years, but not recently. Pleased that the hotel is still comfortable and quiet, well priced and convenient to Union Square area restaurants, the Powell/Mason cable cars and BART. Staff advised on nearby wine bar and travel options to the airport.
by Yuri from Newbury, UK
Not suitable for a familyPosted Feb 18, 2014
Pros: The lobby and friendly staff
Cons: The room needs a safe and I do like a small hotel bar which is not currently available.
Location: The location is excellent. It is just near Union Square and I liked having two 24 hour convenience stores opposite the hotel.
I normally stay in larger group hotels however I thought I'd try a smaller hotel. I chose the Cartwright Hotel based on the pictures I saw on the web and the price which was excellent. The bad:- The hotel bar has lost its alcohol license so no chance of a quiet drink. The room was very tired and in need of am update. There was no safe in the room and the TV had poor reception and thus poor picture quality. At times I could hear radios and TV's on in other rooms. The good:- The staff were friendly, the lobby was comfortable and the hotel is very well located. Conclusion:- A great hotel if price is an issue but not great for a business traveller. I have to say the hotel did grow on me as the week went on and the room while tired was very quiet at night with no traffic or air conditioning sounds.
for Everyoneby Carissa from Colorado
Very close to Union SquarePosted Feb 17, 2014
This hotel is just a block up from Union Square, close to everything! We love staying in this area. The room and bathroom are are what to be expected for a SF hotel. The staff was very friendly and it was nice to have coffee and tea options in the morning. We did not have any problem with the heat or ac or too much noise from the street. It was a pleasant hotel and the location is worth every penny. We love walking down to Blue Bottle at the Ferry Building. There is a little hole in the wall Thai food place called Chabaa down off O;Farrel and Foley's bar is good for an Irish beer. Also a new restaraunt called The House was very good as well. All within great walking distance to the hotel.