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Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

San Francisco, CA, US (SFO)

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Based on 2422 reviews
This historic Nob Hill Boutique displays sophisticated style with international influence accentuated by photos and decor from around the world. The H
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Deluxe King - Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel - 1

Deluxe King

  • One King Bed
  • Located on Top Floor
  • City View
  • Large Flat-Screen LG Television
  • Marble Topped Writing Desk
  • Telephone with Voicemail and Dataport
  • Coffeemaker with Organic Coffee and Tea
  • Iron with Ironing Board
  • Hair dryer
  • Extra Large Walk in Closets
  • In room Safes that can Accommodate a Laptop Computer
  • Complimentary Wireless Internet Access
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Deluxe Two Double Beds - Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel - 2

Deluxe Two Double Beds

  • Two Full Size Beds
  • Located on Top Floor
  • City View
  • Large Flat-Screen LG Television
  • Marble Topped Writing Desk
  • Telephone with Voicemail and Dataport
  • Coffeemaker with Organic Coffee and Tea
  • Iron with Ironing Board
  • Hair dryer
  • Extra Large Walk in Closets
  • In room Safes that can Accommodate a Laptop Computer
  • Complimentary Wireless Internet Access
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Deluxe Queen Room  - Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel - 3

Deluxe Queen Room

  • One Queen Bed
  • Located on Top Floor
  • City View
  • Large Flat-Screen LG Television
  • Marble Topped Writing Desk
  • Telephone with Voicemail and Dataport
  • Coffeemaker with Organic Coffee and Tea
  • Iron with Ironing Board
  • Hair dryer
  • Extra Large Walk in Closets
  • In room Safes that can Accommodate a Laptop Computer
  • Complimentary Wireless Internet Access
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Superior King  - Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel - 4

Superior King

  • One King bed
  • Marble topped writing desk
  • Telephone with voicemail and dataport
  • Coffeemaker
  • Iron with ironing board
  • Hair dryer
  • Extra large walk in closets
  • In room safes that can accommodate a laptop computer
  • Complimentary wireless Internet access
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Superior Two Double Beds  - Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel - 5

Superior Two Double Beds

  • Two Double beds
  • Marble topped writing desk
  • Telephone with voicemail and dataport
  • Coffeemaker
  • Iron with ironing board
  • Hair dryer
  • Extra large walk in closets
  • In room safes that can accommodate a laptop computer
  • Complimentary wireless Internet access
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Superior Queen - Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel - 6

Superior Queen

 
  • One Queen Bed
  • Marble topped writing desk
  • Telephone with voicemail and dataport
  • Coffeemaker
  • Iron with ironing board
  • Hair dryer
  • Extra large walk in closets
  • In room safes that can accommodate a laptop computer
  • Complimentary wireless Internet access
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Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel
1075 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA US 94109

Location

The Hotel Carlton is situated near City Hall, the Federal building and the Theatre District, ideally located five blocks from Union Square.

Why Stay Here

  • On-Site Dining at Saha Restaurant
  • Complimentary Wine Hour
  • Luxury Bath Products and Bathrobes
  • Green Cleaning Products used on Linens
  • 32 inch Flat Screen TVs
  • Hypo-allergenic Bedding

Resort Details

  • Complimentary Wireless Internet Access throughout the Hotel
  • Complimentary Nightly Wine Reception
  • Complimentary Newspapers in Lobby
  • Business Services
  • Luggage Storage
  • Smoke-Free Property

Accommodation Details

Hotel Carlton offers an atmosphere of vintage style with international flair through the incorporation of distinctive decor and exotic photos. A treasure in San Francisco, this unique hotel celebrates various cultures around the globe with a philosophy of ``peace through travel`` a belief of co-existence through understanding other ways of life. The guestrooms at Hotel Carlton offer a soothing ambiance with soft, relaxing hues blended with cheerful accents and unobstructed views of the city. 

Restaurants, Lounges & Bars

Yemenese and California cuisine, the name means \\\\\\\"to good health,\\\\\\\" and the restaurant strives to use the freshest ingredients including organic when possible. The breakfast menu puts a delicious spin on traditional American fare, allowing guests to \\\\\\\"spice up\\\\\\\" conventional egg dishes. The dinner menu focuses on flavors from the Middle East, France, and Spain, fusing styles of cooking and flavors from around the world. The restaurant\\\\\\\'s ebony-wood planked floor, red lacquer seats and leather upholstery, along with an old-world Chinese \\\\\\\"scholar\\\\\\\'s table\\\\\\\" that seats eight, bring friends and families together to share the adventures of the day. 

AMENITIES:
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Business Services
  • Complimentary Coffee
  • Concierge Desk
  • Dry Cleaning Service (+)
  • Elevator / Lift
  • Fireplace in Lobby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Non-Smoking Property
  • Public Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Valet Parking (+)
  • Wireless Internet Access
(+) = Additional fees may apply for the use of these amenities.
(*) = Free, some restrictions may apply

Based on 2422 reviews
from
Submitted on 16-05-2016
San Francisco is a beautiful city, not for people who struggle walking though. It's quite hilly in places. Union square should be your main focal point for seeing the city. Book a city tour there well worth it.
from Guernsey, United Kingdom
Submitted on 17-05-2016
This hotel was not too expensive, Its on the edge of the Tenderloin which can be a little sketchy at nights, we had no issues however. Staff were helpful and friendly. WIFI worked well. This hotel is showing its age and the hallways are quite narrow, the rooms are good a with lots of space, they are however not very soundproof. Bathrooms were clean and functional.
from Vancouver, Canada
Submitted on 17-05-2016
This is a decent hotel. It is clean and the rooms are very comfortable, from the bed and bedding to the desk chair (I unfortunately had to spend a lot of time working). I appreciated the little touches, such as the robe, the keurig coffee maker, and the pitcher to fill up with water to bring to your room. There were only two things that could have been better--one was that my room missed a cleaning one afternoon when i had to come to my room for 2 hours to get ready for an event. I left before t... Read more
from Israel
Submitted on 25-05-2016
The room was good size, the hotel staff is unbelievably friendly and helpful (they pushed house-keeping for early checkin as we arrived early, printed stuff for me, helped with packages, were always funny and nice) everything was clean and tidy. The room was serviced daily, every little detail. Internet (WiFi) was working well throughout the stay. the only drawback I could think of is that there was no A/C (there is a heater, and a ceiling fan) - but I did not need any A/C - I guess San Francis... Read more
from Sunderland, United Kingdom
Submitted on 25-05-2016
Room was a good size, nice big bathroom with plenty towels etc. Coffee/Tea making facilities well stocked. Clean towels and maid service every day. Staff very helpful. Sorted out some excursions for us. Free Wifi.
from United Kingdom
Submitted on 29-05-2016
Stayed 3 nights. Hotel has a great atmosphere if you want something different to standard hotel rooms. Well located - we walked everywhere but buses plentiful. Reception staff really helpful and friendly. Early evening drinks was a great way for us to meet other guests and get tips on what to do in SF. Saha restaurant has an extensive menu. We had a good dinner here - but you need to be up early if you want yoghurt and fruit for breakfast - they had run out by 8.15am. Would definitely stay her... Read more
from Cary, North Carolina
Submitted on 30-05-2016
Friendly staff, clean rooms, great location and reasonable prices all add up to a hotel that I plan to stay at every time I visit San Francisco. Wine and music in the lobby added a nice touch to our stay at this colorfully decorated hotel. The great smelling bath soap, shampoo and moisurizer was an added bonus.
from Annandale, Virginia
Submitted on 30-05-2016
Spent three nights here and everything was great - location and staff, especially. It's an older hotel but had all the amenities we needed. The price was also right. Would definitely stay there again.
from
Submitted on 30-05-2016
Our stay of several nights at the hotel was quite satisfactory with very well presented rooms. The staff were very friendly and a special mention to the concierge who showed us the dangerous parts of the city on a map to avoid. The housekeeping was very good and the rooms were neat. The only down side is that I would have liked a fridge in the room. Other than that I considered it great value for money.
from Miami, Florida
Submitted on 01-06-2016
I meant to write this a while ago but I didn't so here is my review now. I stayed at the Carlton for 10 days during Super Bowl as I was in town for work. Let me just saw the staff was so welcoming, friendly and just great! Theo welcomed me like if I was walking into his home! Loved the fact they have music every day including wine tastings as well. My room was super clean, it was very nice. I have absolutely nothing but great things to say about my 10 days here, I walked in at different ti... Read more
from Brisbane, Australia
Submitted on 17-06-2016
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Carlton. The room was very clean and comfortable and unlike some reviewers, we had no noise issues. (I forget the room number but we were around the corner from the stairwell)There was no air conditioning but the ceiling fan was more than adequate. The lifts are incredibly quaint but still do the job. All staff (particularly Gio) were exceptional ensuring that everything within their power is done to make the stay enjoyable. The hotel is within walkin... Read more
from Royal, Arkansas
Submitted on 20-06-2016
Small hotel with small room in the city center. Left early on Saturday morning and spent day at Fishermans Wharf. Returned middle of afternoon for a nap and shower find an unmade room. Was late afternoon before room was cleaned. Accommodations adequate, but nothing special.
from San Francisco, California
Submitted on 20-06-2016
Some of the friendliest front desk people I've met. Great service. Great room location (corner room 605). Sound from the halls does come inside so it can get a little loud in the morning and at night. Walls seems to be a little thin.
from
Submitted on 21-06-2016
The rooms are perfectly good if you plan to be spending most of your time outside. The location is within 15 minutes walking of most attractions and the complimentary wine every day is a nice touch. Bottomline is, this is a great hotel for its price.
from Grand Rapids, Michigan
Submitted on 22-06-2016
Very charming and interesting hotel in a great location, within walking distance to the financial district and many desirable areas of San Fran. It is nicely, and colorfully decorated, with interesting art, textures, and attention to detail, a terrific restaurant, especially for breakfast, and very friendly service overall. I highly recommend this hotel for those looking for a smaller hotel with local charm and personality.
from Austin, Texas
Submitted on 22-06-2016
With hotels, it is often the case that one gets what one pays for. No one should compare this hotel with a modern or more upscale hotel. This is an old, oft refurbished building where on my stay the elevator did not work and the shower ran cold. These inconveniences should not distract from the high. Ale to be placed on the good natured staff, whose cheer was a decided plus. The location allows for a nice walk or two, with restaurants not too far away. Adjacent to the hotel is a middle easter... Read more
from Columbia, Missouri
Submitted on 22-06-2016
I was in town for a conference and chose to stay here and walk daily to the conference hotel. The decor is colorful and the staff are super friendly and very helpful. I felt welcomed right away, as if they were waiting for me to arrive and were looking for me. I made a floor request and let them know I would be arriving late; not a problem and my room was still waiting for me. The room was clean and a good size. The only drawback was noise came under the door from the adjoining room. I rolled u... Read more
from The Hague, The Netherlands
Submitted on 25-06-2016
I spend three nights here. The design of the rooms is nice. Better than the average American hotel. However, there is absolutely no soundproofing in the rooms. The first night i heard litterally every word my drunk neighbours who were in the ajoining room were saying. Plus you litterally hear doors slam non stop. The second night the staff put me in a non ajoining room after i complained about the noice. It was a bit beter, but stil quite some noice. I would not choose this hotel again.
from
Submitted on 27-06-2016
Very good hotel the service was impeccable the people at the front desk always were willing to cater to your needs and all around nice people could not ask for anything more the restaurant downstairs was excellent food was so delicious they have afternoon wine tasting with local talent singing for you wile you sit in front of a fireplace and enjoy the ambiance
from West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Submitted on 05-07-2016
This was an amazing hotel, the staff were so friendly and helpful especially Theo (the concierge) who could not help us enough, he recommended places to eat, see and how to get to places easily. He was so right too. The hotel has a happy hour every evening from 5 - 6pm with free wine & musical entertainment - this was a nice touch even though we only managed to take part on our first 2 days stay with them - we were late back on the remaining days. They did not have a bar so we nipped next door t... Read more
from Geelong, Australia
Submitted on 05-07-2016
My 11 year old daughter and I visited recently and stayed 3 nights. This is a beautiful boutique hotel which was well maintained and ran by very friendly and welcoming staff. My concern for families is the location. I feel that it's the wrong neighbourhood for families. My daughter and I didn't feel completely safe walking the streets. And you wouldn't walk at night. It also doesn't have a small refrigerator.
from Leeds, United Kingdom
Submitted on 05-07-2016
This hotel was brilliant. The staff at this hotel (especially gio) were so friendly and welcoming, they gave us advice on everything in the city and they were absolutely majestic. Theres free wine from 5:30-6 every evening which gets everyone together and they have some small entertainment on to go with this. Theres a few bars and restuarants located a block away on polk street which is handy for people looking to enjoy a nice drink or few. On the whole i would defo recommend this hotel to anyon... Read more
from Montreal, Canada
Submitted on 05-07-2016
Great hotel in convenient location close to transit routes and the famous cable car rides. The hotel has character (which is what we booked it for)and it has a San Fran feel to it. From the moment you walk in the lobby to settling into your room it has a warm and cutesy vibe to it. The rooms were small but clean and ours had a nice view of the city from the 10th floor. It was also close to the hop on hop off routes which we took advantage of during our visit. The staff was polite and helpful fro... Read more
from Australia
Submitted on 07-07-2016
This hotel was really nice. The checkin was easy, they let us check in early as well which was fantastic after flying from Sydney. Gio was super friendly and helpful. The rooms were cute, clean and colourful...only issue was the constant fire truck sirens through the night though that's certainly not the hotels fault. Perhaps a room on the opposite side would be quieter? The location was good, right in the middle making it an easy walk to a lot of areas or transport. We were advised not to walk ... Read more
from Melbourne
Submitted on 09-07-2016
Good space in room (2x double beds), nice bathroom with good shower and toilet. Old elevators and no fridge in room (can be requested from concierge) but water system down the hallway with ice cold water. No air condotiing, just ceiling fan, but did not require this. Extremely not sound proof, could hear full conversations from the adjacent room without them shouting (even louder when their child was screaming), plus the room being opposite the elevator made it quite noisy at times. Little noise... Read more
from San Diego, California
Submitted on 11-07-2016
This hotel has so much character. Such an eclectic and cozy atmosphere. Most of all, the staff here is the most friendly and outgoing I have ever come across in hotel service. Theo from the front desk checked us in & we got into a chat about our birthdays and zodiac signs.. When we got back to the hotel that evening he had photocopied a thing about our birthdays and put it under our door for us to have. So sweet and fun! Don't forget to hit up Mr Holmes BakeHouse just a few steps away.. Will be ... Read more
from Melbourne, Australia
Submitted on 11-07-2016
This hotel was the best ...... lovely clean room, very spacious and all of the staff were fantastic (exceptional) Checking in and out was so easy and many thanks to Gio for his help and jokes which made the stay even better!!! Also a big thank-you to Zack for his help! We had a coffee machine provided and because we were staying there for 5 days they also offered us a bar fridge, which doesn't happen very often in other hotels? We will definitely stay here again when we return next year! One of... Read more
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 12-07-2016
Booked based on reviews, it was a little smaller than expected but we received a very warm welcome on arrival. Advised the car park 100 yards was much cheaper to park in and help offered to move car there. The room was very clean, nice quality towels and bed linen. The hotel could probably do with a little refurb but has lots of character. There is wine tasting every evening at 5 but we got back too late from our exploring to have a drink on the house so did has drinks from the restaurant bar wh... Read more
from Los Angeles. CA
Submitted on 13-07-2016
We stayed here for 3 nights for a conference. A boutique hotel with lots of character, the lobby is inviting, the front desk staff is friendly, and the rooms are comfortable although a bit on the small side. Nice little designer touches in the room and bathroom, it was evident that much thought was given to the decorating. Spacious closet with a safe, made for an uncluttered room since we could keep our luggage in the closet. There was an incident where the valet brought me the wrong car but tha... Read more
from Sheffield, United Kingdom
Submitted on 13-07-2016
A classic hotel with spacious, clean rooms in a great location. Service from the staff on the front desk was fantastic and the nightly wine reception was a nice touch. Perfect place to stay in San Fran!
from
Submitted on 14-07-2016
Had a fantastic 3 night stay at the end of June. Centrally located. Friendly, helpful staff. Comfortable, clean rooms. Excellent wine tasting session! Would highly recommend and visit again if returning to San Francisco. Thanks to all!!
from Washington DC, District of Columbia
Submitted on 14-07-2016
The Hotel Carlton is a lower end offering from Joie de Vivre, a very light touch renovation of a historic property at the nexus of the Nob Hill/Tenderloin/Polk St areas. While the Carlton should not be confused with more substantial boutique hotels, at the price I found (~$130 at the height of summer) it is a world away and SF's typical crummy budget hotel, despite being only moderately more expensive. Pros include clean, up-to-date and surprisingly large rooms filled with cute design touches... Read more
from Salt Lake City, Utah
Submitted on 16-07-2016
It was a new hotel for me, but I got a deal on a hotel booking website. It turned out to be further out than I expected, but I wasn't walking, so nothing really to complain of there. I missed the evening wine by about 10 minutes and suffered through my wait at the front desk looking longingly at the peeps in the lobby drinking their very ample glasses of wine. The front desk guys are great and know their stuff. Knowing that I was a woman traveling alone they were very good about not yelling o... Read more
from San Francisco, California
Submitted on 18-07-2016
I recently spent about 2 weeks at Hotel Carlton and this is the first time I've felt compelled to offer a review on Trip Advisor. The hotel is very clean and very good value. Gio and the team were always helpful, friendly and treated me like family. The vibe at the hotel is very casual and upbeat. Also, the Yemenese restaurant downstairs was terrific for breakfast. I'll be back on a future visit to town.
from
Submitted on 19-07-2016
The service at this hotel was the best I've ever experienced. Staff went above and beyond with helping us with directions, transportation, luggage, etc. We truly felt like we were staying with our "west coast cousins." While all staff were efficient, attentive, and professional.... Gio and Theo were especially patient with us (and funny!). Afternoon wine tasting is popular and local musicians performed in the lobby...a very festive event! The hotel environment is not snobby or "fake." I've staye... Read more
from Blenheim, New Zealand
Submitted on 20-07-2016
This hotel is well located , clean and really has a neat boutique feel. The free wine half hour each night with music playing has a great vibe and is really special feature of this hotel. the staff are very friendly and helpful and one of them ( Theo) even plays music in the lobby.Jessica and Emily are a great team at the front desk and Phil pours a mean wine and looks after the bags . All in all a special place with special staff. check it out soon.
from Birmingham, United Kingdom
Submitted on 20-07-2016
Recently stayed two nights at this hotel and it was lovely. The rooms were big which was a pleasant surprise and spotlessly clean. Liked the themeing of the hotel and the staff were always pleasant and really helpful. Would definitely stay there again, good location and transport links close.
from
Submitted on 23-07-2016
We have been so blessed by the Hotel Carlton in San Francisco, and the kind and wonderful folks who work there. As San Francisco locals ourselves, you might not think we would have much need for a hotel in our own city, but the way this hotel gives back to the local arts community will have us recommending this place to everyone we know! My husband and I are local musicians and are fortunate enough to be a part of the Local Vocal program at the Hotel Carlton. This ingenious creation was birthed... Read more
from Victoria, Canada
Submitted on 25-07-2016
Stayed at the Hotel Carlton for 4 nights while in San Francisco. The hotel was decent and the room was very clean. The staff at Hotel Carlton were a real highlight though - excellent service! Happy hour each night was also a great bonus! Would stay here again on my next trip to San Francisco.
from Christchurch, New Zealand
Submitted on 26-07-2016
Great hotel, was a fantastic location - 10 minute walk to Union Square and only 10 - 15 minute walk in the other direction to some great resturants and supermarkets. Staff were friendly and helpful. Rooms were really nice.
from
Submitted on 26-07-2016
Overpriced hotel: rooms are too small, no fridge, horrible breakfast and staff in restaurant is rude. When you book a room for 4 people, you only get 2 towels and glasses, even after complaining. I had expected a lot more for a so-called "joie de vivre" hotel!
from Christchurch, New Zealand
Submitted on 26-07-2016
Nice, average sized, clean rooms and a homey feeling lobby. About a ten minutes walk from Trader Joes, Wholefoods and walgreens. Also a ten minute walk from union plaza - the city centre. The staff here are absolutely amazing! They were so kind and helpfull with all our questions and queries. Loved the funky music performance during the complimentary wine hour!
from
Submitted on 27-07-2016
We loved our stay. We are clean room maniacs, and we could not fault the preparation of the rooms. Little things like materials used on furnishings and linen were of a high standard, there was a feeling that everything had been done properly. All the staff were great to deal with, helpful, polite and knowledgeable. The service really stepped up when we discovered we had left a valuable item of clothing behind. The cost of shipping home to New Zealand was huge, so the manager went out of his way... Read more
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