Nob Hill

Hotel Carlton

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • Great value, eco-friendly property that has an interesting speakeasy past
  • Within walking distance of downtown San Francisco and Union Square
  • Complimentary perks like a nightly wine reception and morning car service
  • Saha restaurant serves "excellent Arabic fusion cuisine", says Fodor’s

Map & Directions

The hotel is 30 minutes by taxi from San Francisco Airport. By BART it takes 25 minutes to reach the Civic Center/UN Plaza stop from the airport. It’s a 15-minute walk from the BART station to the hotel. Valet parking is available for an extra charge.

Rooms & Rates

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Overview

Set in vibrant Lower Nob Hill, Hotel Carlton has a penchant for making waves. Built in 1927, the property was once a speakeasy (two brass-lidded evacuation pipes in the lobby were used for throwing away alcohol during police raids). In its present incarnation, the Carlton is a pioneer in the hotel industry’s green movement and was the first US hotel to receive an LEED gold rating.

The Carlton hosts a nightly complimentary wine reception (5:30-6pm) in the lobby, which is elaborately decorated in Indian rugs, velvet sofas and an embellished fireplace. Rooms are just as striking with Moroccan bedside tables, colorful bedspreads and exotic trinkets; it feels like "the kind of apartment that would belong to a globe-trotting bohemian aunt" (Fodor’s). Opt for a pricier room on one of the higher floors for city views and a quieter night's sleep. The on-site restaurant Saha serves tasty Middle Eastern fusion cuisine that dining review website Zagat ranks as “very good to excellent”. Try the salmon baklava, beef kibbeh and the tagines cooked with truffle oil.

On the gritty Tenderloin border, the neighborhood surrounding the hotel isn’t the city’s best, but it’s still within walking distance to Union Square, the California Street cable car and the restaurants along buzzing Polk street.

From the press:
  • "If you're looking for wonderfully cheap, attractive, and clean accommodations and don't mind being in the gritty center of the city, book a room here" -- Frommer’s
  • "The restaurant Saha ('to your health') serves excellent Arabic fusion cuisine for breakfast and dinner" -- Fodor’s

Amenities

General

  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Shuttle service (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station

Internet

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply)

Bathroom

  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries

Parking

  • Valet service (fees apply)

Accessibility

  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Policies

Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children 17 and younger stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). Cot/crib available on request, free of charge for children up to the age of 2 in the Superior King & Queen and City View King & Queen Rooms. Extra bed available on request for children and adults in the Superior King & Queen and City View King & Queen Rooms: $20 per night. Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request, free of charge. A pet contract must be signed at check-in.

Fees: A resort/facility fee of US$15 plus tax, per night will be added to the total price of your stay upon check out.

This fee ($17.47 with tax) includes the following:

  • Daily $5 food & beverage credit to Saha Lounge 
  • Premium Wi-Fi access for multiple devices
  • Filtered water stations on all floors
  • Access to our 24-hour business center and printing services
  • Nightly wine social with live music
  • Local Newspaper in Lobby

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm AET

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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