San Francisco

The Cartwright Hotel - Union Square BW Premier Collection

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Why We Love It

  • The cozy, quaint property is two blocks off of Union Square
  • Feather-topped beds and complimentary Wi-Fi access are a couple guestroom perks
  • Ride the Powell Street cable car line, half a block from the hotel, to other areas of the city
  • This hotel "has retained the architectural charms of a historic Victorian" (AAA)

"Great location and homey lobby" -- Fodor's

92% (13 Member Ratings)

"It's location and charm"
Apr 21, 2017
Miami, FL, United States

Map & Directions

The Cartwright Hotel is approximately a 25-minute drive from San Francisco International Airport in good traffic. Cab fare is approximately $50 one way. The nearest BART stop on Powell Street also takes passengers to San Francisco International Airport with an expected travel time of 45 minutes. The Oakland International Airport is approximately a 30-minute drive from the hotel in good traffic and the cab fare is approximately $70 one way. 

Rooms & Rates

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The Cartwright Hotel is central to all of San Francisco's downtown offerings and reasonably priced for the location. Visitors find themselves within walking distance of shopping, world-class restaurants and the theater and financial districts. Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square are easily accessible via the well-known Powell Street cable car line, half a block from the hotel.

After a long day of exploring the city, unwind in front of the lobby fireplace. Retire to a cozy guestroom and take advantage of complimentary Wi-Fi access to send emails or catch up with friends. Rest easy each night on a feather-top mattress, then start the next day with complimentary coffee and tea from the lobby.

From the press: 
  • "A stay at Cartwright Hotel Union Square places you in the heart of San Francisco, steps from SF Playhouse and Union Square" -- Lonely Planet
  • "This lodging opened in 1913 and has retained the architectural charms of a historic Victorian" -- AAA



  • 100% smoke-free


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

Room amenities

  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 12pm

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.

Additional details: Check-in time starts at 3pm Check-out time is 12pm

Know Before You Go

  • Up to 2 children 17 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
  • The property allows pets in specific rooms only and has other pet restrictions. Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 17 per person (one way)
  • Airport shuttle fee per child: USD 17 (one-way)
  • Self parking fee: USD 35.00 per day (in/out privileges)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 45.00 per day (in/out privileges)
  • Refrigerator fee: USD 5 per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Mandatory Fees and Taxes

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 50 per night

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available 24 hours

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

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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92% Positive
(13 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Cartwright Hotel, San Francisco (CA) over the past 15 months.
3.8 Ambiance
4.9 Location
3.3 Rooms
4.9 Quality of Service
4.2 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
It's location and charm
Other Comments
The bathroom mirror is set up for people who are at least 5'5 or higher. I happen to be on the shorter side and couldn't use the bathroom mirror because I couldn't see myself. They should add alternative options.
SaraJane Apr 21, 2017 Miami, FL, United States
Enjoyed Most
Glen Feb 09, 2017 Belmont, MA, United States
Enjoyed Most
The staff could not have been any nicer or more helpful. The hotel is very centrally located
Sandra Mar 22, 2016 Climax, NC, United States
Enjoyed Most
Staff was very nice and accomodating
Other Comments
Room was very small and very run down. Bathroom was extremely small. Rug was worn and tattered you could see bare floor where carpet met tile. Be skirt was ripped from being too old. No air conditioning in room.
Elizabeth Mar 13, 2016 Tucson, AZ, United States
Enjoyed Most
Very nice location. Friendly staff!
Rune Feb 29, 2016 Austin, TX, United States
Enjoyed Most
Historic building. Well kept. Friendly helpful staff.
Anna-Marie Feb 21, 2016 Regina, SK, Canada
Enjoyed Most
We upgraded to a suite as the "special" room was nice but too small. The decor, size of the room, location, service were all great! I would like to stay again in the same room.
Cynthia Jan 31, 2016 Pacific Palisades, CA, United States

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