Nob Hill, San Francisco

Hotel Carlton

Jessica McNally
Deal Expert

Why We Love It

  • A speakeasy-style property featuring a complimentary wine reception and Wi-Fi access
  • Stroll to popular areas of the city, including Union Square shopping and dining
  • Saha restaurant serves "excellent Arabic fusion cuisine," says Fodor’s
  • The ritzy Nob Hill area is centrally located between Union Square and the Financial District

"The location is prime" -- Gayot

92% (25 Member Ratings)

"Friendly staff, "groovey-sheik" rooms, and complimentary wine and music....LOVED it!!"
Jul 10, 2016
Billings , MT, United States


Map & Directions

Hotel Carlton is approximately 20 minutes by taxi from San Francisco Airport in good traffic. By BART it takes 25 minutes to reach the Civic Center/UN Plaza stop from the airport, and is much more cost efficient. 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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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 U.S. hotel to receive a 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. Guest 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. 

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. Head to your morning meetings with the complimentary town car transportation -- provided for two hours on weekdays to the Financial District and Civic Center.

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 location is prime" -- Gayot
  • "Hotel Carlton puts a strong emphasis on green technology and community involvement" -- Travel + Leisure



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


  • 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


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


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Valet service (fees apply)


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

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. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

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 on checkout.

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

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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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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Enjoyed Most: Friendly staff, "groovey-sheik" rooms, and complimentary wine and music....LOVED it!!
Julie Jul 10, 2016 Billings , MT, United States
Enjoyed Most: Comfy mattress and pillows, friendly staff (:
Danny May 10, 2016 Fresno, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Staff here are excellent
Other Comments: I have spent 10 nights here and will think of Hotel Carlton first when I return to SF. The room is very nice and great value, Internet is fast and the staff have done an exceptional job.
Joshua May 08, 2016 Monroe, NJ, United States
Enjoyed Most: Rooms were clean and the location was very central. I also thought the people at the front desk were very friendly and had a great sense of humor
Other Comments: The room does get a bit stuffy with no AC and the batrhoom is very small but for the location and price you can't beat it.
Evelyn Apr 26, 2016 Atascadero, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Location, decor, friendly staff
Lee Apr 12, 2016 Kapaa, HI, United States
Enjoyed Most: Staff was friendly and helpful, room was nicely decorated, good size, nice furniture. I really appreciated the filtered water on my floor!
Other Comments: This is a great, unique hotel. It is beautiful and they have put a lot of effort in to the decor for a lovely atmosphere. I did not poster in the wine hour, but it is a great idea. Good location, pretty close to things or at least to public transportation. I would recommend it!
Beth Mar 18, 2016 Gaithersburg, MD, United States
Enjoyed Most: Extremely noisy with paper thin walls. We could here people talking all night.
Other Comments: Pictures were enhanced and the building/room was not how it looked online.
Nicole Mar 14, 2016 San Diego, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Everything!
Susan Jan 29, 2016 Detroit, MI, United States
Enjoyed Most: The room was very nice.
Other Comments: Noise level of other activities near room was annoying. Was not able to return to room for an hour and a half for cleaning at 5pm. When attempting to return at 3:30pm we were told that due to heavy checkout volume that we would just have to wait. The front desk staff got an attitude and rolling of the eyes for us asking repeatedly for entry after their proposed expected wait time of 45min. They claimed that the front desk supervisor and the cleaning staff supervisor would visit us for our concerns, they never did! After finding both door keys no longer worked, the front desk staff got another attitude trying to get us to admit all was rectified and fixed. I do not believe we were ever at fault for staff making us wait for minimum service. We feel that minimum service was denigned and the staffs attitude was deplorable.
David Jan 27, 2016 saint augustine, FL, United States
Enjoyed Most: The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. There is a nightly bottomless wine reception in the front lobby. There's a cozy feeling in the lobby with the fireplace going and lounge chairs and couches for guests to enjoy.
Juan Jan 20, 2016 Glendale, CA, United States

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