Nob Hill

Hotel Carlton

Carina Stebbins
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
  • The ritzy Nob Hill area is centrally located between Union Square and the Financial District

"The location is prime" -- Gayot
Enjoyed This
(9 Member Ratings)
"Clean, quiet, the neighborhood. Looked like a fresh renovation."
Jul 27, 2017
Los Angeles, CA, 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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Enjoyed This
(9 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Hotel Carlton (part of Joie de Vivre), San Francisco (CA) over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.1 Location
4.2 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Clean, quiet, the neighborhood. Looked like a fresh renovation.
Lily Jul 27, 2017 Los Angeles, CA, United States
Travelzoo Deal Expert
Enjoyed Most
Such a cute hotel, and very accommodating staff. I absolutely loved our room and the decor of the entire place, even the elevators! Comfy and clean beds too! And love their wine upon checkin - it's good stuff.
Other Comments
There's no AC, but you can open the windows to the cold SF air and turn on the fan - that does the trick! If you're worried about noise, whether from the city below or your neighbors beside, maybe just bring a little area fan to whir out the sounds! I didn't have a problem myself, although the manager Theo placed us in a corner room next to the stairs, so we had no neighbors. But I heard from others that the walls are very thin and it's easy to hear your neighbors, especially with your windows in to cool the room. Really I think it depends on if you're a light sleeper, and how much wine you plan to drink haha. An area fan would probably be a safe bet.
Shelbie Jul 05, 2017 Martinez, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
This is an older boutique hotel that is very well kept and comfortable. The restaurant was also very good.
Other Comments
The front desk staff was friendly, but did not have very good "concierge" service.. The one restaurant they recommended (except for their own) was not very good.
Marlene Mar 02, 2017 Park City, UT, United States
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff, "groovey-sheik" rooms, and complimentary wine and music....LOVED it!!
Julie Jul 10, 2016 Billings , MT, United States
Enjoyed Most
The decor is stylish. Lobby staff are friendly. We checked out a day early and they did not charge us for the second night, which was nice.
Other Comments
There was a woman screaming down the hall. Hotel staff did intervene but she did not stop immediately. There was no air conditioning and opening the window was loud. No light in the closet and no refrigerator.
Joanna Mar 13, 2017 Marina, CA, United States

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