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The Cartwright Hotel - Union Square BW Premier Collection

Travelzoo Staff

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
Enjoyed This
(11 Member Ratings)
"Location and ability to bring your own wine to their fireplace"
03. Dec 2017
Galt, CA, USA

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 and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 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.

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

Enjoyed This
(11 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Cartwright Hotel, San Francisco (CA) over the past 15 months.
3.5 Ambiance
4.8 Location
3.3 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.2 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The personnel were very good: very helpful and professional, very friendly. The place just was not very clean.
Other Comments
The lobby could maybe be considered a four star hotel lobby, but the rooms were more a two star level. The floors were filthy inside and out. Our slippers got black and full of hair the first day after starting out clean. The room was extremely small for a four star rating; both of us could not pass each other at the bottom of the beds. The newish beds were ok, but the walls were terribly lumpy beneath the wallpaper and the painted walls were even lumpier, with the door frames even worse. They looked like someone was blindfolded when they were painted--there was not a smoothly painted door frame in the place. Paint had run down the frames everywhere. It's been a long time since I've seen such a poor paint job in a hotel. The windows have not been replaced, so even though they were shut, the noise was so loud, as if they were open. I can't believe 100% of travelzoo members liked this hotel. Far overpriced for its quality.
nancy 27. Jan 2018 Reno, NV, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location and ability to bring your own wine to their fireplace
Other Comments
Showers were nice and roomy and beds were comfortable
Arlene 03. Dec 2017 Galt, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location is excellent
Other Comments
Nice desk and staff
James 25. Apr 2017 Malibu, CA, USA
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 21. Apr 2017 Miami, FL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Glen 09. Feb 2017 Belmont, MA, USA

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