Larkspur Hotel Union Square

, San Francisco, United States
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Larkspur Hotel Union Square

, San Francisco
2 star

Rooms: 114

524 Sutter Street - San Francisco - California - 94102 - United States Hotel Website | | 800 919 9779
515 Traveller

Reviews - Larkspur Hotel Union Square

Submitted by: Vlad in 29/04/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Romania
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
Excellent location next to Union Square, excellent atmosphere, friendly staff, fine continental breakfast, fine "wine hour" ideea, when you can meet other travelers all over the world and make new friends.
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Submitted by: Lawrence Platt in 09/09/05
  • Age Group:
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Superb location and excellent value. Employees see to your every need. Friendly yet respect your privacy. Would recommend to family and friends.
Quaint & Excellent Location
Submitted by: Gregg Kawakami in 27/05/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
The Cartwright is a quaint hotel in an excellent location. Service is excellent.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Larkspur Hotel Union Square

Mislead by their website

from A TripAdvisor Member
Having perused the internet pictures, we thought the Cartwright looked like a charming rustic hotel in a nice location. Unfortunately, the pictures did not convey that the hotel was under construction, the rooms were tiny, the bathroom barely left you room to stand, the walls were sadly in need of new paint in the rooms and the hallways, and worst of all, the elevator was not operational [and apparently had been that way for months and will not be repaired for several more months].
After climbing the treacherous stairs five flights with our suitcases, we didn't need to go the gym. However, just so you know, the claim that you can get a discount at the gym one block away is false. The gym charges the same amount per day as the hotel's "discounted" rate.
Walking down the hallway reminded me more of a ghetto than a fine hotel. Good luck if you plan to stay there, I'll bet the good reviews are made up by the hotel management.

damp conditions, I knew I was in San Franciso.

from A TripAdvisor Member
I knew I was in San Francisco when I arrived to a cool, damp room during my stay 4 years ago. Charming antique type decor with mismatched furniture but I could never get completely comfortable especially when I couldn't find any temperature controls or a way to sompletely close the bathroom window vents to the outside. Spooky hallways with sometimes exposed ceiling pipes. Nice continental breakfast offerings. Great location as long as you don't look towards the Tenderloin area. I had a great deal booking through Expedia but I could have done better.

Great staff, so-so rooms

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed there for the second time, last week. I always love the staff, and the free breakfast & wine reception do help a lot! It is a good bargain and a good location. However, their rooms are super small and it can get unbearably warm when they have the radiator on. I did not experience any noise from outside, but I was really disturbed by the doors slamming all night, my neighbors talking, and other in-house noises. Unfortunately, I'm going to look for another hotel next time....which is too bad because I really love the staff!

ve stayed here three times and LOVE this little hotel!

from 2leashes
I've stayed at the Cartwright three times and each time I've come away very satisfied. Each time my daughter shared the room with me and we just love sitting in the library at night, reading or playing checkers at the game table. Or watching tv. We visited with the front desk staff and our favorite is a wonderful woman named Lillian. We were especially pleased that we could bring our little dog last time at no extra charge! They made her feel right at home. She sat in the library with us in the evening. We love San Francisco and what a treat to come back to OUR little hotel---The Cartwright! I miss having the manager, Frank Okun there, though. He now works at another Kimpton Group property.
We'll be back to the Cartwright--that you can be sure of! By the way, we book it more for the public areas than the actual guest room!

You can buy a dime with a nickel!

from RolexNY
We just got back for a Valentine's Day get away. Yes, the room was small but it was clean, quiet, and cheap. We booked the hotel through American Airlines for $72(taxes included) per night which included the continental breakfast, complimentary coffee and herbal teas available 24 hours a day, and the wine hour hence my review title, "you can't buy a dime with a nickel". If you want a bigger luxurious space then spend 3 or 4 times the amount but then again you might expect a 10,000 sq ft Penthouse suite with private butler and lime driver so be realistic! My only complaint is not of the hotel but some of the people staying at the hotel, please don't be inconsiderate and let your door slam shut at all hours of the night. Remember because you are up it doesn't mean all hotel guests are up too.

Closet sized rooms...good location

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed here in Sept 2003. The photos are not entirely correct. I thought by viewing the pictures we would be getting a nice comfy victorian room. However, we were given a room the size of my closet, with a horrible view of the next door building's roof top. It was noisy and we couldn't get our room door open. The bathroom was ity bity too.
It's an okay place to stay for one night, but if you are planning on making this your vacation hotel for more than that, you might want to look elsewhere. On the plus side, there is a trolly line one block away and it's literally 3 blocks from all the shops in Union Square. Just beware of the small, closet rooms! Oh, and parking is $30 and it's on the next block over. Better unload your stuff before hand, or you will be holding on to your roller suitcase for dear life on the hills!

This is a lovely Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Cartwright for 4 days over the New Year Period, after reading these reviews I was not sure what to expect. The hotel is small but I found it to be extremely clean and confortable, our room (808) was smaller than other hotels I've stayed in but hey, it's only to sleep in, San Francisco is such a great City you are out most of the day anyway.

The breakfast is limited but this is the first Hotel where it has been complimentary and it is an adequate choice (there is a diner on the corner if you want more).

The staff are very friendly, the concierge, Richard, went out of his way to help us when our tour bus did not arrive.

Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend this Hotel to anyone, I would certainly stay there again.

If anyone has any questions please feel free to email me.

Old and Small

from Travelguru4u
The rooms are SMALL and outdated. Great location. The lobby was nice-comp. wine was rewarding and needed if you stay here.

Great location, ok but a few issues ....

from jq_nyc
I stayed at the Cartwright earlier this month for 3 nights (Nov03).

The postives: 1) Great location - right at the corner of Powell street, 1 min to Union Square, < 5 mins walk to the BART station on Powell which is also where the cable car begins.
2) Good rate - got a good airline rate which included breakfast though the breakfast was very simple (see below)

The issues: (they are minor) 1) The room (205) was on the small side but it was clean. I didn't spend mush time in the room only (apart from sleeping) so the size didn't really bother me. Noise was not an issue.
2) Breakfast was very, very simple. Bread, muffins was laid out on a table with toasters if you wanted toast and you just help yourself. Not very professional, I felt it was a bit youth hostel like.

A general gripe: I couldn't find a decent cup of tea for the whole time I was in the US (10 days). What I managed to get was horrible.

Overall, the hotel for the price (relative to other hotels in SFO) was acceptable. I didn't spend much time in the hotel apart so didn't really need to top class place.

Disappointing -

from A TripAdvisor Member
I agree with "absolutely horrible" below; we must have had the same room. I might have given this place one more star had it not misrepresented itself as a "luxury" "boutique" property. The lobby is nice, but the rest is like Ralph and Alice's place in THE HONEYMOONERS.
Exposed pipes, too many coats of paint, cracks and peeling paint on the walls and ceilings; trash on the fire escape outside our window (which I removed). The bathroom is tiny, and decrepit. Worst of all, we had a confirmed reservation for a king bed deluxe room; we were given the tiniest room with 2 single beds. So much for the romantic weekend. We asked to be moved the next day, and were offered a smelly smoking room with a king bed. After raising our voices, they happened to find a nonsmoking king-bedded room. Why the hassle and lies? There have got to be better choices than this place. It needs a major overhaul.

Top Local Tips for San Francisco

Fantastic food, great coffee, well priced The Crepe House, cnr Polk and Washington was a real find. Us folks from Down Under (we"re Kiwis) drink our coffee very strong and they were able to produce a pretty authentic "flat white" after a little instruction. Blackboard menu, you order food from the counter. Very flavourful food at reasonable prices.Mostly locals eating there. This whole area was full of eclectic, interesting shops and eating houses. Wonderful doughnut shop in the same block.

Globe restaurant This is a tiny, inconspicuous restaurant, in downtown San Francisco, but if you want great late-night dining, this is the place! We arrived, without a reservation, after a James Taylor concert at the Orpheum Theater, at around midnight, and they still managed to seat us within ten minutes! The menu was eclectic, the prices good, and the food was remarkably delicious!

Best Place to Park Overnight, 5th and Mission Garage Don't pay for hotel parking, which can run $45/day in Union Square. The 5th and Mission Garage is large, new, and well maintained. I think 24 hours is $18. No in and out privelleges though.


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  • Address: 524 Sutter Street - San Francisco - California - 94102 - United States
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