The Cartwright Hotel Union Square

524 Sutter St., San Francisco, California 94102, USA

A coup for historians, this 1913 Edwardian hotel retains the original period feel throughout the lobby and rooms. A block from Union Square, this property gets you right in the heart of downtown.


Cozy guest rooms feature FeatherBorne beds and flat-screen TVs. Newly redone, expect simple wooden furnishings, a work desk (with free Wi-Fi) and well-lit closet areas.

Reserve a room away from the street as revelers persist late into the evening.

Photo: Have you stayed in our new rooms yet? What do you think?! / @cartwright_sf


Tight bathrooms were redone in 2017 to upgrade marble tiling. A few rooms boast bathtubs, so if you like to soak, reserve these in advance.

Photo: Have you stayed in our new rooms yet? What do you think?! / @cartwright_sf


Multilingual staff greets guests as they enter the historic lobby. Settle in on the couches by the fireplace for a game of chess. A computer and printer are available in the library.


A minimal breakfast spread is available for an additional fee. Typical morning fare like coffee, muffins, and fruit allow guests to move more slowly in the mornings.


While there is no longer a bar on the premises, guests can saunter next door to Hogwash (1-minute walk) to grab a pint.


Getting Around

Parking rates at the nearby garage will run you $35-$45. Walkers will love the hotel's proximity to the Union Square shopping area, SOMA's museums and, the Financial District. Muni buses stop within a block in most directions and the cable car is less than a block away. Catch the Muni train to outer neighborhoods or BART train to the airport at Powell Street Station (5-minute walk).


Locals have long lined up for breakfast at Lori's Diner (1-minute walk) for eggs and griddle fare in a 1950s era setting. Affordable pita sandwiches and creamy hummus are on the menu at the Halal Guys (7-minute walk).


Mod takes on classic cocktails in a mellow setting make Benjamin Cooper (5-minute walk) a fun place for an evening sipper. Beer lovers flock to Golden Gate Tap Room (1-minute walk) for heaps of brews on tap and sporting events on the TV.


Kind staff and a great location make this historic building a fine choice (especially during off-season when the deals kick in) for budget travelers.


Business, Historical, Pet Friendly, Service
109 rooms, 5 suites
Breakfast Yes, for a fee
Lunch No
Dinner No
Bar No
Cafe No
Room Service No
Parking Lot

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