What We Love
- Free morning newspaper delivery and free WiFi keep you in the loop
- Located in the trendy SoMa neighborhood, the home of some of San Francisco’s best dining, shopping and nightlife
- Themed rooms reflect the personalities of famous — or infamous — San Francisco personalities (Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Carlos Santana…)
What To Know
- Driving into the city? Overnight parking costs $35
- The Carriage Inn bolsters its boutique amenities by partnering with neighbors. Breakfast is at the Custom Burger Bar, and the pool, fitness center, spa and roof of the Best Western Plus Americania Hotel are open to guests
- No on-site restaurant means you’ll get to explore SoMa hot spots like Boulevard, where James Beard Award–winning chef Nancy Oakes cooks up New American fare
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Before it was a high-priced tech hub, San Francisco was a haven for artists, activists and free spirits of all stripes. That rebellious spirit lives on in this boutique hotel located in the trendy SoMa (South of Market) neighborhood. Each of the 48 guestrooms is styled after a different famous — or infamous — personality with ties to the city. Pencil portraits of these celebs (including Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde and Carlos Santana) adorn the wall behind the lime-green reception desk, while brown walls and white accents set the eclectic retro tone. The rooms maintain the ’70s feel with white, red and orange bedspreads, lime-green and brown headboards, and brown and white carpets. Nods to your room’s namesake come in the form of portraits and photographs on the walls, while white ceramic lamps with Chinese designs (San Francisco has the largest Chinese population of any city outside Asia) and a light blue tessellated wall complete the groovy feel. And you won’t have to forgo any luxuries staying in this hip spot; all rooms come with plush bathrobes, and some have fireplaces.
In the Area
Once an industrial enclave, SoMa became a hip spot to live and play in during the first dotcom boom. Start your day at SightGlass Coffee, where brothers Jerad and Justin Morrison obsess over every detail of their brew. The environmentally friendly coffee is procured from Rwanda, Ethiopia and Peru, and each batch of beans is analyzed to determine the perfect roast. After you’ve had your fix, head to the San Francisco Flower Market and pick locally a grown bouquet (tulips, orchids, roses and dozens of exotic blooms are on offer) from any of the hundreds of gardeners — it will be cheaper and longer-lasting than the grocery store variety. Then have a waterfront dinner at Boulevard, where James Beard Award-winning chef Nancy Oakes cooks up New American fare, like pan-seared ora king salmon, gigante beans with chorizo, and gulf rock shrimp salsa verde. 111 Minna is the spot to start or end your evening: By day it’s an art gallery showcasing local and international artists; by night it’s a dance club skewing toward techno, dub and hip-hop. Or you can spend a quieter evening at Bar Agricole, where bartenders serve artisan cocktails like the Whiz Bang (scotch, vermouth, grenadine, absinthe and bitters). Making it a late night? The Stud closes at 4 a.m. on weekends (most bars close at 2). The 50-year-old bar is an institution; it was mentioned in Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City and hosts some of the city’s most famous drag shows.
How to Get There
This hotel is in good area, clean rooms, comfy bed we slept very good, staff are very nice and helpful, wish we would've stayed longer to see more stuff, we used Uber and Lyft to get around the first night,
1. We checked in at about 10 PM. A junkie / homeless person / mentally deranged person kept knocking on the front door throughout our check-in process. Front desk lady did her best by not yelling at him. It didn't make us feel comfortable.
2. Internet speed sucks - In the morning at 5 AM (when it is supposed to be fastest), the upload speed was less than 1 Mbps. WIFI kept dropping. This is when I am writing this review.
3. Rooms are decent sized but old - leaking taps, run-down interiors
4. The 7th street (where this hotel is located) is full of junkies (even during the day time). In 3-4 minutes walk to CVS at 11 AM, we would have crossed at least 50 homeless / junkies. On this stretch, we even found with human feces on footpath. I guess, this is the general state of SFO downtown - unfortunately!.
5. In the night, we could hear people scream on the street - guess junkies on the street were fighting.
6. Front office staff was friendly (all shifts).
Carriage Inn is in an area where you'll encounter a bunch of homeless people which is the case, sadly, in much of San Francisco. The property is near the Civic Center making it very convenient to take BART to better neighborhoods and more choices of food, etc. There are few restaurants worth patronizing in the immediate area. Workout facilities are across the street in the sister hotel Americania. Staff at Carriage Inn were quite gracious with requests. The room it self was a good size. Plenty of space for 2 people. But it was too dark for my taste. Dark wall paper, dark carpet, interesting furnishings but still overall a bit cave-like. It offered value for money but that equation is so upside down in SanFranciso that tourists on a budget are probably better off in Air BnB's.
When we first arrived i thought the area looked a bit run down & in some ways it is but this didn't prove to be a problem, as ever in US cities there are homeless people nearby but once again we were never bothered by them. The hotel has an eclectic set of themed rooms, our's was clean, quiet & comfortable. I have to say the members of staff i talked to on the front desk were all very nice & extremely helpful. There are plenty of bars & restaurants in the area but you have to walk around a bit, having an app on your mobile phone can help find them.
Could not fault the hotel - large room , free wifi , lots of hot water, electrical sockets for charging.
Immaculately clean and nothing too much trouble.
Informative staff to help out with transport connections for visiting city.
Bar across the road very good but must mention Roccos just a few blocks away. The food was amazing - there is a Thai restaurant a few doors up which also looked good and reasonable. The Taven bar a few doors up was also good as a watering hole with beer at $5.
I would however mention so that people are aware that there a lot of homeless people in this area doing unsavoury things which can be a little unnerving. Had no trouble from them just a little unsettling.
Over all a good hotel- they ste unable gp dp much about what is going on outside but try very hard at making your stay a good one. We spent most of the day out and stayed local on an evening which reduced any issues.