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
- 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
Awesome location, friendly staff and lovely room. What’s more to ask? =) Price wise is quite reasonable considering they even have sheltered parking but it’s first come first serve and the room I got was huge
This hotel was wonderful! Very cool vibe, very comfortable bed, clean, easy to get to despite street work, and easy parking.The only thing I would add is a power strip or docking station type thing at or around the table area would be nice. Was a little difficult to get to the outlets. Would definitely stay here again!
Beware! There is a sneaky $15 per night (plus additional tax on that) fee assessed beyond the typical costs of booking and usual taxes and fees. This is an underhanded tactic to increase charges to customers and as a matter of principle I will be staying elsewhere during my frequent trips to SF.
We started off in San Francisco and stayed here for 3 nights. It was fairly easy to find, use the BART from the airport and come off at Civic Center, I used the GPS on my phone to use the map without using my data - it really is a god send when abroad. The hotel is a fairly short walk from the subway, although depending on what time you arrive it can feel a little scary walking with a large suitcase and hand luggage with lots of people around. We stayed in the Big Daddy Room and this was the best room we stayed in on our trip (we also went to Vegas and NY) it was very spacious, clean and everything worked as it should. No kettle which really is a bit of a pet peeve for us brits although this was the same in each hotel. I did notice there was coffee and tea put out in the morning in reception but on the day I attempted to make a tea, only herbal tea was offered which was disappointing, an English breakfast option will go a long way with your British guests (unless it had run out, who knows) (spent a lot of my mornings trying to find a decent English brew! Heads up brits, 7-Eleven will be your saviour)
The hotel is well located and on our first morning out the receptionist gave us a map which came in very handy and advised us the easiet way to get to fisherman’s wharf was to take the F line, apart from the hop on hop off bus we used for 1 day, this F line was our main form of travel for the whole trip so thank you!
The bed and breakfast option isn’t breakfast, it was just a pastry with an apple, we only took it one day and just ate it later on in the day as a snack, we ate out for breakfast each morning so it wasn’t a big deal.
We had an evening flight to Vegas so needed to store our luggage for the day, upon returning to collect our bags it took about 20 minutes for them to bring them to reception, luckily we left extra time however I do feel this should be turned around quicker, we have to catch a subway to the airport then check in etc so time really is of the essence as it does become quite stressful.
We needed to pay a security deposit also when we arrived and we advised a credit card was needed for this, now credit cards are used in the U.K. but I don’t think they are as common as they are in the US and we don’t have one, so we had to place the deposit on our debit card, I did ask beforehand how long it takes to be refunded and was advised 2-3 days. It was actually 10 working days from the day we checked out so all in all about 2.5 weeks, if I was made fully aware of this then we would have asked to pay in cash, an option I feel should have been offered, however at least we are aware for the next time we come to the US.
The hotel is good for what we needed somewhere for a base to explore the city. Check in was quick after a short walk from the civic centre Bart station (around $10 from the airport) yes there are a few homeless people around the area but still felt safe walking around even at night time. There is no breakfast so not sure where the bed and breakfast comes from. The room was totally clean and the bed was comfy. Each room is themed but not over the top. Good transport links close by.