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
Rooms are fab and immaculately clean. Loved the vintage furniture. Parking was rather expensive.
Staff where very friendly and helpful. Only criticism is number of homeless and addicts in vicinity of hotel.
For the price, was surprisingly satisfied with room cleanliness and style. No breakfast but plenty of places in the area for coffee and breakfast so not really an issue.. Great alternative to more expensive hotels.
Nice place with friendly staffs, near some touristic attractions, excellent bedtime, good bathroom. Found a little darker, I like lightfull rooms. Be careful, a lot of homeless near by. But, for sure I return to Carriage Inn the next time,..