Free lobby wine reception and live music offered nightly
Friendly staff quick to please with recommendations to nearby hot spots
Welcoming whimsical interiors adorned with historical relics
The LEED-certified hotel is also pet-friendly
What To Know
Residential neighborhood is shy on nightlife; prepare to walk or Uber
Ask the staff for reliable directions after dark to avoid walking through the untamed Tenderloin
Valet parking is $35 per day
Parking on site
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Boutique retreat with eclectic guestrooms and an Eastern-inspired restaurant in Lower Nob Hill
Midcentury Modern furnishings combine with ornamental decor to transport guests from the residential streets of Lower Nob Hill to faraway lands. Indian candy-coated fennel seeds offer a peculiar palate cleanser at check-in, where the staff provides keycards emblazoned with photos of indigenous peoples from around the world. This rural motif carries throughout the hotel’s nine floors, including the original 1927 elevators, which are embellished with maps of the world.
Bed and Bath
Each of the 161 guestrooms features eccentric decor, framed photographs of 15th-century Nepalese temples and original hand-painted Moroccan bedside tables. They start at 195 square feet, but what they lack in size they make up for in spectacular city views and such mod cons as iHome docks, marble-topped work stations, 32- to 42-inch flat-screen HDTVs and pint-size bathrooms equipped with Lather body products.
Unwind in one of the lobby’s Midcentury Modern loungers, and take advantage of the nightly wine and live music reception, followed by an Eastern-inspired meal at the on-site Saha restaurant. With red banquettes and canopy-bedecked ceilings, the intimate candlelit dining room is a fitting place to enjoy such standout dishes as classic North African couscous and cinnamon-braised beef ribs served ragú-style with Yemeni noodles. Heading off-site? A car service offers free weekday rides to the Financial District and Civic Center from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
In the Area
At the foot of residential Nob Hill, the Hotel Carlton is a 15-minute walk from San Francisco’s lively Union Square, which throughout the year plays host to free outdoor events, and such big name designers as Gucci, Burberry, Prada and Marc Jacobs. Prefer a more boutique experience? Uber over to Union Street, the main thoroughfare of the eponymous microhood between Octavia and Fillmore streets, where you can stock up on designer decor at Atys, decadent delights at CocoaBella Chocolates, popular books at Chronicle Books and coveted cotton collections at BeGood Clothing. For some of the best views of San Francisco, hike up Grant Avenue to North Beach's latest artisanal cocktail spot, 15 Romolo, where we love the punchy Pimm's Cup and the Rio Grande (bourbon, Reposado tequila, lemon, lime, syrup). Or join the well-heeled residents of Nob Hill at the speakeasy-style Bourbon & Branch for creative libations. Save room for the best herbivore bites at Union Square restaurant Millennium, where the masa dumplings with porcini molé and agave-centric elixirs are musts. For a modern spin on traditional Vietnamese, head over to Charles Phan's Slanted Door, in the Embarcadero's famed Ferry Building.
Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel
1075 Sutter St
San Francisco, California 94109
How to Get There
Flights are available to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Oakland International Airport (OAK) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from SFO, about 13 miles away, and to/from OAK, about 20 miles away, are approximately $17 and $50, respectively, per person, each way, and can be arranged through the property. Taxis to/from SFO and OAK are available for approximately $50 and $80, respectively, each way. If you’re renting a car for the transfer, valet parking is available for $35 (plus tax) per day.