We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre hotel

Show Prices
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersPlatinum level
Enter dates for lowest prices
powered by PriceFinder
Check In Check Out
1 room 2 adults 0 children
We check 200+ sites to find the latest and lowest prices.
Professional photos
Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre hotel
Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre hotel
Panoramas (53)
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

2,579 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
There are newer reviews for Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre hotel
See the most recent reviews
Showing 2,235: English reviews
Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 December 2010

We were happy with the room although we did find a soiled nappy down the back of a radiator and the bath was not exactly sparkling. Besides that, everthing else was fine. We arrived late at night and found it a bit chilly so we asked for the heating in the room to be switched on. We were provided with...

Thank shern90
Reviewed 4 December 2010

Recently had the pleasure of staying in this establishment, right from the concierge welcoming us and making us feel at home this hotel hit the spot. Booking in at reception instead of being a chore we must do was turned into a social event with desk staff entertaining guests with witty repartee, and passing information in an enjoyable way. My...

Thank bravescot
New York City, New York
Reviewed 28 November 2010

We read good reviews so we decided to stay at the Carlton. The hotel is nice and friendly enough, but our room in the 2nd floor facing the street was horribly noisy. So much for a weekend of relaxation! There was constant horn honking, buses going up the hill, not to forget the garbage trucks, and, on Fri and Sat...

1Thank Florencia21
Istanbul, Turkey
Reviewed 23 November 2010

Stayed there for two nights in November. Friendly and helpful staff. Ok rooms, clean and tidy. Safe neighborhood, close to union square. We missed the free wine offerings. That would have been another plus us staying at the hotel if we were at the hotel at that time of the day. Good value hotel in the heart of SF.

Thank TamerSngn
Newton-Le-Willows, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 November 2010

On arrival we found the reception staff very friendly and helpful. We were immediately put at our ease when checking in as the receptionist gave us a map, showed us parts of the city best avoided (which was only a few choice blocks) where to catch the bus to the wharf, and also invited us down to the lobby at...

Thank klloyddes
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 14 November 2010

Stayed at the Hotel Carlton for 3 nights in early May 2010 and as you would expect, being in San Francisco, the hotel was old and charming. Sound insulation is obviously its major problem. The wind just howls through the place and we heard our neighbour snoring all night as if he was in the same room as us. I...

1Thank roaming-wifi
Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 November 2010

On arrival, a very pleasing hotel. Smart foyer and a very pleasant check-in. The guys looking after you at the desk were good fun and very helpful on where to go and not to go. The rooms, disappoiningly, did not match the promise of the foyer. Advertised as a boutique hotel, this struggled to meet a description of shabby chic!...

Thank markdcrobertson
Winnipeg, Canada
Reviewed 9 November 2010

We stayed at the Hotel Carlton for 4 nights and we liked the hotel. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the hotel was clean. We didn't find any issue with the noise and we were in a room at the front of the hotel and next to the elevator. It was a bit farther from most of the...

Thank 55Ladybug
Reviewed 6 November 2010

Lovely hotel with great staff. Good design. Big room

Thank HarrietandHamish
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 1 November 2010

we stayed here and were very dissapointed. for starters the guy behind the desk when we checked in, watched us struggle with our 5 bags and not once offered to help. the room is massive and the closet huge, but thats about all it is. no fridge, small tv, dirty bath tub and in a not very nice part of...

Thank daniel_elise

836 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

All Traveller Photos (561)
View from Room (26)
Room/Suite (136)
Bathroom (26)
Hotel & Grounds (126)
Dining (5)
Family/Play Areas (2)
Other (240)

TripAdvisor Photos: Professional photos exclusively commissioned by TripAdvisor

All TripAdvisor Photos (231)
Amenities (11)
Double Full Room (30)
Other (37)
Double King Room (34)
Double Queen Room (29)
Dining (8)
Suite (61)
The Hotel (21)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All Management Photos (44)
Hotel & Grounds (8)
Bathroom (4)
Business Centre/Function Rooms (3)
Room/Suite (15)
View from Room (2)
Other (12)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these San Francisco hotels
Union Square
Chancellor Hotel on Union Square
Chancellor Hotel on Union Square
#16 of 229 in San Francisco
4,988 reviews
The Mosser
The Mosser
#96 of 229 in San Francisco
2,245 reviews
Hotel Vertigo
#76 of 229 in San Francisco
1,274 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Phoenix Hotel, a Joie de Vivre h...
#35 of 229 in San Francisco
822 reviews
Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Zephyr
Hotel Zephyr
#47 of 229 in San Francisco
1,700 reviews
Nob Hill
Stanford Court San Francisco
Stanford Court San Francisco
#50 of 229 in San Francisco
3,972 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices


  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
GreenLeadersPlatinum level
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Wheelchair Access
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Paid Internet
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The historic Hotel Carlton offers an international ambiance paired with outstanding guest service. Built in 1927, this nine-story San Francisco hotel is 3 blocks from the California Street cable car line, 6 blocks from Union Square, 8 blocks from the main entrance to Chinatown and 9 blocks from Civic Center. Complimentary evening wine receptions are held in Hotel Carlton's lobby nightly and feature live music from local artists. In addition, Hotel Carlton provides complimentary wireless internet to all guests; upgraded bandwidth is also available (surcharge applies). Recently renovated, all 161 non-smoking guestrooms at Hotel Carlton feature remodeled bathrooms including decorative floor and wall tiling, new vanities and sinks. The public spaces showcase cross-cultural design that incorporates treasures from Africa, India, Nepal, Laos and Asia. Our restaurant Saha features award-winning Arabic Fusion cuisine. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre hotel

Address: 1075 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109-5817
Region: United States > California > San Francisco
Price Range: $213 - $592 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 161
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Sabre Hospitality Solutions, Booking.com, Orbitz, Hotels.com, Priceline, Evoline ltd, Cheap Tickets and Jetsetter so you can book your Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Carlton Hotel San Francisco
Hotel Carlton San Francisco
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#36 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#41 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#51 Business Hotel in San Francisco
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre hotel staff and other travellers.
42 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (42)

Questions? Get answers from Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre hotel staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“Ask for a room towards the back side away from the street.”
 of 5 bubbles C3779ASkellyt, 29 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Great location and service”
 of 5 bubbles ElenaTsitovich, 23 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Encourage to obtain a room that does not have an adjoining room with door inbetween.”
 of 5 bubbles nursemanager9, 23 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Marco Polo suite on 9th floor is spacious and relatively quiet.”
 of 5 bubbles Mblaca, 14 Jan 2017 | Read review
“maybe ask for a south side room - that way you get windows with a spacious view.”
 of 5 bubbles Serni253, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
5 of 5