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Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel, San Francisco

3-star3 stars
1075 Sutter StSan FranciscoCA94109United States of America

3-star hotel with restaurant, near Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
  • Free WiFi
Very Good8.2
Fantastic service
Awesome vibe
Great pool
Wellness Area
Wellness & sports facilities could be improved
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Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel, San Francisco

from $233
  • Superior Room, 1 King Bed (A D A)
  • Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed
  • Superior Room, 1 King Bed
  • Deluxe Room, 1 Queen Bed
  • Superior Room, 1 Queen Bed
  • Deluxe Room, 2 Double Beds
  • Superior Room, 2 Double Beds

About Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel, San Francisco

Built in 1927, this 9-story downtown San Francisco hotel is located 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.

Hotel Features.
The hotel's public spaces showcase cross-cultural design from India, Nepal, Africa and Asia. A complimentary wine reception is held each evening. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the hotel. Business amenities include a 24-hour business center, meeting room, and 2 computer workstations in the lobby. Enjoy California cuisine and local beer and wine at Phlox Commons. Discounted passes to a nearby fitness center are available. Valet parking is available 6 AM-midnight.

Accommodations at Hotel Carlton include complimentary WiFi, iPod® docking stations, coffee/tea makers, in-room safes, and 32-inch HDTVs with cable. Bathrooms offer bathrobes, pedestal sinks, and Judith Jackson bath amenities.

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 161 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 9 floors


  • Check-in time 3 PM-2 AM
  • Check-out time is noon

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • Pets stay free


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Valet parking *

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Full breakfast on weekdays (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Free reception
Things to do
  • Use of nearby fitness center (discount)
  • Golfing nearby
Working away
  • 24-hour business center
  • Conference space size (feet) - 750
  • Conference space size (meters) - 70
  • One meeting room
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Year Built 1927
  • Elevator/lift
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower

In the room

Home comforts
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes
  • Iron/ironing board
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
  • Premium TV channels
  • IPod docking station
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features


Phlox Commons - This restaurant specializes in Californian cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, and dinner. Open daily.

Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel, San Francisco’s small print

Also known as

  • Carlton Joie de Vivre Boutique
  • Carlton Joie de Vivre Boutique San Francisco
  • Hotel Carlton
  • Hotel Carlton Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel
  • Hotel Carlton Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel San Francisco
  • Hotel Carlton San Francisco
  • Carlton San Francisco
  • Hotel Carlton a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Optional extras

Valet parking costs USD 40 per day with in/out privileges

Rollaway beds are available for USD 20 per night

Full breakfast is offered for an extra charge of USD 20 per person (approximately)

Pets are allowed for an extra charge

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel, San Francisco


  • In Downtown San Francisco
  • Lombard Street - 26 min walk
  • Pier 39 - 40 min walk
  • Asian Art Museum of San Francisco - 11 min walk
  • Louise Davies Symphony Hall - 17 min walk
  • Westfield San Francisco Centre - 17 min walk
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - 22 min walk
  • TransAmerica Pyramid - 24 min walk

Getting around

  • San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.) - 25 min drive
  • Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.) - 33 min drive
  • Hayward, CA (HWD-Hayward Executive) - 34 min drive
  • Concord, CA (CCR-Buchanan Field) - 40 min drive
  • Novato, CA (NOT-Gnoss Field) - 42 min drive
  • San Francisco 4th and King Station - 11 min drive
  • San Francisco 22nd Street Station - 14 min drive
  • San Francisco Bayshore Station - 17 min drive
  • Civic Center Station - 14 min walk
  • Powell St. Station - 17 min walk
  • Montgomery St. Station - 19 min walk
  • Valet parking (surcharge)

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.2 From 953 reviews

Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel, San Francisco
Very Good8.0
Nice room
Our room at Hotel Carlton was cute, spacious, and clean. They had filtered water machines on every floor which was actually very nice. The hotel condition was good, but there was some normal wear and tear. Overall, I thought it was a bit pricey, but probably normal for the San Francisco area.
Melody, us1 night trip
Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel, San Francisco
Very Good8.0
Had a nice stay for 4 nights, perfect for a weekend get away. Only downsides are walls are paper thin and I don’t recommend walking around the neighborhood at night. But rooms were clean and comfortable.
A Traveler, us4 night trip
Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel, San Francisco
Happy for the Price
I think this hotel has soooo much potential! The biggest disappointment was how thin the walls were. Woke up to neighbors slamming their doors repeatedly from 2 - 3am. And really not sure why they kept going in and out. Other misses included the room being tricky to get to a nice temperature, the shower curtain liner needing to be effective and the ipod dock is only for an iPod which I don't think anyone owns anymore. I live locally and am familiar with the hotels neighborhood, however guests should be aware that some areas around the hotel are not the safest, especially at night, but I'm sure the hotel staff can direct with this. Best part, the price was low, the hotel bar/restaurant was decent, and they offer complimentary wine and live music in the evenings.
Shae, us3 night trip
Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel, San Francisco
This hotel was clean and staff was very friendly.
shawn, us1 night trip
Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel, San Francisco
Very Good8.0
Not as great as expected
Service was great, as were the nightly music performances and complimentary wine, but the overall quality of the hotel was not as high as I expected. The fitted sheet on the bed had a visible tear in it, and at least one of the bath towels I receive during my week's stay was nearly threadbare in one significant area. Noise is also a problem at this hotel. I could clearly hear conversations in the room next door and hallway noise was abnormally loud.
A Traveler, us6 night trip

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