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Larkspur Hotel Union Square in San Francisco, CA

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Rating: 3.65

Address: 524 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA, 94102
  • Mon: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Tue: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Wed: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Thu: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Fri: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Sat: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Sun: 6:00 am - 5:30 am

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Comments (84):

1. A. S.
Stayed here for New years eve with my fiance. We paid $189+$27(for parking)+taxes. which i thought wasnt bad for new years night. My only preferences were i wanted to stay walking distance from union square, have a safe place to park my car, and a decent place to sleep in. The outside of the hotel wasnt what i was expecting, if i didn't have my navigation system telling me it was on the right I may have missed it.
Inside was really nice. The receptionist was nice and checked us in. when we got to our room, it was soooo small. like the bed took up most of the room and the closet was bigger then the bathroom! My fiance reminded me that it was only 1 night and we didnt plan to spend our whole time in the room so its ok. But being spoiled, and the one who booked the room, it wasnt up to my standard i guess. So on our way out, we stopped by the reception b/c we wanted to see if they could suggest any good places to go for that night, so after i chatted with them i managed to slip in how small our room was. they were nice about it n said they are pretty booked for the night since it wass new years but still managed to move us to a bigger room (a quark to early check in as well) the room they gave us was much better and made me alot happier. it was on a different floor which was ok, but first when we walked onto the floor there was a small smell of weed. I guess someone was getting ready for new years early lol. Overall this place was great. the staff was friendly, the rooms were amazingly clean and it was totally worth it for what we paid. the only down point is that there was no views from our rooms(both of em) O and my fiance said he heard alot of sirens during the night. But again this was New years night,so i'm sure the cops, were very busy.

28/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. C P.
I stayed at the Larkspur the evening of 3/25/10. I had a little trouble checking in (the reservation was made by my office, not me), but this was quickly overcome by the attentiveness of the staff. You can't beat the location, very near Union Square, and surronded by small stores, restaurants and cafes. The room was small (as are most rooms in downtown San Francisco) but cozy enough for one person. It had a big closet, and the bathroom was just the right size. The shower head had a nifty double joint which allows you to direct the shower spray in virtually any direction.  The soap and shampoo were awesome. You could hear the sounds of the street car from my room, but I think this is part of San Francisco's charm. I enjoyed drifting to sleep hearing the low echo of the streetcar bell. They have a small business center with two computers that guests can use for free. I really like this as oppossed to the places that charge for this (looking at you, King George Inn). The breakfast buffet in the morning was quite good with a mixture of fresh orange juice, fruit, pastries, tea and coffee. There is a Walgreen across the street if you need any last minute supplies. The hotel offers valet parking, but you can save yourself about $15 by parking at any of the lots up and down the street. Unfortunately, this is San Francisco, so expect to pay about $25 a day for parking. I would have given the Larkspur 5 stars but for two small electronic complaints. First, it took several tries each time to get the door to 'read' my electronic key card. Second, either the remote control for the TV did not work well, or the channel selection is exceptionally poor. Overall I enjoyed the experience and would stay there again.

30/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. Wendy T.
The Cartwright is such a great hotel!  I stayed here for two nights and the staff was super friendly, the breakfast buffet was good, the hosted wine hour was free, the room was super comfy and the location was amazing!

12/03/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. jill c.
We had a fine experience.  The room was very clean, though small.  The bathroom had all new fixtures and was spotless.  The staff was EXTREMELY helpful and friendly.  The hotel is very convenient.  We will stay here again.

11/01/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
5. Christina R.
We stayed at the Larkspur hotel for a night to do some shopping and dinner. We truly enjoyed our stay here. The staff at the front desk to the bartender to valet parking, were all so nice and welcoming. We stayed in the king suite and it was a little small but cozy. The bed was so comfy that we wanted to sleep in. We actually asked for a late check out and the front desk was so accommodating. We had a very nice city view looking down on sutter st. The location is so convenient for shopping and close to main attractions.The hotel is nice and has an old feel but luxurious at the same time. We enjoyed our stay and will definitely stay again when we are in the city.

01/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. kristina a.
Be prepared for small rooms but was plenty spacious for me and my sweety on a date night in the city.  The location is perfect!  Right by union square, the metreon and san francsisco center.  The staff was extremely helpful!  The room was clean, nice flatscreen, great shower, comfortable bed and clean and cozy.  As long as you are prepared for a small room you'll love it!

15/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
7. Caroline C.
Having just come from a hotel with large rooms, bay views, multiple elevators, ice machines, and all the amenities one could hope for in a hotel room (the Radisson in Brisbane - fantastic hotel), the Cartwright was a bit of a shock. Parking is $40 a day valet, or you can self-park for $17 at a parking lot a block or so away. The rooms was so small it bordered on claustrophobic (there was room for one nightstand next to the bed), and the bathroom was even smaller. The closet was huge, however. Crappy little tv. The bedding was clean but at a minimum, and the bed was kinda old and squeaky. The view from our window was a trellis festooned with fake ivy and flowers in an attempt to screen the windows from the offices next door. The window-mounted A/C was effective but noisy. The room smelled kinda stale, like it hadn't got any fresh air in a LONG time. Some might consider the decor "quaint" but I thought it was just pretty shabby. I really wish I'd taken photos because the room looked NOTHING like any of the pictures I've seen on the net. My biggest gripe was the renovations. There was alot of noise, and workmen wandering about. I don't understand why they didn't work on one floor at a time to keep disruption to a minimum.  

All this being said, the staff were very welcoming and helpful. Checking in/out was quick and easy. And of course, the hotel's location is absolutely prime for tourists - the trolleys are literally a stone's throw away, and lots of attractions like Union Square and Chinatown are within walking distance. Tons of food places to choose from too, from deli joints to upscale bistros. Handy 24hr Walgreens across the street too. The Cartwright is perfect for people wanting to get out and about, and not spend too much time in their room. I would, however, recommend waiting for the renovations to be completed.

EDIT: I was just looking at their new website. The rooms they show must be in the $$$$ category because our room looked NOTHING like them. What a pisser.

22/04/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
8. Ocee D.
2 Stars

For my 200th Review, i'll keep it short and to the point (ok, not short, but shorter than usual).
Tiny Room w/ crappy view of apts.
Parking was supposed to be $27 but actually cost $40
Bathroom was like a really tiny closet.  You've gotta practically climb up on the toilet, open the door, and then get out!
Nighttime employees were very confused and didn't know what was gong on
Our friends down the hall were being noisy so front desk called us and told us to keep it down.  hahha wrong room dummy, call the people making noise or go up there and talk to them urself......it is part of ur job
One good thing about this place was that they left us a giftbag in our room.
The employees also helped me get some plates, cups, and utensils for the cake I wanted to serve to the bday girl.  
I'm sure u can find a better place to stay when in the city, even if it's for one quick night of partying.  We basically felt like we were in a Hostel.
Good thing it was only for one night and most of the night was spent outside of the hotel.

22/02/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
9. chizzy t.
Love this place, so close to everything. Everyone is really really nice too. Only stayed in the suite, it looks like what I wish my apartment looked like!

07/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. KC K.
The location was great - right by Union Square shopping.  The (at least night) front desk staff was very friendly and accommodating.  I have a few complaints - very thin walls so it was very noisy in the morning and the temperature in the room was quite cold and the heater didn't heat the room well at all.  I also had to move rooms in the middle of the evening, there were ants in the bathroom and in the bed.  They did however change my room so I can't complain too much.

10/03/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
11. Zinat M.
Ok, so this isn't the Four Seasons. But I went to explore the city, not stay in my hotel room. It's located blocks from Union Square, near Chinatown, a trolley ride away to the Wharf, and within walking distance to buses and BART, so location is excellent. The hotel itself is small and vintage, but it's also clean with a classic decor. They gave a free continental breakfast every morning, and a wine tasting every evening, which gave guests a chance to mingle and socialize. I give them an A on customer service. The room was small, had your average amenities, clean bathroom with bath and body works toiletries (loved that!). They were renovating when I stayed there lil over a yr ago, so I'm curious to see how they've changed. I'd definitely go back. The bowl of red delicious apples at the front desk was a cute touch... yea we ate em!

25/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
12. Anne B.
I had the pleasure of staying here for three nights in early November. I'm always skeptical of trying new hotels, particularly when they're in tourist central and as reasonably priced as the Cartwright is (what's the catch?), but I was not disappointed by my visit here.

The location is perhaps its biggest selling point--just two short blocks from Union Square, four blocks from BART/MUNI and the cable-car turnaround if you're into that. (Be prepared to spend the money you saved staying here at the multitude of nearby shops, however--the temptation, for me at least, was too strong to fight.)

It's the little things that make the Cartwright sing. The wine hour from 5:30 to 6:30 each evening. The "freshly baked" (in quotes because the treat I toted back to my hotel room one night didn't quite have that homemade taste) cookies that follow.

Speaking of little, that described my room, which was tucked away on a high floor. If I hadn't been traveling alone, it arguably would have been too small, but for my situation and the price, it worked quite well. I feared the sound of the cable car's bells clanging would keep me up at night, but they must be under instructions to stop ringing them at a certain hour, as it didn't end up being a problem. Nicely appointed bathroom, too, with mint-thyme products and--this was novel to me--a jar of cotton balls and cotton swabs.

The buffet breakfast, also included in the room price, is nothing fancy but perfectly acceptable, with hard-boiled eggs, toast, Wheaties, yogurt, bananas, apples, and D.I.Y. Belgian waffles (reminiscent of my college dorm's apparatus) among the offerings. Free copies of the Wall Street Journal and San Francisco Chronicle to peruse while noshing were also perks.

Add to that the helpful, friendly staff, and I'd definitely stay here again.

09/11/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
13. rosa w.
Got the deal from living social at a last minute stay in San francisco. Reception confirmed our reservation no problem over the phone. At Che k in receptionist, Kevin help us quickly checked after a rough travel to get to the hotel due to the bad weather. Overall, we love the hotel's lobby, bar... Its so warm and inviting. The room are smaller than expected, but it got everything you need for quick stay in San Francisco and needless to say the location is awesome, one block away from union square, 5 block from Powell station, if you are travel by muni.

21/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. j h.
recently stayed here on a great deal from dealbase.com at $80/night. so at that price i'd give it 4 stars, but at full price i'd say 3 stars. completely adequate for a hotel that's relatively cheap, centrally located, clean, and decently run.

the lobby is nice, a bit nicer than the rooms which are on the small side and a bit old. the bed wasn't the best, but fine enough. free wine tasting at 5:30 was a nice bonus. walls are bit thin, but not terrible. clerks at the front desk were nice and friendly. free wifi, which is a bit on the slow side but gets the job done.

beware that the parking is a bit on the expensive side, at $27/night.

03/03/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
15. Mahoney s.
I must admit, in searching for an economical rate in the city for me and my friends girls day/night in San Fran was a challenge. Alot of hotels look straight shabby, and had some scary reviews. I was even weary of this one when we were arriving. When my friend pulled up in front, I hopped out and went inside to check in. What a surprise. Very quant, nice, stylish inside, and super friendly staff. For being over 100 years old, there were no funky old smells. When we got to our room, down the little hallway was our little room. Yes, it was small, but perfect and had everything we needed. The two beds had down feather tops on them and down comforters. The nice little clean bathroom even had a brand new Quattro razor!! (even alot of fancy hotels dont give ya that!) along with Q tips, cotton balls, good quality soaps and shampoos. It was right with walking distance to great sushi, Italian, bars, you name it. We never had to take a cab. We will definatley stay there again in July! LOVE IT!

19/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Seamus P.
We had a great stay at this hotel.  Great location, stylish, clean, free-WiFi.  The rooms were small, but nice, flat screen TVs & nice toiletries.  The common areas looked so warm & comfy, I wish I had more down time on this trip to chill out & take advantage of it all!  ...We got almost $40 off our room cost with a AAA discount.  ...The wisecracking Asian woman at the front desk made it a treat to pass through the lobby every time!  I'd definitely come back.

30/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. Ivette F.
I stayed here with my boyfriend for the Outside Lands Festival. The service at the front desk was very nice. Everyone was exceptionally friendly. That might've been the fact that I work for Larkspur Hotels, but either way they were great. They let me check-in early. The maintenance man was happily singing out loud. I thought that was funny and heartwarming because he seemed happy.
The only problem was that I booked a room with the traditional queen and went into my room and it was a twin bed. The room was incredibly small. Our room didn't have a "Do not disturb" sign in there, so after a long night we wanted to sleep in and didn't get to because housekeeping came knocking on our door at 8 in the morning.  It's no wonder the concierge kept pushing me to book a suite next time I come in. Overall, I can't complain.

12/09/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
18. Aaron S.
I was visiting friends in San Francisco and wanted to stay in the downtown area.  This was a great hotel.  It only a couple blocks from Union Sqaure and a ten minute walk to the BART.  The hotel was well kept and the staff was friendly.  I enjoyed teh ambiance of the hotel.  It was not your typical chain hotel.  The rooms and the main lobby had a lot of character and was very unique.  Overall, it was a great experience!

12/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. Dijon Y.
Its an old hotel. Like most rooms in SF city, the rooms are small. Its decent no-frills lodging. One tacky thing is the toilet handle looks like the type you'd see in some cheap retail store restroom. Why? There's subsidized parking about 1-2 blocks away I think $24 (maybe) a day with in-out privileges. Free wifi but it didn't work well for me.  Pet friendly with free pet treats in the lobby. Its cheaper than most hotels in SF. Not a bad place to stay.

23/11/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
20. Nicole F.
Stayed here for a weekend away from NYC.  Decent hotel- nothing really special but clean and in a very good location.  All amenities except a minibar- and no frills such as a fitness center or pool, but I never end up using those in hotels anyway. Very friendly and efficient staff. Small but clean rooms. My only complaint is that the poillows are really soft and uncomfortable, I had to pile all 4 of them on top of each other before I felt like there was any support.

07/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
21. Anastasia E.
I was out in San Francisco for my 22nd birthday to celebrate with my fiancé. We had a terrible start to our day and things just seemed to get worse and worse as the day progressed. This was partly our fault for being so unprepared, but we really just weren't having much luck either. By the time we finally got to San Fran, our first priority was finding a hotel for the night. Thanks to the wonderful and curtious gentlemen working at the front desk, we were able to get a great deal on a hotel, and their friendliness and generosity was spectacular. If it weren't for them, we wouldn't have been able to stay the night in the city. We would have had to turn right back around and go home, because none of the other hotels would get us a room, and the one's that would tried to get us to pay close to $300 just for one night! Thank you guys for helping turn my birthday around from being miserable to wonderful!

13/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. Jenn Z.
Stayed here for 1 night and have nothing bad to say about this place! the hotel staff are very friendly and nice, the room was cozy and clean, and the bed was sooo comfortable. the location is right in the middle of union square so you can walk around to all the restaurants, bars, and shops. the room was $89/night (plus tax), which i think is a great price for being in the middle of union square. i would definitely come back and stay here again!!

15/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Leslie A.
I love this cozy little hotel!!! I stayed here last year before I moved to the city and was quite impressed. At first I was a bit skeptical because, I was able to get a room for 85.00 per night, which is almost unheard of in SF, unless it's a dump. This place is super clean, they even have flat screen tvs, which a lot of hotels don't yet. We had a room that allowed us to look right out onto the street, not much to look at but cool to watch people going by. Oh and let me not forget the beds, they are ubber comfy. This is a prime location and we were able to walk to pretty much everywhere in the city. Staff is friendly and they also have wine tasting every night!

09/12/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. Andrea S.
We stayed here for a weekend away and it was perfect. The staff was always super friendly and helpful. The rooms are tiny but for the price and location who cares? The rooms had everything we needed, even qtips and cotton balls! What hotel has that? Despite the small rooms, they are full of character and the beds and soooo comfy. They also have a complimentary continental breaksfast and happy hour. The location is the perfect combination of close to everything but still off enough to be quiet. Again, we loved it and would come back anytime.

02/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
25. Lisa M.
You get what you pay for! :)

We stayed in a small one bedroom suite that held a FULL size bed with about 2 feet of walking space on each side of the bed.  The bathroom was  "cozy."  The walk in closet was big with plenty of room for bag/luggage storage, but who really stores stuff when you're on vacation? :p

Good points - Customer service, pets ok, parking was only 27 (compared to 45 other adjacent hotels), free wine from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, across the street from a Walgreens and Starbucks, flat screen lcd tv, free wifi, close to The Hundreds store and HUF! :p

Bad points - No ice machine, no vending machines, one elevator for the entire hotel, no room service, thin walls from bedrooms to hallways, horrific view (lol) of a neighboring apartment.  Although there were no ice or vending machines, the front desk provided a limited supply of soft drinks and had a bell boy bring ice to our room.

Overall, hotel was worth the 100+ bucks a night.

16/02/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
26. Carmella M.
Spent a weekend with my boyfriend here.  Our room was cozy and had everything we needed. The bed was comfy and I LOVED that we had free wifi. The staff was super nice and helpful. They even had what looked like free doggie treats so i guess they allow pets there too. My boyfriend left his dress shoes in the room after we checked out. I think he called one week after we had checked out and the staff happily mailed it back to him using the credit card on the room. His shoes came back just as they were and we were surprised that he was only charged for the shipping fee. No convenience fee for that? TIGHT! Talk about customer service. =o)

23/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
27. Lindsay G.
We stayed at the Union Square Larkspur on a Friday night in November for my husband's birthday.  We live in Fremont but wanted to have a one night get-away in the city to go to dinner and a show.  I chose this hotel because they had a deal running for their Queen rooms, and it was close to the comedy show we were going to, as well as the place we wanted to head for dinner.  It was an easy BART ride and walk to the hotel, and when I checked in, their was a violin quartet playing int he lobby.  The old-fashioned charm is right up my alley.  I loved the decor of the lobby and the feeling that I had been transported back in time.  The desk attendant was friendly and I had no problem getting to my room.  I will admit that a bit of the charm wore off when I got into the room.  Mine was fairly small with a queen bed, desk, chair and TV.  The bathroom was very small, which amused my 6'6" husband, but it was clean and the shower had good pressure.  There are shops close and places to eat all over, so you're really right in the middle of all the action.  It does get a bit noisy, but it's not terrible.  Since we were there in the fall, we didn't have to worry about the room temperature.  I didn't even touch the settings.  All in all, the room served its purpose as a place to relax and enjoy our night in the city.  If you're looking for a great SF experience, I'd recommend it.

23/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
28. Bebe W.
The Larkspur is a boutique hotel.  it's an older building, and the hallways are narrow.  The check in area is a little small, but I'm fine with that as they have a spacious lobby/lounge and also a business center with plenty of comfortable seating and free wifi.  The lobby/lounge is nicely decorated, but has less light as you walk deeper into the hotel. On one of the side boards,  Ithey have candies for humans, and they also have treats for dogs and cats:-) .  Giant chessboard is located on an antique ice block/refrigerator thing - it looks pretty nostalgic.  The biggest selling point for this place is location - it's very close to union square and walking distance to great shopping and tourist-y type activities.  I came here for a conference but since I live in the area, i didn't stay over night at the hotel.  Cell phone reception is pretty bad in the building - I had to step outside to complete my call.   i liked that it was very bartable and easy to get to.  The hotel is surprisingly busy.  Generally, I heard from the conference guests that the rooms were smallish but clean, and of course, it costs less than the Marriott or the Grand Hyatt - both of which are across the street..

02/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
29. Bijan V.
**3.5 Stars **

We had our issue taken up with the management of the hotel and they dealt with it very professionally and courteously.

13/01/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
30. mike b.
Great location in union square. Great room and a value at the price. The only issue was that the walls were quite thin. Also I wish parking had not been $27 but at least you get to takeout the car unlimited times in 24 hours

15/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
31. Grace B.
We just got back from San Francisco and stayed at this hotel.  For the price - $87 a night - this hotel cannot be beat!  It was awesome to be so close to everything.   We were located blocks from Union Square, near Chinatown, a trolley ride away to the Wharf, and within walking distance to buses and BART, so location is excellent. The hotel itself is small and vintage.  Their recent renovations give this hotel a modern but classic look.  What's more - they provide a free happy hour daily! - DAILY!  It's great if you want to have predrinks.  

With all the positives, the room is small.  It almost reminded us of some of the little bed and breakfasts we stayed at in Italy.  Though, this room may be even smaller than some of our smallest rooms in Italy!  Also, they only have one elevator .. kind of a pain to wait for all the time.  But for that special price and right in the heart of San Francisco, I'm not complaining! Go There!

13/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
32. Lisa A.
The staff like what they do. And I like them.

I requested early check-in and they upgraded me to a suite. #616. Free.  The suite very much felt like it was my own apartment.  The huge bathroom separated the living area from the bedroom. There was actually a hallway between rooms. Sounds like some other reviewers could have used my extra square footage!

They allow pets for no extra fee. Love that!

Use the computer to check-in to your flight and print your boarding pass. No computer or printer usage fees. Love that too!

The building has always been a hotel. Opened in 1915, hence the 1915 Bar in the lobby. Don't expect Ritz-Carlton, just a little cozy Frank Sinatra coming from the reception area speakers. I think I will be back to celebrate their 100th anniversary.

01/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
33. John F.
Considering the location and the price, the hotel is ok. When you look at the pictures on their website, you're like "wow!, this place is pretty cozy and the rooms look nice". But in reality, the rooms and bathrooms are a little ghetto. If you peek in from the outside, the lobby looks great. Take the single elevator up to your room, and you'll start seeing pipes and electric wires lining the hallways. When you enter the room, you'll notice that its somewhat cramped. The toilet looks like the toilets you see at public restrooms. Our sink had cracks on it and it looks like they just plastered it up. If you are able to score a good price for your room, I say go for it. Its a place to sleep and then continue your adventure at union square. But if you're looking to spend a lot of time in your hotel room, I would check out other hotels around the area.

19/02/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
34. Amanda R.
My boyfriend and I stayed here for a week when we first moved to the city and were looking for an apartment. The staff was friendly and helpful, the room was cozy and clean (albeit a bit small for our 6 suitcases!), and if you're looking for a central location in the city, this is a great choice.

Overall, we had a great experience and while I don't think we'll be staying here again since we have an apartment now (yay!) I would highly recommend Larkspur to others!

24/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
35. Casey M.
No bed bugs in my room, so that's good. The lobby is nice, the rooms are small and unimpressive, and the hallways are fugly as hell. I wouldn't suggest this place if you want a nice boutique hotel, but it's okay.

14/09/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
36. Patty W.
I would never have thought to stay here except that I received an offer in my email that promoted some sweet deals. Of course, before booking a room, I scoped out what my fellow Yelpers had to say. The consensus seemed to be that the rooms are small and that a junior suite would be the way to go. I booked us a junior suite for Valentine's Day, total cost for room + tax = $172.21.  

The hotel is cute, located not too far from shopping, but otherwise, not a lot going on. Looking out the window, I could see a foreign currency exchange across the street. The jr. suite had a funky layout. It's obvious that it used to be two super tiny rooms that they made into one because there are two doors, one that oddly opens up into the bedroom, and the other opens up into the living room. Complimentary bottle of water, green tea mints, and a snack awaited us. Flat-screen TVs in the living room and the bedroom.

Speaking of TVs, there are NO VIDEOS to "rent" on these things! Wtf?! And not a whole lot of regular channels either.

The parking set-up at this place is ridiculous. If you want to valet park (which is $20 or $25 for 24 hours), and really, that's your only option because finding parking around here is hopeless, the designated parking lot is up the steep-ass hill and around the corner. Thankfully, they're kind enough to let you stop and unload your luggage in front of the hotel. But I'll tell you, we returned our car to the parking lot after a nice dinner out, and walking down that hill in 5" heels is tough!

Oh, and if you want ice, you need to call the front desk and they'll bring a bucket up to you very promptly.

The bathroom is a trip. First off, the toilet flusher handle was on the right side of the tank, which took some getting used to. The bath amenities are organic and smell great. The shower is what tripped us out. There's no door or tub to it, just a curtain that sections it off from the rest of the bathroom. The shower is a mounted hand-held type, and the drain is just built into the floor. You know you're in the "shower" area because it's tiled like a shower, with the small floor tiles. It's not unlike being in a fancy private version of a locker room shower. We showered with the curtain drawn (it felt a little claustrophobic otherwise). The good thing about the shower is that it was the entire length of the bathroom.

The bed was probably the comfiest hotel bed I've ever slept on. A-ha! Pillowtop mattress! (Yes, we pulled the sheets up and checked.)

We'd stay here again,  but only if we got a good deal.

06/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
37. Patrick M.
I spent 2 months living in San Francisco, CA on business.  Originally I was not happy about staying at the Cartwright (the project started the week of MacExpo and lodging was limited).  However, when the opportunity to move to another hotel I elected to stay at the Cartwright.

The staff at the Cartwright is very pleasant and they make an effort to know their guests.  The hotel is close to Union Square and it was a short walk to the Business District every day for work.

The Cartwright is definitely not a business hotel (it does offer free internet access) but after awhile I decided as a plus.  I ran into one of my high school classmates in the breakfast room (room charge includes a continental breakfast and wine in the evening) because she and her husband came out on business but wanted to stay over the weekend and play tourist.

The Cartwright lost stars for the small rooms and when a friend came out to visit they had to put him in another hotel because they were overbooked (my friend had a confirmed reservation).

Even though I am preferred traveler for several chains I would probably stay at the Cartwright on my next trip to San Francisco.

22/11/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
38. Ben K.
This refurbished, boutique hotel is located a block off of Union Square and several blocks from the Powell Street BART station, making it a perfect spot for those who want to be right in the middle of the action and who want the convenience that comes with using public transportation in a big city.

While I am not a picky person, there are a few aspects of the Larkspur that people should be aware of:
1. Paper thin walls and doors that provide no sound insulation. You hear everything going on in the adjacent rooms and every single person in the hallway. While I understand that it is an old hotel, something could have been easily done during the refurb to address this.
2. Small rooms. Very small rooms. We got the traditional queen and it looked nothing like the accompanying pictures on the website. Easily less than 200 sq. ft., which is fine if you are not planning to spend a lot of time in your room (Which you shouldn't, seeing as you are in downtown SF).
3. No free breakfast. Free coffee but the pastries and yogurt will cost 'ya. It wasn't very obvious that the breakfast wasn't free and I only noticed the small sign on the corner of the counter once I had grabbed the food. Boo!

However, the staff was nice, the beds were comfortable, the location was great, and apparently they offer a great wine social hour (which we unfortunately missed).

08/02/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
39. Liza N.
LOVE. Would recommend to ANYONE looking to stay a couple nights in SF.

A friend and I booked a last minute (we're talking under 24 hours in advance) trip to San Fran and found this little gem online. Knowing nothing about it, we booked- and were SO pleasantly surprised! The hotel is in an amaazing location; literally steps from Union Square shopping and the downtown mall; walkable to fishermans wharf and nob hill and chinatown, etc. Great little boutique hotel personality, friendly front desk, and the room, albeit a bit small, was decorated superbly and had all the requisite little niceties like a big flat screen, nice toiletries, free wifi, and a big comfy bed.

All for about $100 bucks? DEAL.

04/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
40. Leon H.
this was a reasonable place to stay. The service was good but the rooms were really really small. Funny small actually but what can you expect in the City. But for being this close to Union Square , very worth it.

10/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
41. Nicole P.
I'm a bedding snob and lately an insomniac- so I have lots of time to conider what i'm resting on. Larkspur has lovely beds and amazing pillows---turns out they have their own bedding and pillows available online. (I've ordered 4 pillows!)
The staff is so friendly and personable. This is not a luxury boutique hotel but the location and the pricing is good and the accommodations were comfortable and clean.
The morning coffee in the lobby was disgusting and I would have appreciated a continental breakfast but there are some great places for food in San Francisco so it wasn't as if I suffered.

19/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
42. Ali Randall W.
Eased into the Larkspur Hotel at the end of April for under $100. Think early 20th century chic. Location is ESSENTIAL for me when traveling. Needless to say, Larkspur fit the bill. Mere blocks away from Union Square, Chinatown-- anywhere, really, so long as you wear the proper footwear and have the resolve to explore the city on your peds.

When I'm in San Francisco, snippets of Hitchcock's "Vertigo" and "The Birds" play in my mind-- there is always an unmistakable sense of glamour, mystique, and possibility to the City. I loved the vintage nature of the hotel itself. The rooms are small and same goes for the bathroom. Despite the size, the Larkspur keeps a clean house and provides lush toiletries (Lather).

P.S. Check the ephemera hanging in the lobby.
P.P.S. Don't forget to take an apple.

10/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
43. Lisa T.
Location: good
Price: good
Service: meh - asked for extra pillows and they never came.  Bummer.
Bed: meh - definitely would not pass the bowling ball test
Pillows: F-  if you like pillows that look pretty but the minute you put your head down turn into a pancake, then you'll love it.  Everyone else, beware.

11/06/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
44. Caro S.
This place was great.

Reasonable prices with nice rooms and great staff! Some older guests thought the rooms where to small and the outside noise level was too high. We did not mind either.

The location is ideal and it is a great place to crash for the night. The lobby looked recently remodeled and the rooms were cute.

28/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
45. Katie R.
We had a decent stay here for 2 nights. The room we had was the size of a postage stamp & overlooked an apartment building. Its not a big deal to me, because we're use to getting small rooms in San Francisco.  However there was not even space to leave our suitcase opened. I do remember there being a space at the bottom of the door & you could hear everything going on it the hall. I can only assume the same would be true in reverse so that was a little weird.  Besides that, the lobby is pretty & the hotel staff was friendly to us. We liked that it had a continental breakfast every morning. Even if it was just muffins & coffee it was a nice touch. We got a killer deal & for what we spent, it was completely worth it. The room doesn't have AC but I have never needed one here. We had our window open the whole time & I loved it. Location was good. Near the shopping areas & some restaurants. I would stay here again if we got a similar deal as last time!

23/01/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
46. Brian L T.
At the price its at, you get for what you pay, and it isn't much. Frankly, the rooms are small. Extremely minuscule to be precise. I understand this is downtown San Francisco and space is a luxury, but my twin-twin room was fit only for hobbits. The space within the beds was ridiculously cramped, the bathroom the size of a broom closet, and the bed way too short. I'm not exactly a tall guy (5' 10"), but my feet stuck out at the end. As you can imagine, my 6' 2" friend fared far worse.

The interior design is decent and the lobby well furnished, but you can definitely tell its an old hotel underneath new skin. Also, the amenities are decent and the staff friendly enough (Special shout out to Art on the night shift). More importantly, they have a very eco-friendly initiative where you can opt out of room service for a day and get a $10 gift card to either Starbucks or their local bar. Finally, parking is a pain and you can expect to pay $30 or $40 for parking your car overnight, but such rates are unheard of in SF.

Ultimately, I really wanted to like this place and its unique approach to hospitality, but the rooms were just too small for comfort. It really pains me to say it because its not their fault, but that's a deal breaker in my book. Perhaps if you're traveling alone and have a high threshold for claustrophobia the Larkspur will be right up your (cramped) alley.

11/02/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
47. Rae M.
We stayed here this past summer for a Independence Day weekend getaway. Our initial room felt way too small for my liking, but the staff was more than accommodating when they found and placed us in another, slightly larger room in the corner of the building. Our final room still felt cramped, but really, I couldn't complain after that because the staff was incredibly nice and helpful, to the point where I felt like a jerk for being a picky guest.  Excellent service here.

11/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
48. Holly G.
Stayed in a Basic Queen bedroom here recently.  Located in a tourism based neighborhood there were a lot of people who were out late at night running to and from the hotels and restaurants. As lone traveller this made me much more comfortable with the location.  Great restaurants were within blocks of the hotel as were a Bart station and several MUNI stations (public transportation).

The room was small, but cost efficient compared to local competitors.... I didn't plan on staying in the hotel on vacation anyways.  Accommodations were clean and well maintained by hotel staff.  Bed was fitted with a feather topper which made it very comfortable. Hotel room was very quiet and I wasn't disturbed by street noise during my stay. Hotel workers were very courteous, showed a general concern for their patrons and were helpful for directions/suggestions etc.

Hotel offers a free coffee/tea bar in the early morning.

28/08/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
49. Spencer N.
When I have friends visit SF, I always get a hotel in SF because it it is less of a hassle trying to get home after hours. Only issue is you either pay a HUGE amount for a small room or your hotel is on the corner of Crack Pipe and Get Shot streets. Pass. Especially for a drunk 'mo.

Larkspur Hotel is really well priced, swanky, and in a prime location...next to Lories Diner and Nob Hill Theatre(hush hush)! Ok so thats not too safe when you get the late night munchies...but thats old news. The staff was more than accommodating and, unlike many smaller hotels in SF, the rooms were bigger than the run of the mill closet spaced for the same price. My new go to place when I need a place to crash. If you are visiting, stay here and take advantage of the cable car running right outside the door. Worth every penny.

23/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
50. A. S.
Last minute trip to San Francisco & we needed a place to stay. Booked at the Larkspur only a couple days before our stay and received a discounted rate!

Great location, walked around Union Square, through Chinatown, and to North Beach from the hotel. You can definitely tell it is an older building, but they do a nice job of trying to keep it updated with it's decor.

As others mention, the rooms are tiny. But when traveling, I don't spend much time in the room so this hotel was perfect for a weekend get-a-way.

Free internet in the room + really friendly hotel staff + complimentary sparkling wine on ice for our arrival to celebrate our recent nuptials + great location.

Walls are pretty thin... within 5 minutes of checking into our room, we were treated to the lovely sounds of our across the hall neighbors being intimate. Hey, at least everyone was having a good time!

13/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
51. Leanne S.
Location, location, location....and service with a smile!

I recently stayed at the Larkspur Hotel. My room was clean, cozy and within walking distance to many great shops, restaurants and public transportation. Unlike other hotels in the area, the Larkspur is priced just right. Most of the time you're only sleeping in the hotel so why spend $200/night?  I don't know about you but I'd much rather spend the extra $75 on dinner or shopping.

I would highly recommend the Larkspur for anyone coming for business or pleasure to the city by the Bay.

07/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
52. Danie P.
I very much enjoyed my (brief) stay at the Larkspur San Francisco. After reading some somewhat negative reviews on Yelp (despite its 4 stars) I was a little nervous, but I got a great deal with my flight on Orbitz so I thought it was worth a shot. I was only staying in town for 2 nights for a business trip and was by myself, so I didn't need anything over the top.

It's true the rooms are quite small, but it was perfect for just 1 person. If I were traveling with a family I probably wouldn't stay here, unless I booked multiple rooms. That said, my room was extremely clean. I absolutely loved the decor throughout the entire hotel. It's an old hotel (so the windows in the rooms open! +++) that's been renovated (I would guess fairly recently).

The location was amazing--only about 2 blocks from Union Square but still in a nice neighborhood. My guess is this area is very touristy, as there are many hotels in the area (the Mariott was right across the street). It's within walking distance to many shops and restaurants, both in Union Square and not.

The best part? The Larkspur offers a $10 Starbucks gift card or $10 voucher for the lobby Bar 1915 for each night you decline housekeeping (their effort to be green). You can't decline housekeeping 3 days in a row and you obviously can't decline housekeeping on the day you check out, so I was only able to take advantage of the offer for 1 night. I opted for the Starbucks card, which paid for my coffee on both mornings -- I love freebies!

If I find myself visiting SF again in the future (that is, if I don't move there permanently) I would definitely stay at the Larkspur. Oh, the front staff were also extremely nice and helpful, especially when I needed to leave my luggage there all day on the day I checked out, since I had an evening flight. They were also happy to book me a shuttle to SFO. Some of them are a bit hard to understand, though, but it wasn't a problem for me.

12/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
53. Heather V.
The hubby and I stayed at this hotel back in May and loved it! We had a room at the back of the hotel away from the street. It was very quiet and quite cozy!  It is a great location, just half a block from Powell St and the Cable Cars. Also if you didn't have your sheets changed every night you were there, you got a Starbucks gift card as a reward. We thought that was a great incentive to be eco-friendly

The only down sides were the over sized sink in the bathroom and the towel hooks on the door that were positioned perfectly for my husband to run hit his head on when leaving the bathroom. The shower was huge, but the space between the sink and the toilet left little room to do make up or hair comfortably.

11/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
54. Ann V.
The walls are so thin here. I would not reccommend this hotel if your Looking for a place to relax. It is a very nice hotel aside from the noise. I would had given this hotel 3 stars if it wasn't for the incident with valet the morning I checked out.
Upon checking in the front desk recommended calling them approx 30mins before we needed our car. I was up early since I wasn't able to sleep due to the noisy neighbors and thin walls so we call about 45-50mins before we checked out. When checking out we noticed our car was not yet upfront so we asked the front desk if they knew how long the wait would be to which the lady replied "I don't know I left them a message" we waited,.... And waited,......and waited. About 20 mins later we asked again "do you know how much longer it's going to be?" the front desk lady then informed us that they don't have a number to actually call the valet or a radio that they just have a message box that they can leave a voice message and when the valet checks the messages is when they'll bring the car.
Um excuse me, you can't get ahold of the person who has my car? There's something wrong with this picture! FINALLY about 15 mins after this the valet finally came!!!! I would be a little more understanding if they were busy but that was not the case!

13/05/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
55. Flash Z.
Great hotel. Nice and reasonable for SF prices. Central location in union square. Be careful though 6 blocks in the wrong direction and you are in some scary seedy areas.

12/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
56. Joe S.
The good:
- Union Square/Chinatown location for a good price
- Friendly and pleasant front desk staff
- Coffee/tea maker in room
- Walk in closet
- "Self parking" at $29 nearby ( see below)

The bad:
- old, minimally renovated, but still shows too much wear
- from the hallway you can hear full conversations from the rooms...
- tiny bathroom and I mean tiny: no room to even make one step, other than in the bath tub.
- the way too soft bed, which can be motion sickness inducing.. Hotel booking sites should note the firmness of beds....
- the card access to the room doesn't work very well, get at least 2 room keys when you check in.
- parking garage is a block away and self park means you drop off your car at the garage for the attendant to park your car! Somewhat inconvenient if you forgot  items in your car.. Parking attendants can be flaky.
- hotel restaurant closed down recently, which is strange... perhaps this has to do with the name change from Larkspur to Cartwright..

The verdict:
We'll skip the Cartwright and try another hotel the next time we're in town.

24/11/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
57. Kristen B.
I stayed here last week while attending a 2-day workshop held at the Marines Memorial Hotel 1 block away. A coworker and I got a pretty good deal on 2 rooms that included parking for 2 days.

The accommodations were very adequate, although the King sized bed in my room took up so much space that there was no room for a desk! I had to suffice for lounging on the huge bed with my laptop. And maybe it's just me, but I loved the minty shampoo & conditioner that I found awaiting me in the bathroom! There is also complimentary coffee & tea served in the mornings (and a wine hour in the late afternoons, which unfortunately I did not attend).

One thing I will say is that the walls are VERRRRY thin -- the second night of my stay, there were 3 people having a conversation in the room next to me, and I could hear them just as if they had been in my room with me.

Overall I would stay here again, but maybe bring some earplugs next time.

16/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
58. Laila P.
I'll start by saying this was the best bed ever. Small room. Strange bathroom?

I'll end by saying... 8 floor hotel + 1 ancient elevator + Oracle conference weekend = NOT a happy 8th floor staying Yelper.

30/04/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
59. Matt B.
The location of this hotel was just about perfect. In Union Square in the middle of everything!   We totally enjoyed our stay here, although we might not go back. The staff was friendly and the hotel was very quaint.  Typically in the states we expect large rooms so we were disappointed in the size of the room and especially the bathroom.  Those are  probably the things that we disliked the most. The rooms were clean and the bed was very comfortable. The building is obviously old and so was the elevator so we took the stairs a lot.

30/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
60. Lara N.
My boyfriend and I had to book a room here last minute after our returning flight to NY was canceled due to Hurricane Irene and our current hotel couldn't accommodate us for the extra night. We were grateful to find another hotel near our previous one, and one that was modestly priced as well.

Looking at the pictures on Yelp and on the website I thought were somewhat misleading, as our room was a lot smaller and older than what the pictures show. We only got a standard double but it was extremely small and the bathroom was the smallest one I've ever seen! I could take two steps in before hitting the tub and couldn't even step to either side without hitting the sink or the toilet. This is definitely a one-person bathroom.

Aside from the small quarters, I felt that the room wasn't as clean as it could have been. I noticed a few hairs in the bathroom that weren't ours and was mildly disgusted by that. The room was very dark and smelled a little musty and it was generally just a really old building, so be prepared for that if you stay here. Also you can hear every noise from the hallway so I woke up multiple times throughout the night and in the morning from doors slamming. I made the mistake of not putting the "do not disturb" sign on our door, assuming that no one would be bothering us but then the maid knocked on our door early in the morning to clean our room.

Overall, the staff downstairs was very friendly and polite which I did appreciate, but I don't think I could stay at this hotel more than one night.

I also want to mention that the only reason I'm giving this hotel a third star was because one hotel employee really stood out from the rest. He was the Asian bellhop who retrieved our luggage from storage.  We needed to take a cab to the airport and he went out of his way to make sure we got one, going so far as to chase one down from across the street and direct it to us as we were waiting on the sidewalk. The fact that he was more than happy to do this for us made his gesture all the more meaningful and his kindness will not be forgotten. I don't know his name but I wish him well and I hope he knows that his effort was greatly appreciated!!

29/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
61. Jen S.
I would definitely stay here again.

The staff : awesome. When they say they're pet friendly, they're really pet friendly. They said hi to our dog each time we walked in! Plus there were cute doggie treats in the lobby. They were also extremely efficient when it came to helping us answer any questions at the drop of a hat.

The room: Cute and cozy. It's an older building like many smaller hotels in that area but it had everything we needed, minus a fridge. I loved the $10 gift card to starbucks if we skipped on our room being cleaned since we were only there for 2 nights.

The Location: Perfect. It was close to TONS of great places to eat and shop. It was pretty easy to find and parking wasn't terribly far away.

Larkspur for the win for sure.

19/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
62. Matt B.
I am used to moderate hotels during tradeshows but this was the 1st time I walked in the door saw my room and turned around and left the property.  It was that bad.

View - wall full of AC units.

Bed was worse than anything I ever had in college.

And the most dingy place I have ever seen.

Read my other reviews - you will see I'm fair.

I wouldn't wish this place on my worse enenmy.  Unfortunately I have a block booked for my company and the amount of flack I'm taking for the poor folks that did stay there is unbelievable.

I walked across the street and stayed at the Sir Francis Drake for $40 more a night - that is a real hotel.

If you book for you companies for trade shows in San Francisco - PLEASE avoid this place.  It was a huge mistake.

Matt

09/09/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
63. Jesse B.
I really like the place for being a good ol' San Francisco type room.  Small.  It was spacey, and had everything we needed.  I picked Larkspur due to my stays at other Larkspur hotels.  Prices were fair and rooms clean.  Can't hate this place.  Located right in Union Square area, so you are next to everything.  

Make reservations early if you can!

Nightservice / bellhop was very helpful and informative.

28/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
64. Derek F.
Pleasantly Surprised!

So I was out for a company party and asked a friend if i could stay at their place for the evening after my company party was over so I could enjoy myself and not have to drive home. After the night was over i was not able to reach my friend, and not wanting to hold out hope i set out on a journey for a hotel.

Initially I was quite irritated i couldn't get a hold of my friend and my frustrations increased as hotel after hotel informed me they were sold out for the evening. Truth be told, I am glad I ended up here.

I didn't expect much from the outside but once I stepped in my worries were quickly eased. I was greeted promptly and in a very respectful manner. The hotel was booked but the person at the front desk went out of their way to make a couple calls to confirm reservations and low and behold got me a room. When have you ever had a hotel go out of their way for you like that?They didn't owe me anything but made sure I had a safe place to lay my head that evening.

I was very surprised at how clean and well designed the room was. Perfect blend of elegance and modern design. I felt the same comfort as home but with a sense of privilege as if i was staying in a room at someone's mansion for the evening. The bed was superb and both the bathroom and bedroom were quite spacious.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone. Great location with a variety of restaurants & no shortage of bars. If you need to slow down the pace there's no better way than to relax by the fireplace downstairs or catch a movie in your room.

Thanks again Larkspur! I'm sure this past visit wont be my last.

12/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
65. Kirk J.
Stayed 4 nights recently and the staff was amazing. Helpful, gracious, and impeccable professionals. The amenities are very nice but the room we had was lacking a little. We mentioned that we would prefer a corner room due to out 4 month old and us not wanting to disturb other guests if she was crying at night.

The room was extremely small and the bathroom was a joke. As a 6' 5 man, it was impossible to sit on the toilet if need be. I ended up going down to the lobby bathroom for such activity. Maybe other rooms are larger but we were disappointed in the one we got.

The only other issue, which has no bering on the hotel, was the homeless panhandling are out of control all over the city.

21/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
66. Giggly C.
Awesome, awesome suite. Bedroom, bath then separate room. Perfect for the pack and play (which is kinda old and worn, but use couple towels and sheets and it's good.  Great for our family.

OMG, if you opt out of housekeeping, then you get $10 greenbucks for either $10 drinks at bar, payperview movie or $10 starbucks card! awesome!

**Best is next door is Pure Organic Spa, open til 10pm, so after a long day of walking, can grab a massage or facial and relax in heavenly bliss... ahhhh**

26/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
67. Michael R.
Visited here traveling on business (a little while ago, but am a bit behind catching up my reviews).  Larkspur was a place with a great location (just around the corner from my office) at a good value.  The building and room are older, and the rooms are pretty small without AC or some of the more modern amenities.  That being said, that wasn't a problem when I was visiting, as the climate was mild enough, and each room was unique in it's own way.  They also left a welcome package including some popcorn and other items that were unique, and a personal touch.  The staff were all quite friendly and helpful, and willing to assist with some questions about how to get around in the City and how to find things, so overall, a good value for the location.

25/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
68. Karen L.
Mixed feelings about this hotel:
1. Loved the location. It was around the corner from all the shops.
2. Front desk people weren't helpful. We had to sign the same paperwork twice because people misplaced our information. What a great way to keep the guests' information confidential!
3. Our room was at the end of the hallway and there was no sunlight. Spooky things happened but not going to go in details.
4. Small room with a really old bathroom. The toilet didn't really flush and there were flies/bugs in the bathroom. The key card never worked; one time it took us 30 seconds to open the door, the other time it took us 2 mins with a new card but it still didn't work. We ended up having to ask the staff to open the door for us. The walls were paper thin so I could hear different conversations around our room.
5. Love the scent from their air freshener in the hobby! It was very refreshing and relaxing.

27/08/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
69. Malou T.
I was surprised with a pleasant greeting from the bell staff and the front desk staff.  I was absolutely delighted with the ambiance of the lobby and the hotel bar.
However, the hotel did not provide parking spots for their guests.  

1.  Prepare to pay $30.00 at a near by lot. (I wasn't to happy about that.)

2.  If you understand from their website " Breakfast available for guests".  WARNING, NOT AT ALL!

3.  If you're traveling with luggage, the hallways are pretty narrow.  Prepare to battle with your belongings and I assure you, it will prevail :)

4.  Our bathroom did not have an exhaust fan and lastly, most annoying

5.  Wi-fi was not available.

I understand, with the amount we paid for the night I shouldn't expect royal treatment nor did we choose a five star hotel but for this price the nearest Inn or Motel 8 would have been sufficient.
I did enjoy the convenience of the hotel location, the linens were replaced, bathrooms were spotless and  the hotel staff were just delightful.

If I'm in the city again, I may consider staying if management makes some changes for the benefit of their guests.

28/05/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
70. Joe T.
I'm a hotel person... some would call me a hotel snob. But damn San Francisco hotels are expensive. I went with the local boutique Larkspur instead of the Hilton Union Square which was the same price. The reviews were mostly positive... but as soon as I stepped in the room I started thinking of how much nicer the Hilton would have been.

I'll start with the positives (there were some). The location was great, close to everything in Union Square and centered enough to be a cheapish cabfare to most of the city. The front desk people were very nice, and there were no issues with billing, service, etc.

I read that the rooms were small, but a four-star overall Yelp rating made me feel comfortable with this place. Small doesn't begin to describe it. It felt like a closet. I can't fathom how they had TVs in these rooms before flat panels came around. The room is too small for a dresser so that was in a closet.

The hotel is very old, the bathroom almost felt like it was part of the American History Museum. I have never seen anything like it outside of old movies. Our window overlooked concrete, pipes, and the general bleakness of urban living.

Everything was clean and the bedding/linens were high quality. However, this place is in need of a major renovation.

Two people getting ready to go out for the day? It's an art here. A lot of moving chairs, stepping to the side, or just waiting for your significant other to finish getting pretty because it's a TIGHT squeeze.

I think next time I'll go with the big corporate hotel, hard to relax on a getaway when you can't breathe in your hotel room.

13/03/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
71. Chris B.
We stayed here on Sunday, 1/22/12... The night the SF 49ers got knocked out of the playoffs. Without tickets, I had planned on watching the game at a local sports bar, so we got to SF a few hours before the game. We decided to try and check in several hours early, and were pleasantly surprised that we could get our room (on the top floor, at that!) at noon even though check in was at four. The staff were indeed super friendly and helpful, even giving bar suggestions once it turned out our first option (Union Square Sports Bar) was completely packed.

The room was a standard sized downtown hotel room from my personal experience. This means it is small, very small. The bathroom was comically small, as it was possible to hit your knees on the sink when sitting on the toilet. What made up for this was how clean and maintained the room was. With the little space available for arraigning the room, the bed and desk and whatnot were well laid out. The windows opened completely (which is a welcome but rare amenity in any hotel) and the bed was comfortable.

The price was low for the location, and I would definitely stay here again!

13/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
72. Darren S.
I stayed in the Larkpur for a few days.  The location was within walking distance of pretty much everything that we needed on the trip.  This included restaurants for many of our meals, a department store for a raincoat and a drug store for snacks and toiletries we forgot.   For everything beyond, taxis were easily available less than two blocks to the south and east.  

The hotel is compact.  There were maybe ten rooms per floor.  This place doesn't have many modern amenities.  There's only one elevator to service hotel and I quickly figured that it was much faster to walk up and down the stairs.  The spiral staircase's steps are shallow and tall, providing a great workout.  At the time I checked out their website, it touted free continental breakfast but this is no longer available unless you pay for a breakfast package.  The lobby and wine bar had comfortable and 'warm' feeling sitting areas.  The most important amenity to me that is available though was the free internet.

The queen room that we stayed in felt like the displays in Restoration Hardware, especially the bathroom.  If you like multi-tasking, the cozy setup made it easy to shower, brush your teeth and check out the scene down on the street at the same time.  There wasn't much open space in the room.  If you need a quiet place to stay at all hours, ask for a room high off of the street and away from the cable car line.

I really liked the hotel how it is.  It was conveniently located, had character, was cozy, had a great cleaning staff and the pricing was alright.  Apparently European tourists like this place too.  Every night there were plenty European revelers hanging out in the lobby and filing in and out.

25/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
73. Karin S.
I wish I could give 4.5 stars! The staff at this hotel was beyond helpful in all aspects.  My friend and I stayed there in between training walks, and had to check out at 6 am.  They made sure we knew that the valet parking was not available that early.  They brought ice to our room when we asked where the ice machine was, watched our luggage in the lobby when we had to walk to the parking garage to get the car, and were as accomodating as any staff at a 5 star hotel.

My only problem with this hotel was the size of the rooms.  The bedroom was small, but the bathroom was tiny!  To quote my friend "You can brush your teeth and use the toilet at the same time".  It's an older hotel, narrow hallways, small rooms and all the character that comes along with that.

Great location, great service and I would stay there again no questions asked, just wish we had a little more elbow room!

29/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
74. Peter C.
I love the Larkspur chain.  Very small rooms and really old building but it was just my wife and I so it was fine.  Got the room with a king bed so once we went to sleep, couldn't tell that the room was so small.  

No AC - just windows.  Not a problem on our visit.  Good staff - gave us Chinatown recommendations and overall very friendly and helpful.  You don't feel like your herded around like some of the bigger hotel chains.  

Curbside parking for 10 minutes so you can check in and get your luggage in.  Their parking ($29.00 per 24 hours + tax) is around the block.  Free newspaper and free wifi.  Coffee and tea service in the lobby in the AM.  

For the fantastic location, I can't complain.  You are in theater district with shopping within 4 minutes walking.  Chinatown is right around the corner.  We will be back.

04/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
75. Taylor G.
Stayed here one night while in SF. Its pretty nice for the price, ask about the AAA discount. Valet is $40 per night, but the self parking is around the corner on Bush St. for $27 which isn't terrible for the city.
The rooms are small and the bathroom is even smaller, but the shower is amazing. They don't use that cheap hotel soap that drys out your skin, its smooth. The king bed is great and soft. Despite the room size its very welcoming. This is okay for a weekend trip but not for a serious vacation.

Friendly helpful staff and a nice location to things around the city.
3/5

17/05/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
76. Zachary H.
The Larkspur has a fantastic location at a somewhat reasonable price. Those, unfortunately, are this Hotel's only real redeeming qualities.

Upon check-in, I was surprised to find that my room had neither a air conditioner nor a mini bar (ie refrigerator). I'm here on business, so traveling alone and probably spending more time in my small room than I would otherwise. Numerous "little" problems with my room have not inspired me to complain, but will ensure that I not stay here again.

Many people will find the Larkpur charming; most of the staff (at least at the front desk) are friendly and it does have a classic San Francisco feel, but it's "3-star" feeling really does remind you that sometimes its just better to suck it up and stay at the Hyatt.

12/08/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
77. Jenn T.
I stayed here on my most recent trip to San Francisco.  

The location was great, a short walk to everything.  The beds were ridiculously comfortable.  The price was great.  The front desk people was super nice.  

There wasn't much of a view, and the rooms were really small... but they were fine.  I don't know if I'd be back but i wouldn't be opposed to it either.

03/05/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
78. Jeanne L.
My friend and I were transferred to the Larkspur hotel because the Abri Hotel was over booked. Fortunately our stay was comped that night.

We stayed at the a Larspur Hotel for one night in a single queen sized bedroom. It was okay and I wouldnt say it was pretty but it did the job. The room had a small flat screen TV, a small desk, a walk in closet and a bathroom. We had the street view and saw good ol' Walgreens across the street. Not much of a view at all.

CON: There needs to be major renovations done because it looks old and doesn't have that luxurious appeal to it.

PRO: The Larkspur Hotel is your typical small Boutique Hotel with a very professional and friendly staff.

Overall, the room was clean and our night was comped but I wouldn't come back  again.

06/04/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
79. Angella S.
Call it a "stay-cation" for me.

I had the opportunity to stay one night in a suite and I was pleasantly delighted for my night away from home in the city :)

The pros:  
1.  This hotel offers valet AND self-parking (AAAAAHHHHH!!!!  The angels are singing. Sorry, but this lady don't do valet!)

2.  There's a quaint communal area complete with couches, books, and....drumroll please...a gigantic chess board!  Call me a geek, but I love to play.  One of the ways to my heart :)

3.  A bar awaits right as you walk into the lobby.

4.  LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION.  Walk or bart to anything!

The "cons" (for some, but not for me):
1.   The rooms are on the smaller side.  Call it European-esque.  That doesn't bother me, but if you're taller than 6'2...then...um...you might want to take a look before booking.

2.  THis isn't the "latest and greatest" type of place (which again doesn't bother me).  This hotel is all about authenticity and the crazy little quirks that make San Francisco the place to be.

Lucky for me, I've got a home not too far away.  BUT If I was a tourist, I would stay here :)

17/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
80. Barry W.
*** I luv the pillows, price and location. ***

Pillows melted around my head. (Zzzzzzz)
Price was $150/night with taxes.  Very fair.
Location is walking distance to everything.

*** Small room and wifi is only amenity. ***

05/05/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
81. Brock M.
I booked a four night stay at the Larkspur Hotel through Expedia a month and a half before my stay. After a 5 hour flight from Charlotte, I was greeted by two gentlemen at the front desk that couldn't locate my reservation and sho told me that I must not have booked a room. After showing them my confirmation email several times, they finally found my reservation. Apparently Expefia had sent them the info but Larkspur never processed it on their end. After about 15 minutes of hassle, the gentleman there (Edward) told me that although I booked a room with two beds through Expedia, the two beds were "special requests" and they didn't have any available. By this time were on the phone with Expedia trying to get things resolved. According to the guy on the phone at Expedia (also named Edward ironically) this happens frequently at Larkspur. After about another ten minutes of Larkspur staff failing to do much of anything to help the situation, they told me I could stay in a standard room, even though I booked a deluxe, and provide a roll a way bed; however, they didn't have any rooms available for four nights, not even the room I originally booked! Furthermore, I had a friend staying there and he said the rooms were super small, old, musty and lacked any sign of being sanitary.

Fortunately the gentleman on the phone at Expedia rectified the situation. After speaking with him again he told me that he no longer wanted me to stay at the hotel and that he would relocate me at no charge and provide me with a $125 credit for all the troubles. He booked me 4 nights at the Intercontinental, in a premium room on the 30th floor (there are only 33 floors so I was pretty much at the top) with a city skyline view overlooking Union Square.

Long story short, it's an old dirty hotel with a very unfriendly staff. I suppose if you like a botique style hotel and don't care about cleanliness it may be ok, providing you can get over the staff.

16/06/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
82. Dino T.
Very nice quite place to stay. Will stay  again close to union square.

30/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
83. Brian N.
This hotel is old and a little run down. I was booked in a suite and stayed there the first night. There is no air conditioning in this hotel and I had to leave a window open to cool the room. Which was unsafe considering it let out into the roof of the building next door.  

The next morning I was picking pillows up off the floor that had fallen during the night when I discovered one of the decorative pillows had what appeared to be bodily fluids all over it. I mean about 1/4 of it was covered. Ewwww.

So I get dressed and go to the front desk and explain. I also told them I wanted ALL of the bedding in the room replaced. I was assured that would happen and was apologized to for the problem and for them missing my wake up call.

I came back last night and find the disgusting pillow right there on the bed. I was furious so I took the pillow to the front desk and told them I was very disappointed. The only thing they offered was to move me. But they didn't have any suites so even though my company paid for a suite I moved to a smaller room. One so small that when you sit on the toilet the sink is literally in your lap. Really. My legs are about 18 inches under the sink and my torso is about 6 inches from the side of the sink.

Avoid this place like the plague.

03/11/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
84. Bertilla M.
Absolute gem for any travelers!  Just 1 block from Union Square!

Bought a travelzoo voucher and stayed last night after a late concert in the city.  Check in was smooth and parking was just a block away (included in the deal).

The hallways felt like those of a cramped Manhattan hotel, and so did the rooms.  I actually found that kinda exciting!  Everything just worked out because the room was pretty darn nice despite its size.  The closet was large with bright lighting and a big dresser.  The toiletries were the same as some 4-star hotels and the towels were thick and absorbent.  Hot water came fast and the tub drained very well.  The bed was super soft and surprising comfy.  Adding free wi-fi and a large flat screen TV, what more could I ask for?!

23/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0