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“Eccentric, Eclectic, & Edgy” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Carriage Inn
Ranked #130 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
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San Francisco, California
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51 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Eccentric, Eclectic, & Edgy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2011

This is NOT your father's Best Western......but then again, we ARE talking 7th & Mission in "bawdy yet refined" San Francisco!
So just be ready for a dose of eccentric and eclectic trappings in the edgy east end of SoMa, and you should be happy here.....especially at this price point.

The hotel is just 48 rooms, with no expansive lobby nor restaurant/bar on-site. There is a burger joint at the sister BW Americana property across the street, which I presume had a pub too....but frankly with the tons of great options in this great city, we didn't bother. TIP: we ate supper just steps around the corner at "AQ" -- my wife had monkfish with fennel sausage and peppers, and I had the cobia draped in black garlic with lemon spinach puree.....both very fine with such an eclectic mix of flavors and excellent service at reasonable tarriff too.

Back to the hotel and the eccentric vibe....we were in a themed "suite" named after Abe Warner, a notorious Barbary Coast publican who operated the infamous "Cobweb Palace" where hot toddies of boiling whiskey, gin, and cloves were the rage more than 150 years ago. This second floor room was large-- listed at more than 340 sf with 9' ceilings and operable bay windows-- and the bathroom carve-out included plenty of vanity and open space. There was a desk with a couple chairs, loveseat, bench seat, and countertop area as well to make coffee, although we took advantage of the complimentary java and muffins in the lobby every morning.

Furnishings were period pieces with chenille and velvet, and decor was enhanced by mirrors and paisely wall coverings, plus a historic typewriter with a clever muse from the aforementioned Mr. Warner-- yet another eccentric touch! Closet was ample and included a safe. King Bed was comfortable albeit pillows were so-so. Housekeeping and cleanliness were both excellent. The parking garage is a bonus too....at a very reasonable $20 per night with self-service and easy in/out access, it was perfect as we had a car toward the end of the stay.

Demerits: only three half-dresser drawers-- the other three halve-drawers are faux for refrigerator storage that was not in the room anyways; the flat screen was small; the toilet had a cycling float-valve that ran every couple minutes or so; and the heating unit sounded like a small chopper, and had poor temperature control with a sliding relic for a thermostat that simply did not keep the room at a comfortable level. The WiFI was also horrendous.....very slow and constantly kicking out.

Bottom-Line: this will work for you if you aren't looking for resort amenities and state-of-the-art business travel accoutrements. Yes the neighborhood is edgy, so frailing seniors, nervous types, or folks with children could feel antsy.....but others with seasoned travel experience on a prudent budget should like it. TIP: try SFCVB search engine to get a "free nite" deal and reduced rates.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2011

I stayed at this nicely-renovated older building in early November, 2011. I wanted a place that was within walking distance of the War Memorial Opera House, but that also had on-site parking. The concept of the newly-decorated rooms is to name each after a locally-famous personality and to decorate each room in a different manner to reflect on that person. My comfortable single room, on the top (4th) floor was named after Patty Hearst. There was a comfortable king bed, a large flatscreen TV, sofa, and a nicely-furnished bath.
There is a self-park enclosed garage within the hotel, and although not advertised, free coffee and muffins in the morning in the lobby area. I felt that the price was quite reasonable for a downtown hotel and I will return on other occasions.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2011

I Loved the location. The room was small, but cozy...good for the price, I booked online in advance. The down fall was the price of parking. We parked across the street and paid $25 for the night. It was raining and the directions on the meter weren't clear. So we ended up paying the meter twice. But normally it would be $25 per night. Which can be expected any where in San Fran. But it would have been nice to know in advance.

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  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bronx, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2011

The Carriage Inn is my favorite place to stay in a city full of over priced terrible accomodations. Newly renovated and houses a very friendly staff that's happy to help. The only drag is that it is just off Market St and can be a rough area. If you're renting a car (usually only $10 a day!) then no worries at all, drive in and out, never to deal with the riff raff. I live in NYC, so its no biggie and I walk around without issue. For the price, its a wonder base while in San Fran. Love it and have been back numerous times.

Room Tip: Street rooms can be a little loud on the weekends. Each room is named after a San Fran celebrity, so...
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  • Stayed February 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Guy P
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Melbourne Australia
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16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2011

I saw the pictures of the rooms on their website and knew I had to stay here. But I was torn between the equally newly renovated Americania across the road, so I split my time between the two hotels. They are owned by the same company.
There are not as many facilities at the Carriage Inn as the Americania, but you can use all the facilities of the Americania including the gym and heated pool.
When I first check in I was given a room that looked in to the middle of the building and asked to be moved to a room overlooking the road. They had no problem moving me. I prefer a room with lots of natural light and the sun was beaming in to the roadside room. Of course there is a little road noise, but not enough to be annoying. The furnishings in the room are REALLY nice! An amazingly comfortable bed. I had the best sleep of my whole vacation in this room. There is also a little kitchen that is opened in the mornings where you can get tea/coffee and some small snack for breakfast. I'm not sure exactly what was available as I was heading over the road to Custom Burger in the Americania hotel where they do a proper breakfast meal.
Now I paid over a month in advance for this room and got a good discount on it. I found that closer to the time the hotel sold out. It gets very full on weekends.
I see some people complain about the area. I think the area is great! It's about a 15 minute walk to Union Square and only a couple of minutes to the shops on Market Street or some great cafes on Folsom Street. This place really is in a good spot and is well priced. I will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank melbourneloft
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Additional Information about Carriage Inn

Property: Carriage Inn
Address: 140 Seventh Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > SoMa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#64 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#78 Family Hotel in San Francisco
Price range (per night): ₹ 9,595 - ₹ 26,503
Hotel Class:3 star — Carriage Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Carriage Inn features 48-rooms and offers a witty, warm, and sophisticated escape from the ordinary. Featuring guest rooms saluting San Francisco's notables eccentric notables and drawing inspiration from the "carriage" of a typewriter, the hotel provides a San Francisco experience well suited for vacationers, theater patrons, convention goers, couples and business travelers alike.Located in the vibrant South of Market (SoMA) district, the convenient location provides quick access to many of San Francisco's top attractions and destinations including Civic Center Plaza, Moscone Convention Center, Union Square, Westfield Shopping Centre, the Theater District, and Cable Cars that will take you to Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Best Western Plus Carriage Hotel San Francisco
Best Western Carriage Hotel
Best Western San Francisco
San Francisco Best Western

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