This quaint independent hotel does not reside on a busy street, but rather in a cute residential neighborhood in Cole Valley. It is small and intimate with a friendly staff and low rates. In fact, the weekly rate at the Carl equals one night at the bigger chain hotel. It has been recently renovated and ... More
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This quaint independent hotel does not reside on a busy street, but rather in a cute residential neighborhood in Cole Valley. It is small and intimate with a friendly staff and low rates. In fact, the weekly rate at the Carl equals one night at the bigger chain hotel. It has been recently renovated and features a garden backyard patio where guests are encouraged to take a seat and enjoy the California sunshine.
What I liked about the hotel:
Room available on short notice (1 week)
Affordable: I got a weekly rate.
Manager quite friendly and helpful.
All Rooms non-smoking. Free Wi-Fi.
I requested no maid service for my week-long stay and it was honored – unlike so many corporate hotels I have stayed at.
Convenient to the N-Judah light rail and buses .
Well-stocked Health-food store across intersection.
Two blocks from Golden Gate Park & Cole Valley shopping area.
What I liked about the room:
Shower good pressure, water hot
3rd floor room had a wonderful view; plenty of windows; plenty of light; fresh air; could open and lock windows;
windows have screens.
Mini refrigerator & microwave oven.
The N-Judah metro (light rail) passes which is audible and vibration felt. I liked knowing about this in advance. It did not bother me in the least.
This hotel is perfect for adults of loved ones staying at UCSF Medical Center. Sure the rooms are small but I was never here much because I was at the hospital. MUNI was a bit noisy and yes it sounded like a 747 taking off but I didn't care because after walking the hills for 2 days I needed it. It stops right in front of the hotel. I was able to pay my $2 and take it straight to the hospital. The people of the hotel were amazing. They understood the difficult task I was facing and made sure I was able to stay in the room we checked into. I also didn't want the room touched- the way I remembered my husband on the last day before his admission. The way he left his toothbrush out or the way the bed was made. So when I returned at night they had fresh towels for me at the desk. This hotel worked perfectly because if you left the hotel to the left (Cole Street) and headed up (right) there was a coffee shop. If you left the hotel to the right (Stanyness (sp) ) and went up a block you had Walgreens and down the other way was North Beach Pizza and McDonalds.
I hope people that stay here will understand that yes its small but it fit our budget and was quiet (other than MUNI). They have a quaint little courtyard too. It was perfect for cost and the people that run it are extremely compassionate and understand.
I travel to the UCSF Medical Center every few months, and I always stay at the Carl. It's a funky old hotel, with great ambience. Though the rooms are small, they are clean and comfortable. Since I'm not the type of person who thinks that my hotel IS my destination, I'm happy with it. Call me wierd, but I view a hotel as a place to sleep, not spent the entire trip hanging out in. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the area. The neighborhood is very nice, and its' an easy walk to the Medical Center. Yes, the train outside your window is noisy, but hey! At least it's also convenient. I have to be honest and admit that I did have trouble sleeping a bit, but seeing as how I live in a rural area, anything noiser than crickets chirping will keep me up at night. I will always stay there when going to the Med Center. The price can't be beat, and they also offer a discount if you are a UCSF patient there on hospital business. In my opinion it's a great place to stay.
Carl Hotel was good value, but not for the light sleeper. Location near the Carl Valley was excellent - coffee shops, restaurants, stores and also close to the Haight-Ashbury. Rooms were small but clean. Service was excellent. If only the trolley didn't rattle the windows so often...
I needed a place close to UCSF, dining, groceries and needed it to be cheap. And clean which it was. I stayed 1 night on the second floor, and 3 nights on the ground floor (just me). The 2nd floor room was nicer with a private bath, and larger (still small), but $24 more. The ground floor rooom was tiny with a shared bath and a twin bed. But hey, at $55.- a night it was fine. And did have a small TV (with cable), mini fridge, microwave and hair dryer. Still, I would onlky reccomend this place to a budget traveler. Noisy but convienent with the Muni train right there on Carl street. And you need to be fit with no elevator (you have to go up then down stairs even on the ground floor).
This hotel sits on the lite rail system for San Francisco. If you don't mind having the "Polar Express" come through your room every 15 minutes (minus the pleasantries and hot chocolate!), this is the place for you. I was told it was not as noisy upstairs and was given room 217. Every fifteen minutes throughout the evening, with a short reprieve of about 2 hours, the vibration of the lite rail, the shreaking of metal rails as if I was in a subway system greeted me.
The person behind the desk needed to finish her hot oil manicure before finally acknowledging me. The parking is on the street....good luck!! The next option is to park at Keysar just one block down a nice hill...always good for toting bags!!
We needed to stay here the night before my wife was to enter UCSF for an extended hospital stay. What should have been a restful night for my sick wife became a horror show. Go to this hotel at your own peril.
Carl Hotel had the smallest hotel rooms I've ever stayed in- not for the claustrophobic. They were clean, though, and ours had both a small refrigerator and a microwave.
The other problem was parking, although we were lucky to find a spot right next to the hotel, but then we were afraid to move the car for fear of losing our spot.
Good place for a one night stay when having business at UCSF.
I love the neighborhood! Lots of people from outside San Francisco haven't even heard of Cole Valley, but it has great little restaurants and bars and is a well-kept secret. The hotel is a great value.
When I first arived I simply fell in love with this old hotel, which survived the '89 earthquake. I'm sure glad it did. Of course it has had serious remodeling since then. The rooms are spottless. The staff is always more than willing to help you. And the manager is the nicest person I have ever met. He helped me and my family of four get directions to tourist sites in San Francisco. Over all, great service and great rooms. Plus a great price aswell. I'll tell you this. It made our trip to San Francisco a whole lot better. Since going there, I have recomended other family members and friends to this hotel, and they always come back smiling. Just as I did. I can't wait until next summer, my family and I are visiting San Francsico again, and you can sure bet that we'll be staying at the Carl Hotel.
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