Hotel Carlton – A Joie de Vivre Eco- & Traveler-Friendly Lodging

This boutique hotel, which we can't help but calling charming, was built in 1927. Recently completely re-done it's now an eclectic collection of all things related to antiquity and travel. The lobby is a happy place filled with globes, travel books, maps and vintage postcards. In the evenings you can relax by the fireplace and catch up on your reading, or take part in the a complimentary wine reception. It's a chance to take a peek at the antiquarian travel books and memorabilia.

Hotel Carlton San Francisco

The Hotel Carlton is part of Joie de Vivre Hotels — a California-based hotel group that updates their signature hotels to a high standard. The dignified guest rooms are done in a soft palette of cornflower blue and cream with touches of saffron, red and persimmon. Ceiling fans add to the feeling of international vintage. If you're after a city view, ask for a room on a higher floor or one of their signature suites. Just as important, the Carlton is distinctly environmental — the building is LEED-EB Gold Certified and the hotel itself is designated a San Francisco Green Business.

What You Can Expect at Hotel Carlton San Francisco

There's a good dose of Japanese design sensibility throughout the Carlton. Deluxe city-view suites are located on the top floor, these are the most tranquil in the hotel, with the best views of the city. All deluxe rooms have large flat-screen TVs, fine Egyptian cotton bed linens, and plush bathrobes.

Sir Edmund Hillary Suite. This palatial one-bedroom suite has 630 square feet of space including a separate living room and dazzling views of the city. Ceiling fans keep the room cool. There's a queen-sized pull-out bed, and a writing desk with a Mac computer and printer. There's even two full bathrooms and a large walk-in closet.

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Other perks at Hotel Carlton include free Internet, in-room coffee machines with organic coffee and the hotel's town car that can shuttle you to the Financial District (also free). There are usually a variety of hotel packages that include valet parking, free breakast, and a discount when you reserve for three nights or more.

The hotel restaurant, Saha, offers a blend of Arabic, California and French cuisine. Zagat has voted Saha #2 in Fine Dining Restaurants in the city. Saha's menu is filled with small plates like grilled eggplant, lamb kebabs, stuffed artichokes with accents of harissa, mint, pinenuts and pomegranate.

Entrée favorites like Orange Chicken, marinated in orange juice, cinnamon, sage, honey and lemon, pan seared, roasted with a gentle orange-cinnamon sauce. Or authentic Lamb Tagine with a blend of saffron, ginger, honey, cinnamon, prunes and pearl onions. For dessert try the Knaffe, a classic Middle Eastern dish made with layers of Arabic cheese, shredded phyllo and honey.

Hotel Carlton San Francisco

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