We stayed here for 5 nights at the end of June. Compared to other hotels we looked at, this was the best choice considering location and price (170/night). I'd read reviews of hotels in other areas (near Castro or Tenderloin) and the comments about the homeless hanging out in the streets. I thought people were exaggerating or just not familiar with "life in the big city". Well, folks, it really is that bad. And I've lived in New York City. But I've never seen the number of smelly, filthy, psychologically unstable homeless people as I did in San Francisco. (What a disgrace to the USA, but that's a topic for another forum.) Okay, it's not dangerous; it's just unsettling, and you probably don't want a hotel in that area. One reason to stay at the Baldwin Hotel. You're a short walk from the cable car stops, the subway and the places you want to visit while touring the city.
The room was spacious, but it had its quirks. The tv was on a dresser to the side of the bed which was not very conducive to watching tv in bed unless you prop yourself up on your side, and peer over your bed partner. The electric outlet in the bathroom was next to the door, not the mirror. If you have a corded appliance (like a shaver), it's going to need a long cord to reach the mirror. The ceiling fan, connected to the light, in the bathroom was especially noisy. Annoyingly so! It was such a relief when we turned the off the bathroom light! We mentioned the fan issue to the front desk, but I suspect all the rooms are like that, as it was not repaired. The view from our room, 1407, was not worth looking out the window for - basically an interior courtyard of brick walls. The room was quiet, though, and we preferred that to a street-side room with noise. Although the old-fashioned tub has its charm, it's a high step in and out - something to consider for elderly or mobility challenged. And the tub's claw feet weren't quite level, so the tub rocked a bit as you moved. Also, there's no place to put your shower stuff - bath gel, shampoo, etc. There's no shelf or ledge, so you just put it all on the bottom of the tub, which requires some stooping down.
The coffee/tea in the lobby is a nice touch and a great way to get you going in the morning, before you are out and about. Check-in and check-out were quick, and the staff were friendly and professional.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Baldwin Hotel is a newly-renovated, charming European style hotel located beside one of San Francisco's landmarks, the Chinatown Dragon Gate. Situated in vibrant Union Square, we are an arm's length from fabulous shopping, exciting theater shows, and the world-famous cable cars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Baldwin Hotel San Francisco
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