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“Great location. Room had some quirks.” 4 of 5 stars
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Baldwin Hotel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   321 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Union Square)   |  
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Ranked #84 of 233 Hotels in San Francisco
Madrid, Spain
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Great location. Room had some quirks.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

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.

Room Tip: The -07 rooms are larger and quiet, but have no view.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

And that's a good thing.
Stayed here for 4 nights recently and loved it, yes it doesn't have the add ons that the chain hotels have but that is a good thing. It's a unique hotel with a charm all of it's own from the claw foot bath/shower to the animal figures made each day and left by the staff on your bed. The staff at the front desk were excellent and nothing was too much trouble.
The hotel is central to shopping downtown and to transport of every kind (bus/train/munni/trolley etc.) and a short walk to Chinatown up the block.
We had a rear corner room on the eight floor which we found noise was non existent for us, the room was more than adequate for my wife and I.
We would not hesitate in staying here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

The room was very comfortable and clean with a nice bathroom and good size desk. No fridge however and the internet was sporadic. The staff were very helpful though and the location was great. A short walk down to catch a bus or train to anywhere or just a short walk up the street puts you into China Town.

Room Tip: There are only views of the street or other buildings. I had one of the smaller rooms, but it was st...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lourdes, France
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Hotel is in a great position on Grant Avenue. The staff were friendly and helpful. The room was clean and comfortable with free wi-fi. All together, it is very reasonable for the price in such a central location. i would happily stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We have stayed here 2yrs running, great location literally 2min walk to union square . Staff are very friendly and helpful.
Good for the price you can pay in San Fran plus free wifi. Would stay here again

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

The hotel is located just a couple of blocks from Union Square, and right in front of the Chinatown gate! Easy walking to take any buses or the cable car.
The rooms are small, but very comfortable and clean. They also don't have microwave/fridge.
We arrived early for check-in coming from an international flight and Staff were very friendly. There is a Starbucks in the corner of the street, so breakfast was not a problem.
It worth the price that you pay and we definitely would stay here again!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

A very good location, close to the Centre, China town as well as most of the tourist attractions. Rooms fairly small, but perfect for a short-time stay. If you plan to travel from one city to another in California, this is a good place for you to stay at

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 321 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#71 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#76 Business Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Baldwin Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 60
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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