We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“It's all about the location here” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Baldwin Hotel

Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 9 more sites!
Save
You added Baldwin Hotel to your Saves list
Baldwin Hotel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   321 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Union Square)   |  
Hotel website
  |  
  |  
  |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #75 of 233 Hotels in San Francisco
Perth, Australia
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“It's all about the location here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The location right at the gate to China Town is what makes this hotel good. We've been here for 8 days and the room is very basic. No aircondiioning, no fridge and no benchspace in the bathroom to put toiletries, no tea/coffee making facilities in our room either, and 1 double bed; however the location helps to compensate for those drawbacks. Tea/coffee is available free in the lobby, and ice is too. There's a safe. And there's a ceiling fan, along with a window which opens. The view is of a brick wall from an another property, but we have no problem with street noise. So balanced with the reasonable price, we're satisfied. It's not fancy, but it's clean and in a top spot. Who spends their time in San Francisco in their hotel room anyway eh?! There's no restaurant or fitness centre but it's surrounded by places to eat.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,051 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    271
    576
    156
    30
    18
See reviews for
148
513
126
125
Rating summary
  • 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
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (160)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

so glad we stayed at this hotel - the location was perfect ~ 5-10 mins walk from Montgomery station and so close to shopping etc. the rooms are basic but clean and the staff are friendly! Lisa in particularly was so helpful and made this visit more enjoyable. would recommend especially since it's one of the more economical options!!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 4
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Absolutely perfect location. Near everything in the city. Me and my 2 kids and husband stayed here for 3 nights and were able to walk to everything. Clean, nice staff, big bathroom great views and value. They even had a crib set up in our room for the baby. Safe area , I would stay again in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This hotel is in an excellent position, two yards away from China Town and a few minutes away from Union Square and just as close to good shopping! The hotel is well run by really nice personnel. There is free wifi and the 'towel figures each night are delightful. The rooms are excellent and spacious. The lift is a little old!! Well worth a visit

Room Tip: We had a room for 3 people and it was very spacious and quiet
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Detroit, Michigan
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

As a first-timer to San Francisco who was overwhelmed by the cost of lodging in the city, I found this to be in my budget and it reminded me of the room in my residence hall freshman year - which was a lot better than other dorm rooms I saw on other college campuses. It's a very cute property in an old-fashioned building.

There isn't breakfast but there is a Starbucks two doors up and a local coffee shop across the street, which worked out well for us. The front desk was helpful and allowed us to check our bags on our last day there, as our flight didn't leave until later that night.

Plus, each day when you come back to your hotel, it's not just clean - there is also a different animal made from towels every day. We were greeted by swans, a snail and an elephant!

Room Tip: Ask for a hotel room that faces Grant Street, which overlooks the Chinatown gates.
See more room tips
  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Richmond, United States
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This is a charming boutique hotel located near Chinatown. Great location friendly staff. Area around hotel is very nice, parking nearby. Hotel staff provides assistance on directions and recommendations on area attractions.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

Review collected in partnership with this hotel

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Edmonton, Canada
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

A lot of reviews stress "you get what you pay for," which is very true for the Baldwin Hotel and almost every other hotel on the planet.

You could look for another hotel, but the Baldwin is perfect. You are a block away from the famous Chinatown. Five blocks from the nearest muni/Bart station (I have to say, SFO's public transit is extremely convenient). And walking distance to numerous shops and restaurants. Other reviews stress location, and I am definitely doing the same.

The primary purpose of our trip was to see the Giants play. It's about a 5 minute walk and then a 15 minute train ride to the ball park. This hotel was extremely convenient for our trip. As well, it's very functional for a couple.

Other reviews seem to stress small rooms and bathrooms. This is slightly the case, however, you do get used to it. For us, the room was good enough for relaxing and sleeping after a long day of exploring San Fran. The rooms were clean and you definitely get that "European" hotel style feeling. We had a standard queen room, it works for a couple, not sure how the other rooms are. The bed seemed on the newer side along with the decor. The bathroom sink was small, but there was a medicine cabinet for storage. As well, the hair dryer was in the drawer in the bedroom.

The only two issues with the room was that it was noisy and no AC. Every morning at about 4am there was a garbage truck picking up and dropping a bin very loudly. It didn't bother us much for the four nights we were there, however it is something to consider. Additionally, on weekends it's pretty noisy to about midnight, something else to consider. The no AC is something, which seems to be common with many of the hotels in San Fran. As someone that likes the room to be cool, it was bearable to have the windows open. The nights in San Fran for May are pretty cool and I had no problems with it being to warm when sleeping. The only issue I had was in the morning, the sun beat down on our room and it became pretty warm.

Additionally, staff was friendly and helpful. Overall, it was a cute little hotel and we WOULD stay their again if we went to San Fran again.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 5
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Baldwin Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Baldwin Hotel

Address: 321 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone Number:
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#70 Romantic 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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, Hotels.com, Booking.com, Cheap Tickets, Priceline, Hotwire, Agoda, Odigeo and Tingo so you can book your Baldwin Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Baldwin Hotel San Francisco
Baldwin San Francisco

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Baldwin Hotel, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.