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“Affordable hotel in ideal location” 4 of 5 stars
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Baldwin Hotel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   321 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Financial District)   |  
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Ranked #77 of 236 hotels in San Francisco
London, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Affordable hotel in ideal location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I booked the Baldwin Hotel as an affordable choice in the central, downtown area of San Francisco. I was extremely impressed by the location - immediately near the main shopping part of the city, and really convenient for all main attractions, transport links. I'd say the location was ideal. The hotel had all the facilities you'd expect. I wouldn't say it was high quality / luxury, but you get what you pay for. But the room was a good size with a nice, new-looking bathroom. Had good stuff like free wifi, free coffee in the lobby, free toiletries etc. Nice touch was some towels folded into a dog shape to greet me - unusual!! Fun touch! Staff were helpful, happy to store my luggage for the day. Minor criticisms: the room and bathroom were generally clean, but I did find a few stray hairs that definitely weren't mine, on the towels and sheets, Also, ice was only available in the lobby (I was on 7th floor), so bit inconvenient. There was only one elevator, and it was very slow, so usually had to wait to get between lobby and room. However, I'd also add that I was a young woman travelling alone, so safety was important to me, and I felt completely safe and comfortable at the Baldwin. Overall, very good value. I would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 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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  • 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
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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
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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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014 via mobile

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
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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
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  • 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
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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.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, United States
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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

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Additional Information about Baldwin Hotel

Address: 321 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Financial District
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#19 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
#73 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#89 Family Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Baldwin Hotel 2*
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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