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Leaving Vegas on an afternoon flight with United Airlines so we managed to grab breakfast at an Italian bakery in Venetian. It was less than 2 hours flight to San Fran. Caught the BART from the airport to Montgomery St station and about 7 mins walk to the hotel
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Eh oui, les poulets ont repris leurs ailes pour de nouvelles aventures.... Ouais bon... Aventures, c'est peut-être un peu exagéré. Plan B élaboré à la dernière minute avec Sylvain et Jonathan, un couple d'amis: la Californie. Objectifs: San Francisco, vino, Muir woods, vino, napa valley, vino, sonoma valley, vino …
... Field, a former US Army airfield built on filled in salt marshes is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. There were many people having picnics on the lawns and probably stay on for the fireworks later on in the day. Some even had tents up; not surprising given cold fog that kept pouring in from the sea which almost obscured the bridge. Many had American flags and were dressed in stars and ...
... there one day and explore the rest of the Park. After Mariposa I headed to San Fran to stay with Nancy's brother and his partner. it was really nice to explore the city by day and then meet up with them both a night to head out for drinks. Then a long drive back to LA to catch an early morning flight down to Mexico (I'm actually writing this from Mexico now but that will be in the next blog update) hope everyone is enjoying the onset of winter back ...
... right next door... It was really busy so how could we go wrong. We didn't get it wrong at all-The cheapest and best Thai/Asian meal we have had all trip actually the best fried rice and green chicken curry we both have ever had. San Fran has welcomed us with open arms! In the morning the sun was out and very little fog so we took advantage of the superb weather and rode across the GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE! Spectacular views of the city and bay... Best ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBaldwin Hotel San Francisco
Great location - right next to Chinatown, we caught the BART from the airport so it is very convenient to get to. The room is clean and cheap. Has a ceiling fan, no aircon but it didn't worry us. Laundromat is just around the corner
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Historical Traveler Reviews Baldwin Hotel San Francisco
Clean cozy value
My girlfriend and I stayed at this hotel last year. It was the cheapest hotel we could find that still looked like it would be decent. We loved it. It doesn't compare to the four and five star hotels, but it's clean, the bed was comfy, the location was great, and the staff were actually as helpful and attentive as any staff I've encountered, even at hotels 4-5 times the price.
Knowing that it's such a good deal for the money, we chose to stay at this hotel for our upcoming honeymoon. The money we're saving is money we can spend on activities, dining, and shopping. I'll report back on the hotel after the next time we stay there, too.
My sweetheart and I stayed here as a result of Hotwire and we were delighted! If you want the Mariott Regency, then stay there. If you want to watch TV, stay home. This is a charming, quaint, inexpensive (for SF) '40s style hotel right outside the Chinatown Dragon Gate and it suited us to a T. Our only complaint was that we were right by the elevator and it was rather noisy but aside from that, we loved it. We will definitely stay there on our next trip.
Just got back from a week long stay at the Baldwin Hotel in SF and you should consider this a rave review with a few minor caveats. To start here is the general review/information:
I went to San Francisco with my boyfriend and they treated us like third class citizens, because we got our reservation through Hotwire. The price for the Hotel and the location are fantastic, but you better be prepared, because if there are other, non-Hotwire customers they may move you to another, less desirable room. It can be very noisy in the early hours: people slamming doors, and making other loud noises in the hallway.
Basic, Clean Hotel in Excellent Location
This hotel is in an excellent, safe location in San Francisco beside the entrance to China Town and a couple of blocks from Union Square. The rooms and bathrooms are basic but clean and comfortable. They could do with a coat of paint though! The staff were really helpful and for the price I would definetly recommend this hotel.
Ended up with this hotel by accident, through Hotwire purchase. Had a great location as it is steps from Chinatown and quite close to Union Square also. Very safe--in good part of town! Hotel is clean, yet quite average in decor, etc. The only complant I had was that we had a room close to the elevator on the 9th floor and this caused for a sleepless night as the elevator creaked up and down all night long. Would recommend--for the price, how can you go wrong--however, make sure you stay in a room away from the elevator! Make sure you eat at Empress of China --roof top Chinese food just a few blocks down!
Just returned from a six night stay at the Baldwin - Grant Ave - just O/S the Chinatown Gate - PERFECT location. Previously stayed at the Hotel Triton directly across the street - wonderful hotel but if budget is an issue stay at the Baldwin for at least a third of the price! Rooms are small at both locations - definitely more ammenities at the Triton (but you pay $300 + a nite for all of this!) - Baldwin is a basic hotel - small rooms - small bath - but clean, comfortable and the nicest staff I have encountered in many years of travel and stays at luxurious hotels! Would recommend highly to anyone looking to save a dollar - plenty of ways to spend the extra cash elsewhere in San Francisco... wonderful resturants, fine dining, day trips to Napa and Carmel - and most of all - shopping downtown is the BEST! as well as Sausilito - Monterrey and of course, Carmel!
Two of us stayed at the Balwin Hotel for Thanksgiving 2004.
A good value, central hotel
If you're looking for a good value, central hotel this can't be beaten! Close to China Town, Union Squre and the Moscone Convention Centre this is ideal for budget travellers on holiday or students attending conferences. As a single female I felt safe in the area around the hotel and there are a range of places to eat within easy walking distance. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful, the room reasonably large, comfortable and clean, and the free coffee on tap in the lobby is a bonus. The street outside was a little noisy when the garbage was collected during the night but that was a small price to pay.
Perfect location, great price
After searching hard for a fairly cheap hotel in central San Fran, I came across this one and it turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. Clean, comfortable, cheap and central. It's next to China Town, Union Square and all the designer shops. Being a female traveller on my own I needed to find somewhere safe and friendly and in the heart of things. I definately recommend this hotel if you are looking for an affordable stay in the heart of San Francisco.