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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
Things we did:
One of the first …
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 …
Stopped at the Hilmar Cheese Factory. Had a step-on guide, Anna who told us the history as we drove the route the milk trucks take as they enter the factory. The huge tanks hold 6000 gallons and are tube tested to stay at 46 degrees F and 0% antibiotic. 230 trucks enter a day and unload by a 6" pipe. Hilmar is a wholesaler and makes cheese for Cheddar etc. They make 1.1m pounds of cheese per day. Milk is 87% water and this is all recycled ...
We woke super early this morning and arrived at the airport at about 4.45pm. Again we were not seated together and this one is a five and a half hour flight so that wasn't ideal but we managed to swap seats at the gate and sat right at the very back. The trip was pretty bumpy as there is some wild weather across the US at the moment but we made it safely. We were starving though as we didn't ...
... Got a clear view of Alcatraz from Fisherman's wharf.
Went to Indian restaurant "Dosa." Great ambience and great food. Picture of "dahi vada" to follow.
On 15/04, spent the day with Jyotika Balsara. she took us to Half Moon Bay. Went to Ritz-Carlton which had superb views of coastline. Also drove through gorgeous forested hills.
Went to Jyotika's place in Foster City. Met family, Manish and daughter Jasmin. Son, Varun was away.
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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.
With proper expectations a fantastic deal!
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:
We had a 2 bed room which was small/crowded (you get what you pay for), however, as a pleasant surprise it had a very large (deep) closet and large bathroom (w/tub). Beds were comfortable and bathroom was clean with plenty of hot water all times of the day. The lobby is satisfactory, a few easy chairs, sofa, coffee table and some vending (along with complementary coffee/tea); nothing fancy, but comfortable and acceptable. Housekeeping was excellent, room was done each day and, despite the fact that we sometimes started late, we were never bothered with, "housekeeping," knocks on the door. The hotel is located on Grant Avenue just over 2 blocks from Union Square and 1/2 block south of the Chinatown gate (almost directly across from the Hotel Triton). Thus, there's tons of stuff within easy walking distance and you're about 4 blocks from all the Market street public transportation (Montgomery and Powell stations being about equal distance). While others occasionally comment about this being an unsafe part of town, I disagree and neither myself nor my wife were worried about walking around (solo) either late at night or early in the morning. All of this at an ASTOUNDING (weekly) rate of $60/night (plus tax).
Now for the "bad" news:
This is not a modern cookie cutter hotel and it is clear from the evacuation plan map that all the rooms are not the same size and/or configuration; so my "room adequate, large closet & bathroom" comment may not be true for other rooms (we were in room 204 & presuming the floor plan is the same for each floor the "04"s might all match). There was no clock/radio, the furniture was minimal (nightstand and combination drawers/desk), one drawer was broken and the TV was small. A minor annoyance for me was that the bathroom mirror was not over the sink (so had to shave, step, shave, step . . . .) There is standard big city noise, in our case the worst was the nightly trash pickup in the alley/street under our window (around 10:00pm each night, so not so late as to be a major problem). To make it clear, I considered all these as minor annoyances and not major problems. My review stays positive (particularly given its bargain basement price).
Be aware that after 10:00pm the front door is locked. You've got a second key to let yourself in and on at least a few occasions the staff was at the desk and buzzed me in. The hotel remains staffed all night, they just don't promise to be at the front desk to watch the door/let you in.
The staff was courteous and helpful (eating recommendations and arranged a 4:30 am cab pickup on the day we left), HOWEVER, we nearly had a disaster on check-in. (Note this was a "nearly," the staff did come through.) Here are the details:
We had reserved a 2 bed non-smoking room and (based on another review) requested something away from the elevator. Our first flight was delayed, causing us to miss our scheduled connecting flight to SF. The earliest "guaranteed" connection we could get would have put us at the hotel around 1:00 am the "next" day. At this time I called the hotel and made it clear that while we might be very late, we would definitely arrive "today" and wanted to make sure our requested room would be held; they indicated it would not be a problem. We (fortunately) we able to standby onto an earlier flight and after arriving at the hotel and waiting for another couple to check-in, discovered that they had been given the last 2 bed, non-smoking room in the hotel (i.e. OUR room). At this point the staff did the right thing and called the other couple, informed them they had been given the wrong room and would need to move. Again, fortunately, they did not raise too big a stink (they did complain they would only have 1 bed, but the staff made it clear their reservation was through Priceline, Hotwire or something and that's all they were guaranteed).
Overall bottom line of this review: If you're looking for a fancy place, try any of the "name" (expensive) hotels located in the Union Square area (most at least $150/night, $200+/night being normal and as high as $400+/night) . If, however, you're looking for basic, clean accommodations at a fantastic price for the location; consider booking a room at the Baldwin Hotel (particularly if you can get the unbelievable weekly rate). If you go in knowing the Baldwin is nothing fancy, just basic accommodations, it is much more likely that you will be pleasantly surprised then disappointed.
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!
Great Hotel for the Price!
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!
Great little hotel
Two of us stayed at the Balwin Hotel for Thanksgiving 2004.
A comfortable hotel , with extremely helpful staff.
I had booked a double room. It had one double bed and as two mature guys we asked for two single beds, no problem! we swopped for the two singles at the same price.
$50 plus tax. £200 for 7 nights, see if you can do better.
At the very entance to Chinatown, it was conveniently situated for all downtown attractions, including BART, steet cars and plenty of cheap eating places and watering holes.
Anyone can feel safe, even unaccompanied females, in the area despite its proximity to other less savoury areas.
By American standards the rooms were fairly small, perfectly acceptable to European travellers who are only looking for somewhere to sleep and shower. It was cleaned every day and I inadvertently left money on the dressing table, it was still there when I returned.
I recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a clean, friendly and cheap place to stay in San Francisco.
I have stayed in SF at a number of othe hotels and this is the one I will use again.
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.