a traveler from Travelocity.com
on February 13, 2012
The Baldwin is a small hotel without a lot of bells and whistles. If you are staying in SF to see the sights and enjoy the city, this is the place to stay! We stayed in Room 904, which didn't have much of a view, but it was pretty quiet and roomy enough for having 2 beds. The bathroom was spacious and we had a large walk-in closet. The hotel was spotlessly clean and our room was very new. You could tell everything had been painted and upgraded. The room did not have a clawfoot tub (as other reviews indicated), it was a normal tub/shower, but the pipes did squeal when the water was on. Keep in mind this is an old hotel and that didn't bother us a bit. There was a flat screen tv, hairdryer, safe, iron/ironing board and ceiling fan in the room. There is no a/c, but the fan did the trick. The heat is by radiator and we requested that it be shut off. It gave off a lot of heat (too much) and was not needed due to the great weather. The radiator did make a lot of really funny noises the first night (I think b/c it had been turned on and then off), but didn't make another sound the rest of the stay since we kept it off. You need to call the desk and they will send someone up to turn it off with a radiator key (again, old hotel). There were towel animals placed on the bed daily. A very nice touch! The hotel staff were friendly and very helpful in giving us info on the city and getting around. The location was excellent! A block from Chinatown with a ton of shops and restuarants and a short walk to Union Square. The hotel is located just 2 blocks from Market Street where you can get public transportation to anywhere in the city. It was very convenient. We would highly recommend this hotel if you don't want to spend a lot of money and don't need a frilly hotel, just somewhere nice and clean to sleep that has a lot of character.
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