San Francisco

by Melita Sun, December 19 2010 17:32

San Francisco, the 4th largest city in California was founded by the Spanish in 1776. The Baldwin Hotel located at 321 Grant Ave San Francisco was our choice this time around.

It is amazing how the weather can affect your opinion of a place, either for the good or bad. Whether it was the lousy weather, the tiny postage stamp of a hotel room, the fact that parking cost between $30 and $50 a day, the horrendous driving conditions within the city, the fact we were getting a little tired of travelling (or just tired) or the difficulty of finding anywhere to eat near our hotel room that made me dislike the place I don’t know, but I can tell you I don’t like this San Francisco.

Even with the GPS, we had difficulty getting around the city. Every street is a one way, either in one direction or the other. Some streets just end. The street where the hotel was located was two ways for most of the street, but for some strange reason it changed to one way right outside our hotel, so on arrival we had to do a loop covering several blocks before we could get back to the hotel. There was nowhere to pull up outside our hotel as it fronted the street and the hotel reception staff were next to useless. We had to park illegally part-way up the street and then juggle all our bags, as well as carry Zane, into the hotel lobby and up a very small, very slow elevator to our very small room. We had a delightful view of the alley and the non-stop noise of a ventilation shaft all night.

On the positive side, the hotel is located right near the gates of Chinatown and only a few blocks away from Union Square, which is a vibrant shopping area with a massive Westfield, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Old Navy and countless other stores all vying to separate you from your hard-earned cash.

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