Chinatown YMCA offers a spectrum of fitness and community services, nestled in a historic building at 855 Sacramento St, San Francisco. Members appreciate the personalized attention in fitness classes, making it a strong asset to the San Francisco community. The facility features a saltwater swimming pool, accommodating those sensitive to chlorine. Patrons also benefit from a well-equipped gym suitable for bodybuilding and powerlifting, and the friendly staff enhances the welcoming atmosphere.

However, some users express concerns about the facility's state, highlighting issues like moldy showers and outdated equipment. There's also feedback pointing to management's poor communication and lapses in maintaining a family-friendly environment, particularly regarding pool temperature.


  • Personalized attention in fitness classes.
  • Saltwater swimming pool for chlorine sensitivity.
  • Well-equipped for bodybuilding and powerlifting.
  • Friendly and courteous staff.
  • Convenient location near public transportation.
  • Affordable day fees for non-members.
  • Family-friendly gym environment.
  • Unique historic building with Asian elements.
  • Wide range of fitness classes.
  • Community asset to San Francisco.


  • Old and disrepair in some areas.
  • Issues with pool temperature for kids.
  • Poor management and communication.

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Best health club ever! I have belonged to clubs from coast to coast for the past forty years. My experience thus far at this Y is amazing. Incredible fitness class instructors give personalized attention. My first time in Megan's yoga class today and I wish it was a 2 hour class... instead of 1 hour. Patricia, Wendy and every instructor bring their personal style to each class. I feel blessed that I can be a member of this organization. Definitely an asset to SF. Thanks to everyone!


I have loads of items to donate that include both new camping sleeping bags and portable camping gear, also quite a few books of Chinese short stories, Chinese painting styles and a good variety of Chinese-English dictionaries. I was very disappointed when told by the staff answering the phone that the Y is not interested in those items ... This Y was like my second home when I was an adolescent and gave me the opportunity to learn and experience camping and the great outdoors . I am so disillusioned that this current Y is no longer anything of the community service that I had known and love ...


Family friendly gym w nice equipment and a saline pool


My former colleague volunteers here. These are the people she chooses to support because this community is San Francisco.


The other branches of YMCA's are already opened in the Bay area but this branches heavily lacking behind. Hope they open up soon.I received news that they won't open till September. This branch has terrible communication and does not keep the client updated on facility plans. I assume this has much to do with terrible management issues.


Has potential- it's in a historic building with beautiful Asian elements. BUT, the center is old and in disrepair. The day I went, there was a homeless man sleeping on a bench, a busted main access door, and some guy in the workout area 3rd floor literally dropping weights with a noisy bang in complete disregard to others. Men's locker room is in a dismal state - moldy shower curtains, low water pressure, and old lockers. A disagreeable old man staring down at me for trying to get to our lockers was upsetting. There is apparently a lot of disrespect problems here as there are many posters and signs asking people to be respectful. I was so uncomfortable with the members here, I will not be going back.


The water in the pool is too cold for kids. I brought my two kids to have fun, they all complain about the cold water. They really wanted to play a little longer but they were just shaking while they told me they were too cold to move.


Although I prefer Central Valley YMCA in San Jose, I do like the atmosphere for the Chinatown Branch! It has less free weights and circuit machines, but it is a very beautiful facility. Staff is nice!


Wonderful,They have a well lit indoor SALTWATER swimming pool which I wanted because I am sensitive to chlorine,it provides more buoyancy, and the hotel we stayed in had no pool.They have an hour open swim for adults at spaced time intervals and lap lanes set up on part of the pool. It seems fairly clean with average lockers and showers.I have gone here several times on my visits to San Francisco.Since I was not a member there was a small fee,check their site for swim schedule and fees and remember to bring a lock. It was very easy to get to by bus it is really close to Peace plaza(Kinokuniya shopping mall).


The gym is actually relatively well equipped for both bodybuilding and powerlifting. The barbells aren't the greatest quality but there are benches, a squat rack and a deadlift platform. Good enough if you are on holiday and is affordable at $15.

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Except the peak hours, this place remains quite free or moderately crowded.

This business has a rating of 4.0-star.

This business has 10 reviews.

The address is: 855 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94108, United States .

The contact number is +1 415-576-9622

This service is listed under Gym .

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