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Best Overall: See Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Rates at TripAdvisor "Provides guests with stunning views over the airport, bay and the sheltered Anza Lagoon next to the hotel."
Best Budget: See Best Western Coyote Point Inn Rates at TripAdvisor "A cheap and cheerful option set 10 minutes to the south of the airport."
Best View: See San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront Rates at TripAdvisor "Features large floor-to-ceiling windows, offering wide views of airport activities and bay vistas."
Best for Families: See The Westin San Francisco Airport Rates at TripAdvisor "The indoor pool is housed in a beautiful atrium space with natural light pouring in through giant windows."
Best for Singles: See Aloft San Francisco Airport Rates at TripAdvisor "The heart of the hotel is the WXYZ Bar, a fashionable nightspot with a bar."
Best Suites: See Staybridge Suites San Francisco Airport Rates at TripAdvisor "Offers large suites with modern and homey furnishings."
Best Boutique: See Bay Landing Hotel Rates at TripAdvisor "Guest rooms feature carved wooden bed posts, embroidered bedspreads and classic lighting elements."
Best for Convenience: See Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Rates at TripAdvisor "Comes with a complimentary shuttle service that goes to the airport and downtown Burlingame."
Best for Downtown: See AC Hotel by Marriott San Francisco Airport Rates at TripAdvisor "Places guests closer to downtown San Francisco, making it easier to go sightseeing or attend meetings."
Best Overall: Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport Waterfront
Set in a premium bay-front location, the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport Waterfront provides guests with stunning views over the airport, bay and the sheltered Anza Lagoon next to the hotel. Inside, there's a tropical vibe with tall ceilings and tiled floors of the atrium leading into the lush, central courtyard filled with verdant rainforest plants and ornamental flower pots. In front of the hotel, a glass-roofed conservatory and courtyard create an elegant sea-view terrace, from which a network of parks and walking trails extend along the edges of the lagoon and bay.
An indoor pool and whirlpool tub are housed in a chamber filled with stone-paved floors, ornamental urns, murals and indoor plants, well-lit with natural light. Suites contain separate bedrooms and living areas, and both the cooked-to-order breakfast and the evening reception of drinks and snacks are complimentary. The Tap & Tavern is a highly-polished yet casual pub venue, with a family-friendly menu and a good selection of drinks.
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Best Budget: Best Western Coyote Point Inn
A cheap and cheerful option that's 10 minutes to the south of the airport, Best Western Coyote Point Inn makes for a great budget option within easy distance. The polished marble floors and wood panels of the lobby create a pleasant first impression, and the 24-hour front desk provides helpful concierge services in several languages. Guest rooms offer comfort over style, with padded couches and window seats making up for the slightly dated décor. Flat screen TVs with satellite channels and in-room movies are also provided, and private bathrooms come with shower-tub combos. Rooms include a complimentary full breakfast, with an ever-changing menu of hot breakfast foods.
A fitness center has a sauna with shower facilities as well as a gym area with various exercise equipment. Travelling professionals will find the business center and meeting facilities particularly useful. An outdoor courtyard, shaded by leafy trees, include table and chair sets with shade umbrellas and a mosaic water fountain. The hotel is also located close to Coyote Point Recreation Area, a public reserve with a beach area and walking trails along the water’s edge.
Best View: San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront
Located directly on the shores of the bay, the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront provides guests in bayside rooms with unbeatable views, with the flight activity at the San Francisco Airport happening directly ahead. To the east, the broad expanse of the bay merges with the distant horizon. A modern and stylish hotel, guest rooms feature a fashionable grey color palette and come with amenities such as bathrooms with glass-fronted walk-in showers and flat screen TVs with satellite channels. Rooms also include conveniences like mini-fridges with a selection of cool drinks, room service and a coffee and tea service. What's more, a fitness center contains a range of exercise equipment, an indoor pool and hot tub.
The Hanger Steak restaurant offers unobstructed views, both through the large glass windows and from the outdoor terrace, and uses fresh, organic meat cuts, just-caught seafood and other locally-produced ingredients in its American-style cuisine. In the scenic Flights 101 Lobby Lounge, light meals are served alongside signature cocktails, craft beers and a varied wine selection. Both have large floor-to-ceiling windows, offering wide views of airport activities and bay vistas. The hotel also has a Starbucks café, providing hot and cold beverages, pastries, muffins and other snacks.
Best for Families: The Westin San Francisco Airport
Just five minutes away by car, the Westin San Francisco Airport is one of the closest hotels to the airport, offering convenience as well as a relaxed location overlooking the bay and coastal parks. Hotel amenities include the indoor pool, housed in a beautiful atrium space with natural light pouring in through giant windows and green potted plants lining the walls. The atrium also contains a separate hot tub, padded chairs and sun loungers. The Westin Workout fitness studio has weight, aerobic and cardiovascular equipment and machines.
Rooms are simple and spacious, featuring flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and pay-per-view movies, comfortable work desks, bathrooms with shower-tub combos with rainfall showerheads and large windows with varied views of the bay and airport. Rooms also have capacity for up to four guests and cribs are available. The Grill & Vine is a tavern-style restaurant that serves contemporary American cuisine, including a selection of children’s meals. Meals are served in a wood-panelled dining room centered around a hexagonal bar which serves a decent selection of draught beers, chilled wines, spirits and other beverages, or can be enjoyed in-room.
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Best for Singles: Aloft San Francisco Airport
With a slick, modern yet retro style, Aloft San Francisco Airport describes itself as ‘the hippest hotel in the area’. The heart of the hotel is the WXYZ Bar, a fashionable nightspot with a bar, outdoor patio and a chill lounge with a pool table and eclectic mix of colorful furnishings. The outdoor terrace is a great place to relax in the sun during the day or to gather around large, softly-lit lanterns in the evenings. The hotel also has a 24/7 convenience store that sells coffee and healthy, on-the-go snacks and meals.
Rooms and suites come in an edgy color scheme of purples, blues and greys with Golden Gate Bridge art on the walls. Amenities include complimentary bottles of water, coffee and tea service, a workstation and bathrooms with walk-in showers. Large-screen TVs with satellite channels are mounted on the walls. Additionally, a complimentary shuttle provides frequent transport between the hotel and the airport. At the fitness center, a training room has an average range of exercise equipment, and in the indoor courtyard, with rightly-painted surfboards suspended from the wooden ceiling, a small swimming pool is surrounded with sun chairs and padded couches.
Best Suites: Staybridge Suites San Francisco Airport
Less than a 10-minute drive from the airport terminals, Staybridge Suites San Francisco Airport offers some of the most comfortable accommodations in the area, with large suites of modern and homey furnishings. Full kitchens include a dining area with table and chairs, and soft padded couches are clustered around the large-screen TV which comes with satellite TV and a DVD player. Travelling businessmen will appreciate the well-equipped business center that provides public use computers, sells office supplies and offers a copying, printing and scanning service.
A newly-installed outdoor courtyard has a whirlpool tub as well as a heated pool, and the fitness room contains aerobic and weight machines. A small snack corner sells quick bites. Complimentary offerings include laundry facilities, the high-speed WiFi that is available throughout the building, and a shuttle that gives convenient access to local transit hubs and the airport. Although the hotel does not have an on-site restaurant, food options at the shopping center opposite the hotel include BBQ joints, seafood restaurants, Hawaiian bites and diner-style fare.
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Best Boutique: Bay Landing Hotel
With stuffed chairs, ornate rugs, a large stone fireplace and polished hardwood, the opulent lobby of the Bay Landing Hotel gives the impression of a European country estate. The antique theme continues in the guest rooms, with carved wooden bed posts, embroidered bedspreads and classic lighting elements. Technology, including TVs with cable channels and pay-per-view movies and high-speed internet, provides modern comforts.
Many of the rooms have serene views over the bay, a sight that can also be appreciated from the scenic patio built in front of the hotel. Rooms come with a hot buffet breakfast served in a small dining room with an elegant outdoor terrace attached. Although there are lunch or dinner services at the hotel, a variety of eateries in the surrounding neighborhood provide ample dining options. A small fitness room is available with machines and weights, and the complimentary coffee, tables and chairs, and small library selection in the lobby make it a comfortable place to gather.
Best for Convenience: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Conveniently located just off the Bayshore Freeway a mere five minutes from the airport, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport is one of the most easily-accessed hotels in the area — with its complimentary shuttle service that goes to both the airport and downtown Burlingame. Rooms are spacious and come with modern furnishings and amenities. Outside, a pool is surrounded by lounge chairs, landscaped gardens and a whirlpool hot tub.
Three food venues are located in the hotel, all under the 3Sixty name. The bistro offers a large selection of seasonal dishes, with a heavy emphasis on farm-to-table dining using local-grown produce and artisanal craft fermentations. The Bar provides a more standard sports bar experience, with a long bank of TVs along the wall, pub grub such as burgers and chicken wings, and a wide selection of drinks from draught lager to handcrafted cocktails. The Market provides snacks and café goods throughout the day, from coffee and muffins in the morning to room-service dinners of salads, pastas and other dishes.
Best for Downtown: AC Hotel by Marriott San Francisco Airport
Although it's a tiny bit further away from the airport than some other hotels, a 10-minute drive will present travellers to the AC Hotel by Marriott San Francisco Airport, set on the shores of the marina at Oyster Point. Its more northern location also places guests closer to downtown San Francisco, making it easier to go sightseeing or attend meetings. The hotel has been built in a ‘design-forward’ fashion, with avant-garde and minimalist elements in the lobby, restaurants and other public areas.
Complimentary services include parking spaces and a regular airport shuttle. A fitness center contains aerobic and weight machines, free weights and yoga mats, with large windows providing plenty of natural light and bay views. Next door, an indoor soaking pool is available. The AC Kitchen serves a European breakfast of pastries and egg tarts, bowls of cereals and yogurt and platters of prosciutto, cheese and fresh fruit. The AC Waterfront lounge offers tapas-style dining in the evenings, serving small plates along with drinks from local beers to signature cocktails.
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