Holiday Inn San Francisco - Intl Airport
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... of fresh produce markets with top quality goods ranging from fruit, pig, wine, cheese, chocolate etc.
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How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn San Francisco - Intl Airport South San Francisco
Better than expected
We recently spent a night at the Holiday Inn just north of the San Francisco International Airport. Check in was a breeze. There was free parking. It was one of the quietest hotels we've stayed in recently. There was NO noise from jets landing or taking off. The first noise we heard was at 8:15 a.m. Sunday morning as people must have been walking down the hallway. None of that listening to the showers running on the floor above or below or noise from the adjoining rooms. The beds were comfortable. The room was clean and the bathroom was a decent size. We got a great price through Price Line which added to our enjoyable stay.
I had made the reservation thinking that I had arranged for the SFO Holiday Inn EXPRESS North. However, I ended up with the SFO Holiday Inn North instead. These hotels are a mile apart in distance but miles apears in service and quality.
This hotel, in its current state, is a disaster. They have some sort of remodeling going on, and apparantly some sort of horrible restaffing - because noone at the desk seems to have a clue what they are doing. Our check in took 30 minutes of standing and waiting while the hapless desk cleark kept taking phone call afer phone call from the rooms, and the other clerk kept sayins "sorry, I don't know how to do this" - even the clerk who was supposed to have a clue was beyond hopeless. When she finally got around to "checking us in" after typing in the credit card number six different times, for the same two rooms, she managed to check us into two different towers (the rooms were supposed to be next door to each other) - because she was unaware that odd and even number rooms were in different buildings. The next morning, and check out, the credit card numbers had not been entered into the system! The keys we were given did not work in the rooms we were checked into at first. The "free" internet access was out of commission till further notice. There was no parking left anywhere on the grounds of the hotel. There is no place to pull up your car for check in, as all that is blocked off due to construction. Their detour sign points in the wrong direction, so you can spend some time wondering about as to which door or loading dock to use to get into the place just to find the front desk. Holiday Inn needs to train their front desk people and let them know, when you have a guest you are checking in, it is NOT ACCEPTABLE to answer the phone sixteen times (yes, and this was after I started keeping count) in the course of a check in - just to check them into the wrong rooms, with the wrong keys, anyway.
I stayed at this hotel on December 31st 2004 and checked out January 1st 2005. My room rate, secured by my travel agent, was $99. The stay was average at best, as was the room. I walked into the hotel as a "walk in" in July and did not have a good experience with the check in and front desk personnel. I sent the following email to the hotel, which has never been responded to.
I got my rooms thru hotwire, and I am not sure if they are giving us some cheaper rooms for my discount price, since there is a newer tower which is just renovated. My room was overall okay, the bathroom is a bit old, the carpet have many stains, the shower head just cannot be adjusted easily. I took a look at my parents' room as well, they have the same problem (old bathroom & dirty carpet). Just make sure try not to get any room from the older tower.
Location is good, close to the highway 101 which can bring you to downtown in 20 min, there is also a IHOP across the street if you need to have breakfast.
stayed here one night before going down the road to the Sheraton Gateway. Love the free internet, though I wish they had a continental breakfast like many places i go to. Parking's all right. I don't know if it would've been good for more than one night, but if you need to crash some place before you fly out or something, this place will do!
I booked a room through price line. My wife and 5 year old flew in to SFO to begin a vacation in northern Cal. We arrived at midnite. All of the non smoking rooms were taken. We got a smoking room, but when we entered the room it was very clean and there was no oder of smoke at all. The front desk sent up a rollaway for our son at no charge. The room was very nice.I would reccomend this plase highly!
The room was very comfortable.The check in process was outstanding.I joined the priority club scheme and they gave me a bag with a few complimentary items.Also a voucher for 2 free drinks at the bar.South SFO isnt the nicest of areas.The price per night of 65.95 was the reason I chose this property.All the properties within central San Fran consisted of parking fees of 22.00+ per day.They are having building works going on but this didnt affect us.The beds were comfortable.Staff very friendly.No complaints.If you needed a night before catching a flight from Sfo I would recommend this.They have a sister property(Four Points across the road) to use their pool and laundry facilities.
I found cheaper internet rates on the Holiday Inn website than by calling the hotel. However, I called to the hotel to confirm accepting the cheaper rate would be acceptable to them. I was told "yes", but on arrival the desk clerk refused the rate. Tired from traveling I said I would pay the higher price. The desk clerk refused to change my rate saying I bought the rate through a third party and he would lose money. He stated I would have to pay the cheaper rate and the higher rate.
Convenient and good value, but not very helpful staff
This place is Ok and good value for money but we had a number of problems- the coffee machine didn't work, TV remote was faulty, and although some staff were helpful when I checked in I was ignored for some time whilst staff finished off a private conversation- not a good first impression. Also not impressed that the bottled water provided in room costs $4 a bottle if you drink it - that seems excessively tight! However, the room was cheap and clean. Although ours was a non smoking room, it smelt of cigarette smoke when we went in.