San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport
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Got changed and headed out to Little Italy for our last night dinner. Went to a lovely place where surprise surprise John-Henry had pizza again!
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Historical Traveler Reviews San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport
The hotel is located a few miles south of the SF Airport. My girlfriend and I drove up from Los Angeles to attend a wedding in Half Moon bay (about twenty miles West and North of San Mateo), but we also used the hotel to head North to check out a giants game and eat in the city.
I spent a day at the San Mateo Marriott while I was in town on business. I typically stay in downtown San Francisco, but due to the fact that I had a 7:00 a.m. meeting in San Mateo, it made sense for me to stay nearby. The property looks nice enough on approach, although since the hotel faces a highway, the view from inside the hotel is nothing special. Upon check-in, I was assigned a suite (which I requested), but I had to go back down to the desk to retrieve a package that had been awaiting my arrival (and should have been given me at check-in). Once back in my room, it was quickly apparent that the facilities are a bit tired: the furnishings were of average quality and somewhat worn, the bathroom was in need of renovation, with an old-style tub and laminate counter. The bedroom was small and lacked a closet (an armoire provided hanging facilities). The bed was OK, but not quite "heavenly". Although the hotel was close to my morning meeting, it is not especially convenient, as there is nothing within walking distance. Overall, my stay was disappointing: overrated by AAA at four-diamonds and overpriced during the week. Look elsewhere.
Overall my experience at the San Mateo Marriott was pleasant as I stayed in an Executive King Suite which had ample space. However at check-in (around 4:30) even though I had previously reserved a room they told me that there was not a room available for me and that I would have to be downgraded to a standard guest room. Upon not agreeing to this they told me that I could wait 30-45 minutes to see if a room would become available. Upon checking back with the front desk they told me a room was available however it had to be cleaned and would take another 30 minutes or so. This 30 minutes ended up turning into a good hour of wait time. I stayed overnight for two nights and had to have my keycard recoded each night (which was very inconvenient). However it was the weekend of the Notre Dame-Stanford football game and as to how the Notre Dame football team and fans (myself included)were staying there it was very busy. I would definitely stay at the San Mateo Marriott again however not during a busy weekend.
Convenient, nice hotel
Nice, new hotel with huge event/lobby area. This hotel appears to be popular for weddings so it can be a bit noisy if you are staying in a room near the lobby on a weekend. Hotel is right off Highway and very convenient to all locations in the Bay area.
We stayed in this hotel over 4th of July weekend for a wedding. Although it is a AAA four-diamond hotel, I found it to be average. Conversely, I don't really have any complaints. The front-desk staff was friendly, both at check-in and check-out. They overcharged me for parking, but immediately made the change when I noted it at check-out. They upgraded us to the concierge floor, but the rooms were merely average. The sleeping area was quite small. The bathroom was large and had a separate shower and bathtub, although the shower had some mold and the cleaning staff had left a towel in the shower from the previous occupant.
This is a very large hotel, but I was so allergic to the dust in my room that my eyes were bloodshot during my entire stay at the hotel.
My impression after spending just one night at this hotel is that it is a really nice property, certainly rating 4 "stars."
I transferred to this hotel on November 12th and stayed for 3 nights. I was in another San Mateo hotel that was terrible and the Marriot was recommended by friends. I was pleased with the room rate which was a 3 night special. When I checked in, I mentioned to the clerk that I was coming from another local hotel. He was very concerned, and made sure that I got a room that I was happy with (ie. upper floor, with balcony, etc.) In addition, every staff person I encountered was friendlyand helpful. The room was clean, the towels were white and fluffy and the furnishings were comfortable. I arrived exhausted, not having slept for the previous 2 nights. It was a relief to be somewhere that felt safe and was quiet and to be able relax and have a good sleep. The shuttle driver to the airport was a very pleasant individual and made my 6 a.m. departure a little more bearable. All in all, I was very satisfied and would/will stay at the San Mateo Marriot again.
After 9 days in California, we had our worst hotel experience here. We booked online for a family of 5 (marriott). The website said the room we booked would accommodate our family, but when we arrived, they said we needed to upgrade to a larger room for $20 more. The new room was a suite with a king, sofabed, and a rollaway would be provided. When the rollaway showed up, there was no bedding for it. The sofabed also didn't have bedding. After explaining the problem to the front desk, two sheets and 1 pillow were provided, but we needed bedding for two beds (three people). We were more specific and asked for 2 more sheets, 2 blankets, and 2 pillows. They brought 1 blanket that looked like it was pulled out of the laundry bin and 1 pillow. There is a fee for self-parking, and the parking lot is gated (our room card wouldn't open the gate most of the time). The only good thing we experienced at this hotel was the airport shuttle that picked us up after dropping off our rental car and taking us to the airport the next morning. We were very disappointed in this hotel and were not provided the service we have come to expect from a Marriott.