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Hillsdale Inn

2.0 of 5 Motel   |   477 East Hillsdale Boulevard, San Mateo, CA 94403
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Ranked #12 of 13 Hotels in San Mateo
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  • Location
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    1 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    1.5 of 5 stars
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Seattle, Washington
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We made reservations for this motel while on a roadtrip and it was a big mistake. The rooms are a mess, dirty carpets, mold on the drapes. Not wanting to even step inside the room was a big clue, but having to sit on the bed was even worse. We wanted a non smoking room, we got a room that... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I never have been to San Francisco, so when I booked my room, I was looking for closeness to airport and price. I wasn't expecting much, because of the low price. I was disappointed that it was a good 15 minute drive from the airport. On the website it claimed to be a mile away. My room wasn't filthy, but... More

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Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Accidentally booked this through a third party booking site (must have clicked on the wrong link). I would have never intentionally booked this place. I would call it a dump but that would be insulting to dumps across the country. It was absolutely filthy. We could not go without shoes as the floor left socks/feet black. It also appeared as... More

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

My sister got us rooms at this hotel on a discount web site as we wanted to spend a few days near San Mateo. I wish we had read the reviews here first as we would never have stayed here. This is the WORST place I have ever stayed. I was afraid to take my shoes off in the room... More

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San Mateo
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

It seemed as if it was an apartment complex. The people who were there were all very nice but it was more of a party pad and it went on all night long. The rooms smelled of smoke and were not cleaned well.

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Langen, Germany
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

This is a dirty,filthy and totally run down establishment! Dirt everywhere, paintis falling down from the wall, not even one coathanger!filthy carpets, chair was spotted with??? I can only warn everybody DO NOT BOOK THERE! Obviously a lot of socially desperate long term renters... Worst place I ever stayed in!

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Taguig City, Philippines
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37 reviews 37 reviews
29 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Was desperate for a night in the hillsdale area for a last minute thing. BIG MISTAKE. The 70 us dollars i paid was so so so not equivalent to what this old, dark, moldy, musty and just overall filthy room straight out of the 70's. pillows were so thin you'd think they were blankets. plus the room they assigned to... More

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Pittsford, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

OK, I like a good hotel deal as much as anyone, but this deal was a dog. First impressions are everything and the Hillsdale Inn had that covered. Outside the entrance, a clearly inebriated biker was holding a negotiation with a "self employed" woman regarding the rate she charged for various services - "and you pay for the room, baby"... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

This is a motel w/ permanent low income residents. This is NOT a hotel for travelers. It is filthy and disgusting and more than a little scary! Thankfully the women at the front desk allowed me to cancel my reservation when I was concerned about the conditions. Don't go unless you are prepared to be exposed to the darker side... More

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Sacramento, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
32 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

By far, out of the hundreds of hotels/motels that I have stayed at in my life, this one stands out as one of the worst. I booked this hotel on a third party vendor site so I didn't select it ahead of time. When got to the front door of the room, I became immediately concerned that many of the... More

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Address: 477 East Hillsdale Boulevard, San Mateo, CA 94403
Location: United States > California > San Mateo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hillsdale Inn 2*
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