We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 14 San Mateo hotels

Hillsdale Inn

2.0 of 5 Motel   |   477 East Hillsdale Boulevard, San Mateo, CA 94403
Hotel amenities
Save Saved
You added Hillsdale Inn to your Saves list
Hillsdale Inn
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
You must enter dates to see the best prices.
0%
Ranked #13 of 14 hotels in San Mateo
  • Reviews (14)
  • Photos (18)
  • Amenities
  • Q&A
  • Room tips (6)
  • Location
  • More
Write a Review

14 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
    0
    0
    1
    1
    12
See reviews for
3
Couples
0
4
4
Rating summary
  • Location
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    1 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    1 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    1 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (6)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Denver, Colorado
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
San Mateo
1 review
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.

Review collected in partnership with Easytobook.com

Was this review helpful? Yes
Langen, Germany
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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!

Was this review helpful? Yes 7
Taguig City, Philippines
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
28 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Pittsford, New York
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 6
Sacramento, California
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
31 hotel reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 9
Barcelona, Spain
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

I spent two weeks travelling around California and stayed in some great places, some bad places and then... this. The receptionist was unfriendly and demanded to see my ID although my friend had booked the room, then walked away with my passport. Just as I was about to ask where she'd put it, she came back and handed it to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 11
Clovis, CA
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

This hotel is very badly managed. They are very unprofessional at the front desk, which by the way closes around 6pm. I think the front desk people hang out in the bar. I stayed for a week on business, my room was all the way in the back which was really bad. There was people yelling and partying all night... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 6
Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Hillsdale Inn, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Hillsdale Inn? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Hillsdale Inn

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*
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Travelocity, Orbitz, Expedia, Booking.com, Tingo, BookingOdigeoWL, Priceline, Hotels.com and Venere so you can book your Hillsdale Inn reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

18 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (16)
Viewed
Bathroom (2)
Viewed
View from room (1)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (3)
Viewed
Other (10)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (3)
Viewed
Room/suite (2)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (1)

Amenities

Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Class
Number of rooms
76

Questions & Answers

Enter your question for this accommodation's staff to answer. Other travelers may answer as well.
    Posting guidelines

    See which rooms travelers prefer