In some ways this is a typical near-airport hotel, but the details set it apart from its competitors. I came as a guest of the company I was visiting on business, so I wasn't paying for the room, but saw that the online rate was $99. Upon arrival I was pleased to find good coffee available in the spacious and inviting lobby, even at 9:30 pm. The tasteful lobby also included a number of seating/meeting areas and a computer with internet access. Free wired and wireless access was also available in rooms.
Front desk staff was friendly and helpful enough, but seemed to be mostly reciting a learned script, although they knew the answers to my questions about shuttle service.
The room was typical in size, furnished tastefully in cream and green, with a textured carpet that seemed to massage my feet in a good way. A two-poster bed was supplemented by a roomy desk, good but dated TV in an armoire, room safe, iron and board, mini refrigerator, and coffee maker. The heating/cooling unit had a remote control, and the windows were openable. Everything in the room and bathroom was very clean. The bath/shower had the curtain rod that curves out--I wish all hotels had that feature. Bath products were nice and citrusy. My view was of the street out front, but I imagine some of the rooms to have a great view of the bay and planes landing at the airport.
That stunning view of the bay was available to everyone, however, from the fitness room—you just have to choose the right bike, treadmill, or weight machine. And if the weather is kind enough, you can enjoy the same view with your breakfast out on the patio. The free breakfast included waffles, pancakes, cold cereals, instant oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, muffins, croissants, bagels, toast, juices, boiled (cold) eggs, coffee and tea. I was pleased to see one of the breakfast workers not just covering a sneeze, but actually leaving the room to sneeze; I have never seen such concern for health by a hotel staffer. That alone bumped my rating up a notch.
If you are coming and going by BART, as I did, you will need to know some details. The Millbrae station is about 1 mile from the hotel, which is walkable for me. It’s a little tricky dodging traffic on the overpass, but the stretch along Bayshore Drive is quite pleasant—there’s a walking path right along the bay. You can also take the shuttle to the airport and catch BART there, but it will cost you about $4 more for the BART ticket (one of those mysterious airport robbery fees). The other option would be a taxi to the Millbrae station, but I didn’t price out that option. There is a CalTrain station close by also, but I'm not sure how to get to it (it's on the other side of the freeway).
Parking at the hotel was free, for one vehicle per room. (Some of the other hotels nearby charge for parking.)
If I need a hotel near the airport in the future, Bay Landing will be the first that I will consider.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bay Landing Hotel is located on the San Francisco Bay minutes from the San Francisco International Airport. The Bay Landing is a boutique hotel that provides a great value and personalized service. Complimentary amenities include a deluxe continental breakfast, wireless and high-speed Internet, and an airport shuttle. All rooms include a refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bay Landing Burlingame
- Hotel Bay Landing
- Bay Landing Airport Hotel