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“Typical hotel with better than average food selection” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Crowne Plaza Foster City - San Mateo

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Crowne Plaza Foster City - San Mateo
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1221 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA 94404   |  
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Foster City
Seattle
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5 hotel reviews
“Typical hotel with better than average food selection”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

During a week when it seemed like every hotel in the Bay Area was filled with conference goers, I had no choice but to stay in this large hotel, south of SFO.

To be clear, this hotel is definitely not "close to the airport" by any typical, you can hear the planes passing by overhead, definition. It's a significant schlep by shuttle bus, and when (not if) there's traffic, it's annoyingly far from the terminal.

The hotel itself is pretty nice. The biggest plus is a variety of in-house options for dining, including a sushi place that was better than average. There's really no place to go outside the hotel, especially if you don't have a car, so it's good the hotel has these options. (The only bummer was that there was a conference here, and the sushi restaurant was definitely overwhelmed, and I waited 45 minutes for a single roll. Luckily, there was a good game on TV.)

With the exception of a very grumpy shuttle bus driver, the staff here has been incredibly nice and friendly. The rooms are typical, and big. Not fancy, but totally satisfactory. On ammenities, I'll give them a +1 on a better than usual brand of in room coffee, and a -1 that there's nothing to snack on in the room, should you be one of those people willing to spend $4 on a bag of M&Ms.

Anyway, this is an average (not in a bad way), well run, exactly what you think it is spot with better than usual food selections.

My only caution is, if your goal is to stay "by the airport," there are probably 20 other better options.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

We went to the Bay Area over Labor Day weekend- meeting my daughter and her family there. Since she has young kids the indoor pool was an important factor in choosing this hotel. We stayed in the executive tower which is seperate so had no noise issues related to the ballroom- although there were functions there -- we couldnt hear them. The pool and jacuzzi were good although on monday morning they closed the pool for renovations-- would have been nice to just finish up the long weekend and then start the renovations-- we had a disapointed little guy ready to swim! The walls are a little thin and we could hear mumbled conversation from the room next door. Other than that it was fine-- pretty standard-- nothing exceptional and nothing horrible either-- we were happy with the room, the value, the location ( San Mateo has many great parks with some great play areas!) and it was an easy drive into San Francisco for a day trip. We also had an option of taking the free hotel shuttle to the airport and the BART into the city from there--- we didnt do that becasue of the young kids but it would be a fine option with older kids or adults. There is a large outdoor mall area within very close walking it has a target, toys r us, bed bath beyond and more- also several resturaunts-- all within about a 3 minute walk. We found that to be very handy. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CrownePlazaFC, Manager at Crowne Plaza Foster City - San Mateo, responded to this review, September 17, 2012
Hello Gail R,

Thank you so much for your kind review. We appreciate your review and hope to see you again soon. Glad you had a nice Labor Day Weekend!
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Raumati Beach, Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012 via mobile

Confortable room, nice breakfast.
I spent just one night at the Crowne Plaza - comfortable, fairly standard room and amenities.
The only downside is no outside view from the room, it overlooked the internal courtyard.

Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Stayed at this hotel after travelling all day from Charlotte, NC to CA. Was exhausted and looking forward to some rest. Unfortunately the hotel is an open concept building and all rooms are exposed to the lobby and ballroom. There was a wedding party the night I was there and the very loud music could be heard everywhere. It didn't stop until 2 a.m. No sleep for the weary until after that time. I will never stay at an open concept hotel again. I complained but nothing was done and no money refunded. I do not recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a good night's sleep.

Room Tip: No good rooms here. Do not stay.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Crowne Plaza Foster City - San Mateo, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
Dear LeAnn S,

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to leave us a candid review. Please allow me to apologize for the inconvenience and negative impression you may have had with the noise during your stay. I would like to address this with you further. I have sent you a private message to obtain more information about your stay. I look forward to hearing from you and being of further assistance.

Sincerely,

Karen C
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IHGCare
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seattle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

We stayed one night after a wedding . Check- in was very quick, staff was friendly, hotel was clean, and in a good location . My son complained about his sofa bed being uncomfortable, but they always are . Our bed was good , lol.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Glendale, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Very nice hotel- The rooms were nice and very clean. They have many dining/drinking choices on the property and many places within walking distance. This seems to be more of a buisness or adult hotel. We had a large group for a nearby wedding, probably not the greatest for small kids. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I would stay her again.

Room Tip: Ask for an exeutive tower room, its away from the nightclub.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leesburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

I have stayed at the Crowne Plaza in San Mateo several times and have never had a bad experience. The Crowne is a very nice standard business hotel, is affordable, offers free parking and has several options for dining on the property. The rooms had all the standard appointments including a nice workspace with wired and wireless internet, flat screen television and a good sized bathroom. The staff, including front desk, housekeeping and food service was all exceptional.

My favorite on property restaurant is Tokai with a great Sushi bar and is a favorite lunch spot. Breakfast is an efficient well stocked buffet in the lobby restaurant with an attentive wait staff that is fully aware most diners are in a hurry and need to eat and get to their morning meetings. For an after work cocktail make sure to stop at the Chit Chat lobby bar and have Bulent make you a vodka martini, shaken not stirred.
In the evening many weary business travelers head to the Clubhouse Bistro, a full service sports bar with several massive televisions broadcasting sports from all over the country.

If you want to dine off property, the Bridgepointe shopping center is a short walk away with several options including BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse and a Red Robin.

If you are in Foster City for a business trip you can’t go wrong at the Crowne.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CrownePlazaFC, Manager at Crowne Plaza Foster City - San Mateo, responded to this review, August 2, 2012
Hello David D. Thank you for your kind review. At the Crowne Plaza, we meet guests' expectations by understanding the purpose of stay and personalize accordingly. We are pleased to know you had a great experience at our property and we hope to see you again soon!
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Address: 1221 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA 94404
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Location: United States > California > Foster City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Foster City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Crowne Plaza Foster City - San Mateo 3.5*
Number of rooms: 350
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our beautiful Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City is centrally located on the San Francisco Peninsula between Downtown San Francisco, San Jose, and the East Bay. Our property is just 7 miles from San Francisco International Airport and 22 miles from downtown San Francisco. Our unique building design has a beautiful atrium lobby filled with koi ponds, waterfalls, and palm trees that will provide a relaxing setting on your next visit. Some of our features include:* Complimentary Internet access in all guest rooms, lobby, all restaurants, and pool area* Three different varieties of restaurants, room service, and a sports bar* Complimentary SFO airport shuttle* Complimentary parking* Complimentary shuttle leaving at 10:30am daily to The Hillsdale Shopping Mall* Conveniently located next to The BridgePointe Shopping center* 24 hour business center with complimentary use of three computers and a printer* Relax in our indoor heated pool jacuzzi* Use of Fitness center* Executive Club Level rooms include Dell XP desktop computers with DVD drive, flat screen monitors and Continental Breakfast, Monday-Friday.* 16,000 Square feet of flexible meeting space ... more   less 
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