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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Foster City - San Mateo Hotel Foster City
- Crowne Plaza San Francisco
- Peninsula Foster City
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