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“Close yet so far” 3 of 5 stars
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Aloft San Francisco Airport
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   401 East Millbrae Avenue, Millbrae, CA 94030   |  
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Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Millbrae
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Telluride, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Close yet so far”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Beware of parking fees! If you book through third party they charge $20 a night! Super close to airport and pet friendly which is good. Decor is cheap looking office style. If you like absolutely no soul, this is for you. Rooms are roomy though sparsely decorated. Front desk folks cheery and helpful, apologizing for parking fees and explaining directions to hidden features such as the fitness facility and the laundry room. Fitness facility is basic. Laundry available if you search for iron 6th floor. Basic needs are covered at this simple business stop over.

Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Pittsfield
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

I wish all airport hotels could be this cool. From the "uniforms" to the bar, to the rooms and bathrooms, the music over the PA and the check-in/out desk, all exude a very hip contemporary vibe. AND it all is wrapped up with a comfortable bed. The concrete floors aren't the most quiet, but the high ceilings buffer any exuberant family group in the lobby/lounge area. The bathroom, with the Bliss amenities and coffeemaker (though I didn't use it) was quite nice.
My room did face the airport, with jets flying by. Maybe it was the earplugs or the exhaustion that I felt, but the noise wasn't a problem. The shuttle was efficient and the driver was very nice.
I'd book this hotel every time I have an early flight, or any time!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nikki_Por, Starwood Hotels at Aloft San Francisco Airport, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience. We're glad you enjoyed the design and upbeat atmosphere at our hotel. We hope to welcome you back again soon!
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57 reviews 57 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Modern design, with comfortable rooms and a lobby designed for socializing, this hotel is a nice break from the cookie-style hotel chains found throughout the US. Short shuttle ride from the airport, I'll stay here again when I need to stay near the SFO airport.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nikki_Por, Starwood Hotels at Aloft San Francisco Airport, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We're pleased you enjoyed the design and style of Aloft Hotels. Looking forward to welcoming you back when you need a place to stay before your flight out of SFO. Cheers!
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Orlando, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

If a romance between IKEA and JetBlue spawned a hotel baby, it would be Aloft. Love the concept, love the lobby and sense of entrance, easy check-in, Bliss bath products (umm, yes please!), great room design, comp bottled water and coffee/tea in rooms. I work at an advertising agency that handles only travel/hospitality clients - and man, how I'd love to work on this one. I think they're on to something.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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NYC
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

I'm somewhat baffled by other reviews here recommending this hotel for anything but business trips. The hotel itself is fine, the lobby is modern and has a bar but you are literally across the street from the airport runway. I had the misfortune of getting a room facing that runway and enjoying the whirring of engines in the night and morning. Perhaps that is the nature of an airport hotel, I don't stay at them often but as a gold member it disappointing to say the least. Parking can be a fiasco both in terms of entering the lot/hotels and finding a space.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago
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74 reviews 74 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Great airport hotel and option if you are visiting or conducting business downtown. The hotel is walking distance to the Millbrae BART station which gives you a lower cost option for getting in to town. Hotel rooms are sparse but comfortable, in a European fashion. The lobby is set up for socializing with several sitting areas, a pool table, bar, light dining and live music during the week. Hotel staff is extremely pleasant and, more importantly, genuinely interested in addressing your needs. If you are in need of a more substantial meal there is a Westin right across the parking lot. Good choice if you're just passing through or staying for a while.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nikki_Por, Starwood Hotels at Aloft San Francisco Airport, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Thank you for sharing your comments. We're happy to hear our location to the BART station and our accommodations met your needs for your business trip. We hope to see you again the next time you're in town!
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No. California
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125 reviews 125 reviews
41 hotel reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Trendy place. Open lobby--may be a little loud for some. Good bar food and wines by the glass.. Very clean and quiet room with comfortable beds. Shuttle service easy to find at SFO and quick trip to hotel. All you need for an airport hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 401 East Millbrae Avenue, Millbrae, CA 94030
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Location: United States > California > Millbrae
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Millbrae
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Aloft San Francisco Airport 3*
Number of rooms: 253
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located only a half-mile from the airport, the Aloft San Francisco Airport hotel offers guests bright modern rooms with all the amenities including complimentary wireless internet access. Overnight parking is $23.00 Per night ... more   less 
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