The Villa Montes Hotel is European to the core - from its lobby to the room decor to the elevator music. We stayed 3 nights on our way to Zealand and liked it so much that we booked another two nights on our way back. Each time, we booked a room with two beds - and received a room with two beds. The rooms were large and elegantly furnished with not very functional furniture. The mattresses and bedding are high quality and very comfortable and each bed comes with four pillows. Bedding is European style - a feather comfortable inside a high-quality duvet with no top sheet. If you get warm at night you may want to ask housekeeping for an extra sheet.
The room comes equipped with a refrigerator and microwave hidden in a short armoire, which doubles as a stand for the large flat-screen TV. The lighting was dim, even for a hotel. The bathroom lacked towel bars or hooks, proving the European nature of this hotel. We could have used another luggage rack but made do with the sofa, which was attractive but suitable for comfortable lounging.
The hotel offers complimentary transportation from SFO; call the hotel when you have claimed your luggage and they will send a taxi for you. Both times that we used this service they told us it would take 15-20 minutes but we actually only waited about 5 minutes.
I had my hopes up for the breakfast when I noticed the availability of real plates and dinnerware. But, alas, the breakfast offering was the same tasteless pre-packaged food served at the cheap hotels that use plastic cutlery and styrofoam plates. Do yourself a favor and walk across the street to the IHOP.
In summary, the beds, decor, furnishings and feel of the Villa Montes are usually not found in hotels in this prices range. It is a very comfortable place to stay and a fantastic value.
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