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“Good value for what it is.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn San Bruno/SFO West

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Howard Johnson Express Inn San Bruno/SFO West
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   190 El Camino Real, Off Hwy 101 to 380 West, San Bruno, CA 94066   |  
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Ranked #4 of 13 hotels in San Bruno
Vancouver, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Good value for what it is.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

I found this hotel as an alternative to paying the vast rates one would find staying in a similar hotel in downtown San Francisco. One could easily stay here and still get into San Francisco as it is within a 10 minute of the Caltrain station at San Bruno although it is considerably further to get to the BART station there although the complimentary shuttle can get you to the BART station at SFO. In terms of value, it was very good and you would be hard pressed to find something better. Another part I liked was the place was within easy walking distance to large number of restaurants and grocery stores. In terms of breakfast, it was fine for what is was with the usual toast, bagels, and waffles. If you want to stay in the Bay Area but don't want to pay too much for a clean room within commuting distance of San Francisco and close to the airport this would be the place for you.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Prativ P, General Manager at Howard Johnson Express Inn San Bruno/SFO West, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Dear Valued Guest, We are very pleased to read your comments about our rooms, free transportation, and ammenities. We are glad to know your overall experience was positive and comfortable. We will continue to make outstanding efforts in maintaining a clean, comfortable and inviting environment for our guests. Thank you again for your support and we look forward to welcoming you back to Howard Johnson upon your next visit to the Bay Area
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Cleanliness
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Stockton, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

This is a 'convenience' hotel, for folks flying out of San Francisco airport. That wasn't why we stayed, however. We were asked last-minute to spend three nights in SF, but good luck finding somewhere affordable in the City. So we stayed at HJ for three nights and commuted. The hotel was clean, comfortable, quiet, good A/C, good TV, vending machines, free breakfast, free parking, etc. Excellent. The staff were very nice, quietly helpful and unobtrusive. If you simply want somewhere to sleep at night (and nip across El Camino for a Mexican beer) you can't go wrong.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Prativ P, General Manager at Howard Johnson Express Inn San Bruno/SFO West, responded to this review, June 18, 2013
Dear Valued Guest, I would like to thank you for your recent visit and the time you took to write this review. It was truly a pleasure to serve you. I am very glad our accommodations and services were to your liking, as complete satisfaction is our goal here at Howard Johnson in San Bruno. We would love to have the pleasure of seeing you as a regular guest and are looking forward to your next visit.
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

We stayed one night at the HoJo before a big trip to East Asia the next day. The Hotel is very well kept. The management's care and pride of place really shows. Mr. Patel, one of the managers has some plans to improve the breakfast -- a good idea since this is the only weak spot in the hotel's offerings. Will stay there again, if we need accomodation close to the airport.

  • Stayed May 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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Prativ P, General Manager at Howard Johnson Express Inn San Bruno/SFO West, responded to this review, June 8, 2013
Dear Valued Guest, thank you for choosing to stay with us at Howard Johnson in San Bruno. We truly appreciate your feedback regarding your recent stay and are very happy to hear you found it to be convenient and comfortable. We are always striving to improve our service, and we have made some additions to our breakfast, including eggo whaffles, yogurt and eggs. We look forward to hosting again in the near future, we hope you will enjoy our improved ammenities.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

We stayed one night at this hotel and we were quite pleased. The room was big and clean and there are a lot of shops around. We had a pizza delivered to the room and it was quite fast. Overall a good hotel. It is a bit far from the airport and if you take the shuttle you will need at least 25 minutes!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Prativ P, General Manager at Howard Johnson Express Inn San Bruno/SFO West, responded to this review, June 8, 2013
Dear Valued Guest, it was a pleasure hosting you at Howard Johnson in San Bruno. We are happy to be your first choice. Please come visit us again, we will continue to strive to make you feel most comfortable. Thank you for your kind comments.
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Very close to airport, no problems checking in even at 2 AM in the night. breakfast was adequate and decent. Rooms were clean as well.
Only complaint is that the parking underground and on the street level is very congested and difficult to park and reverse while going out.
Close to grocery/pharmacy stores as well.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Prativ P, General Manager at Howard Johnson Express Inn San Bruno/SFO West, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for your recent stay at our hotel. We are glad you like our hotel. We appreciate your time and giving us your feedback. Hope to see you in future.
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Cuppertino
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

My stay at HJ was very well . The staff is very friendly , rooms are very wide and very clean. The supply was arranged very well. Price very much affordable and location was totally in the heart of city. Nothing can be better then getting this service in this price. I would definatly visit again and stay there every time.Cheers

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Prativ P, General Manager at Howard Johnson Express Inn San Bruno/SFO West, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for your recent stay at our hotel. You feedback is very valuable and is much appreciated.I am glad your stay was excellent.We value your business and hope to see you in future.
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Address: 190 El Camino Real, Off Hwy 101 to 380 West, San Bruno, CA 94066
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Location: United States > California > San Bruno
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#5 Business Hotel in San Bruno
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Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Express Inn San Bruno/SFO West 2*
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