Did not fancy paying the high rates of downtown San Francisco so we gave this place a go and was pleasantly surprised.
The hotel is about 20 minutes from downtown when there is no traffic but you have to pick your time of day as queues are long during rush hour.
There is a large mall about 5 minutes drive down El Camino Real which has a good food court and other shops but there is also a Wendy's and an International House of Pancakes within walking distance of the hotel.
There was plenty of free undercover parking in a garage under the hotel but the spaces were tight so a big tank of a vehicle might be a challenge.
The interior of the hotel and most importantly the rooms were clean and nicely presented and the staff on the front desk were helpful and well groomed.
Much has been talked about in previous reviews about the breakfast so I will offer my thoughts on this as well but from a slightly different angle.
Firstly I will quote directly from the hotels own website " Great mornings in the San Francisco Bay area start with our complimentary delicious buffet breakfast. Featuring a delectable variety of morning treats like cereal, Florida fresh juice and fresh fruit, gourmet tea and coffee with toast. We invite you to saviour our many breakfast treats in san Francisco ".
Well that blurb on the website definitely had me expecting big things at the breakfast table but sadly it turned out to be propaganda and frankly a load of rubbish.
Firstly it is not a delicious buffet breakfast, a more accurate description would be a light continental breakfast as it is very basic with minimal choices.
Secondly there is no delectable variety of morning treats as when we were there the Florida fresh juice was so watered down it was barely drinkable and the fresh fruit consisted of bananas only and they were only present at one out of the four breakfasts we had at the hotel.
Thirdly the gourmet tea and coffee is stock standard supermarket stuff, nothing gourmet about it.
As for the picture of the nicely groomed waiter on the website, well he didn't exist either. In fact the guy who looks after the breakfast is also man on the front counter so regularly things have run out(like milk) and you have to go and get him to top them up or just go without.
So yes the breakfast is not very good but my main issue is that it is advertised on the hotels website as something special which by any stretch of the imagination it is not and is misleading.
Apart from this however we were satisfied and would consider this hotel again if returning to San Francisco.
- Also Known As:
- Gateway Hotel
- Gateway Hotel San Bruno
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