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“Would rather stay in Sacramento, drive in overnight to event, than stay here again.” 1 of 5 stars
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Stone Villa Inn San Mateo - San Francisco SFO
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2175 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403   |  
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Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in San Mateo
San Francisco, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Would rather stay in Sacramento, drive in overnight to event, than stay here again.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

The big (misleading) plus: Close to the San Mateo Convention Center. Granted it's a walk through a back alley, possible sweat shops, and close by the South Bay's largest XXX store (neon purple lights on a black building). The proximity, never having been here before was the only reason I chose to stay here, that and the fact that there were no other options for less than $250 due to the huge event.

The owner operator seems to be a nice guy, they even have a sweet picture of a nice bridge in the lobby giving you the first impression that things will be ok, straight forward. Nope. 1st, they made me pay when I thought I had paid through the 3rd party hotel website. Weary, I felt I was about to be swindled when I all I wanted to do was check in, go to my room, study for a major 2 day exam the next day at the SMCC.

Reluctant, I ended up talking to someone, put on the phone by the front desk girl (possibly a relative of the owner) of someone who seemed very far away who convinced me that I even though I game all my payment info, I still needed to pay the hotel directly! Tired, I gave up. It seems to have been done properly, but what a weird way.

The room: big, empty. I was greeted by a pot light above the entry that was bright orange (red I can get, but orange?). Seating and tables don't exist and the lighting is atrocious (and I like it dimly lit). I had to move the only skinny table from against the wall to on front of the TV to have some space to put a book and get light from the TV. I unscrewed the bulb and took it to the owner and politely asked for another. He immediately blamed the lighting contractor and couldn’t believe that was put in, almost as if he let's contractors do what they want then not check them.

He said they had no extras, and when I suggested I go to the convenience store to buy one for him, he proceeded to take out one from the lobby. For some reason, this one was very hot and I had to carry it back with a blanket to avoid a caustic burn. Then there's the toilet paper: This unit had one that was 1/3rd remaining, and the expected folded triangle was replaced by an 12" dangling shred that somehow survived the nigth before my arrival. I'm all in favour or not wasting paper, but just keep in mind this possibility if this might bother you.

The Negative(s): Let's just say this hotel has clearly been here a long time, yet the outside makes it look "fresher". That idea of lipstick on a..., comes to mind. The walls are paper thin, possibly even made of cardboard. Located about 3/4rths to the back side, I could hear everything: Neighbors snoring, shouting, but worst of all, the spontaneous timing of the AC/heater unit, which sounds like a jet engine in the middle of the night. If you happen to nod off while staying here, you're lucky, as I almost fell asleep, I was woken by the a dumpster at 3am (Friday) which sounded as if it was trying to lift the same dumpster over and over and shake it 300 times, followed by what sounded like it was scrapping its way through a space between cars a fraction of its width, and followed by the 10 minute schedule of the Cal train running through the room starting at about half past hell. I didn't sleep one minute the first night, and can verify that the "wake up call" was not followed through with either, on 2 days. I got 4 hours sleep the next night.

I paid $145 to stay here, and have stayed in place all around the world. I would not dare say that there are worse places in 3rd world countries, as, come to think of it, they were a treat, unique, and part of the experience, and this joint is in a category of its own in the Western World.

Lastly, because check out time is 11 or 12 and because event at the SMCC can go to the end of the day, the owner was very cool about letting us keep our car at their parking lot for the day and didn't tow it. In the end, it's those kind of touches that make it all worthwhile.

Maybe this is some sort of initiation for taking these exams, but I feel as if there must be better solutions, and it's possible everything was just amplified due to a lack of sleep, but my expectations for a joint in San Mateo were very low, so it's not as if that were the reason (low expectations).

Room Tip: Maybe rooms closer to the main street are better?
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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Hayward, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Stayed here for just an overnight stay and to start off the surrounding neighborhood didn't make me feel all that safe but once in the parking lot of the hotel it seemed just fine. The place looked liked it has been remodel recently and they did a great job at making it look nice! The room was a bit on the small side but still a great size with a walk in closet and a table for your laptop etc. If I needed to stay in this area again I would for sure keep this in mind. As far as places to shop and eat there was nothing in the area directly around the place but just about a mile north is downtown San Mateo with plenty of stores to keep you busy. The staff seemed ok. They were nice but not talkative but other then that this was a great basic place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012 via mobile

We came here for our honeymoon. Being newlyweds and on a budget, Stone Villa Inn was our choice because of the price. The neighborhood seems kind of sketchy at first although there were some delicious Asian restaurants around. The hotel was clean but the best amenities were the tv and the shower. Big table near the closet made it hard to move around the room and the "deluxe" breakfast consisted entirely of bread products. Also disappointed by the lack of outdoor space to just sit outside and relax. A decent hotel if you don't plan on spending much time there. Staff was accommodating and room was always straightened when we came back at night. Good for business trips or ppl who will be touring all day. Not recommended for those that like to spend time in their hotel room.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Cruz, California
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10 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

A little pricey for San Mateo but Stone Villa is in the last stage of a really thorough overhaul. Maybe they left vestiges of the packaging on the tv, lamp and clothes iron to remind you of it, but everything in our twin room was clean and worked well. The walk in closet, about 8' square,allowed plenty of bedroom floor space for yoga, and while on the floor I noticed the carpet was clean and that it was easy to vacuum under the beds. Firm, flat mattresses were very comfortable. Sushi restaurant down the street and pizza across street were pretty good. In the "bad stuff" column, the ceiling creaked and thumped like an elephant herd was up there. There's almost no place to lay out toiletries in the bathroom. Reception isn't friendly but they do their job promptly and efficiently. Breakfast was mediocre. We would stay there again on a business trip.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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52 reviews 52 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

A reasonably clean and centrally located motel - one is better off to skip the free breakfast and walk three blocks north to Heidi's Pies restaurant. Good Mexican and pizza restaurants across the street to the south of the motel.

For those without a car: Shuttle Express from SFO airport was $23 with tip, but Adam's cab was $10 more for the return to airport.

Several rooms were occupied by family members attending a wedding at Half Moon Bay on Saturday afternoon.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Carson City, Nevada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Stayed there for two nights; it was a clean hotel, but the beds were hard and traveling with my two teenage daughters the bathroom arrangement was inadequate and there was not an area outside of the bathroom with a mirror and outlet. The pillows were also very thin and the breakfast was ok, but the room inwhch to each was small and when the hotel was booked full for the night makes it uncomfortable to eat in such a small area. Also, I had to ask for two additional towels each night, as there were four of us, and they only would provide two towels.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Not sure what everyone is complaining about....the room was very clean, very nice. Smaller then most rooms, but very adequate. Bed is pretty firm, could use a nice latex topper. But still it's a great room at a great price.
The staff isn't upbeat and perky, but, they get the job done and very well I might add.
If you stay here...keep in mind the bed is firm. Otherwise, worth the money.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2175 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403
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Location: United States > California > San Mateo
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in San Mateo
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Hotel Class:2 star — Stone Villa Inn San Mateo - San Francisco SFO 2*
Number of rooms: 45
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