Overall, this hotel serves its purpose: an economical place to get some sleep near the airport. It is a 5-10 minute drive with no traffic (about $13 cab fare from baggage at SFO). The bed was sleep-able, the shower worked fine (though the water pressure is lacking), there was a microwave and a mini fridge in the room, free WiFi, 1PM late checkout time, breakfast included in the room rate and the area seems perfectly safe. For the price (compared to the other hotels in the vicinity), it will do the job.
That said, I would probably not opt to spend more than a quick night here. As others have mentioned, the rooms are noticably old and worn, there was mildew in my shower, and the walls are woefully thin. If you are a light sleeper like myself, you will be able to hear traffic, planes and people walking around/talking outside your room and may have some difficulty sleeping. I had room 309, which is towards the back of the hotel but no view (looks out on the opposite hallway wall) and is right behind the elevator. Perhaps if you had a water view room, the noise would not be as much of an issue. I would liken this more to a motel than a hotel in terms of look and feel.
Also, for those of you booking this hotel through sites other than the hotel (and possibly through the hotel website itself), they are not flexible with cancellation. We had some bad luck and had our flights cancelled. We called as soon as the delays started (7PM-ish) and we got the sense we may not make it, but were told that we were paying for the room whether we made it or not, despite the fact that they said they were completely full that night and may have been able to rent out the room for the evening. In the end, while my fiance did not end up getting a new flight out in time, I made it in (very, very early in the morning). They were certainly under no obligation to let us cancel since the cancellation deadline was 4PM that day, but note that they are strict with their policies in case you anticipate you may have any travel delays.
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