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“OK...but make sure you get a renovated room”

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Crowne Plaza Foster City - San Mateo
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Foster City
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“OK...but make sure you get a renovated room”
Reviewed January 9, 2005

Stayed at the Crowne Plaza for one night after a visit to San Francisco as I had an early flight out the next day and wanted to avoid the rush hour traffic. Booked on basis of reviews here and free shuttle bus to airport/nearby mall.

Lobby is lovely, but first room I was allocated was a huge let down and not like those pictured on the website. It was old and needed refurbishment with peeling wallpaper, patched celing, chipped furniture and an odd smell. Bedlinen, however, was new and clean. Asked to be moved to an executive level room or one that had been renovated and my request was granted without discussion or question- I was moved to a newer room in the new wing which is as pictured on the internet and has PC and more modern decor. Much nicer. My advice is to ensure that you are allocated one of these rooms...otherwise I would stay elsewhere. (There was a modern Hilton Garden Inn across the street that looked nice from the outside, and shared the Crowne Plaza shuttle.)

You will have to call the hotel to arrange a pick up from the airport. The bus returns to the airport on the hour from 6 a.m. onwards, but note that the schedule to the mall is very limited and has a last pickup of 5.45pm (and the driver was late on both the out and return trips). Not very impressive.

I would only choose to stay here again if I was guaranteed one of the new rooms, otherwise I would look elsewhere.

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Reviewed December 3, 2004

This was one of the nicest hotels I have ever seen. I stayed for 2 nights for business ($135/night including taxes) before going to a similarly rated hotel in the City. This was way nicer. Big comfy beds- 7 pillows on each. Free internet access. Big bathroom, nice toiletries, big room. A really good buy is even better on the weekends. It is located right next to a shopping mall and a Costco and they offer shuttle service.

  • Stayed November 2004, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 17, 2004

This hotel is a gem! NO fee for parking! The rooms were very large and clean and the lobby was gorgeous! Very clean indoor pool with a HUGE whirl pool. I can not believe this was once a Holiday Inn. It is only 10 minutes from the airport with FREE shuttle service. I have stayed at 8 of the SFO 3-4 star hotels and only the Westin in Milbrae was nicer and A LOT more $ plus $15+ per night for parking. And if you are a Priority Club member you get a free continental breakast OR upgrade for $7.00 to the all you can eat buffet with belgian walffles made fresh, eggs, potatoes, bagels, danishs, yogurt, milf, cheeses, meats, bacon, ham, etc...

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Reviewed September 28, 2004

My husband and I've stayed at this hotel 3 - 4 times already. We used Priceline and got the hotel room for about $50 / night including taxes & fees.

It was one of the nicest hotels we've been to. It was in a nice safe area off of HWY92. There is a Safeway literally 3 minutes away.

The rooms were nicely decorated. The bed was very comfy. We were surprised by an complimentary upgrade to their newer rooms one time...it had an actual computer with FREE internet plus a sony dream machine alarm clock with CD player. Bedding was extra comfy there.

Overall, we look forward to staying here whenever we're in the bay.

  • Stayed January 2004
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Reviewed July 25, 2004

I just stayed at the Crowne Plaza in Foster City, CA, and found it to be an excellent accomodation. The lobby was beautifully decorated with a waterfall and a coy fish pond, the parking was free, and they even had complimentary internet connection! My room had a CD player, granite countertops, plenty of clean cups ( total of 8 for a room for two), lots of blankets and pillows. I loved it! I've stayed at four-star hotels before which were a huge disappointment compared to the Crowne Plaza. I would definitely stay here again.

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Property: Crowne Plaza Foster City - San Mateo
Address: 1221 Chess Dr, Foster City, CA 94404-1173
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Location: United States > California > Foster City
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Foster City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Crowne Plaza Foster City - San Mateo 3.5*
Number of rooms: 350
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Crowne Plaza Foster City-San Mateo is the leading event destination with16,000 square feet of meeting space on the San Francisco Peninsula. Designed with a sky-lit atrium and innovative services for business and vacation, our Foster City hotel features contemporary-styled rooms and suites with luxury bedding, refrigerators, 37'' HDTVs and our Sleep Advantage Program. Enjoy lifestyle conveniences like our business center, complimentary Wi-Fi, indoor pool and hot tub, fitness center, and free shuttle to SFO. Savor California and Asian cuisine at our relaxing restaurants, including Café Florian and Toyko Village, and enjoy cocktails and nightlife at Clubhouse Bistro and the Chit Chat Lounge. Just 7 miles from San Francisco International Airport, we are minutes of Silicon Valley businesses and Bay Area attractions, golf courses, shopping centers and scenic coastal trails. We're less than 30 minutes from San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, Union Square and AT& T Park. ... more   less 
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