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Best Western Plus El Rancho Inn
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Millbrae
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Riverside, Ca
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“Nice quiet Hotel”
Reviewed July 10, 2008

This Best western is one of the BEST! Its an older Hotel with nice thick walls. No neighbor noise. The el rancho has an exercise room and internet access. Lots of restraunts within walking distance. Nice place to take the Family on a visit to the Bay Area. The bart station is near. Also a skate/bike park on Milbrae ave for the kids. We have stayed here many times over the years. Couldn't be happier with the El Rancho Best Western inn.

  • Liked — Good night sleep! no noise
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 8, 2008

My husband and I had a very early flight out the next morning so we selected a hotel near the airport. This one was only 5 minutes. Paid $110 before taxes so didn't expect much. The hotel was very old but in a good way, very good condition with lots of upgrades. Granite countertop in bath. Large walk in closet. Arrived late so didn't get a chance to use the pool but did want to say the location to airport and dining was excellent and the bed was one of the most comfortable we have ever slept in. Down comforters! Slept like babies.

  • Liked — Awesome beds
  • Disliked — no problems to report
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 30, 2007

We arrived at SFO quite late with no hotel reservations and found most places were full or too expensive. We settled on this place, having stayed at various Best Westerns around the globe, plus the fact it offers free shuttles to the airport and its BART station, ideal as we wanted to visit San Francisco for two days at the end of our holiday.

It's quite close to the airport but it's on a main road with a few fast food restaurants nearby. Our first night we stayed in a suite, which is a block away. It had two bedrooms and a large living room and kitchen. We opted to sleep in the large room but ended up moving to the smaller room facing the inner courtyard as it was quieter. No complaints at all about the facilities on offer in the room and there's free wired internet access.

We changed next morning to a smaller, cheaper room close to the main set of buildings. This one was upstairs at the end of a block; it had a small second bedroom, slightly more away from the corridor, so we slept in there instead.

You can detect a wireless network here but it's not advertised by the hotel although it's definitely provided by them.

There's a complimentary breakfast but it's offered to early leavers between 04:30 and 7:30 only. Otherwise you pay for it at their cafe but it's merely adequate.

It's reasonable value but only if you really can't find anything for a decent price within the center. If you don't mind making the trip to the centre via the airport and the BART, which takes about an hour in total, then it's a viable option.

  • Stayed September 2007
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new york city
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Reviewed August 21, 2007

My husband and I stayed here before heading back to ny and it was perfect. Clean, comfortable and great food at the cafe. The bartender was awesome and had us laughing the whole night. Would definitely recommend!

Stayed August 2007
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2007

Ok hotel. Had to change rooms as we needed a bath for our toddler (not just a shower stall). The first room was quite nice, but the second (with bath) was near the tracks, overlooking barbed wire in a shifty looking location, no deadbolt on the door, very cramped. Fine enough but not great. The hotel restaurant was just mediocre - waiter with attitude (?!)

  • Liked — location, friendly check in
  • Disliked — dusty room, barbed wire surrounding gates, small room
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 12, 2007

Chose this hotel for the park and fly. We stayed the night before we flew out and our room was very comfortable and spacious. However coming back from the airport was not as convenient. We waited for the shuttle for about 45 minutes when they claimed they would arrive every 20 minutes. The best part was coming back to our car that they had crashed into another car in their "high tech" parking garage. The front bumper and hood were smashed in. They admitted to it but what a hassle trying to get it repaired. What a nice way to end our vacation.

Stayed July 2007
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed November 30, 2006

Second time we stayed at this hotel (stay and fly program), but our experience was quite different from the first time. Unlike the first time, this time we were booked at the far end of the hotel. Unfortunately, this end of the property is bordered by the train tracks. The trains would loudly blow their warning whistle at random times during the night and you can hear it passing. Also the beds were old and worn. The hotel is in real need of a renovation inside and out. On our return, the shuttle pickup service was not too good. Many of the other passengers had been complaining that they had called numerous times for a pickup long before we got to the pickup site (we waited for about 15-20 minutes). Based on the condition of the property and the frequency of the shuttle pickups, we will most likely look for an alternate stay and fly hotel around SFO.

  • Liked — Location is near airport
  • Disliked — Located next to train tracks, loud trains, hotel needs updating
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled with family
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Property: Best Western Plus El Rancho Inn
Address: 1100 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030-2015 (Formerly BEST WESTERN PLUS El Rancho Inn)
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Location: United States > California > Millbrae
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Millbrae
#1 Family Hotel in Millbrae
#1 Business Hotel in Millbrae
#2 Green Hotel in Millbrae
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Plus El Rancho Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 219
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Closest Best Western hotel to SFO Airport, AAA 3 Diamond Rated, with full service restaurant offering complimentary daily departure snack from 4:30am - 9:30am. At the Best Western Plus El Rancho Inn you’re sure to find that little something extra. With our modern amenities and thoughtful design, the Best Western Plus El Rancho Inn will stand out among other hotels in Millbrae, CA. For the business traveler, a spacious work desk and free internet access are included in all our guest rooms to ensure you don’t miss a beat while you’re away from the office. For extended stays, each room provides a convenient in-room mini fridge that is ideal for drinks and snacks. We also have an in-house fitness room, so you can keep up your workout routine while you’re on the road. As always, the Best Western Plus El Rancho Inn will provide you with the superior customer service that you are used to at any Best Western hotel ... more   less 
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