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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, San Carlos
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in San Carlos
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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78 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Good for airport and SF”
Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

Great hotel approx. 20mi outside of SF in the hip town of San Carlo, which has many great restaurants. Well furnished hotel, good sized rooms, reasonable breakfast choice. Must mention Lawrence from front of house for excellent customer service and friendly advice. Stay here if you need a good hotel outside of SF or a hotel for an early flight out of SFO.

Stayed July 2014
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Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

We stayed 2 nights the staff was very nice and helpful.
There is a free breakfast make of it what you will. It's free ,the coffee is good and there are lots of choices cereal and such.
The rooms are nice clean and quiet. We stayed on the third floor. Our room had a fridge microwave and sink. No views to speak of.
On the next street up are loads of places and ethnic food to to eat and choose from. The train tracks run right next to the hotel but we're not a bother. It is located close enough to San Francisco and surrounding areas to make it a worthwhile stay.
Two thumbs up.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed June 7, 2014

Stayed here for two nights recently. Wasn't sure of what to expect because of some mixed reviews. I was pleasantly surprised - we really liked this property. Rooms were spacious and comfortable with tons of electrical outlets for devices. Internet was good too.

The other thing we liked were the common areas. Business center for printing out boarding passes and such. Sits next to a library room which has a wall-full of reading materials. Overall just a very comfortable space.

Some guests had complained about the CalTran train. We saw the tracks but never once heard it.

One other thing...on Thursday night, we happened upon a farmers market in the San Carlos civic center area - about five minutes or less from the hotel. Lots of fun along with many restaurant choices...seems like a great community.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed June 1, 2014

This was a nice hotel in which to stay. I appreciated the sleek, modern lobby, atrium and room. It was very clean and bright. The staff was helpful, and the breakfast was a very nice buffet (no custom cooking) with hot and cold items, including fresh fruit salad. The room was nice with a sleep number mattress. The price was probably average for San Francisco metro for a nicer hotel not geared to conventions, but definitely focused on business travelers.

Based on other reviews I requested and received a room away from the Caltrain tracks.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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Generalmanager251, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, San Carlos, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
Thank you for your feedback and for taking the time to write about your experience. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed our sleek, modern lobby, atrium and room. We look forward to your next stay.
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

I stayed here for 5 nights on a business trip and the hotel is clean and comfortable. The rooms are well appointed and my room looked like the furnishings were new. In the room the hotel has everything that you need, including microwave and fridge. The hotel provides free wifi.

The complementary breakfast was fine. I only chose from the cereal, toast and fruit but there was a hot choice daily. Parking is plentiful and free.

Don't worry about the proximity to the railroad, the hotel has double glazed windows and I didn't notice the trains until I saw one.

There are two main drawbacks. 1. The gym has only one treadmill so if someone gets on first you will end up on the pavement. 2. There is no restaurant and bar. OK with this brand you might not expect that but without a kitchen there is also no room service (not even from local vendors).
Fortunately, the main restaurant strip for San Carlos is just 10 minutes walk away.

If you just want a clean room, a comfortable bed and a shower. This is a good place to stay.

Room Tip: To be sure that you don't hear the trains try and stay near the road side of the hotel
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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Generalmanager251, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, San Carlos, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
Thank you for your feedback and for taking the time to write about your experience. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to your next stay.
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Wading River, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 251 helpful votes
Reviewed April 25, 2014

We stayed here for five nights, and found the hotel to be very clean and comfortable. Despite the Cal Train running behind our room, we didn’t have any noise issues. In fact, we found the place to be very quiet. Our room was big and had plenty of lighting and outlets for charging all our electronics. There was a microwave and mini fridge, and a coffee maker with various coffees and teas. Wifi was free and very fast. The fitness room was small with some treadmills and a very old exercise bike. We didn’t get to use the pool since it was closed during our visit. Two large screen computers were in the lobby, and I used one to print out boarding passes. There was the usual hot and cold items for breakfast, plus make your own waffles. The staff was friendly, and there was always cookies at the front desk. The San Carlos Cal Train station is about a ten minute walk away, and the express train takes you to downtown San Francisco in half an hour. Round trip fare was $10. There was a MacDonalds across the street and a Taco Bell next door. A Safeway supermarket was less than a mile away, and the Hillsdale Mall was four miles. The mall had plenty of places to eat, including The Cheesecake Factory, Macaroni Grill, Outback, TGI Friday’s, and a food court.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Generalmanager251, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, San Carlos, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
Thank you for your feedback and for taking the time to write about your experience. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to your next stay.
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Austin, Texas
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed April 16, 2014

If you have an early flight out of San Francisco or San Jose airports, consider this hotel in San Carlos as a convenient stop the night before. We were so impressed with the cleanliness and comfort provided here. Hotel must have been designed by a frequent traveler because the room layout is one of the best I've ever seen. Free wifi. Full breakfast provided. Easy in and out. Nice place to stay to avoid downtown San Francisco traffic.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Generalmanager251, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, San Carlos, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
Thank you for your feedback and for taking the time to write about your experience. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed the full breakfast, cleanliness and comfort and We look forward to your next stay.
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Property: Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, San Carlos
Address: 251 El Camino Real, San Carlos, CA 94070-2405
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Location: United States > California > San Carlos
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, San Carlos 3*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With its charming décor and convenient amenities, the Country Inn & Suites San Carlos hotel is ideal for your next vacation or business trip. Halfway between San Francisco and San Jose, our hotel is also near Oracle Headquarters in Belmont, CA, 23 miles from San Jose International Airport and only 11 miles from San Francisco International Airport (SFA). An ideal lodging choice for travelers of all types, our Country Inn & Suites also features such amenities as free high-speed Internet access, coin laundry and a Fitness Center on site. Make your reservations online today for our hotel rooms and suites in San Carlos and see what sets us apart from other hotels in San Carlos, CA. ... more   less 
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