Review: Holiday Inn San Francisco International Airport

Posted on January 18, 2014 by in IHG Rewards Club

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San Francisco Airport has attracted all major hotel chains with several properties. The location around the airport serves well as it's relatively cheap real estate for Bay Area prices and most places in San Francisco and the Bay Area can be reached. So the airport hotels are not just serving frequent flyers. IHG has the largest footprint besides Starwood with a Crowne Plaza, a Holiday Inn and 2 Holiday Inn Express.

The Holiday Inn isn't the newest property and shows a considerable wear and tear. It's just north of the terminals. The hotel operates a free shuttle from all terminals

The Big Win promotion prompted me to book a regular rate at the hotel.

I arrived early in the morning at 8 AM and called the hotel if they had rooms available and if I could check-in – they had no problems allowing that!

When I showed up 10 minutes later I was checked in in seconds by a friendly agent. I also received a granola bar and water bottles as Platinum amenity. I'm not sure if teh hotel has any upgrade pool but I did not ask for it.

The hotel design is confusing with 2 separate towers and set of elevators. Once you figure it out it's pretty easy though.

The lobby has been newly renovated and has a number of new chairs and a fireplace (though not in a pretty spot). The hotel bar gt really lively at night with seemingly more locals than hotel guests showing up. It's surprisingly cozy there and unlike most hotel bars with zero atmosphere.

The room itself was of good size with the standard Holiday Inn/ Holiday Inn Express layout. Even the AC controls seemed strangely familiar 🙂 The WiFi was easy to connect to but was sooo slow it wasn't much of a help. The bed was nice but simple.

Room rates hover around $120 in this area which for San Francisco is cheap. Many travelers use the closeby BART station to commute to San Francisco or Caltrain to commute as far as San Jose.

Parking is $18 a day but there is free street parking nearby (though it's not the safest neighborhood).

The hotel is just ok with the hotel bar and rooms itself leaving a good impression on me. The dull hotel hallways and the slow WiFi need improvement soon!

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