No free breakfast, and on-site restaurant is underwhelming
Shuttle to/from airport runs only once per hour -- a bummer if you miss it by a few minutes
The Hilton Garden Inn San Mateo, a short drive to the airport (with free shuttle service) and within a half hour's drive of San Francisco, is primarily built for business travelers. There are multiple meeting rooms and a 24-hour business center outfitted with three computers, fax machine, copy machine, and free printing and Internet. A lobby convenience store has basic snacks for sale, and a coin-operated washer/dryer is nice for those longer business trips. There's a basic restaurant on-site (and limited room service), though better options are within walking distance. Rooms are standard -- basic wood hotel-style furnishings and no-frills bathrooms -- though beds come with adjustable mattresses so guests can choose their level of comfort. Plus, rooms have flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, microwaves, and mini-fridges. The towels folded into animal shapes is a nice touch upon arrival, too. A fitness center provides modern cardio and weight equipment for a good workout, and there's an outdoor pool with Jacuzzi -- though both are underwhelming at best.
Less than a half hour to San Francisco, and only 15 minutes to the airport
Located in a safe area of San Mateo, Hilton Garden Inn San Mateo is just off the 92 freeway close to several major shopping centers. A handful of restaurants are within walking distance, though most attractions require a car. For golf lovers, Poplar Golf Course is less than 10 minutes away. Three major cities -- Palo Alto, San Francisco and Oakland -- are all less than an hour's drive.
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15-minute shuttle ride to San Francisco International Airport
5- to 8-minute walk to area restaurants
8-minute walk to Bridgepointe Shopping Center
15-minute walk to Mariner's Point
4-minute drive to Mariner's Point Golf Center
6-minute drive to Leo J. Ryan Memorial Park
7-minute drive to San Mateo County Event Center
8-minute drive to Poplar Golf Course
8-minute drive to Hillsdale Shopping Center
9-minute drive to Coyote Point Museum
21-minute drive to Palo Alto
28-minute drive to San Francisco
36-minute drive to Oakland
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