Staying at Holiday Inn Express San Francisco Airport South because I like to stay away from the San Francisco City. It is less than an hour drive to the city and an easy access to the SF airport too!
Since it is an “express” hotel, you will find the services are pretty standard and with reasonable price. You will find Holiday Inn Express usually found in suburbs and besides freeways.
We gotten our key within 5 mins from the front desk despite it was a peak period.
Plenty of places to sit at the lobby.
You can also use the stairs to go up second level.
If you have heavy luggage to carry up, use the lift instead.
A very small open space business center with two PC and a printer.
Small kiosk selling snacks, drinks, batteries & toiletries.
Hotel Room Review
Hotel room is clean and comfortable and bright if you turn on all the lights.
- Room is decorated with several paintings & pictures.
- Air condition is adjustable.
- Floor is clean and dry.
- Come with clean towels and toiletries.
- Light is bright enough.
Wardrobe has few wooden hangers, an iron and an iron board plus a safe box.
I won’t say the room is very spacious but good enough. Flat screen tv, microwave, tea and coffee maker are there for you to use.
- Double lining curtains which block away bright sunlight in the morning.
- A small working station.
Holiday Inn Express usually come with “complimentary breakfast”. Very standard American breakfast which consist of bread, muffin, egg, cereal, coffee, tea, milk, juice, ham and sausages plus fruits.
- Food are sufficient as the few staffs keep refilling for the hungry travelers.
- Food served are hot and fresh.
At the back of the hotel, the are spectacular and it is wise if you go out to have your morning walk.
Nice trees and a beautiful lake with birds and ducks.
I take about 20 mins to have a walk outside and discover a beautiful lake and an old school bus.
Sufficient of parking lot at the back of the hotel near the lake.
Big intersection before you turn in to Holiday Inn Express SF. We missed few times and fail to make a turn to come in to the hotel.
You can drive for few minutes to find few restaurants nearby. I love Sushi Japanese & Korean Restaurant is just within walking distance, 5-10 mins.
Drive for 5 mins further down the road, you will find Chinese Grand Harbor. If you are too tired to walk and drive, just go next door – Original Max’s serving Western cuisine. We had our dinner at Original Max’s, good nice ambient.
Final thoughts :
Staying two nights at Holiday Inn Express San Francisco Airport South with no complaints, room is clean and come with all the basic necessities. Complimentary breakfast is included.
What I like most of the hotel is the ample parking spaces and the lake view at the back of the hotel. You also get to watch the ducks swimming in the lake and watching the sun rise early in the morning. Quite foggy though. Not sure why SF is always foggy.
Nearby attractions :
- Lombard Street San Francisco
- Chinatown San Francisco
- Golden Gate Bridge @ San Francisco
- Google HQ at Silicon Valley
- University Stamford
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