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Aloft San Francisco Airport
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Millbrae
Miami, Florida
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“Excellent airport hotel option”
Reviewed 2 July 2013

Stayed here for a night after an unexpected red-eye cancellation and was very pleased with the accommodations. The room was spacious, clean, comfortable with good temperature control - I had a nice view of flights taking off (if you enjoy that kind of thing). The shuttle bus ran every 15 minutes starting early in the morning and got me to the terminal with plenty of time.

The one thing to note is that Aloft hotels don't have full-service dining options so you'd have to go over to the Westin across the way to eat (or elsewhere if you have a car). It wasn't an issue for me since I had already eaten dinner before arriving, but it is something you should be aware of.

I was very happy with it and if you don't need full-service dining, it's a great option by SFO

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Nikki_Por, Starwood Hotels at Aloft San Francisco Airport, responded to this review, 16 July 2013
We're happy to hear that our hotel met your expectations and that you were comfortable even though you had an unexpected flight cancellation at SFO. Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback about your stay! At Aloft, we do offer hot menu items in our Re:fuel eatery as well as at W XYZ Bar in the lobby. You are correct, if you need a full service restaurant, The Westin SFO is right across the parking lot. Thanks again and take care!
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

Excellent Airport hotel. Decor is very modern and clean. There isn’t a restaurant, per se, but there is a bar with great beer on draft and a small menu of snacks and salads available. Coffee and breakfast items (made to order) are also available in the lobby in the morning. Rooms are very simple, but clean and comfortable. The air conditioner units are a little loud and come on and off constantly unless you keep the fan on all night. Amenities include two complimentary bottles of water and Bliss bath products. We had an early morning flight out of SFO so we booked a 'park and jet' package, which includes complimentary parking for up to 10 nights. Guest can park anywhere in the parking lot. There is no security service, but there is a gate with an attendant to get on and off property. The shuttle TO the airport was clean, quick and convenient. However, I don't recommend taking the shuttle BACK to the hotel from SFO. Take a taxi instead! The shuttle only comes every 20 minutes, stops several times in the terminal and at the Westin - the Aloft is the last stop. Taking the shuttle TO the airport is fine - 5 minutes, tops. Request a room overlooking the pool or courtyard. These rooms are MUCH quieter. Check in and check out was easy and efficient. We will stay at the Aloft the next time we have a flight out of SFO. You can’t beat the location and park and fly rates!

Room Tip: For Park-N-Fly: When returning from SFO to pick up your car, TAKE A TAXI! Request a room overlookin...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

Well for starters, I was well aware from reading reviews here on Tripadvisor that this hotel is right next to the main runway at SFO however some reviewers indicated it wasn't as bad if your room was facing the "courtyard" (away from the runway). I got one of those rooms and maybe I am just sensitive to noise but pretty much all night every 5-7 minutes I could hear those jet engines firing up to move those planes around the runway. The HVAC system in the room was also a bit noisy - making a loud clicking noise every time it turned on. So, for sleep quality, the hotel is not so good. The bedding is fine but I find the beds at Westin hotels much more comfortable than what was offered at Aloft. Rooms are a good size, modern and clean. On the plus side, this hotel has a nice energetic lobby/bar area and a nice indoor swimming pool and a great workout room. If the property were just located away from the main runway, it would earn a much higher rating.

Room Tip: If you are sensitive to noise, you want to make sure you ask for a room that is opposite the rooms t...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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London
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

This a decent, average, airport style hotel.

The rooms are a good size, clean and tidy. The gym is too small for a hotel of this size, but again, just about ok.

I would stay here because it represents good value for money.

No complaints, although it does sound a bit whiney....

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2013

The Aloft hotel looks very new with an interesting, modern design. Rooms are clean and spacious with free internet connection, nice bathroom and comfortable beds. The stuff in the reception was very friendly and helpful and they made us feel welcome.
The hotel is located very close to the airport with free shuttle service - very handy if you need to travel the next day. Unfortunately there is no free parking available but 10$ per day is not too bad.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2013

We stayed here for a night between flights and had a wonderful stay. There isn't much in the area, but the hotel itself exceeded our expectations. I would stay here again for a night or two without hesitation.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Boston
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

My husband and I stayed at this property on either end of a trip to the San Fran area. It was fine for this purpose, one or two nights, definitely not a place to hang out for long as there isn't much in walking distance and it's SO close to the airport that the noise was a bit of a problem one of the two nights we were there (think it was the location of the room, facing the road). We arrived late Friday evening after a long flight and it was a bit of a surprise to walk into a reception area which seemed like a club with loud music blasting. But once we checked in we found peace and quiet so it was fine, just a bit of a shock. The rooms are comfy and clean, stylish. Our main problem was the heating system, I'm not sure an engineer could figure out the thermostat. They definitely need an instruction book in each room! The first night our room cycled in the high 80's and despite calls to the front desk for help and waking up every hour to try to figure it out we ended up just suffering through the night. Our second stay was better, the first room must have been funky. We had snacks at the bar one night, was a decent option. Nice to have a free pool table in the lounge. We enjoyed using the indoor pool and exercise room. All in all a very pleasant stay, again, for short term or business purposes.

Room Tip: Try to get a courtyard facing room, seemed to cut down on the airplane noise.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Aloft San Francisco Airport
Address: 401 E Millbrae Ave, Millbrae, CA 94030-3111
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Region: United States > California > Millbrae
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Millbrae
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Aloft San Francisco Airport 3*
Number of rooms: 253
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located only a half-mile from the airport, the Aloft San Francisco Airport hotel offers guests bright modern rooms with all the amenities including complimentary wireless internet access. Overnight parking is $23.00 Per night ... more   less 
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