My husband and I stayed here for two nights. The hotel is only about 5 minutes from SFO. The neighborhood en route to the hotel from the airport looked a little scary to us, to be honest. We were a bit nervous as to what we would find upon arriving at the hotel, after passing run down buildings and questionable looking people on the street. To our relief, the Villa Montes turned out to be a very nice little hotel.
Our room was very clean and elegantly furnished. The small underground garage is free, but we wondered if there were enough parking spaces if the hotel was full. The first night (a Saturday) we took the last available space.
We also noticed some airport noise (planes landing), but soon discovered that it was because the window was open slightly. So, after getting to your room, make sure to close the window, which I think they leave open to keep the room fresh. After closing the window we didn't hear anything the rest of the night, which was great.
The pool is small, but elegant, like everything else in the hotel. The breakfast is normal fare (similar to a Hampton, but without the eggs and breakfast meats). In the evenings there are free cookies at the front desk. My husband said he saw free glasses of wine too. We asked the front desk how old the hotel was, and it was built four years ago.
Driving from San Bruno to San Francisco is easy, though about 20 minutes duration (approx 13 miles). We noticed that leaving the hotel and heading towards San Francisco, the neighborhood looked gentrified - there was a Barnes and Noble, JC Penney, and Applebees, all newly built, it looked like. So, the poor neighborhood seemed to be relegated to the stretch from the airport to the hotel, much to our relief.
Overall, it was a very good stay. Both nights we had dinner in San Francisco, so I can't really comment about the restaurants nearby. I did have a great nights' sleep and a good breakfast the next morning, but I might not choose to stay here again, simply because of the distance from San Francisco. Others might not think it too far, however.
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Collection Montes
- Clarion Collection San Bruno