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Hotel Aura San Bruno
Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in San Bruno
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Helmond, The Netherlands
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70 reviews
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“good place to visit san francisco”
Reviewed 10 August 2012

We found the prices of hotels in San Francisco very high and most of them without parking space so we looked fot something outside town. This was excellent. It's only a short drive to San Francisco (20 minutes). Rooms are big and clean, bathroom is really nice. Parking-lot under the hotel. Breakfast-area is too small. In San Francisco at the pier you find enough parking lots to park (17 dollar for the entire day).

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

I had a developer conference to attend in San Francisco, and since I was paying for it out of my own pocket, needed a cheap hotel with parking (as I was driving down from Vancouver).

The hotel is easy to find and provides free underground parking. Note that there are two car parks, so if one fills up (which it did during my stay) the other one probably will not. Access to the car park is not restricted (anyone could walk or drive in from the street) but I had no concerns about leaving my car there.

Check-in was friendly and helpful and I was given a room on the second floor. This is the same floor as breakfast is served on -- if you get a room next to the breakfast area, be aware it could be noisy in the morning. My room was at the end of one of the corridors, and on opening the door had a short corridor with a corner in it, reducing noise from the corridor nicely.

The room itself was reasonably large and spotlessly clean, with everything you would expect including a small fridge. The air conditioner was effective and had a 'fan always on' mode so that it wouldn't keep switching on and off loudly through the night. The room backed onto residential houses that were very close, but this wasn't a problem.

A comfy chair would have been a nice addition to the room, as would better lighting over the bath and shower.

Wifi worked fine and was acceptable but nothing special -- OK for browsing the web but if you need to download any large attachments it could take a while.

The walls of the hotel did seem quite thin -- I had the usual elephant staying in the room above me (this seems a regular occurrence when I travel) who stomped around, and I was also able to hear a baby in the next room. If you like a quiet stay, I'd recommend asking for a room on the top floor.

The hotel is a very easy walk (<5 minutes) to the Caltrain station, and about a 20 minute walk to the BART station. I had no concerns about walking to the Caltrain station at any time of day, but the walk from the BART station at night put me slightly on edge, although nothing happened. I believe there is a bus route that stops outside the hotel and goes to the BART station. I would recommend the Caltrain if it goes where you need -- it was cheaper, cleaner, quicker and more pleasant than the BART.

All in all an excellent stay at a reasonable price. But for the noise issues, I would give it 5 stars.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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Northfield
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Reviewed 19 June 2012 via mobile

I was very surprised how nice it was. Super close to airport with free shuttle. Front desk lady was very nice and helpful. Bathroom is really nice and room was very clean. The only negatives were we smoke and no balcony, had to go out the entrance and there are houses directly out the back but u can close the curtains and not notice it. If u can, get take out from the rib shack. It's walking distance from the hotel and it's the slam!

  • Stayed June 2012
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Fredericton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2012

We stayed here for three nights, end of April. It wasn't busy even though it was over the weekend. Nice, spacious, clean rooms. Our room smelled a bit weird on arrival, maybe it was the cleaning products they used? Beds (two queen sized) were comfortable, air-con was a bit loud. Bathroom was ok, nothing special. Same goes for the free breakfast. All and all we would go back, it's a good location if you don't want to pay lots of money and stay downtown. We took the train to the city center once and drove another day. Parking is not too bad, there are lots of good deals to be found (arrive before 9.30 AM and only pay $6 for a full day)

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 9 May 2012 via mobile

As an airport hotel, location is the primary aim combined with a clean, safe, & value for money.  Free Internet, basic continental break, & free parking close to the return car rental center at San Francisco Airport complex.  Lots of places to eat nearby.  We paid $84 for 2x double beds, so if you're not after plush hotel & just need a place to stay until you fly out, then is hotel is for you. Finally, did I mention a free shuttle TO the airport?

  • Stayed May 2012
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 7 May 2012

Clean and relatively cheap
Centrally located on El Camino Real - easy to go to SFO and San Mateo

Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Moncton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2012

We only stayed at this hotel one night in between flights.We chose this hotel based on the location and free shuttle to/from the airport, The hotel was clean, bed was comfy, staff was polite and the shuttle left on time in the morning for our 6am flight. I have no complaints

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Aura San Bruno
Address: 190 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066-5552 (Formerly Howard Johnson Express Inn San Bruno/SFO West)
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Region: United States > California > San Bruno
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in San Bruno
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Aura San Bruno 2*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Aura in San Bruno, California is situated in an ideal location next to San Francisco Airport (SFO) for your next visit to the San Francisco Bay Area. When you stay at this affordable, yet luxurious hotel, you'll experience plush bedding, a wide range of amenities, and a variety of services such as free on-site parking for your vehicle. If you don't have a car, you can catch your flight out of SFO with our free airport shuttle service. ... more   less 
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