The Best Hotels to Book in Burlingame, California

Burlingame has a charming downtown area brimming with stores, restaurants and other businesses
Burlingame has a charming downtown area brimming with stores, restaurants and other businesses | © Dionigi Pozzi / Alamy Stock Photo
Pierre de Villiers

With the San Francisco International Airport next door, Burlingame acts as a gateway to San Francisco. The hotels here run like clockwork, getting you to and from the airport and ensuring you settle in straight away. With cool bars, 24-hour gyms and San Francisco Bay views, your stay in this corner of California is sure to get off on the right foot in one of these great hotels – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Bay Landing Hotel, for old-world elegance

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The exterior of the Bay Landing Hotel, sitting among verdant landscaping
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At the Bay Landing Hotel – just south of San Francisco – you’re surrounded by old-world elegance as soon as you arrive. Meanwhile, the marble floors and magnificent woodwork in the entryway set the tone for what’s to follow. From here, stunning French doors open to a terrace with views of San Francisco Bay, the perfect spot for breakfast. The bygone-era motif is reflected in the lobby, where you can have coffee around a table with a globe at the center or read a book from the hotel library.

2. The Dylan Hotel at SFO, for an eclectic touch

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A guest room with a queen-size bed with a surrealist print above and a private balcony at the Dylan Hotel at SFO
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Soft jazz music greets you in the lobby of the wonderfully eclectic Dylan Hotel at SFO. The foyer also has a living wall and a tree-trunk table, while the reception has San Francisco murals behind wood-grained shelving holding books and decorations. Help yourself to a complimentary cappuccino or buy a drink and show off your Scrabble skills on a wall-size version of the game.

3. San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, for central convenience

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The lofty Flights View Lounge at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, complete with bay and airport runway views
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Plane-spotting doesn’t get much better than at this Marriott hotel, especially if you can do it through floor-to-ceiling windows while sipping cocktails at the Flights View Lounge, which also has expansive waterfront views of San Francisco Bay. It’s just minutes away from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and offers complimentary shuttle service to the terminals.

5. Crowne Plaza Foster City-San Mateo, for a curated night’s sleep

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The colorful, grand lobby with soaring columns, plants and trees, and seating at the Crowne Plaza Foster City-San Mateo
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On the San Francisco Peninsula between downtown San Francisco and Silicon Valley, the Crowne Plaza is surrounded by big-name companies, including Visa, Sony and Gilead, making it a top spot for business travelers. When not closing deals, you have four on-site dining options, an indoor pool and a jacuzzi to enjoy, and you’ll be able to fully relax thanks to the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage Program, featuring complimentary sleep kits.

6. Pacifica Lighthouse, Trademark Collection by Wyndham, for beachfront access

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The golden Pacifica Lighthouse, Trademark Collection by Wyndham, overlooking the beach
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The Pacifica Lighthouse is just steps from golden beaches and the Pacific Ocean. In the city of Pacifica – a 6mi (10km) corridor of sandy stretches and hills in coastal San Mateo County, a short drive from San Francisco – the hotel is close to numerous hiking trails that snake through rolling hills and overlook the ocean and lush canyons.

7. Grand Hyatt at SFO, for watching planes take off

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The sleek, glass-fronted Grand Hyatt at SFO
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It couldn’t be easier to get to the Grand Hyatt at SFO, with the AirTrain taking you right into the lobby. You’ll soon fall for the charms of this superior airport hotel, with its luxurious rooms that have fantastic views of the San Francisco Bay through soundproof floor-to-ceiling windows. You’re going to need those windows when the planes start taking off – you get such great views of the runways from the suites that you can wave at the pilot.

8. The Millwood, for a relaxing retreat

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A spacious guest room with two beds and a soothing color palette at the Millwood
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On the iconic El Camino Real – about 2mi (4km) from the airport and 10mi (16km) from Pacifica State Beach – the Millwood is a modern, ecofriendly retreat where you’ll find custom furniture, soothing color palettes and luxurious bathrooms. The hot breakfast buffet is a real treat, and there’s a complimentary shuttle to the airport.

9. Aloft San Francisco Airport, for quirky decor

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The colorful and playful lounge with plush seating and a pool table at the Aloft San Francisco Airport
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At this vibrant hotel in the suburbs around the airport, an indoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center are two perks that will help you get over any travel fatigue. Decor in the rooms includes cool stylized photos of San Francisco tourist sights. Elsewhere, there’s a bar that serves up dynamite cocktails and a lounge area with a pool table and board games.

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