The Best Hotels to Book Near San Francisco International Airport

| Courtesy of AC Hotel by Marriott San Francisco Airport/Oyster Point Waterfront
Lynn Houghton

Whether you’re landing late, taking off early, or simply looking for a convenient base to explore the San Francisco peninsula, you’ll be comfortable in no time when you book one of the best hotels near the airport with Culture Trip.

The San Francisco peninsula, with its gleaming city situated at the northernmost tip, is vast and has natural scenery in abundance. There is a staggering number of rugged beaches, numerous state parks and large stands of coastal redwood trees to enjoy. The sheltered Half Moon Bay, halfway between the vast Santa Cruz beaches and Año Nuevo State Park in the south and Golden Gate Park in the north, is a good starting point for a coastal road trip. On the San Francisco Bay side of the peninsula is the San Francisco International Airport but also many delightful small communities worth exploring.

1. Grand Hyatt At SFO

Airport Hotel

The sleek, glass-fronted Grand Hyatt at SFO
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You can’t get closer to SFO than the Grand Hyatt. Weary travelers can reenergize in the fitness center or yoga zone, and the Quail and Crane restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so you can fuel up no matter what time your flight is. Step off the SFO Air train, straight into the lobby and be whisked straight to your room or suite.

2. The Millwood - A Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel

A spacious guest room with two beds and a soothing color palette at the Millwood
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Clean, contemporary yet comfortable aptly describes the Millwood Inn and Suites boutique hotel and its 34 rooms and suites. The location, in the town of Millbrae, is near San Francisco airport, the 101 Freeway, Interstate 280, BART metro and is perfectly suited for those who want access to downtown San Francisco and her neighbourhoods but also San Jose’s tech scene and Santa Cruz beaches. A hot European style buffet is served every morning with a state-of-the-art coffee and espresso machine on the premises for all your caffeine needs.

3. Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco Airport San Bruno

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Located in San Bruno near San Francisco Airport, the Sonesta ES Suites not only have a superb location in a quiet neighbourhood but loads of amenities. You will want to lounge by the pool, try out the BBQ and even have a go at the fitness centre. But what is astonishing are the oversized suites. The 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom suites are 845 square feet (80 sqm), have a queen size bed and two double beds, and are enough to sleep 8 adults. Perfect for a family who need a quick stop before or after a flight.

4. Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott San Francisco Airport North

Airport Hotel, Chain Hotel

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This brand new hotel ticks all the boxes with excellent accommodation, pool, fitness centre and, perhaps most importantly, a fantastic location. Coffee in the lobby means you can put some spring in your step even before an early morning departure, and if your flight is slightly later, you might even have time to grab the complimentary breakfast.

5. Home2 Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport North

Airport Hotel, Chain Hotel

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This brightly coloured, fresh hotel is right smack in the birthplace of biotech and within walking distance of the Genentech campus. The suite accommodation is spacious, sleeping four adults and with a full-size kitchen. But it isn’t just techies that will enjoy this property and its location. Nature lovers will appreciate the proximity to San Bruno Mountain State Park or the nearby San Francisco Bay walking trail and with the metro on your doorstep, it is only minutes to all the great San Francisco neighbourhoods and attractions.

6. AC Hotel by Marriott San Francisco Airport/Oyster Point Waterfront

Airport Hotel

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Base yourself away from the hustle and bustle of the city and, instead, right on the waterfront next to San Francisco Bay. The futuristic design of this excellent property makes it a bit of a destination in itself, but it is also a relaxing and soothing environment for any stay. The bonus is great views across the water and to San Francisco in the near distance, particularly spectacular when dining at the AC Lounge’s leafy landscaped outside patio.

7. Anchor Inn Pacifica

Airport Hotel

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Is privacy your top priority? This accommodation provides just that. Rather than being a traditional inn, it’s more akin to a collection of little luxury cabins. Pick from the Desert Studio, the Woods Suite, the City Suite or the Coastal Studio. Each is modern, glass lined with floor to ceiling windows, full of light, oozing with rustic features, plus each studio/suite is provided with a full kitchen, dining area and separate living zone. Perched on pylons, each property’s balcony has virtually uninterrupted views to the beach and over the water.

8. TownePlace Suites by Marriott San Mateo Foster City

Airport Hotel

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The Towneplace Suites in San Mateo are brilliantly located and only a 20-minute drive from the Pacific Coast’s Half Moon Bay and Hwy 1, the Cabrillo Hwy, worth following for stunning coastal scenery. It is only slightly further inland to Pacific Redwood groves including Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve, Big Basin Redwoods State Park and the Portola Redwoods State Park. Otherwise, this property offers modern, stylish suite accommodation with full sized kitchens and also a communal dining room offering free breakfast. There are casual bistros and restaurants just around the corner from the property.

9. Aloft San Francisco Airport

Airport Hotel

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Roll off the runway and straight into happy hour at the Aloft’s WXYZ Bar to enjoy $2 off beer, wine and wings. This trendy hotel chain has expanded throughout the country and become popular with those who enjoy socialising as well as sleeping in style. Other amenities are an excellent indoor pool, large fitness centre and a spacious outdoor patio. But it is the stylish sleeping quarters that will appeal to many guests.

10. The Dylan Hotel at SFO


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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If retro is your thing, then this conveniently located hotel for public transport, only shouting distance from San Francisco Airport and also near the attractions of the city, is the perfect choice. The patio is a throwback to Spanish colonial style, while all the newly renovated rooms feature artwork by surrealist photographer Thomas Barbey. Be sure to book a deluxe room which features turntables for spinning a few vinyls while simultaneously enjoying your spacious balcony. One metro stop away is Burlingame which has excellent dining and shopping options.

Looking for somewhere different to stay in the city? Book into one of the best luxury hotels in San Francisco, or, if you’re travelling with a four-legged friend, opt instead for a top pet-friendly hotel. We know just the food, art and cultural tours to inspire your itinerary; don’t miss the best nearest beaches to San Francisco, either. Check out all the foods you must eat while here.

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