Tried & Tested

Hotel review: La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West

12 Oct 2019 by Michael Allen
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

Background

In January 2018, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts announced that it was acquiring La Quinta’s hotel franchise and hotel management businesses for $1.95 billion.

“The addition of La Quinta, one of the largest midscale brands in the industry, will build upon Wyndham Hotel Group’s strong midscale presence, expand its reach further into the fast-growing upper-midscale segment, and position Wyndham Hotel Group to be the preferred partner and accommodations provider of developers and guests,” Wyndham said in a press release at the time.

I had a layover in San Francisco after a flight there from Hong Kong and I was booked to stay in La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West. This is one of two La Quinta properties near San Francisco Airport (I nearly went to the wrong one as I didn’t realise until I got there that there were two). The other is La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport North.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

What's it like?

The hotel is one of several airport hotels in the area. It has a classic laid-back American feel.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

Where is it?

Situated off Route 82, the hotel is three miles from San Francisco International Airport. The hotel offers a free shuttle bus that runs half-hourly. You need to book a seat on this at reception in advance. You have to tip US$1 per bag, so the bus is technically not completely free.

I didn’t know about the free shuttle when I arrived so ended up paying about US$15 for a ride-share.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

Check-in

I had a positive check-in experience, being greeted by a surprisingly chirpy member of reception staff despite the late hour (I checked in around 10pm). He did forget to tell me whether breakfast was included or not, and I had to ask, but he apologised for his oversight.

The room

I was in a Queen Bed Room on the ground floor.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

The room was surprisingly spacious.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

On each side of the bed, there was a lamp with a snake-shaped reading light that is easy to switch on and off.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

The room was tastefully decorated with images of iconic San Franciscan landmarks, such as the Golden Gate Bridge.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

In fact, the bridge made an appearance three times, including in the living area…

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

…and in the bathroom…

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

While the room wasn’t luxurious by any standards – this is a two-star airport hotel – I found it to be perfectly equipped with everything I needed for my one-night stay. Opposite the bed, there was a television on top of a chest of drawers. To the left of that was an (almost) full-length mirror.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

Inside the bottom drawer, I found a spare pillow, though I didn’t need to use it.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

There was a lamp on the desk, which had two three-pin sockets as well as one USB socket.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

The room had a kitchenette area next to the bathroom. While I didn’t really need to use this during my short stay, it was nice to know it was there. The kitchenette is equipped with a Keurig coffee machine with four coffee capsules: two Rainforest Bold Coffee Royal Cup Signature and two Morning Edition Blend Decaf Medium Roast Coffee.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

There was also a microwave which, again, I didn’t need to use, but it was nice to have available.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

To the left of the kitchenette was the bathroom. The shower was spacious and had good water pressure.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

Here is a look at the sink…

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

Toiletries were from Pantene and included:

  • Fresh & Clean Soothing Body Lotion
  • Daily Moisture Renewal Conditioner
  • Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo
  • Fresh & Clean Energizing Body Wash
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

You also get a Fresh & Clean Revitalizing Massage Bar.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

The toilet was clean and functional.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

Food and beverage

My favourite part of my stay was the breakfast. It was a full buffet with no table service, though in classic American fashion, there is a tip jar in case you want to leave a gratuity for the staff laying out the buffet.

I woke early due to the jetlag and had some time to kill before my flight, so I ensconced myself at the back of the breakfast room with a book and read, ate and people watched for a couple of hours.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

The breakfast room was small, but it only got about half full and wasn’t too noisy. The food selection was all-American and included a section where you can make your own waffles.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

There were also sachets of instant miso soup available, which contrasted oddly with the rest of the breakfast fare. Perhaps the hotel has a lot of Japanese guests on layovers.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

There were also peeled boiled eggs and apples.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

I liked the tower of Kellogg’s cereal, which included some guilty pleasures like Fruit Loops.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

The hot food included both regular sausage and vegetarian sausage, as well as scrambled eggs and apple filled pancakes.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

There was a good selection of hot drinks, including seven different types of tea. Coffeemate syrup with three different flavours was also available.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

Coffee was from a flask dispenser and included dark, house and decaf. The fourth dispenser contained hot water. There were takeaway cups available for the coffee.

There were also three types of juice available: apple, cranberry and passion orange mango.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

It was a little disconcerting to see the below sign, informing me that my breakfast might give me cancer.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

Leisure facilities

While my stay was so short that I didn’t have time to try any of the leisure facilities, I did notice that the hotel has a nice swimming pool with deckchairs.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West / photo by Michael Allen

Verdict

For a one-night layover near San Francisco International Airport, you can’t go wrong with this hotel. The room was comfortable, quiet and well-equipped, so that I got a good night’s sleep. The hearty breakfast gives you a good start to the morning and the convenient shuttle bus means you can easily zip back to the airport for your flight.

Quick facts

  • Best for…a comfortable and convenient place to stay during a layover at San Francisco International Airport
  • Don’t miss…the hearty all-American breakfast
  • Price… One night in a Queen Bed room starts at US$239
  • Contact… 1390 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030, United States
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