Quickie for Aloft @ SFO

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  1. edekba

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    So I just stayed here the other night, a one nighter. When we got in about 9pm I thought it was strange that their computers weren't in the circular front desk but outside on tables. According to the front desk girl, their IT system went down around 2pm. We had to be escorted to our room on the 5th floor.

    Room was fine, reminded me of the Aloft ORD I just stayed in 2 weeks prior. The GG Bridge on the headboard was a good Bay Area touch though. However water pressure from the shower was abysmal. The ceiling of our room also had spots, holes, etc. And the Wifi didn't work.

    Considering the hotel is only 8-9 weeks old ... and they did a complete redo of the Clarion Hotel ... I would've expected better. Esp the ceiling/Water Pressure. The Wifi/IT system is Murphy's law ... but come on after spending how much $$$$ on a renovation you forget to paint the roof uniformly & not put in enough piping system to provide good water pressure.
     
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    It would interesting to see a list of SFO hotels that have been reflagged and renovated.
     
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    It's disappointing to hear that they didn't do a good job in renovating the Clarion to become the aloft. It would be nice to have a quality SPG property at a lower price point than the Westin at SFO. I assume the two properties continue to share a single van.
     
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    Not that many. I think what was once a Sheraton became a Crowne Plaza.
    The Hilton is fairly nice. Was that a new build or reflag from another brand.
    Clarion -> aloft
    Amfac torn down after Earhquake
    Garden-style Hyatt torn down and Hyatt Regency built
    those are all that come to mind
     
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    Yeah same van & same parking lot.
     
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    The Hilton was a Sheraton. The Holiday Inn lost its moniker for awhile on an off, and it is back. The hotel that is the CitiGarden used to have a more famous second-tier name.
     
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    Both the Westin and the Marriott command quite a rich tariff.
     
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    I already got a review from a friend of mine, I think it might have been karung99, who said it concisely:

    "it's a dump".

    I don't know what they did besides the exterior neon, and the furnishings etc, but I think Willy probably got it right.

    I did stay at the Westin last week, s I needed an SPG stay or two, and the shuttle picked us up in front of the Westin, then we went around back to the Aloft, then we went through their park and ride lot, fortunately only stopping once to pick up a park and ride person. The shuttle sharing is a requirement of the airport.

    The goto hotel for me in this area is the Hyatt SFO. The Hilton (formerly Sheraton Gateway) is also a nice property. Both can usually be booked for reasonable rates. The Westin continues to try hard, and they do offer platinum members a free continental breakfast (in addition to the plat amenity choice). The Westin is undergoing a renovation currently working on the public spaces, the breakfast is served in the ballroom on the first floor and the bar has been moved out to the "sunken lobby" area opp the check-in desks.

    -David
     
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    Agree on the Hyatt- or just hopping on the BART and heading into town is another reasonable option.
     
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    It is possible to walk from the Westin (or the aloft I suppose) over to the Millbrae BART station. It's not a wonderful pedestrian experience, but it's only a 10 minute walk - and the BART fare from Millbrae is considerably cheaper than the inflated SFO fare.
     
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    The last couple of times I took the BART from SFO to the centre it seemed to be quite inexpensive. I never thought about walking from the Westin as usually I am coming off a longhaul transatlantic flight and then just hop on the train and am in the centre in 30/40 minutes or so IIRC?
     
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    Either BART or the airport put a surcharge on fares to SFO, probably on the theory that they are soaking the non-voter-travelers and the rich 1% going to the airport. It's one reason that you'll see many airport workers on the SamTrans buses which duplicate BART into the city.

    I wouldn't think it would be worth the effort to shuttle to the Westin and then walk to Millbrae BART. You'll save maybe $2-3. It's just an option if you happen to be staying at SFO Westin, which can be a lot cheaper than downtown hotels, so you might use it arrival night if you arrive in the evening.
     
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    And here I was excited about staying at this property in two weeks. Not that I'm not. I guess my expectations will now be...tempered.

    My plan for the weekend was to go back to the Airport and catch the BART back and forth, and get the Airport shuttle back. Last time I was there, it only cost me just over $10 to go from Walnut Creek (on the other side of the bay) to SFO. And its a lot easier (read: cheaper) than trying to taxi into the city. I guess, personally speaking, I don't mind having to pay the higher fare from the Airport if it means I can avoid walking in Milbrae.
     
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    How is the Westin? Would you think its the best outta the 3 SPG @ SFO. I have an overnight at SFO next month and have a C&P booked @ the Westin. I thought about maybe booking a AAA or CyberMonday deal for one in the City, but since I get in at 3pm & leave at 10am the next day (with 4 bags for 2 ppl) I thought maybe a hotel by the Airport would be a better choice.
     
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    The Westin is fine if you can find a decent rate there and/or need an SPG stay credit. They have the nice bed, the room I was in had the new (updated) version of the heavenly shower. Some rooms are not so great, ask to be moved if you get one of them. The rooms themselves are old, so the bathrooms are relatively small. Not much they can do about that. You should be fine with the shuttle. Leave plenty of extra time just in case.

    The Four Points SFO is only worth 2 points, I won't stay there again. Some people like it because of the price. So, yes, I think it's the best SPG property out of the three currently in the direct airport area.

    -David
     
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    C&P at 2800/$45 currently booked. Since its not even a full day and I will prolly be in the city I guess i'll stick w/this. Thanks
     
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