Villa Montes Hotel, an Ascend Collection Hotel
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Villa Montes Hotel, an Ascend Collection Hotel San Bruno Reviews
A very warm and welcoming place Sep 02, 2011
My first visit to San Francisco and I was desperately trying to find the best place to stay in. I had a disappointing search for hotels in downtown SF as they were too pricey or run of the mill tourist traps.
I finally decided to stay outside SF and decided on Villa Montes. I normally discount reviews as they are subjective individual experiences and can be misleading at times. However, having nothing else to go by I said I'd take a chance on Villa Montes.
From the time I called the hotel for my airport pick to the time I left the hotel my experience was nothing short of wonderful. I'm a fussy guy and it takes a lot to make me say this. In fact, this is my first ever hotel review and that says it all.
The hotel is located in a very clean, quiet and safe suburb called San Bruno. It is a 15 minute walk from the San Bruno BART station and $7 if you wish to take a cab. The hotel provides complimentary airport pick up and drop (taxi).
There is an IHop [International House of Pancakes] restaurant just next to the hotel. You can also find a small grocery shop to the right of the hotel at a distance of about 200 metres. Here you can find milk, water, juices, bread and small everyday items.
Going by BART is very easy convenient and cheap compared to any other mode of transportation to SF downtown. The Powell station is just about 25 minutes from San Bruno and the walk to the station is a straight road to the right of the hotel. The station is just behind a shopping mall which is great to get your dinner on your way back after spending time in SF.
Coming back to the hotel. The rooms are clean, spacious and well maintained [see actual pics of my room]. There is a vending machine for soft drinks and water and Internet enabled computers with printer if you want to print out your boarding passes tickets etc. WiFi is complimentary and so is the breakfast. In the evenings it was nice to be greeted with complimentary coffee and cookies.
The rooms are fully equipped with TV, Telphone, Ironing Board and Iron, Microwave, Fridge, Safe, Hair Dryer and Coffee/Tea maker with complimentary coffee/tea. The Beds are great and the hot water in the shower is very good.
The best part though is the warm and smiling staff who are always ready to help and guide you with info and maps etc. Robin (Manager), Taylor and Sonja (Front Office), you guys were great and made my stay so memorable. Taylor, you multitask quite well, Robin, Ill get in touch with you if I ever visit Cyprus and Sonja, please make sure you know the way to the mountains by the time I come there again :)
Tip: If you are a very light sleeper likely to be in bed beyond 6.30 am then you might want to ask for a room on the mountain facing side as a few cars on the main road might wake you up if you are facing the road. That's only if you are an extremely light sleeper. I had an issue the first night but Robin promptly told me that my window might have been open. I closed it and it was fine the next night.
The only thing than can be improved is the breakfast. The quality of the breakfast doesn't do justice to the quality of the hotel rooms and service levels. For some strange reason I was told that the health department doesn't allow them to serve hot milk although hot coffee is fine!! Robin, I think you need to fix that one and improve the general standard of breakfast.
Everything else is absolutely fine. Is this a cheap hotel? certainly not. Is it value for money? Absolutely yes! Will I stay here again YES. [I stayed here from Aug 8- 11 2011]
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Villa Montes Hotel, an Ascend Collection Hotel Overview
The Villa Montes hotel, an Ascend Collection hotel, is centrally located near historic downtown San Bruno, and is within close proximity to the San Francisco International Airport and the Moscone Center convention and multipurpose venue. Attractions like Fisherman's Wharf, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the San Francisco Cow Palace sports and entertainment facility are minutes from this hotel. Golf enthusiasts will want to spend the day on the greens of a nearby golf course. Both bus and train stations are within blocks of the hotel, providing easy access to nearby San Francisco, San Jose Silicon Valley, Oakland and the wine country.
Every morning guests can enjoy a delicious free deluxe continental breakfast that features an array of delectable items and free coffee. Be sure to take advantage of the free wine reception hosted by our staff and relax in the fireplace lounge adjacent to the lobby. The hotel has an intimate hotel spa that has a hot tub, sauna, and massage chairs. A massage therapist is available for appointments. Corporate travelers will appreciate modern conveniences like free wireless high-speed Internet access and copy and fax services. The on-site banquet and meeting facilities are perfect for hosting a social gathering or business function. Laundry facilities and valet cleaning services are located on the premises.
All spacious guest rooms are beautifully decorated and come with microwaves, refrigerators, desks, hairdryers, pillow-top mattresses, coffeemakers, irons, and ironing boards. Rooms with balconies, wet bars, and sofa sleepers are available. Non-smoking and handicap accessible rooms can be requested. Rates are based on double occupancy. Charges for extra adults may apply and will be due directly to the hotel.
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