Hotels in San Mateo, California

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Twenty miles from the bayside bustle of lively San Francisco, the suburb of San Mateo offers a less crowded San Francisco Bay Area experience. Well equipped for both Silicon Valley work and Californian pleasure, the city offers its own attractions alongside all the trappings of a good time. Enjoy tranquil parks and take in the scenic waterfront, play a few rounds of top notch golf, enjoy some sunny retail therapy, or unwind in glamorous style at a day spa.

Things to see

Spanning 670-acres overlooking the shimmering San Francisco Bay, Coyote Point Park lends itself to recreation and picturesque picnicking. Walkers and cyclists can enjoy the park’s meandering trails, whilst kids can immerse their imaginations in the fantasy castle-themed playground. The park is also home to CuriOdyssey, a science museum and small zoo. An array of hands-on exhibits educates visitors on all things environmental, whilst the zoo’s residents range from a bobcat and coyotes, to golden eagles and tarantulas. One of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most coveted courses, Poplar Creek Golf Course offers 18 holes of championship play. Lush, leafy, and graced by a babbling creek, the course also offers practice greens, a pro shop, and a restaurant. If you find yourself with the urge to splurge, Hillsdale Shopping Center boasts well over 100 shops. Along with department stores, big brand names, and designer labels, the light and airy hub provides a handful of eateries to refuel in.

Hotels in San Mateo

The hotels in San Mateo come suited to accommodate most needs, whether you want a simple en-suite sleepover or a multi-room suite complete with living areas and a kitchenette. You’ll find lots of chain name establishments here, with many of the larger lodgings providing plenty of amenities to enjoy during your stay. Common features include business centers, fitness facilities, and onsite restaurants – with glittering outdoor pools in some places too. In-room you can expect plenty of cushy mod-cons, including flat-screen televisions with cable channels, WiFi, and refrigerators. What’s more, most hotels in San Mateo offer complimentary breakfasts, guest parking, and airport shuttles too.

Where to stay

A hotel in San Mateo’s attractive and happening downtown district puts you within reach of all of the city’s best offerings. There’s something to tickle every taste and fancy here, with almost 100 restaurants serving up everything from casual American comfort food to fine ethnic flavors, and an eclectic choice for shopaholics too. Dotted about the district you’ll find both local stores and chain names, whilst Hillsdale Mall can be found just off El Camino Real. For some sun soaked recreation or respite, downtown’s Central Park has it all. Along with picnic areas, tennis courts and a kid’s train, the leafy oasis is also home to an award-winning Japanese tea garden.

How to get to San Mateo

San Mateo is served by 3 major airports: Oakland International, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International, and San Francisco International. They all sit within a 45 minute drive away, and between them you should be able to get into the area from just about anywhere. San Francisco International however is the closest and best-connected, making it the preferable gateway. The city is also reachable by the Caltrain, which makes a stop at San Mateo Station, whilst the Amtrak train services nearby San Francisco. If you’re driving in, San Mateo is easily accessible via Interstate 280.

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