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Are you tired of traveling to airports with limited travelers' amenities? Tired of arriving hungry only to find all the restaurants closed? Let San Francisco International Airport, only 13 miles from downtown San Francisco, change your perspective. When you arrive, your automated AirTrain car quickly shuttles you between terminals, parking garages, and the Rental Car Center. Satisfy your appetite at 67 eateries, many open extended hours. Refresh yourself with a massage or facial, enjoy a free yoga workout anytime, or visit the onsite medical clinic. Nurseries and interactive play areas appeal to families with younger travelers.
If you always enjoy a friendly dog's company, or you're missing your own favorite pooch, look for a furry “Wag Brigade” member. Through an invitation from San Francisco International Airport, the San Francisco SPCA brings certified Animal Assisted Therapy dogs through the terminals to improve passengers' travel experiences. Dogs can range from tiny Yorkshire terriers to good-sized Labrador retrievers. Each calm, good-natured dog loves to greet passengers who would benefit from a happily wagging tail. Look for Wag Brigade dogs who sport special “Pet Me!” vests along with a happy smile.
To minimize your travel time to and from San Francisco International Airport, choose a lodging located less than five miles from the terminals. To ensure you can reach your room quickly or make your departing flight on time, each of these five recognized hotel facilities operates a complimentary 24-hour shuttle for hotel guests. Consider the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, The Dylan at San Francisco Airport, San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Francisco Airport, and Best Western PLUS El Rancho Inn.
By providing top-notch guest accommodations and services, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport has earned the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. You'll find many fitness-focused options here, including the 24-hour StayFit gym and an inviting heated outdoor pool. Pamper yourself with Yoga Away sessions and a soothing outdoor whirlpool. When you're hungry, stroll over to the Swiftwater Cafe, serving breakfast and lunch in the 10-story atrium with plenty of greenery and a stunning waterfall. The Knuckles Historical Sports Bar will satisfy the sports fan. Just outside, you'll find scenic Bayside bike and jogging paths. The hotel provides a free 24-hour SFO Airport shuttle.
Lodging options include six guestroom choices, some with sweeping Bay views. First, choose a Standard Room with three bed configurations. Business Plan Room amenities are geared toward the business traveler, while Regency Club lodgings feature extra pampering for the upscale guest. Deluxe Rooms serve the needs of executive travelers planning an intimate dinner meeting or guests for whom a small hospitality suite is a must. Luxurious suites feature stunning panoramic views and a full wet bar. Guests can seat themselves in the elegant dining area and prepare to enjoy a delicious catered meal before adjourning to their adjacent guestroom.
The Dylan at San Francisco Airport, a family-owned boutique hotel, continually receives the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. The charming contemporary American décor blends perfectly with the hotel's upscale feel and focus on its guests' comfort. Each morning, enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast that's a step above the average hotel fare. Afterward, relax in the hotel's peaceful Tuscan-themed courtyard with its inviting mural and cascading fountain. If you'd prefer to venture outside, The Dylan is within walking distance of 20 tempting restaurants and provides a free 24-hour SFO Airport shuttle.
When you're ready for some good sleep, choose from five non-smoking room options. Each newly renovated room features contemporary décor that's both striking and soothing. Enjoy plush pillow-top bedding and a 40-inch LCD flat-screen television with 99 cable channels. Keep in touch with family and friends by using convenient USB outlets and complimentary wireless Internet service. Pamper yourself in the bath's expansive shower featuring imported Spanish porcelain tile, rain showerheads, and frameless glass shower doors. If you'd like a larger room that includes a balcony with a private seating area, a Deluxe Room will meet your needs nicely.
The San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, an impressive smoke-free hotel, overlooks scenic San Francisco Bay. Keep up your workout schedule in the 24-hour Fitness Center or splash in the sparkling indoor pool. Afterward, rejuvenate yourself in the whirlpool or sauna. Enjoy a delicious steak or seafood meal in the Hangar Steak Restaurant, or savor a meal in the Flights 101 Lobby Lounge overlooking the Bay and a busy SFO Airport runway. At night, choose from five guestroom options, many the Bay. All rooms feature standard flat-screen HDTVs, along with wired or Wi-Fi internet options. The hotel provides a free 24-hour SFO Airport shuttle.
Enjoy a mini-vacation in the waterfront DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Francisco Airport. Begin with a delicious breakfast at the popular 37 North Restaurant. Next, visit the fitness center for an energizing workout, or walk or jog on adjacent walking trails, located right along beautiful San Francisco Bay. After a savory lunch or dinner, return to your contemporary-themed room featuring comfy bedding and premium cable channels. Select from six guestroom and two suite options, some with stunning Bay views. Executive floor rooms feature extra amenities, and each spacious suite includes a wet bar. The hotel provides a free 24-hour SFO Airport shuttle.
For an attractive non-smoking property that beckons you to relax at an appealing price, try the Best Western PLUS El Rancho Inn. Enjoy a tasty breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the Terrace Cafe and Veranda Bar. Work out in the onsite fitness center, and swim laps in the seasonal heated outdoor pool. After your day's activities, soak your cares away in the tempting whirlpool spa. When you're ready to relax, choose from three nicely laid out room configurations. Catch some online bargains using your free wi-fi Internet, and watch your cable TV stocked with premium channels. Note that the hotel provides a free 24-hour SFO Airport shuttle.
In addition to each featured hotel's complimentary 24-hour SFO Airport shuttle service, try a ride with real San Francisco flavor by downloading the Uber rider service app and ride to your hotel with an approved local Uber driver. Take some time to learn about interesting area attractions and soak up some local knowledge. If you'll be staying in San Francisco for several days, note that three public transit systems can transport you throughout the region. Check out the nearby BART Rapid Rail System, Caltrain Commuter Rail System, and SamTrans Bus Routes.
Although your hotel's kitchen winds down after dinnertime, you can still catch a tasty late-evening meal at the San Francisco International Airport. Choose from 67 airport food vendors, ranging from grab-and-go sandwich shops to delightful sit-down restaurants. This multicultural airport features Japanese, Chinese, and Mexican cuisines, to name just a few. If you've got a craving for seafood or pizza, you can find that, too. Of course, burgers are always a good choice. Since restaurants serve customers from varied time zones, you can likely enjoy a hearty dinner from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. daily.
The SFO Airport operates a one-stop Rental Car Center that significantly streamlines your rental vehicle experience. Access the Center from the Airport terminals via the AirTrain Blue Line. Choose from all major car rental brands, including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National, and Thrifty vehicles. To retrieve an offsite rental vehicle, take a free shuttle to that destination. Finally, San Francisco Magazine publishes an opt-in digital Visitor's Guide to Greater San Francisco activities, eateries, and nightlife. View information on Wine Country, Monterey, and Carmel locales. Look for the "In-Room City Guide 2014."
Travelers with diverse tastes will enjoy San Francisco's many attractions. Hop over to the Airport, and take the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train into downtown San Francisco. Enjoy the Mission District's restaurants and galleries, Union Square's renowned retail district, and Chinatown's famous galleries and restaurants. Don't miss historic Fisherman's Wharf with its appealing menu of shopping and entertainment options. When you're ready to return to the hotel, hop on your convenient BART train that operates until midnight. Back at your hotel, refresh yourself with a good night's sleep.
Visiting San Francisco may whet your appetite for exploring the region. Reserve extra time and a comfortable rental vehicle. Enjoy a wine tasting and a delightful picnic in California's Wine Country, located in world-famous Napa Valley. Travel down Pacific Coast Highway and take in stunning scenery near charming Carmel-By-The-Sea. Ask your hotel's concierge for suggestions about other memorable spots, plus travel tips to maximize your mini-vacation. You'll be glad you spent some extra time in this scenic and inviting part of the country, and you'll likely want to return soon.
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