Fly in or fly out it’s a great option.
Would you prefer a night on the town, only a couple hours of sleep and pay a cab to take you to the airport or go to bed at your usual time, wake up at 6am and take a complimentary shuttle to the airport? That is the decision I have to make for my last night in San Francisco. I’ve had a pretty adventureous 30 Days In SF so I think I’ll take option #2 and get a few extra hours of sleep. I’ve covered the town from top to bottom over the last few weeks and I think I’d prefer to wake up at 6am for my early morning flight rather than waking up 4am and feeling stressed to make it. What are my options then? I book myself into an airport hotel and the one I chose is the Holiday Inn Express South Airport in the San Fran suburb of Burlingame. It has all the conveniences I need, a free 10 min shuttle ride to the airport and I don’t have to get up at 4am to call a cab or Uber. My last night in San Francisco is at the airport and I’m quite ok with that.
The Holiday Inn Express South Airport is exactly that, 2 miles south of San Francisco Airport. There are lots of airport hotels to choose from of course but I’m looking for a place to call home for about 10 hours so all I need is a clean room, a comfortable bed and a hot shower in the morning followed by a strong cup of coffee. I want all of that and I don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for the privilege. So that is why I chose the Holiday Inn Express.
It’s my last full day in San Fran so after checking out of my most recent hotel the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, I leave my bags secure with the front door staff. Then I head into the city and basically enjoy myself. I ride the Cable Cars, do some shopping, drink some coffee and eat my fill. It’s a glorious last day that takes me up till about 6pm. I return to the Mark Hopkins, grab my luggage and take the Cable Car back down to the Powell Street Station where I get on the BART train and take it all the way to the airport. At the airport I hop on the Holiday Inn Express shuttle and 15 minutes later I’m at the hotel checking in. In all, the trip from DT San Francisco to the hotel was just under an hour and it cost me about $12. With traffic a cab or Uber would have easily taken me an hour to get there plus cost me a lot more so I think I did pretty good using the BART and the Hotel shuttle.
Checking into the hotel after 7pm is perfect because it is super quiet and check in takes less than 5 mins to process me through. Bags in tow I’m off to my room and possibly a hot bath to wash away the day and prepare me for a good sleep so I’m rested for tomorrow’s flight.
At my room I’m shocked at how large it is. It is easily the size of two DT San Fran hotel rooms. I have a dining room, a living room, a kitchenette and of course a bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. Yup it’s massive.
The room is perfect and believe it or not I even have a view of the Bay. It’s perfect for me to unwind from the past two weeks of full time adventuring, I can relax with a bath, catch up on a little TV and sleep for at least a good 6 to 8 hours.
Ring! The Alarm goes off, I brush my teeth, throw on my clothes, drink a cup of coffee and I’m off to catch the shuttle to the airport. My time in San Francisco is at an end for now but I’m neither sad nor sleepy. I’m not sad because I’ll be back and hopefully soon. I’m not sleepy because I actually slept for a solid 7 hours and my 8am flight to my next destination is going to be a smooth ride for me.
Staying at an airport hotel may not be for everyone but if you’ve had a nice long stay at your destination perhaps consider this as an option for your last night. You can get a few hours of extra sleep in and chances are you’ll save a few bucks on the cost of the hotel as well. I’m definitely going to remember this and the next time I have an early morning flight chances are good I’ll stay at an Airport hotel the night before. Thanks Holiday Inn Express South Airport for making my last night in San Fran so relaxing.
30 Days In SF Over the course of 30 posts I’m exploring Where to Stay, Where to Eat and Drink and What to Do in San Francisco and the Bay area. I won’t get to everything awesome but I welcome your suggestions and if I don’t get to it on this visit there is always the next time!
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