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About Howard Johnson Express Inn-San Mateo


Designed for both business and leisure travel, Howard Johnson Express Inn-San Mateo is ideally situated in San Francisco International Airport; one of the city's most popular locales. Situated only 1.0 Miles from the city center, guests are well located to enjoy the town's attractions and activities. For those of you who want to venture out, San Mateo Arboretum, Mills Health Center, Mariners Point Golf Center are just some of the attractions available to visitors.

Simply put, all the services and amenities you have come to expect from Wyndham Hotels & Resorts are right in the comfort of your own home. This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.

The hotel features 57 beautifully appointed guest rooms, many of which include television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless, internet access – wireless (complimentary), whirlpool bathtub, non smoking rooms. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Superb facilities and an excellent location make the Howard Johnson Express Inn-San Mateo the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in San Francisco (CA).
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Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Getting around

  • Car park

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Swimming pool [outdoor]

Services and conveniences

  • Laundry service
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Smoking area


  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Pets allowed
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Child and extra bed policy
Infant 0-1 year(s) Stay for free if using existing bedding. Note, if you need a cot there may be an extra charge.
Children 2-12 year(s) Must use an extra bed
  • Guests over 12 years old are considered as adults.
  • Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room capacity for more details.
When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
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Useful info

Check-In From: 2:00 PM
Check-Out Until: 11:00 AM
Distance from City Center: 1.0 Miles
Number of Rooms : 57
Time to Airport (Minutes): 15
Year Hotel Built: 1980
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Recent customer comments

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based on 32 reviews
  • Cleanliness 6.8
  • Location 6.7
  • Room Comfort/Standard 6.6
  • Service 6.8
  • Value for money 6.6
  • Food/Dining 5.3
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Lucas from United States
Business travelers
Queen Room - Non-Smoking
Stayed 1 night in October 2015
Nice bed, but room needs repair
Pool, breakfast, bed
My stay was marginal at best. The staff was very nice, and professional, but the room needed attention. While the room did appear trendy and new, the blinds were broken and didn't shut correctly, the mini-fridge was warm, and smelled like rotten food. The housecleaning left me a bottle of conditioner but no shampoo, and there was a dipping noise in the bathroom ceiling that kept me awake. It sounded like a pipe was dripping onto the drywall ceiling, although I didn't see any stains or sign of water.
Reviewed October 16, 2015

vanessa from United States
Queen Room - Non-Smoking
Stayed 1 night in October 2014
Reviewed October 27, 2014

Michael from United States
Solo travelers
Queen Room - Non-Smoking
Stayed 1 night in September 2014
Location Price and Room size
The rooms were ok the location was ok the problem was no shuttle so to take a taxi was $35 each way
Reviewed September 21, 2014

Wenyun from United States
Families with young children
King Room - Non-Smoking
Stayed 2 nights in August 2014
Reviewed September 11, 2014

Beverly from United States
Business travelers
Queen Room - Non-Smoking
Stayed 2 nights in May 2014
Basic clean hotel room, newly renovated. Beds OK
Within walking distance of San Mateo Event Center
Reviewed May 20, 2014

Christophe from France
Solo travelers
Queen Room - Non-Smoking
Stayed 2 nights in April 2014
just great value for money
super friendly staff, nice location with easy connections to downtown SF, Fair rates
3rd stsy here, loved it first time, still loving it. Their friendly staff, good breakfast as well as laundry are great extras
Reviewed April 28, 2014

Dong from United States
Business travelers
Queen Room - Non-Smoking
Stayed 1 night in April 2014
budget indeed
staff was attentive, rooms were semi modern
The room itself was clean and renovated but had a lingering smoke smell even though it was a non-smoking room. Sheets had cigarette burns and holes, again it was suppose to be non-smoking! Parking lot is small and hard to get in and out of. Very close to El Camino so you hear alot of road noise and people walking by. Very disappointed in the room especially the sheets and duvet with holes in it.
Reviewed April 14, 2014

Janice from United States
Families with young children
2 Double Beds Non-Smoking
Stayed 1 night in March 2014
Expected better but ok.
Large closet for the children to play in. Centrally located. That's it.
Small room, expected more but ok. Bathroom door would not latch. Footprint in bathtub. Ashtrays set outside several rooms, didn't smell very good. It was ok for 1 night.
Reviewed March 20, 2014

Jeffrey from United States
Business travelers
Queen Room - Non-Smoking
Stayed 1 night in December 2013
Very nice....
Clean, easy check in...
Everything was great except the clerk on the day of check out was a bit rude. Everyone else was Great !
Reviewed December 26, 2013

Richard from United States
Families with young children
King Room - Non-Smoking
Stayed 4 nights in December 2013
Great for our needs!
internet, cleanliness, convenient
everything was great except that our hotel room was next to stairs where cigarette smokers would congregate. Having an infant, we did not like the smokers in front of our room. Howard Johnson should remove the ashtrays and disallow smoking within the compound.
Reviewed December 20, 2013


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