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Sofitel San Francisco Bay With Kids - Review
A surprise visit from my mother during our 6 month #USA #roadtrip was the perfect excuse for us to forgot our usual sleeping arrangements in little cabins and airbnbs and splash out on a #luxury hotel near #SanFrancisco. The hotel was perfect with all the amenities you expect and excellent customer service.
My mother would be shattered after 3 flights from Europe, so knowing her she wouldn’t have slept a wink – but would pretend all was right – I went ahead and booked the nicest hotel near the San Francisco airport I could find.
I went ahead and booked the nicest hotel
Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay
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After spending some time comparing rates on all my different apps, I found a really good deal, and immediately booked our two rooms overlooking the bay. It was a bargain, which made me slightly nervous – was it as nice as it looked online?
booked our two rooms overlooking the bay
Finally our little day of luxury arrived, after a long stint driving through Oregon and Northern California and staying in a/c free cabins during the August heat. To say we were excited about it is a major understatement!
Located just in Redwood City, the Sofitel San Francisco Bay is a 15 minute drive from San Francisco’s airport, and just 30 minutes to the centre of San Francisco which was perfect for us. We were desperate to check-in and relax a bit for the day before collecting my mother from the airport late that night.
The hotel has a valet service, which takes your car to the hotel’s carpark, which is adjacent to the main building itself. We chose to self-park and pay the $25 parking fee instead.
The hotel’s lobby and restaurant area is beautifully modern, featuring strong design and with a great city/holiday feel to it. Our check-in was flawless and within minutes we were being shown to our room.
The room’s décor was fantastic. A clean, modern with a touch of luxury, Sofitel’s room was beautifully apointed without too much fuss. The room was spacious and the bed comfortable, just what we needed!
The room’s décor was fantastic
It was nice having a coffee machine with complimentary coffee and tea, and the desk area made the most of the extraordinary views over the pool and the bay.
RESTAURANT & POOL
The pool is accessed via the lobby, where you can also find the restaurant. You walk through one of the many glass doors and white curtains to reach the beautiful outside space.
beautiful outside space
Facing the bay, the pool has a very quiet and relaxing setting. The group chairs were fantastic as we were there in a particularly windy day, but still managed a few games of uno away from the elements! Despite being a smallish space, we were there mid-August and didn’t find it busy at all.
mid-August and didn’t find it busy at all
We were only at the hotel for one night so decided to get room service on day one (no photos sorry!), which was all good, and breakfast at the hotel’s on-site (Parisien inspired) café rather than take the buffet-breakfast option. The food was all good, and the service good, well, perhaps it was a tad slow at the café, but very friendly.
We were very impressed by the Sofitel San Francisco Bay, and despite not being a family-focussed hotel, it was perfectly child-friendly and everyone was very kind to our little boy. The hotel does offer connecting rooms for larger families, and the pool is great for kids.
very impressed by the Sofitel San Francisco Bay
It’s a fantastic airport hotel: comfortable with great amenities without feeling like you’re staying in an airport/conference hotel. The airport shuttle service is fantastic for those not driving or dropping off their rental car the day before their flight.
I would definitely stay here again, if I was going to the Redwood area, or when looking for an airport hotel in San Francisco.