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Helsingborg, Sweden
1 review
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Room was not clean. Pieces of hair laying around on the floor. Worst breakfast I have ever seen. The only thing they had was white sliced bread with butter and some strawberry jello, old fruit, juice and coffee. I had to go across the street to get breakfast. Refrigerator in the room was super noisy so I had to turn... More 

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Lincoln, California
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

For $160 (inc. taxes) it's a pretty pricey stay. The room was clean and decorated okay. But the light in the shower was out and no ledge to put shampoo or soap on. The desk light did not work. The clock was flashing and couldn't be reset. The coffee maker sputtered until I finally had to pull the plug to... More 

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HowardJohnsonSanMate, General Manager at Howard Johnson Express San Mateo, responded to this review

Dear Diane, Thank you for staying with us at the Howard Johnson. I want to apologize for the issues that you occurred during your stay here at the Howard Johnson. If you could please give us a call so that we can talk about your stay with us. If i'm not available Jasson or Shobhita will make sure that you... More 

Elk Grove, California
1 review
Reviewed 28 October 2016

I had booked 18 rooms here using CLC for a sales meeting. Now the CLC hotel options my company offers are often not so fantastic, but as long as they are safe, clean, and cordial, that's fine. The absolute worst part about this hotel was the "gentleman" at the front desk. Unfortunately, I did not get his name. This man's... More 

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Brookings, Oregon
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

water coming out of the basin and shower is dangerously hot and the tub is slippery. we spent two nights and after taking a shower the first night, i was too fearful to take a shower the second night. other than that, everything was fine. cleanliness, bed, amenities, wifi, parking, breakfast, all was fine. the location makes it very convenient... More 

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HowardJohnsonSanMate, General Manager at Howard Johnson Express San Mateo, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for choosing the Howard Johnson. I'm sorry for the inconvenience that you encountered. In each room we do have shower mats so that the tubs are not slippery. If you would have let us know the 1st night i would have made sure that you were taken care of right away. Thank you for the very... More 

Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 5 October 2016

We were pleasantly surprised to find that the room was spacious and probably the nicest of more than a dozen we have stayed in this year. The motel extends back from the highway along a narrow alley. We were in the rear of the motel, as far from the highway as you could go. Noise was not a problem. The... More 

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HowardJohnsonSanMate, General Manager at Howard Johnson Express San Mateo, responded to this review

Dear Mr. Doug K, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. I also want to thank you for choosing to stay with us here at the Howard Johnson San Mateo. I'm sorry if you were not able to get a cup of coffee during the hours that the lobby is closed. We will be making changes to... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located in the beautiful city of San Mateo, we pride ourselves of the charming décor and comfortable amenities of our hotel. We aspire to give you the best quality service and make your stay memorable. Situated among fine dining, renowned attractions, endless shopping possibilities and vast business opportunities, we are certain you will enjoy your stay hassle-free.We are located within minutes from the San Francisco International Airport, Downtown San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, Monster Park, San Mateo Expo Center, Downtown San Mateo, AT&T Park, Half Moon Bay, Oakland, Berkeley, Daly City, Pier 39, Alcatrez, Fisherman’s Warf, Hillsdale Mall, Pacifica Beach, Golden Gate Bridge and we are a short drive away from Napa and Sonoma Valley which host some of the finest vineyards in the world.We are in close proximity to Oracle, Yahoo, Google, Mills Peninsula Medical Center, Virgin America, NASA, United Airlines, Stanford University, Canada College, and minutes from Silicon Valley which comforts our business travelers. Our explorer travelers will appreciate landmarks & historical buildings around the area like Coyote Point Park, Eugene A. Doran Memorial Bridge, De Anza Expedition Camp, Courthouse Square, Father Junipero Serra Statue, Devil's Slide Historical Landmark/ Viewpoint, Ralph D. Percival Memorial Vista Point. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Howard Johnson Express San Mateo

Address: 2110 South El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403
Region: United States > California > San Mateo
Price Range: €115 - €179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Express San Mateo 2*
Number of rooms: 57
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Howard Johnson Express Inn - San Mateo Hotel San Mateo
Howard Johnson San Mateo
San Mateo Howard Johnson
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