I needed a hotel in San Francisco on Wednesday night, and probably should have booked it more than a day in advance. I checked about a month ago and rates were crazy, so I figured I’d come back and book closer to the date. What I failed to consider is that this is one of the busiest weeks of the year in San Francisco, with all the stuff going on this weekend.
So on Tuesday I noticed that everything in the city was either $500+ per night or sold out, so instead looked near the airport, since my flight was only arriving late at night. Even airport hotels were $300+ per night, so I settled on the Four Points by Sheraton San Francisco Airport, which was a mere 4,000 Starpoints per night. Given the paid rate of $343+ per night, it seemed like a no brainer, and on a cent per point basis was my best hotel redemption ever.
The shuttle runs from the airport every 20 minutes, and I only had to wait about 10 minutes before one of the shuttles arrived. The Four Points is the first stop, and maybe a five minute ride from the airport.
The lobby felt a bit “aged,” though on the plus side check-in was efficient and my key card was already pre-made. The hotel was sold out so no upgrades were available.
I was assigned room 303, on the third floor.
While the public areas of the hotel felt old and weren’t exactly nice, the room was at least recently renovated, and was quite nice. It featured a comfortable queen bed, desk, and flat screen TV.
The room boasted breathtaking and panoramic views of a Shell gas station.
The bathroom was simple with a sink, toilet, and shower.
The water pressure and temperature in the shower were excellent, though the shower head was at most five feet off the ground. The hotel also had dispensers instead of bottles of toiletries.
At check-in I had the choice between breakfast and 250 Starpoints as my Platinum amenity. I initially selected breakfast as my amenity, for which I was given this card:
I wasn’t really hungry in the morning (especially after seeing what my choices were) so didn’t have breakfast, and instead asked them to swap out the points at check-out.
The hotel also had a simple gym.
On the whole the hotel felt a bit shabby all around, and was probably the least upscale Starwood hotel I’ve ever stayed at. Then again, it was my first stay at a Four Points, and I realize they’re competing more with Holiday Inn Express and Hampton Inn than Westins and Hyatts. The whole hotel did smell kind of like bad breath, and I was chewing gum most of the time, so doubt it was me. 😉
Anyway, there are definitely nicer SFO area hotels, like the Hyatt Regency. At the end of the day this is a clean, simple hotel, and I’d probably only return if I were in a similar situation where I could book this place for 4,000 Starpoints and the alternatives were $300+ per night.