This will be my first time at the A Loft San Francisco Airport. They had the most competitive rate for my time frame. Everyone else was more expensive or already sold out. I would be coming in late and leaving early in the morning for work. So I wouldn’t really get to use the hotel. I was here only two nights and both times I had long workdays. The hotel is within Bayfront Park, perfect for aviation geeks and plane spotters. Check my planespotting guide for SFO if you are into that.
Checking in was quick and fast. I got my keys and grabbed my first bag out of the car and went to the elevator. You have to use your room key to activate the elevator. It was quite a walk from the elevator to my room. Almost all the way down the other side of the hotel. I got to my room and dropped my bag and headed back downstairs to park my car.
The parking lot was almost full to the max. I found a spot at the other side of the hotel and was hoping they have a backentrance. Because of the ongoing construction, they locked the back entrance and I had to walk all the way around the hotel with my second bag. This should change as soon as they are done with the construction.
A Loft Room King (Room 530)
The room was in a typical A Loft layout. The bathroom and hallway make up about 50% of the room while the other 50% is the sleeping area with the work desk and TV. The shower and toilet are separated from the rest of the bathroom area. This area consists of a long counter with a sink and a closet.
The King bed is centered in the room and is facing the two windows. In between those windows is the wall mounted TV. The right side of the wall with the windows is occupied with the work desk and the rest gives you a rack for a suitcase and the cover of the AC unit.
There is a nightstand to the left and right of the bed and one has an alarm clock.
My room was facing towards the San Francisco Airport and I could see a Highway 101. You can hear the planes taking off but the noise level is minimal and didn’t bother me at all. If you have issues with that, try to request a room facing away from the airport.
If you haven’t been to an A Loft Hotel you might don’t know, but their check-in counter is usually in the middle of the room and not against the wall. The lobby is split into different areas. There is the check-in counter right when you get through the front door.
Next to it is the Re:fuel market with snacks and drinks. The market is open 24 hours and you can buy your breakfast items here as well. Along the same wall is the Business Center. Just 2 PCs and a printer. On the other side of the lobby is the W XYZ bar and lounge with plenty of seating and a pool table. They have sometimes live performances here. There is plenty of seating all the way around to mingle.
The indoor pool and fitness center are located a short walk from the lobby and there is a little outdoor patio between them. You can take the direct route through the patio or inside the U-shaped corridor.
The fitness center is big and well equipped and located right next to the big indoor pool. The pool area has plenty of comfortable seating and beach chairs.
Some of the hotels around the airport sponsor the “Red Carpet Trolley”. This shuttle picks up at the Westin, A Loft, and Embassy Suites and stops at the Millbrae BART station and at Burlingame Ave in Millbrae with lots of shops and close to the Caltrain station. This gives you great ways to get around the Bay Area without a car. You can reach most destinations with BART or if you want to go further, like San Jose, Caltrain can take you there. There are lots of shops and restaurants along Burlingame Ave in Millbrae as well.
You can pick from any of the items at the re:fuel market or order from the menu mounted above the market counter. You will order your breakfast sandwiches here as well. As a Gold Member of SPG, I received a voucher for a free coffee for every day of my stay. The W XYZ bar comes with a full menu and you can sit in one of the many chairs in the lobby to hang out. The bar has quite a good spirit selection as well.
You might not notice right away but next to the market is the food menu of the Grill & Vine restaurant. The restaurant is located inside the Westin San Francisco Airport which is directly across from the A Loft parking lot. Check out the menu and restaurant for a more casual dining experience. As a guest of the A Loft, you can even do room charge at the Grill&Vine restaurant inside the Westin. I like that they allow you to do room charge to the A Loft room by dining inside the Westin. Both belong to SPG and now Marriott anyway.
A Lofts are hip hotels and my stay here was only 2 nights which I mostly spend at work or in the Bay Area traffic. The hotel is currently renovating and expanding to add more guest rooms.
Overall a great experience but I missed a breakfast like the A Loft Miami – Brickel has it. Overall it was a great but short time here at the hotel.
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