Howard Johnson Express San Mateo

2110 S El Camino Real | San Mateo, CA 94403-1807  [SEE MAP]San Mateo, CA  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Guest Reviews

Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5

Hip and comfy hotel

Feb 13th, 2020

This hotel is being renovated, and my room was awesome. The bed was so comfortable, the towels were new and fluffy, and the rooms had all of the conveniences one could want. The lobby wasn’t completed yet, but the rest of the property was well on it’s way to being the best in the area. Cool modern theme! TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5

Wee break

Jan 20th, 2020

Wonderful hotel, amazing food and most beautiful surroundings , this is a fantastic resort so peaceful and lovely, the hotel food is the best I’ve ever had, every thing you could wish for, amazing entertainment staff TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 3

OK, but some rough edges

Nov 25th, 2019

The Catrina "Hotel" looks like it started out as a typical low-end 1960's motel, with external hallways and basic rooms. Some renovations and improvements have been made in an attempt to move this place a bit upscale. The lighted columns next to each room look nice from the outside, as does the grillwork and new railings on the upper walkways. Inside the rooms, the bathtub surrounds have been updated fairly nicely. But there are some rough edges that will leave you scratching your head as to whether this is just a low end and very old motel, or something better. Much of the ground floor carport parking spaces are chucked full of cardboard boxes (apparently with new furniture for the rooms), resulting in a bit of a "third world" look. Within the rooms, the laminate floor (no carpet) is old and not in good shape (it's a type of very cheap flooring that swells at the seams when it gets wet, and in my room, it showed a lot of this). The desk was worn and a bit beat-up looking. One of the lighted columns outside was partially broken, which further detracts from the nice appearance they are trying to create. Since this property is in a very expensive city, even though it is priced near the very bottom of the market, it's still expensive, and customers expect a certain level of quality for the money. So this place needs to clean things up, install carpeting, update the furniture, update the bathtub valves, and generally keep things a little cleaner to meet these expectations. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5

Excellent for the money

May 21st, 2019

It's no 5 star hotel, and the breakfast was very basic (nothing cooked), but the room was clean and the staff were helpful. WiFi was fine, and free. Nice towels, actually. It is on a busy street so you might ask for something toward the back. In all, a good value but not at all luxurious. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 3

Average at best

Feb 1st, 2019

Average at best. Breakfast was poor and the room floor was dirty Rooms had cobwebs on the ornaments . Cars parked in front of the front door made for a disturbed night sleep. It's iy good as a pass through hotel but not worth the rate charged TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

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