The La Quinta San Francisco North Hotel – AVOID!
The title of this posts says is all, but the La Quinta San Francisco North is one hotel that you would do yourself a favor by avoiding at all costs.
We had a one night layover in SFO before our recent Dublin trip and also had a free hotel night stay worth $100 to use before the end of January. When looking at the hotels, the La Quinta was $109 a night so paying $9 for a hotel room seemed like a no-brainer.
We made a big mistake.
Let this serve as a warning so you don’t fall fate to the same mistake.
We were looking at staying at a large name brand hotel like a Marriott, Hyatt, or Westin, but they were all upwards of $299 a night and higher. In the interest in saving money, we thought this would be a good option. It was close to the airport, had a shuttle, and the beds looked comfortable.
When we arrived at the terminal, I called and was told the shuttle was on it’s way. 15 minutes later I called back and they said the shuttle was on it’s way. 5 minutes later I called again and asked if they could contact the driver and find out where he was. Turns out the GPS wasn’t working on the shuttle, but was informed that… you guessed it… the driver was on his way. We had to wait a total of 40 minutes for the shuttle driver, and then when he dropped us off at the hotel, had the audacity to ask for a tip. No sir, no tip for you.
We stopped off first at the Comfort Inn to drop off another guest, and I couldn’t help but think we should have got off with her.
As we rolled up to the La Quinta lobby a guy who looked homeless followed us in and went up to the other person at the desk and started to try and get a room with a visa gift card. The front desk attendant stated that she couldn’t give him a room unless he had a credit card in his name. They continued their conversation while our wonderful agent checked us in. Here’s where the story gets even stranger.
He brings out a hotel map and says “just walk through the lobby and out the doors and turn left. Then, cross over the railroad tracks and into the second building, take the stairs up and your room, 241, is on the second floor.
I’m sorry, what? Did you just say cross the RAILROAD TRACKS?
Yup, sure enough, after walking through the hotel we had to leave the hotel again and drag our bags across active railroad tracks.
About halfway to our room we saw the homeless dude walking quickly towards us. I got my key ready to enter the building and we entered quickly, making sure that the door quickly closed and locked behind us. He tried to run in after us, but it locked in time. I’m not about to open the door for you dude… go get your own room key.
Once we opened the room, the smell of bleach hit us, which I actually welcomed. At least, in my mind, that meant that it was cleaned and disinfected. The beds were perfectly fine…
There was a small dresser and flatscreen TV…
And the bathroom was basic enough with tile everywhere. It seemed clean which was a huge bonus for us.
It’s safe to say that we will never return to this hotel again. Crossing over the railroad tracks at 11pm, being followed by people trying to check in with prepaid visa gift cards is not my idea of a good stay or a place that I would want any of you to stay as well. Either use your points to stay at a nicer hotel or find a place that doesn’t involve dodging an Amtrak flying towards you.