Ratings based on 1,390 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
3.9 out of 5
88% of guests recommend
4.2 Room cleanliness
4.1 Service & staff
3.9 Room comfort
3.9 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travelerfrom Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Acceptable

Posted Mar 3, 2015
Pros: Close to airport.
Cons: Updating - start by painting.
Location: Close to airport, shopping and lots of restaurants.
The hotel was old, needs updating - painting would be a great start. Breakfast was great.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Great Value Near the Airport

Posted Feb 25, 2015
Pros: Close to the airport and train. Free parking and morning snack included.
Cons: For those that wish to watch TV an upgrade reception would be nice.
Quick reservation and check in - clean rooms and convenient location.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travelerfrom London, UK

Primarily a motel and airport hotel.

Posted Feb 24, 2015
A cut above, way above, the 'average' short stay hotel. Warm and efficient reception, very clean rooms and very clean grounds. And a major plus - the 'snack' breakfast for early departing passengers (and some late ones, too...) is much, much better than those simple words might suggest. A great variety of fresh baked goods, hot beverages, juice, oatmeal, and with toast, butter, jams AND fresh fruit. Well worth a stop, and you can go for the cooked breakfast if you really need it.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travelerfrom Calgary, AB

Close and convenient to San Francisco airport.

Posted Feb 23, 2015
Great for the one night stay - had an early morning flight. Very convenient to airport. Room was clean.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travelerfrom 日本

搭乗前日には良かったです。

Posted Feb 18, 2015
フロントの方はわかりやすい英語で良かったです。朝は無料の軽食サービスあり。部屋は特に問題なし。外の車、電車の音が少し聞こえる。歩いて10分くらいのところにSAFEWAYなどが入った商業施設があり。朝は空港まで無料でシャトルがある。結構色々回るので時間に余裕を持った方が良い。
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Posted Feb 17, 2015
Great for flying in and out of San Fran. Shuttle great perk!
3 out of 5
by A verified travelerfrom SF Bay Area

Nice room...RIGHT by train tracks

Posted Feb 16, 2015
Pros: The staff, the comfortable beds, the cleanliness of the property, the shuttle service
Cons: Either MUCH better soundproofing for the rooms or white-noise generators to mask the sounds of the rains/train whistles...all through the night
The El Rancho was for most parts a great experience. The staff is very friendly, as well as efficient and helpful. The rooms are smallish but very clean. Location was perfect...15 minutes or less to SFO, with free shuttle to/from the hotel. The ONLY problem.....trains running on a track at the edge of the property....ALL through the night. If you're a light sleeper(I am), it will be hard to get a night's sleep. :-(
2 out of 5
by A verified travelerfrom Boston

Not a 4 Star Hotel - At All

Posted Feb 13, 2015
Pros: Not much.
Cons: Rooms should be updated. Very old decor and the smell. UGH!
I wasn't familiar with the area and felt I couldn't go wrong with a 4-star rated hotel. I was wrong. The room was "clean" but had a smell that was a combination of heavy cleaning products, mold and something else. The smell was bad enough that I kept my clothes in my bag to keep them all from smelling like the room. The shower floor was grey with embedded dirt. It was "clean" but I did not want to walk on it so wore my flip flops in the shower. I was disappointed. I trusted that this 4-star would be good. That was not the case and this should not be rated as a 4-star hotel.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Posted Feb 10, 2015
Très bon hôtel, chambre bien équipée et propre, la literie est de qualité. Une bonne alternative quand on veut visiter San Francisco (A condition d'être motorisé) Le petit dej est copieux et le personnel très aimable.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Business Travelers
by A verified traveler

Close to airport

Posted Feb 7, 2015
Pros: accessibility
Cons: noisy
Location: milbarae safeway
easy to go to the shop Easy to go to the sfo Middle between sf and stanford