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San Mateo hotels and places to stay

The Catrina Hotel
2.5 out of 5
2110 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA
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0.51 mi from city center
3/5 (27 reviews)

"good value for the what is offer , still remodeling, but rooms are OK"…"

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020

The Catrina Hotel
Prime 2BR Urban Flat in San Mateo w/ Wifi & Pool
4 out of 5
1950 Elkhorn Court, San Mateo, CA
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0.27 mi from city center
Prime 2BR Urban Flat in San Mateo w/ Wifi & Pool
Brand New Urban Flat! - San Mateo Business Travel
4 out of 5
1950 Elkhorn Court, San Mateo, CA
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0.27 mi from city center
Brand New Urban Flat! - San Mateo Business Travel
Urban Flat @ San Mateo
4 out of 5
1950 Elkhorn Court, San Mateo, CA
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0.28 mi from city center
Urban Flat @ San Mateo
Beautiful New Spacious Urban Flat 2br/ 2BA + Wifi
3.5 out of 5
2089 Pacific Boulevard, San Mateo, CA
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0.61 mi from city center
Beautiful New Spacious Urban Flat 2br/ 2BA + Wifi
Best Western Coyote Point Inn
2.5 out of 5
480 N Bayshore Boulevard, San Mateo, CA
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The price is $89 per night
2.09 mi from city center
4.1/5Very Good! (1,654 reviews)

"Excelent service, staff are very very polite and kind. Full breakfast was great with a lor of options. Rooms are comfortable. I'll definitely stay again."…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Best Western Coyote Point Inn
Kasa San Mateo Apartments
3.5 out of 5
888 N San Mateo Dr., San Mateo, CA
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2.15 mi from city center
3.3/5 (3 reviews)

"Loved the virtual check in but the key fob didn't open the front door all of the time."…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2019

Kasa San Mateo Apartments
San Mateo SFO Airport Hotel
2.5 out of 5
350 N Bayshore Blvd, San Mateo, CA
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1.99 mi from city center
3.4/5Good! (2,065 reviews)

"No issues I had a good stay. Very clean, and the check in was quick. I would recommend to anyone."…"

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

San Mateo SFO Airport Hotel
Howard Johnson by Wyndham San Mateo
2 out of 5
2110 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA
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0.52 mi from city center
3.3/5 (810 reviews)

"Clean and free parking. Continental breakfast included."…"

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2019

Howard Johnson by Wyndham San Mateo
Los Prados Hotel
2.5 out of 5
2940 South Norfolk Street, San Mateo, CA
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1.79 mi from city center
3.3/5 (788 reviews)

"I like this place. Everything what I need is in room. Clean quiet room. Very good place"…"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2019

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Visiting San Mateo

Families will find kid-friendly activities in San Mateo, and visitors give high marks for the top-notch restaurants and shopping. This city also attracts tourists with its festivals and sporting events. Around the area, top sights include Mavericks, Computer History Museum, and Twin Peaks.

  • You'll find 565 Expedia hotels and other accommodations in the larger area of San Francisco
  • The closest major airport is in San Carlos, CA (SQL), 4 mi (6.4 km) from the city center
  • The next closest is in San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.), 6.3 mi (10.1 km) away

Sightseeing and Staying in San Mateo

The city is well known for its festivals and cultural venues like Coyote Point Museum. The city's natural beauty is on display at Fiesta Meadows Park, Bay Meadows Park, and Paddock Park. The city is well liked for its places to shop, and Hillsdale Shopping Center is a favorite for retail therapy.

As you plan your vacation, you'll find 31 hotels and other lodging accommodations to choose from in San Mateo. These are highly ranked ones based on Expedia user reviews:

  • TownePlace Suites San Mateo Foster City - With a stay at this 3-star hotel, guests can enjoy access to free breakfast and free parking, along with an in-room kitchen. It's a favorite with Expedia travelers for its quiet location and comfortable rooms.
  • Residence Inn by Marriott San Mateo - Our customers like the breakfast and helpful staff at this hotel. With a stay at this 3-star hotel, guests can enjoy access to free breakfast and an outdoor pool, along with an in-room kitchen.
  • Hilton Garden Inn San Mateo - This 3-star hotel features a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi. Expedia customers like its helpful staff and comfortable beds.

Outside the city, top places to visit include Mavericks, 11 mi/17.7 km from the heart of the city, and Computer History Museum, which is 15.7 mi (25.3 km) away.

Getting Around San Mateo

If you'd like to explore more of the area, hop aboard a train from San Mateo Hayward Park Station, San Mateo Hillsdale Station, or San Mateo Station. San Mateo might not have very many public transit choices so consider a car rental to maximize your time.

Dressing for San Mateo

  • Between January and March, you can expect the daytime average to be around 65°F and the nighttime average to be 42°F
  • From April to June, temperatures average about 75°F during the day and 46°F at night
  • July through September averages 78°F during the day and 53°F at night
  • In October-December, the average temperature is 76°F during the day and 42°F at night
  • About 20.12 inches of rain falls on San Mateo each year
  • Hottest months are usually September and August with an average temperature of 77°F, while the coldest months are January and December with an average of 43°F

Frequently asked questions

Where is the best place for a stay in San Mateo?
Best Western Coyote Point Inn is ranked highly by Expedia customers. This hotel offers free WiFi and free parking. Other top choices based on traveler reviews include San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport and Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites San Mateo-San Francisco SFO.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in San Mateo, will I receive a refund?
Yes, most room reservations are fully refundable if you cancel prior to the hotel’s cancellation deadline, which is usually within 24-48 hours of your arrival date. If you booked a non-refundable reservation, you might still have the option to cancel and receive a refund within a 24-hour period of your booking. Plug in your dates, click on “Search”, then use the “free cancellation” filter to review the best options available in San Mateo.
Where can I learn more about changing or cancelling my trip to San Mateo?
For more information about updating your trip to San Mateo or cancelling it, go to https://www.expedia.com/service/.
What's the best accommodation for a budget-friendly stay in San Mateo?
Based on reviews, Los Prados Hotel is a popular 2.5-star hotel for our travelers looking for an economical choice, and features free breakfast and free WiFi. Other good options to stay on the cheap include Best Western Coyote Point Inn and San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport.
What's the best hotel for a family trip to San Mateo?
Americas Best Value Inn San Mateo San Francisco is a property with free parking and laundry facilities, and it’s a top choice on Expedia for families. Other good choices to stay with the kids include Hillsdale Inn and Los Prados Hotel. Attractions in the area like San Francisco Zoo and Pier 39 are also fun for kids of all ages.
What's the best hotel for a romantic vacation to San Mateo?
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites San Mateo-San Francisco SFO is a favorite 3-star hotel for couples, and features a restaurant and a bar. Other good options for a romantic stay include San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport and Stone Villa Inn San Mateo.
What's the best pet-friendly accommodation in San Mateo?
Extended Stay America San Francisco - San Mateo - SFO is a top hotel for people traveling with their pets, and offers laundry facilities and in-room kitchens for its human guests. Other good choices to stay with your pet include Residence Inn by Marriott San Francisco Airport/ San Mateo and TownePlace Suites San Mateo Foster City.
Where is the best hotel to stay close to San Mateo County Event Center?
Hillsdale Inn is one of the top choices for your stay based on our traveler data, and this property offers free breakfast and an outdoor pool. It’s located just a short 0.6 mi (1 km) from San Mateo County Event Center. Other good choices within a short distance include Stone Villa Inn San Mateo and Los Prados Hotel.
What about the best place to stay near Hillsdale Shopping Center?
One of the top choices for your stay is Hillsdale Inn, located a short 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Hillsdale Shopping Center, and this property offers free breakfast and an outdoor pool. Stone Villa Inn San Mateo and Los Prados Hotel are other good choices nearby.
What's the best accommodation to stay near the beach in San Mateo?
Best Western Coyote Point Inn is a top 4-star beach hotel with an outdoor pool and a restaurant. To enjoy some time by the water, head to Lakeshore Park Beach or Elmar Beach.
What's the best boutique-style accommodation in San Mateo?
Stone Villa Inn San Mateo is a favorite hotel with Expedia travelers looking for a stylish stay, and features free parking and a café.
What's the best place to stay if I'm looking to play golf in San Mateo?
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites San Mateo-San Francisco SFO is a 3-star hotel featuring a restaurant and free WiFi, and it’s a top choice for golfing nearby. Other good options to stay near a golf course include Extended Stay America San Francisco - San Mateo - SFO and San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport. You can tee off at Poplar Creek Golf Course during your trip.

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