Hotel Review: San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront

Macarons in the hotel's M Club Lounge

By Paul Riegler on 2 May 2018
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Airport hotels aren’t just for distressed passengers. Travelers destined for such properties are often there for meetings, to enjoy a longer layover, or on a nearby work assignment.

When I had a meeting scheduled at San Francisco International Airport, I opted to stay nearby at the recently renovated San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, nestled on the Bay that gives its name to the Bay Area, looked perfect.

The hotel’s airport shuttle arrived minutes after I came to the appropriate bus stop at SFO (no phone call required) and the hotel itself was just a few minutes away. Upon arrival, I was warmly greeted by the two bellmen at the main entrance and directed to the reception desk.

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I noticed what I thought was an LCD display for where one could obtain a mobile room key so I walked there first and pressed it to no avail. The elite line at the reception desk was unmanned but there was no wait and a very friendly front desk clerk completed the formalities quickly, informed me about the benefits I would get as a result of my elite status with Marriott, and handed over an old fashioned card key.


I had been upgraded to a Waterfront King room that had a stunning view of SFO’s runway and I was able to enjoy watching planes landing in the distance. The Marriott Bed was quite comfortable although I would have preferred down and feather pillows over the popular hypoallergenic ones. The sparsely furnished room featured a sofa by the window paired with a round coffee table. Instead of a closet, the room featured a sideways “C” with hangers immediately adjacent to the door. While it did little to hide one’s belongings, it did serve to make my clothing easily accessible.

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