It seems kind of unfair to rate a hotel while it's undergoing a major renovation, but here goes. Two stars for the current inconvenience, three stars if you take the hassle of renovations out of the mix.
Stayed early October for one night, for business travel. I generally have decent luck with the LaQ brand, and the deciding factor was that the price was quite good relative to other hotels in the Bay Area. I knew about the renovations when I booked, so there was nothing really unexpected, and for a rate that was easily $100 less than other hotels in the area it was worth the moderate inconveniences.
Parking is currently a hassle because so many spaces are taken up by construction equipment and materials. I ended up parking along a curb and prayed that the car would still be there when I came out in the morning (it was, ha!).
The hotel is actually spread across two separate buildings, with a hundred or so yards between them. You check in in the "front" building and then walk along the drive and across train tracks to access the rear building...bizarre. There IS additional parking for the back building but it was full, so I had to leg it with my luggage, in the dark. A slightly surreal experience to say the least.
I was put in a newly refurbished room, which was clean and comfortable. The only weird quirk is that the bathroom door is mounted so it will not stay open (self-closes). With the door shut, the bathroom gets very stuffy while you're getting ready. The desk chair may or may not have been re-purposed as a door stop, ha! There's also no "vestibule" or entry way from the entry door into the room, like most hotels have—the door opens right into the room. Odd, but not deal-breakers. My room was a good distance away from the warehouse that shares a parking lot/driveway with this hotel, so there was no noise as mentioned by other reviewers, but trains did run by somewhat frequently all night. Turning up the room fan drowned out most of the train noise.
Breakfast is still served, but as of my stay, it was in a repurposed guest room on the third floor during renovations and a convoluted hassle to get to. It was the usual LaQ offering of cold cereal, toast/bagels, muffins, boiled eggs, some fruit, coffee & tea.
Overall, once the refurb is done, the hotel will likely be one of the better LaQ properties I've stayed in, but location is just not great. This would turn me away from staying here again, especially once the rates return to non-renovation levels (assuming they are reduced while the hotel is being refurbed.) I wouldn't recommend staying here for an extended visit or for vacation. For a late arrival/early departure for business travel or to catch an flight, it's fine. Convenient to the SFO airport & rental car center.
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