El Rancho is the perfect San Francisco Airport hotel with the right services and well-furnished rooms to ensure any stay in the Bay area is comfortable and worry free. The two story mission style hotel provides direct outdoor entry to all guestrooms from the landscaped parking lot, providing ample space for social distancing with limited walking. All guest stays along with Free Wi-Fi and premium cable TV. Every room has a mini refrigerator, complimentary in room coffee, and luxurious beds with high quality sheets and towels. El Rancho is AAA 3 diamond rated. The hotel is centrally located in Millbrae between Silicon Valley and downtown San Francisco, just 3 miles from the San Francisco Airport SFO. The hotel is within short walking distance to a variety of restaurants, pizzerias, major fast-food restaurants and Starbucks. Trader Joes and Safeway supermarkets are just a few blocks from the hotel. Caltrain and BART intermodal transit station is a short 20-minute walk from the hotel providing direct access to downtown San Francisco and surrounding areas. Sleep and Fly packages are also available including 8 days of parking, additional parking days can be added for $15 per day. Please contact the hotel for further details. We welcome guests of all abilities. Our property descriptions aim to allow any visitor to make an informed decision on whether the hotel is an appropriate choice for their needs. Please contact hotel to hear all the ADA compliant service and property features for your next accommodation. Hotel offers daily hot breakfast 6:30am to 9:30am. Daily self parking at the hotel is $10 per day. Hotel does not currently offer airport shuttle service. Hotel is located 3 miles from the San Francisco Airport. Transportation options include taxi, Uber, and Lyft.

Property Information

Year Built: 1948
Last Renovation: 2005
Floors: 3
Total rooms: 219


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General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
General Policies: Children
Kids Stay Free Policy Maximum number of children per paid adult: 0Maximum child age: 17
Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 2616 reviews
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Not What It Was

    We stayed here many times in the past, last time was about five years ago. The quality has gone down hill. We were surprised by a $15 charge to park our car for the night. I did not see that on the website so it might be my fault, but think about it: you get a hotel room but parking is not included in the room cost? The room was pretty bare as in no pen or paper or any of the usual things. It seemed sort of “tired” and not as cheery as in the past. No restaurant or bar anymore and breakfast doesn’t start until 6:30 now. The room was big enough, refrigerator and coffee maker and easy chair. Enough plugs for charging. No more airport shuttle but they do give you a $30 voucher towards taxi or UBER. I hate to say it but next time we will look elsewhere. Remember to add $15 to your expected room cost.

    Jun 04, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Nice Inn before our Flight from SFO.

    The Inn gave my wife and I a quiet room that we had requested. It was comfortable with a nice bed. Good breakfast with a large seating area. The Inn has a large self parking area, and offers a $30.00 dollar discount on your stay if they book a taxi to the Airport for you.

    May 16, 2024
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Tired property, nice staff

    We selected this spot as we had an early flight and wanted to be close to SFO. Check in folks were nice and overall it felt safe. No airport shuttle, it's about $25 - $30 Uber ride from SFO. Free breakfast was nice in the AM. I am a member of Best Western Rewards and other BW properties acknowledge that on check in and usually provide a little welcome bag with waters and snacks. Didn't get that at this location. The entire property is dated and a little run down. Exterior maintenance issues, for sure. We were on the back side of the 500 building and the gutter was rusted out and dripping water onto the walkways. Exterior trash bin overflowing at night and in the morning birds or another critter had went through it all making a mess. Piles of cigarette butts and a few beer cans in the shared seating area and lost of litter/trash floating around in landscaping, etc. It just looks tired and like nobody cares. The room was average and clean enough. Mattress was firm/comfortable. Bathroom space with shower and toilet was tiny. Could hardly shut the door. Lots of counter space by sink area.

    Apr 14, 2024
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Walk back in time

    I stayed here because I was flying out of San Francisco airport and didn’t want my pickup to have to drive at night.It was cheaper than long term parking so wasn’t needing a fancy place.The bathroom tile was straight out of the 50 s but in perfect condition.All the fixtures were old style but again worked like they were just installed.Great beds with fluffy pillows and heaters were quick and efficient.I went to the free breakfast which is in its own building and 3 different types of real homemade scrambled eggs,bacon,sausage,potatoes.unreal for the cost of room.old style park in front of your room parking and 2.7 miles from airport.It was nice to not do late night drive home after long plane ride.I will be doing this again

    Mar 17, 2024
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Worst hotel I ever stayed in

    Horrible room. Tiny bathroom with shower little pressure. Noise and slamming doors all night until 200 AM. Hotel Shoul be closed or perhaps used as a homeless shelter. I would hate to even allow them to stay there

    Feb 18, 2024
Prices per person based on double occupancy including round-trip airfare via U.S. certified air carriers and round-trip airport/hotel transfers when arriving at airport closest to destination (for exceptions see Frequently Asked Questions), hotel taxes and baggage handling, fuel surcharges, and all pre-collected U.S. and foreign taxes. In some instances, pricing may specifically apply to one of multiple flights on select departure days. All packages are based on the lowest hotel/air classes available at time of publication, capacity controlled, subject to availability and change without notice. Promotional pricing may only be available for a limited time. Fees may apply for carry-on and checked baggage-view Baggage Policies. Some resort fees, environmental levies and departure taxes are not included and may be payable in resort. View Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Apple Vacations is not responsible for errors or omissions. Cancellation policies apply. Bookings are subject to the Fair Trade Contract. All public charter flights are operated by ALG Vacations Corp: Allegiant Air: PC 18-231, A319-156 seats or A320-186 seats /PC 18-234, A319-156 seats or A320-186 seats; Miami Air operated by TUI Airlines Belgium N.V. : PC 19-085 & PC 19-117, B737-800, 180 seats/PC 19-091, B737-800-183 seats; Swift Air: PC 19-092, B737-400-150 seats; Viva Aerobus: PC 18-228, A320-180 seats/ PC 19-079, A320-180-185 seats/PC 19-094, A320-185 seats. CST2139014-20 120319