Fodor's Expert Review Aloft San Francisco Airport

401 E. Millbrae Ave., Millbrae, California 94030, United States See on Map

On the southern edge of SFO's runway, this sleek business hotel caters to those who want style, affordability and the ease of rolling out of bed and sidling into the airport. The glass-front lobby's array of inviting features allows guests to feel less isolated from urbanity. A pool and lively bar round out the fun.


Compact rooms are comfy enough, with handsome color schemes of dark blues and browns atop white linens. Pillows and large paintings brighten the room. Triple-paned windows with blackout curtains to help dim the nearby engine noise.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Free Wi-Fi allows those traveling for work to stay connected.


Glass walk-in showers and large mirrors add spaciousness to the tight bathrooms. Bowl sinks and Bliss toiletries provide stylish touches.


The glass-walled lobby lures travelers to hang out on laptops and listen to live music. The W XYZ Bar slings inventive cocktails and local vino. A fireside pool table and house games cater to families. In the patio area, lounge on pillow-topped benches in the Millbrae sun.

Take advantage of the 24/7 free airport shuttle available for hotel guests.


A small indoor heated pool looks out into the patio area. Indoor and outdoor sun beds, topped with umbrellas give a resort vibe, while the hanging surfboards over the pool hint at the nearby swells just over the hills.


The state-of-the-art fitness center features free weights and cardio equipment, like stationary bikes, treadmills, and stair climbers.

A popular jogging trail runs parallel to the bay.


Re:Fuel, the hotel's grab-and-go eatery, serves light fare 24 hours a day. Options include build-your-own-breakfast options like pancake wraps, or bagels and lox. The self-serve espresso machine features lattes and regular black coffee. W XYZ Bar also serves light fare like Caesar salad, pulled pork tacos, and grilled cheese.


The bar and lounge area boasts live acoustic music four nights a week, and a DJ on weekends. Drinks highlight the local bounty, and attract young business types.


Getting Around

The hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle. For those without a car, hop on BART at the airport to go into San Francisco or to the south bay via Caltrain. Alternatively, order up a Lyft.


San Franciscans motor down to the Millbrae Pancake House (5-minute drive) for hearty griddle fare in a classic setting. Walk along the bay to New England Lobster Market and Eatery (8-minute walk) for inventive tapas (and a lovely lobster corn chowder) featuring fresh seafood.


The best bars in the area can be found in the San Francisco Airport (7-minute drive), where you can sip bloody marys, sample local vino, or chug microbrews. In Millbrae, head to The Third Eye (5-minute drive), a sports bar known for its Himalayan cuisine. For an upscale cocktail bar, join the locals at Sixteen Mile House (5-minute drive) for wine or martinis.


This airport hotel devotes itself to style, while also providing a comfortable (and affordable) bed. With a pool, a touch of food, a bar with live music, and free transportation to SFO, you won't find a better choice this close to your check-in-gate.


Business, New
255 rooms
Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Cafe Yes
Gym, Pool
Parking Lot


Phones: 650-443–5500

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