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Review: Cozy Villa Montes Hotel, Choice Ascend Collection, San Bruno near SFO

The opportunity with Choice Privileges points is landing a deal when reward rates are low, given that many hotels in the chain fluctuate in reward rates every two to three months. The uncertainty factor is reward night rates do not necessarily increase or decrease in ways you might expect given seasonal demand. An early morning flight from SFO to Canada for our June 2022 Lisbon trip had me looking for a hotel convenient to the airport. I found a good deal with Choice Hotels. 

Ascend Collection Villa Montes Hotel in San Bruno, California at 20,000 Choice Privileges points had me buying a hotel night at seeing the words Free Parking. The hotel is 1.7 miles from SFO Car Rental Center, where I planned to drop off a one-way Budget Car rental from Monterey Airport the following morning.

Reward night rates are currently as high as 30,000 Choice Privileges points for weeknights and 20,000 points on Friday and Saturdays through November 30. Rates drop to 20,000 all nights for December and January, then 16,000 points from February 1 to April 15, 2023.

Choice Privileges Reward Rates for Villa Montes Hotel, Ascend Collection – San Bruno, California
Villa Montes – Ascend Collection, San Bruno, California

I booked a King Bed room for 20,000 Choice Privileges points. The comparable best flexible rate at $155.10 totaled $179.87 after tax. I purchased Choice Privileges points for about $5.12 per 1,000 points during U.S. Travel Association’s Daily Getaways annual sale. Points bought this room for $103, a savings of $77 and nearly a 43% discount on best flexible rate for a King Bed room.

The feature I like about this hotel are spaces to chill if you want to hang out outside the room.

Villa Montes Hotel lobby, Ascend Collection, San Bruno, California
Villa Montes Hotel cozy hallway space, Ascend Collection, San Bruno, California
Villa Montes Hotel hallway lounge, Ascend Collection, San Bruno, California
Villa Montes Hotel hallway chaise lounge, Ascend Collection, San Bruno, California

Parking garage underneath hotel

The parking garage is a tight fit.

Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, parking garage, San Bruno, California

Villa Montes Hotel – King Room

Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, king bed, San Bruno, California
Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, TV and desk – San Bruno, California
Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, closet with robes – San Bruno, California
Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, entry hall coffee nook – San Bruno, California.
Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, refrigerator and microwave – San Bruno, California
Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, bathroom – San Bruno, California
Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, bath counter – San Bruno, California
Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, toilet decor – San Bruno, California

Via Montes Hotel Breakfast

I’ll give the limited breakfast offering a pass due to the pandemic protocols still in place for Via Montes Hotel in June 2022. Complimentary breakfast meant a paper bag picked up at the front desk containing a bottle of water, a banana, Quaker chewy peanut butter chocolate chip bar, and a packaged chocolate filled crepes. I ate the banana and fortunately we were in an airport lounge for lunch. 

Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, breakfast bag – San Bruno, California

Our room was on the back side of the hotel overlooking a residential street. I also visited suite 219 next door to our room.

Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, hospitality suite bar – San Bruno, California
Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, Suite 219 seating area and bedroom – San Bruno, California.

Public Spaces in Villa Montes

San Bruno still had Covid protocols in place for mask to be worn indoors in public areas. The Spa and coffee shop were closed. Indoors there were several spaces for two people to sit together and the lobby fireplace lounge had space for at least eight people.

Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, hotel lobby – San Bruno, California
Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, 2nd floor view to lobby – San Bruno, California
Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, fireplace lounge – San Bruno, California
Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, fireplace lounge – San Bruno, California
Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, Fireplace lounge view of San Bruno Public Library, San Bruno, California

Via Montes Hotel 2nd and 3rd Floors

Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, muted hall lighting – San Bruno, California.
Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, 2nd floor hall daylight – San Bruno, California

The room door in the photo above was our room for the night.

Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, guest computer – San Bruno, California
Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, 2nd floor ice-vending – San Bruno, California
Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, 3rd floor hallway – San Bruno, California
Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, 3rd floor view to 2nd – San Bruno, California.

Overall I like this hotel as a Choice Hotels option when wanting a place near SFO. It might be my pick for another stay in January.

Villa Montes Hotel Ascend Collection, fireplace lounge couch retreat – San Bruno, California.

The pillow on the couch kind of sums up the feeling I had staying in Via Montes Hotel.

“retreat – a place affording peace, quiet, privacy, or security.”

The surprise for me at Via Montes Hotel was finding an urban retreat in the heart of San Bruno, California that I also found quite cozy as a hotel space.

 

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