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Courtyard San Mateo Foster City

550 Shell Boulevard · Foster City, California 94404 USA

Things to Do from San Jose to San Francisco

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Perfectly located between San Francisco and San Jose, the Courtyard San Mateo Foster City offers easy access to popular attractions, outdoor recreation and restaurants that reflect the rich diversity of Northern California.


Sights to See

Sports, culture, shopping and history; Northern California has something for everyone.

Golden Gate Bridge
One of the "seven wonders of the modern world," this architectural icon is San Francisco's most popular landmark. The single-suspension roadway spans 1.7 miles from San Fran to the Marin headlands and features a pedestrian walkway.

Oracle Park
Catch MLB's San Francisco Giants on their home turf. Sign up for a behind-the-scenes tour or the opportunity to catch batting practice before the game.

Leo J. Ryan Memorial Park
A quick walk from the hotel (.3 miles), this park features an amphitheater, boardwalk, picnic areas and a lake.

The 654-acre botanical garden features a Georgian country house and a cafe with farm-to-table dining.

Levi's Stadium
"The most high-tech stadium in the world" is home to the NFL's San Francisco 49ers as well as a museum and steakhouse.

A Breath of Fresh Air

The state's natural beauty begs to be explored, whether you want to head out onto the water or get an incredible view from the top of a mountain.

The fifth-fittest city in the country, San Francisco offers a variety of hiking trails for all levels

Heritage Rose Garden
This five-acre garden in San Jose is home to 3,500 plants and nearly 3,000 varieties of heritage, modern and miniature roses. Did we mention it's free?

San Jose Bike Party
Bicycle enthusiasts gather the third Friday of each month for these themed rides. Each ride takes a different route and usually ends with food trucks and music.

Take in the San Francisco skyline, Bay Bridge and the ball park from atop a stand-up paddle board or from a sea kayak.

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
Set on a hill and home to exotic animals and amusement rides, this San Jose attraction is a must for families.

San Mateo Arboretum
The gardens here are home to stands of pine, oak, cedar and redwood planted more than 100 years ago.

Food for Every Palate

Northern California is a true reflection of the American melting pot, offering a taste of culinary traditions from around the world as well as the best ingredients, beers and wines from within the state.

Stella Alpina Osteria
Inspired by mountain inns of the Swiss Alps, this restaurant features braised meats and Northern Italian pasta dishes.

An eclectic menu of Latin American flavors, crafted with seasonal, small farm-sourced ingredients, is paired with tequila, rum and pisco cocktails.

Sweet Basil
Simple and satisfying, this restaurant offers traditional Thai recipes and generous portions.

The menu here offers a mix of Mediterranean favorites, including hummus, kebabs and falafel, along with pastas, pizzas and hookah pipes.

The Grill House
This aptly named restaurant focuses on grilled dishes, including burgers and ribs, along with a rotating menu of local craft beers.

LV Mar
This Latin American restaurant and bar is best known for its ceviche, Mexican-style tacos and huitlacoche-potato dumplings.


Salads, hand-crafted, wood-fired pizzas, small plates including pork meatballs and mushroom toast and California beers and wines are all on the menu here.

Getting Around


Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
San Francisco's public rail and subway system includes stops at both SFO and OAK airports. The closest station to our hotel is BART Millbrae Station (6 miles).
Caltrain travels between San Fran, San Jose and Gilroy. Belmont Station (5 miles) is the closest to our hotel.


  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO; 9.5 miles)
    • Estimated taxi fare: $30 (one way)
    • By car
      -Take Hwy 101 South to 92 East
      -Exit Foster City Boulevard
      -Turn right at the first light
      -Turn left onto Shell Boulevard
      -Make a U-turn at the first turn-out on the left
      -Turn right into parking lot
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK; 23 miles)
    • Estimated taxi fare: $75 (one way)
    • By car
      -Take South 880 to 92 West Ramp to San Mateo Bridge
      -Exit Foster City Boulevard
      -Bear right at Chess Drive and right again heading towards Foster City Boulevard
      -Bear right at Metro Center Boulevard
      -Turn left on Shell Boulevard
  • Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport(SJC; 28 miles)
    • Estimated taxi fare: $95 (one way)
    • By car
      -Take Hwy 101 North to 92 East
      -Exit Foster City Boulevard
      -Turn right at the light
      -Turn left on Shell Boulevard

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