While San Mateo County and Silicon Valley are some of the most connected corners of the American business world, much of the Peninsula is also full of natural and cultural wonders that have attracted vacationers for ages. Here, visitors get the best of California’s nature and culture without the city crowds.

San Mateo County hotels offer the best of the bay and beaches. Being closer to San Francisco may suit your agenda, or perhaps you’d rather get zen out in the redwood forests. Either way, there is a San Mateo County hotel that’s in the right spot for your trip. Not to mention, San Mateo County’s hotels rank among the finest hotels in the United States. A vacation at one of these properties is an unforgettable escape.


For the perfect combination of a central location and luxurious accommodation, look no further than the Four Seasons Silicon Valley. With a refreshing pool and onsite relaxation facilities, staying at the Four Seasons feels like a vacation even without leaving the property. The hotel also features Italian cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients at Quattro. Visitors can also cruise over to Freewheel Brewing Co. for some local craft beers, or grab some ocean-fresh fish and a pint at Pacific Catch. This modern hotel also puts you close to great shopping options at Town & Country Village and urban wineries in Redwood City and San Carlos.



The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is a beautiful property set in even more gorgeous surroundings. This 5-star wonder sits atop a seaside bluff providing breathtaking views. You can see the wild Pacific ocean crashing into the shore from the airy lobby or the large terrace equipped with fire pits for chilly nights. The Ritz-Carlton houses exquisite dining options but is only about 3 miles from Main Street, Half Moon Bay, where guests can enjoy several local gems. The hotel is also right next door to the Half Moon Bay Golf Links, a championship golf course designed by Arnold Palmer for golf aficionados looking to hit the links.




A night or two at Canyon Ranch Wellness Retreat is the perfect escape. This hotel is tucked away between County Parks and Nature Preserves in a private forest. They offer “wellness in the woods” which includes yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, and guided nature walks to help you relax and find yourself. Their luxurious spa services also provide peace of mind and restore the body. With recurring workshops and events, there is always a reason to come back to the Ranch and continue on your journey of personal growth.

Yoga in the Redwoods at Canyon Ranch Woodside


The 5-star Grand Hyatt at SFO may be near San Francisco International Airport but that doesn’t make it just another, run-of-the-mill airport hotel. Step off the AirTrain and into the lobby! Here, visitors can relax in luxurious rooms with stunning views of the bay. The pet-friendly property is completely soundproof, so you can admire as planes land and take off without the noise. The on-site sushi bar and the eclectic Asian fusion project, Quail and Crane, will tantalize your taste buds. If you’re excited to explore the city, you’re only a short train ride away from the heart of San Francisco.

Guest room at the Grand Hyatt at SFO overlooking the runway at SFO Airport

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