El Rancho Inn & Suites: A Cure for Early Flights
I never sleep on a plane. I hold the plane. No matter how often I fly, I prefer to be in control. At least in control of my own consciousness.
Preparing for a flight, I like to pack in the last minute, when the pressure builds up to a point of fast and precise decision-making. First, I put aside what I’d be wearing – layers of clothing, from light to bulky, in order to pack less. Then I collect everything that might come in handy should the weather change drastically (and it always does). Finally, I go through all the pieces, trying to eliminate everything repetitious, unnecessary, or easily replaceable. I take my travels seriously.
Therefore, I often feel tired and sometimes exhausted when I have to board an early flight from my native San Francisco to any destination east of Mississippi. You know those are all early flights.
That was before I learned about the Best Western Plus El Rancho Inn & Suites in Millbrae, and its Park-Sleep-Fly Package.
El Rancho Inn & Suites is a family-owned and extremely well-kept cozy property located a short shuttle ride away from the San Francisco International Airport. For my recent 6 a.m. flight from SFO, when I had to be there in an ungodly hour for a habitual security pat-down, I checked in at El Rancho around 10 p.m. the night before, and was advised to board their 24-hour airport shuttle at 4 in the morning.
I had enough time to sleep, shower, primp, have my in-room cup of coffee, and arrive at the United/Continental counter bright-eyed and bushy-tailed even before it got manned for the day. My car was safely parked at El Rancho awaiting my return.
Park-Sleep-Fly includes a room for two, departure snack, airport transportation to and from SFO, and car storage for up to 14 days.
But wait, there is more! Another great thing about El Rancho is its Delayed/Cancelled Flight Come Back Program. Yep, that’s right. Should your flight get delayed or cancelled, come back on the courtesy shuttle, enjoy all the facilities, like fitness room, swimming pool, sun deck, and beautiful Terrace Café/Veranda Bar, and if your flight is delayed until the following day, even stay another night at no additional charge!
And while you are there, don’t miss a very special feature of this very special hotel. There is a real 18th century Versailles sculpture, depicting a forest nymph with a cupid, standing to the left of the entrance. Bon voyage!
El Rancho Inn & Suites is easily accessible from Highway 101 at 1100 El Camino Real, Millbrae, California.
Call for reservations: 1-800-826-5500, or visit their website.