While my experience in Costa Rica was not the best when it came to using a rental car from Avis, everything was just fine and dandy when I arrived in San Francisco!
I had organized the rental car ahead of time (as usual) and used my status as a teacher in the NYC Department of Education through RentalCarPerks.com to get a discount on the vehicle. For 48 hours use it only cost $75. Additionally, because I have the Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card I declined to get the insurance policy since it provides me with primary collision coverage. It was wonderful to arrive at the airport and see my name on a list with my car waiting for us in parking space B16.
I had booked our hotel through HotWire.com, something I don’t normally do because I like to know where I am going to be staying in advance. But, since there are not that many hotels in Half Moon Bay, CA it did not seem to matter. We got a great discount (about $30 cheaper) for each night and it came with free breakfast. Granted, it was not that good and we were going to get brunch from the wedding one of the days, but it was still a nice place.
The bed was comfortable enough and there was a full-size bathtub (something my fiancée appreciated immensely). There was Wi-Fi in the lobby area and ostensibly across the hotel, although we had no luck connecting to it. There happened to be both a microwave and a refrigerator in the room – something I do not see frequently at 2.5 star establishments.
Overall it was a nice stay and I would use that hotel again if need be.