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Hotel Elan

1215 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95110 (Formerly Howard Johnson Express - San Jose)
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2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Minutes after my niece and her 3 children (5 & 1yrs, & 3wks) checked in to hotel, my nephew finds dirty glass pipe in night stand drawer. I called Daniel at front desk to come to room 113 to see for himself what my 5 year old nephew found in the drawer. He was not able to explain to me... More 

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El Dorado Hills
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

We were at a conference about 9/10 of a mile from the hotel. Unfortunately, the wrong direction. We were two professional women and this is a "working man's hotel" with construction types sitting outside their rooms smoking and drinking beer. Keep in mind I am married to a contractor, so I have no issues with their profession, but it was... More 

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Los Osos, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

NOT a hotel, this motel is overpriced and dirty, especially corners and grout. Bad pillows, only 2 per double bed, WiFi and TV did not work. Service was friendly but slow and barely competent. Charging a $20 pet fee at this dump is really shameful. The best part was the cute cat in residence.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

The reviews certainly don't lie. I usually like to decide for my self but this place needs shutting down. Traveling California with my partner, paid to stay here for 2 nights. Get to the motel and we are early. Receptionist wants to charge us for being early?? So we took a wander around the neighbourhood instead! Get into the room,... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015 via mobile

The sleeping area was ok . Definitely in need of new carpet extremely bad condition. The toilet area is another can of worms. It appeared as though someone had used the wall as tissue for their nose and right beside the toilet there was a smear that appeared to be feces. I did not want to get to close to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The staff were kind and helpful. It's a motel and frankly that really sums it up. It is not located in a nice part of San Jose but if you need an inexpensive place to lay your head...voila! Continental breakfast was an exaggeration be prepared to go across the street one of the restaurants (Denny's) to have a decent breakfast.... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

To start with, the location is questionable as others have said. It took a while to check in because there is only one person at the desk. We arrived at 4:30 which was well past the 2 pm check in time. We were given a room and upon walking up to it we saw the door wide open and the... More 

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palm desert, ca
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

nice remodeled room with wood floor. noisy on the street side but ive come to expect that at motels. no real continental breakfast, only bagels and coffee and cereal. great location. wifi was in and out. staff was real helpful there. i would return

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Stayed for 2 nights & it was a great value. The room was clean and spacious. The staff was friendly. It is close to downtown & some supermarkets. I would have enjoyed more towels & for some reason our shower didn't have a shower curtain which I thought it was weird. No complaints besides that.

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Greenfield MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We were in late to San Jose after flying across from New England and had reserved this hotel as it was very inexpensive on several hotel search sites and well situated for our plans for our first morning in the area. Great adventure! It appears to be folks doing what we did - needing a room after flying all day,... More 

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