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Hotel Elan

1215 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95110 (Formerly Howard Johnson Express - San Jose)
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  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Location
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
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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Madera, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Attending downtown conference, needed close, safe, comfortable bed & best price. We found that here!!! From some reviews, we expect a very low end experience. Fortunately, while basic, it had: updated colors, very clean room, king bed with clean mattress (checked), fluffy mattress pad, smooth sheets & 3 pillows. Was upstairs facing parking lot & it was quiet, jet noise... More 

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San Jose, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I love staying here. The rooms are fairly nice. Some have jacuzzi tubs. TV is a lil outdated but it all works. Good complimentary breakfast in lobby in morming. The neighborhood is fairly quiet with maybe one or 2 suspicious characters but police usually patoling. I'd stay here anytime.

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Chilliwack, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

my friend and I were in san jose for the canucks vs sharks hockey game. We decided to stay at hotel elan. The staff were friendly and courteous. Ill be definitely staying there again on my next trip to San Jose. It was a 45 min walk from sap center..

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Redding, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The front desk people were so nice had me laughing. Room was clean I was worried about the planes flying over but once we were in the room we didn't here a thing. I would stay there again Bed was very hard

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texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I stayed here on business and did not have any problems in the hotel. The room was fine and mine had hardwood floors. The front desk was very polite especially Christine. There was a lot of selection at breakfast. For the price I paid I was satisfied with my accommodations and would stay here again.

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San Jose, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Don't waste your money, you won't get any sleep! You can hear everything going on outside your room. It is on a very busy street. You can hear motorcycles blasting by til late in the night and than by 6:00 a.m. the street has heavy commute traffic and you can hear every car drive by. There is no sleeping in... More 

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