We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 72 San Jose hotels

Hotel Elan

2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1215 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95110 (Formerly Howard Johnson Express - San Jose)
Hotel amenities
Save Saved
You added Hotel Elan to your Saves list
Hotel Elan
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
You must enter dates to see the best prices.
Ranked #57 of 72 hotels in San Jose
  • Reviews (38)
  • Photos (18)
  • Amenities
  • Q&A
  • Room tips (9)
  • Location
  • More
Write a Review

38 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
See reviews for
Rating summary
  • 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
    2.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (9)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Union City, New Jersey
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

First: BED BUGS - After my first night I woke up with a few bug bites and thought it could be a mosquito or something... Second night I woke up with bites all over my body, eyes, forehead, neck, back, arms, fingers, literally all over. I had never seen bed bugs before nor experienced anything so aggressive... I started itching... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Top Contributor
170 reviews 170 reviews
67 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014 via mobile

Found the Elan had a room when no one else did...the price makes this place tolerable. The Elan has decorations including carpet,tv's,dressers and wallpaper from the 70s ...but in saying that....was very clean for what they had to work with...it was quiet...comfortable and clean....would stay again..

Was this review helpful? Yes
Niagara Falls
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We booked this hotel through Hotwire the morning of our afternoon arrival. We were touring California and this was our last night in the state. We wanted a downtown San Jose hotel but that's not what we got. This grim motel was situated in a sinister neighbourhood, more than a mile from downtown, amongst repo yards and low income housing.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Houston, Texas
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This is worst ever and their service is really bad. I was their one of loyal customer since last three yrs and each time after booking one bed room they used to give me double bed room and they be nice when it comes to their fault when you ask for your room they will say they gave to some... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Desert Hot Springs, California
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Set in a lower-middle income, mixed residential/commercial neighborhood on a busy thoroughfare. Some airport noise. No nearby amenities. No ice machine. No flat screen TV. Coffee maker in the room did not work but was quickly replaced. Either we had noisy neighbors or sound just carries easily in the building. The room itself was adequate, indifferently furnished, clean. The bed... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Eureka, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Somewhat mediocre place... clean but not very inviting. Very cheap owners. Ice maker temporarily broken and the owners were too cheap to buy a couple of bags of ice so that customers would have ice. Instead, they used the ice maker in the refrigerator in the office that made very little ice, so there was very little ice for customers.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Oakhurst, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

My wife and I wound up at the Hotel Elan in San Jose because we waited too long to book a reservation in Palo Alto. When we first pulled up the very friendly security guard met us at our car. I thought oh-no what did we get ourselfs into. The neighborhood was so-so, but the Motel was great. freshly renovated,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Valencia, CA
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

$89+tax was a good price (especially for downtown San Jose) for this particular stay. It wasn't for vacation or business. We went to a concert that was over late. Rather than drive a distance I decided to stay close to the venue. This little hotel (motel) was clean, rather spartan, and was fine for an 11pm - 8am sleep over.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Valencia, California
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

I had book one room in sep 2 week before we went there. I call them and told them i am going to be late. When I reach there front desk lady said I have not book the room. After I show the confermation number and all the paper. After taking 45 to 50 minutes and lots of talking finally... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Hotel Elan, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Hotel Elan? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Hotel Elan

Address: 1215 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95110 (Formerly Howard Johnson Express - San Jose)
Location: United States > California > San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Elan 2*
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity, Booking.com, Priceline, Tingo, Hotels.com, Cheap Tickets, BookingOdigeoWL, Despegar.com, HostelWorld, Venere and Otel so you can book your Hotel Elan reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Howard Johnson San Jose
San Jose Howard Johnson
Howard Johnson Express

18 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

All traveler photos (6)
Room/suite (3)
Other (3)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All management photos (13)
Room/suite (6)
Hotel & grounds (4)
Dining (1)
Other (2)


Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Class
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located one mile from the dynamic downtown district, the Howard Johnson Express San Jose features spacious guest rooms and Jacuzzi rooms along with easy access to all the great attractions that surround Northern California's largest city, everything from art museums to San Jose Sharks hockey ... more   less 
Number of rooms

Questions & Answers

Enter your question for this accommodation's staff to answer. Other travelers may answer as well.
    Posting guidelines

    See which rooms travelers prefer