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Hotel Elan

1215 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95110 (Formerly Howard Johnson Express - San Jose)
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Hotel Elan
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Ranked #44 of 73 Hotels in 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
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Reno, Nevada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
10 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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6 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 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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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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1 helpful vote 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

This hotel will not take they will not take cupons not even on week days price is expensive the windows suck you can hear everything from outside the beds are very eachy they keep no control over their tenants just not good at all

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Gerber, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

worst place to spend a night, got to the hotel room and was duty, garbage on the floor, bed undone, duty clothes on the floor.we have to wait for the receptionist to clean the room for more than 20 min Do not recomend this place to some body to have a good night rest,

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