This is my third stay at this hotel and my second in room 22. When reserving, I paid $10 extra per night for a Superior room, but ended up in the same room as before. As noted by others, the walls are paper-thin. Good thing the AC/heat is noisy.
This room has not been refurbished. The bathroom linoleum is in bad shape. The cabinet in the bathroom is so close to the toilet, you need to sit sideways. It was taking 4 minutes to get hot water out of the sink, and the flow was so low, on the last morning, I unscrewed the sink filter, only to find it crammed FULL of tiny wood chips. (Which was an improvement, because they looked like bugs at first!) This room has an old tile shower with a plastic shower curtain - no tub. AND the hot water ran cold 2 minutes into my shower.
The mattress on the bed feels a little old, kind of worn-in. It is encased in a plastic mattress cover and the linens are definitely poly-cotton, not all cotton.
No ramps for luggage, so be prepared to haul bags over the cobblestone courtyard.
NOW, having pointed out this hotel's flaws, let me tell you I'll stay there again and again. The price is right! $98-$110 for a basic-superior room. It is a 22 second walk to the Purple Onion, a wonderful breakfast-coffee place and 1 minute from all of the shopping and restaurants in Los Gatos.
The rooms have kitchen amenities including a fridge, plates and wine glasses and a microwave. I usually stop at Trader Joes, pick up some snacks and a bottle of wine. The hotel keeps two bottles of water in the fridge for each room. There are a gazillion channels on the satellite tv. The internet is speedy and there are usually fruit and granola bars in the office for breakfast. The rooms have always been spotless.
Like most businesses in Los Gatos, the hotel keeps a water bowl outside for the local dogs on their walks and it's especially fun to sit in the courtyard and people watch. I had a great chat one morning with a woman walking her Great Dane, who stopped at 6 water bowls along the sidewalk.
It's a quirky little place with personality and a neat little place to stay, just know what to expect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in convenient downtown of Los Gatos, about 15 minutes from San Jose in Silicon Valley. You may walk to restaurants and shops just across the street. Over and above standard hotel services, you get free high speed internet, daily dining vouchers for 5 restaurants, athletic club, all free. We also have kitchenette and free overseas calls for extended-stay guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Garden Hotel Los Gatos