This is reference to Stanford Inn, on 115 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
The hotel doesn't look like much from the outside. The hotel across the street, the Stanford Park Inn, looks much more modern and well-kept.
I was "upgraded" and stayed in one of the first floor units. The unit had an overall old feeling, but was relatively comfortable.
The bathroom had a window which opened right to the outside walkway. There was a full walk-in closet (probably a remnant from the previous life of this motel as efficiency apartments). There was a updated living area and dining area with nice fixtures. The kitchen was fully stocked which was a surprise.
The pros about this motel is that it was only 2 blocks from the local mall, which had various eating options. I had booked this place for an interview the next day. The room is also spacious and had free internet wi-fi.
The cons are that the windows opened to the main street sidewalk so that anyone could have just climbed into my room. Because of the A/C not turned on, opening the windows allowed mosquitoes to enter the room (there were no screens on the windows). Also, the bedding, although colorful, felt like they were someone's old sheets and not necessarily changed.
The motel is fine if you are on a budget, however, do not expect anything more than basic. You must always push a buzzer to get someone to the front desk. As I was walking past the nearby Best Western and the typical motel operation, I would have probably booked my room there if I had known what the motel was truly like.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming affordable California Hotel Centrally located near Stanford University, Stanford Hospital, Palo Alto and Silicon Valley high-tech Investment Centers of Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. We are ideally suited for long term stays as "Your Residence in California." We offer Studio, one- and two-bedroom units with kitchenettes, free Internet, free HBO, air conditioning and business center facilities. Bicycles are available for rent. Stay with us and visit nearby attractions of San Francisco, San Jose, Yosemite, Monterey, and wine country. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stanford Hotel Menlo Park