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Red Cottage Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1704 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025   |  
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Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Menlo Park
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4 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2005

We chose this inn for the location close to Menlo College. Never again! As we waited in the lobby we should of known what the rest of the property would be like. My husband and I arrived around noon and the breakfast still hadn't been put away. The door was open and the flys were swarming. The gentleman at the desk didn't seem to be fazed at all. As we approached the door there was an 2 inch or more gap from the floor. The door lock on the inside was flimsy. For a quick moment I was in awe of the private deck through the sliding glass door. The patio chairs were dirty and didn't look sturdy enough to sit in. The lock on the slider also was not secure. The mattress was creaky and smelled. The towels felt hard and I really was afraid of the bottom of the bathtub. My husband and I both agree we made a big mistake not to run out when we should of. Never again!

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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Pismo Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2005

We were looking for a one night getaway and chose the Red Cottage Inn & Suites for our visit to Menlo Park. It was lovely. The old motel is in a wonderful floral setting with pool and fountains. There are trees and flowers everywhere. The room was large and every room has a small patio with a private area. We had a table and chairs outside with some small greenery.

The king bed was very comfortable, and the room included a large refrigerator, microwave, desk, CD player, video player and of course TV. The marble bathroom was nice. Nothing out of the ordinary there. The closet was huge in the entry way. Includes a nice breakfast. We stayed for only $109. We may go back as we fell in love with Menlo Park and had an outstanding dinner in Los Gatos at La Fondue. Suites have jacuzzis in room.

High end shopping only minutes away at the Stanford shopping mall. It fit our needs entirely. Plus, and this is most important - very very quiet. Although it has seen it's day, it is lovely.

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Petaluma, CA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2004

The website for the Red Cottage made me think it would be a cute garden motel. In reality, the room was nothing like the pictures (the lightbulbs in two lamps and in the bathroom didn't work, and there was a large iron burn in the carpet as well). There were no flowers around any of the patios, and the place just seemed neglected. On the up-side, there was little traffic noise since it is off the main drag, and the prices were great for the area. I would not recommend it to anyone though.

  • Stayed November 2004
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2004

The Red Cottage is not a 3 star hotel. It is older and pretty basic. The pictures of the rooms are not the rooms you get. Maybe the suites are remodeled but the regular rooms show their age. The room is clean but walls are a bit thin so the morning trains and the vacum cleaner can be heard. The bathroom mirror only extends to 5'9 so you have to duck if you are taller.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2003

My wife and I stayed at the Red Cottage Inn & Suites in August 2003 and just wanted to say that it was great.. My room feautured a DVD player and so many amenities at such a great price that I was amazed.. The staff was personable and extremely helpful with getting my directions and tips for restaurants in the area.

I hope this helps..

Jeff and Peg

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Address: 1704 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Location: United States > California > Menlo Park
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Menlo Park
#3 Family Hotel in Menlo Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Red Cottage Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 28
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