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“Good Value and Immaculate” 4 of 5 stars
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Americas Best Value Inn - Palo Alto
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4234 El Camino Real, (aka Sky Ranch Inn), Palo Alto, CA 94306   |  
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Ranked #20 of 24 hotels in Palo Alto
Los Osos, California
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Good Value and Immaculate”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

We needed a place to stay after the June 30 pro soccer game at Stanford (great game and fireworks show!). We booked at the last minute and found this relatively affordable motel located at the south end of Palo Alto, on El Camino Real. Our room was nicely furnished (including a small fridge) and the place was immaculately clean. The lady at the front desk was pleasant and well organized. Although located along a main drag, our room was quiet. I would recommend booking a room like ours, at the back of the motel away from the street, if possible. An excellent restaurant for breakfast - Hobees - was located almost next door. This made up for the only shortcoming I noted in this motel, the advertised "continental breakfast" seemed to be 2 packaged "pastries", 2 small bottles of orange juice and a coffee maker for making coffee. (The room was booked for 3.)

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Lafayette, California
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

No frills, clean place to sleep. Had to find a hotel for an unexpected overnight last minute trip. Only hotel close to Stanford with a vacancy. Older hotel single level noisy a/c and refrigerator.

Room Tip: No Pool,or fitness center, tight small parking lot. Rooms in the back are quiet.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cambria, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

We were put in room 100 right next to the managers office, even though we arrived at 3 p.m. before the motel even began to fill up and requested a quiet room. We went to bed at 10p.m. But were unable to sleep until 11 p.m. because every time some one went into the managers office, there was an obnoxious alert bell that rang to alert him. We heard it, too. Loud and clear. The last one was at 11 p.m. Then the alarm clock in the room, which we hadn't touched, went off at midnight!
The last straw was the continental breakfast: 2 cellophane wrapped fat-filled cheap pastries. If you want to sleep, this is NOT the place to stay.

Room Tip: Don't let them put you in Room 100, right next to the managers office!!! It is noisy and you wo...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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abvipaloalto, Owner at Americas Best Value Inn - Palo Alto, responded to this review, April 3, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post your review, we appreciate your doing so. We use your comments to further train our staff and to evaluate our Inn and make necessary changes. Please note that we do discount this room for being close to office, and in a busier section of our Inn. That being said, additional measures have been incorporated to improve the noise level in this specific room. We are also sorry that you did not appreciate our complimentary in-room SvenHard pastries. Management has begun to research alternative options to better serve a wider range of our guests. Thank you again for your feedback.
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Los Angeles
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2011

Stayed here for 6 nights and was very pleased. It's an older building in the traditional design but it is clean and well maintained. Room had fresh carpet and was very clean. Beds were comfortable--you would never confuse this place for a Marriott, but it costs a fraction of the other hotels nearby. TV was older 19" model, but I don't watch TV. Wireless internet was fast and free.

Towels and free toiletries were budget motel grade, but they had real Kleenex. Shower head and plumbing was excellent and new.

There is a fridge and coffee maker in the room--the coffee is just so-so and the danish and orange juice is nothing special, but for the price I couldn't complain. The street noise is not intrusive. The fridge and heater/air conditioner unit make the usual racket but I sleep with ear plugs so it didn't bother me.

Overall, I was very pleased. There was no evidence of bugs or any other vermin--the housekeeping was very good. There are restaurants nearby and a Safeway a couple of miles north. Stay here and save money!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gold Beach, OR
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Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2011

We recently stayed here and had no problems at all, no bugs!! We had a friend at the Stanford hospital and weren't sure when we would leave. The owner told us we had a room as long as we needed it. We thought this was a nice gesture and we appreciated not having to worry about finding a new place. Stanford area was very busy as there was a big football game coming up and motels were filling up. It is within easy walking distance to several restaurants which we liked. You can't beat the price and our room was very clean with a microwave, small refrigerator and coffee maker. The breakfast roll is what it is, we went next door and had pancakes!!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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UtmostCreativeMind
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

On busy El Camino Real. But it's pretty far away enough to avoid any major traffic near Mountain View. If you need to travel east side of 85, do not stay here. The traffic where El Camino Real and 85 meet is a 2MPH hell traffic jam around 6:30ish in the evening.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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West Covina, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

I was leary about the reviews that mentioned ants and bugs, but was pleasantly surprised when I found the room clean and comfortable. Three of us stayed there and it would have been better if we had had 2 queen beds instead of 2 doubles, but the beds were comfortable. They put us up in the one story section and way back in the corner, so there was no street noise. For a "one night stand" it suited our needs.

Room Tip: Ask for the one-story section on the back row.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4234 El Camino Real, (aka Sky Ranch Inn), Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Location: United States > California > Palo Alto
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #20 of 24 hotels in Palo Alto
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Hotel Class:2 star — Americas Best Value Inn - Palo Alto 2*
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