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“Good Value for the money spent” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Vagabond Inn San Jose (SJC Airport)

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Vagabond Inn San Jose (SJC Airport)
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1488 North First Street, San Jose, CA 95112   |  
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Ranked #49 of 74 Hotels in San Jose
San Jose
1 review
“Good Value for the money spent”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Clean and convient. Staff was friendly. Room needed some a bit of maintenance but nothing that caused a problem. The "breakfast" left much to be desired. No television or internet available for this multi day stay but that was a Comcast problem and not the hotels fault. In the center of the silicon valley and Comcast cannot get the signal to work! That's sick.

  • Stayed September 2013, 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
    • 4 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Calabasas, CA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Typical older motor motel...with all rooms facing parking lots. Within half-mile of SJC and close to light rail station and 101...convenient location. Rooms were adequate size, older with some deferred maintenance. Continental breakfast consisted of juice machine, coffee and some pastries in office...didn't know about it. Also, connected to a Denny's coffee shop. Had difficulty because I was pulling a small U-haul trailer and there is only one way in and out...took some backing and manuvering to get turned around and out in the morning. Additional $20 fee for pet. Probably would not stay here again...as there are better, more reasonable options.

Room Tip: Pool, not fitness facilities
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, California, USA
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100 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

most vagabonds inn that I have stayed at were nice these rooms were cleaned I went on a two day job and stay there I check out and was going to eat some breakfast there before I left for home Breakfast what breakfast!!!! I was lucky to get a breakfast roll no waffles or cereal whats if with that????

Room Tip: nice for short but not for a long one there is a dannys there but who eats at dannys
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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washington, dc
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72 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Don't let the 'old' appearance of the place put you off. Staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. Room was clean and very quiet (I even left our back window open through the night!). Several folks were using the small pool. Breakfast was packaged pastries. A Denny's is on the property. Airport is just a few minutes away. I would stay here again. (Room 225)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CANOGA PARK
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43 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Very nice room in a good area, next to the light rail station. The room was clean and well equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, hair drier and coffee machine with supplies of coffee and tea. The staff was friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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50 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Judging from some reviews - and from my experience - I wonder what people are expecting for the money? The room (#217) was clean, carpet in good repair as was the furniture. We were upgraded to a king at no extra charge and without asking for it. The TV worked fine, there was a desk, table and desk chair which was convenient because I stayed there to work while my son and husband had business elsewhere for the day. The bathroom was nicely appointed, tho' could have used a liner on the shower curtain and more towels. Plenty of room for storing belongings. Had an iron, hairdryer that worked better than mine. Not the best of neighborhoods but clearly not the worst. The continental breakfast included apples, oranges, juice, pre-wrapped pastry. With a frig and microwave you can make a feast yourself if needed. I'd stay again - for convenience. Short jaunt to downtown - and the light rail stops right outside. Denny's (if you can stomach it) in front.

Room Tip: I always ask for upstairs in these kinds of places so there is no one noisy on top of us
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 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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Avondale, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

I was traveling on a strict budget and just passing through San Jose for a day of catching up with some friends so chose the Vagabond Inn. It is near the airport, which is handy for some, but even if you're headed elsewhere, it sits right in front of the light rail so you can get other places easily or even a short drive to museum area.

The hotel area did have a few of the wanderers around, but I didn't have a problem. Lots of security cameras with live feeds to lobby. The hotel was nice than I expected for the area and the lower price. Much nicer than Motel 6 next door. The internet worked excellently - when it worked! It would cut out for a couple minutes but then resume and bip along fine but still - frustrating.

The sheets were probably the thinnest I'd ever seen and I stay at many budget places, but whatever works. The room had a coffeemaker and toiletries. The heat, when set as a thermostat didn't work properly, but if I left the fan to steady on, it kept the room warm enough.

Breakfast..... is NOT breakfast. It is coffee, orange juice and a packaged little muffin. BUT it was enough to tie me over until lunch so is helpful for some, but I wouldn't call it breakfast.

The staff at the front desk were friendly and attentive. I got an early check in and the gal was great. No problems with traffic noise, foot traffic or loud neighbors. I didn't use the pool, but it looked clean as did the grounds.

It's a fine budget hotel. No real problems.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Vagabond Inn San Jose (SJC Airport)

Address: 1488 North First Street, San Jose, CA 95112
Location: United States > California > San Jose
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #49 of 74 Hotels in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Vagabond Inn San Jose (SJC Airport) 2*
Number of rooms: 76
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Modern, two story Motor Inn with restaurant; located off Hwys 880 & 101, near Silicon Valley. ... more   less 
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