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Red Cottage Inn
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Menlo Park
Reviewed August 13, 2011

My son and I stayed here while he was attending a camp at Stanford. I was concerned that it would be too much like a motel, but I was very pleasantly surprised! The place was charming, the rooms were extremely clean, appliances looked like they were new, and we had a little fenced back patio that was private and comfortable. There was a nice selection of breakfast items that were complementary (yogurt, fruit, pastries, etc.), as well as cookies, hot chocolate, etc. throughout the day (a nice treat!). It was set far back from the street, so we never heard any noise (in fact, we never heard any neighboring guests either, even though the place was fully booked while we were there). And it was very conveniently located in what felt/looked like a very safe area. We'll definitely be back!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 25, 2011

My mother was in the hospital 3 weeks - this was the third hotel I tried and the last - called Red Cottage first when she had a return hospital visit. While there a few hotels closer to the hospital it was still very close and it was MUCH quieter than the others I had tried as its lots is further off El Camino and didn't have the tight parking. Great one cup coffee maker in room (supplies for multiple cups) and the room is very comfortable and really clean. Simple but adequate breakfast and all the staff I encountered were very helpful and accommodating.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 8, 2011

So we shall. Although it is certainly well located for business travelers, the Red Cottage Inn is not in walking distance of either Menlo Park or Redwood City. In addition, the stretch along El Camino Real has no shoulder. But for those attending graduation, business meetings, or wanting a means to relax, this is certainly a solid choice.

There are indeed the sounds of the railroad nearby, but they never intrude. Because the motel is set back from the highway, much of the traffic noise is unobtusive. Parking is very simple and there is even space for handicapped guests. Included in the price of the room is an "expanded continental breakfast," according to one automobile guide. And here is one of the areas in need of improvement. With the exception of some fruit and hardboiled eggs, most of the offerings are poured from cartons or wrapped in cellphane. There are three types of dry cereal--all corn based and virtually without fiber or protein. The rolls, muffins, danishes, are infested with excess sugar. To its credit, the motel provides yoghurt, orange juice, and some fruit. But clearly breakfast is more of a footnote instead of a highlight.

I would also call attention to the pricing. At $159 and $164--including auto club discount--I expect more value. Perhaps being the first of June when high school graduation events bring many guests the management feels justified charging these fares. But with other recommended properties charging 25% less, perhaps a reassessment of fees is in order.

But the real reason for selecting any establishment is security and comfort of bed. Yes. Red Cottage Inn provides small but comfortable rooms with very nice beds. There are free wi-fi and local calls, all trademarks of lower classified lodgings (the higher the classification, the fewer the included amenities).

My wife likes the private patio area outside and the shower in the bathroom ( watch for squirting jet streams of water!). She'll gladly bring her own cereal and muffin. That says it all.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 12, 2011

Great place to stay. Very clean, quiet, friendly staff, good breakfast, comfortable rooms. Nice, relaxing pool and patio. Convenient location. This is the only place we will stay in the Menlo Park / Palo Alto area.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 15, 2011

I stayed at the Red Cottage Inn for five days of business all over the Bay area (south bay, east bay, San Francisco). I was in a standard queen room and it was clean, lovely ambience (view out onto the pool courtyard), and well equipped. The bed was comfortable and although the cover was dirty when I arrived, the hotel staff changed it immediately. I had absolutely no problems. The breakfast that was included in the room price provided plenty of options, including hard boiled eggs (warm if you get there early).

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 14, 2011

Stayed on a Sunday night, paid $127 including tax for King bed in the single story building. The place was charming, clean, and quiet. Located at the edge of Menlo Park and Atherton. The motel sits off the El Camino Real a bit, and is close the the railway line, but we never heard any traffic or train noise. The staff was pleasant and courteous. A small breakfast was available in the lobby featuring assorted cereals, hard boiled eggs, toaster waffles, juice and fruit. 3 different size pillows were on the bed, a nice touch. The bed was very comfortable and the room featured a flat screen TV. The parking lot is located before you get to the buildings with the rooms, which was great because we didn't have to listen to people getting in and out of their cars. All motels should be designed this way. Free Wi-Fi was a snap to use. Would definitely stay at again.

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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 13, 2011

The only thing I didn't like is chairs. It was a little bit uncomfortable when I tried to do some tasks on my laptop. Please, make it higher! Everything else is excellent, nice rooms (exactly as on their photos) and friendly stuff.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Red Cottage Inn

Address: 1704 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94027-4127
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Location: United States > California > Menlo Park
Amenities:
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:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Menlo Park
#3 Business Hotel in Menlo Park
#3 Family Hotel in Menlo Park
Price Range: $131 - $318 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Red Cottage Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 28
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