I stayed at Hotel Keen on a recent trip to Palo Alto. Its downtown location near Stanford and the transit center is great. Also, it has some of the lowest prices of any hotel in the area. The rooms were small but clean. The interior finishes were nice. The hotel really tries to be environmentally friendly, with CFL lighting, natural toiletries (shampoo, etc.) in recycled paper boxes printed with soy-based inks, etc. I did not have any problem sleeping: the room was quiet and the bed was comfortable. The included breakfast consisted of yoghurt, cereal, granola, not-fresh pastries, and boiled eggs.
The main downside is that the hotel offers nothing other than your room and breakfast. There is no restaurant. There is no fitness center. There is no pool. There is no parking (other than Palo Alto city parking, which forces you to move your car every 2-3 hours during the daytime on weekdays). There is not even a washroom in the lobby, so you have to go elsewhere to use the bathroom before or after you check out.
This is the place to stay if you want a simple, nice, clean room at a good price and you need nothing else.
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