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Holiday Inn Express
Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Redwood City
Certificate of Excellence
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27 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“not that great”
Reviewed August 26, 2007

From the positive reviews on this site, I thought this motel would be a good stop on an overnight business trip to Redwood City. Wrong! While the hotel rooms are clean and adequately appointed and the front desk personnel were pleasant, I would not stay there again. The location is sketchy, the ground floor parking area is unsecure and my room was very noisy due to the all night boom-box type music coming from cars cruising the commercial strip and the fast food joint next door. If you stay at this motel bring ear plugs and don't venture out at night.

  • Liked — nothing
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  • Stayed August 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 27, 2007

While my husband was in a nearby hospital I found I needed to be in the area longer than anticipated. I saw a listing in the phone book for the Hampton Inn, but when they answered it was the Holiday Inn Express, a chain where I would not normally ever stay based on a friend's experiences. They had purchased the property recently and they assured me they had made no changes. Based on our wonderful experiences with Hamptons elsewhere, I booked a room. This property is very new...one of the more recent Hampton Inns with upscale linens, baths, and furniture. The only thing that's changed is the name. Breakfast wasn't wonderful but I was able to choose items that were good from among the large choices. The bed was superb and there was no noise from surrounding rooms. The only noise was from the Burger King and Wendy's parking lots under my window. Ask for a room on the north side so you'll be facing other motel parking lots instead. They have hi-speed Internet and take-away bagged breakfasts if you're in a big hurry. Lovely heavy towels. Good room lighting. Rates are higher during the week because it's the Bay area but lower by about 25% on the weekends. Unfortunately many people won't know this is really a Hampton Inn. It's definitely worth a try! The staff was very accomodating and lovely. There was plenty of parking and the spaces were not small. Even the garage is landscaped with plants around the edge. A lovely fountain with a replica El Camino bell welcomes you. The room's refrigerator and microwave are hidden in a lovely cabinet. It's located just a block from Highway 84 and half a block from Starbucks. There are good restaurants in Redwood City but no good ones really close to the hotel. I ate one night at La Azteca which is a block in front of the hotel....always an old favorite when we lived in the Bay area. Unfortunately it was a terrible meal. A better choice for Mexican would be Sancho's Tacqueria over near Sequoia Hospital and 280.

  • Liked — Quality of bed and linens/furnishings
  • Disliked — Noise at night from fast-food restaurants next door
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 24, 2006

The staff and the accomodations at this hotel were great. I travel for business and this hotel had everything I needed, free wireless, large comfortable rooms and a nice breakfast in the morning. The staff are very friendly and helpful. A great value, I will be back again.

  • Stayed September 2006, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Holiday Inn Express

Property: Holiday Inn Express
Address: 1836 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94063-2111 (Formerly Executive Inn)
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Location: United States > California > Redwood City
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Redwood City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express 2.5*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Redwood City/Menlo Park, California! We are located on the south side of Redwood City on El Camino Real (CA 82), within minutes of the quaint town of Atherton, Menlo Park, and the Stanford University. Our accommodations are perfect for business and leisure travelers, equipped with complimentary high-speed Internet access, two line telephones with voice mail, coffee maker, microwave and refrigerator, hairdryer, lighted make-up mirrors, iron and board. We also feature televisions equipped with 70 channels, HBO, DVD/VCR players. All king rooms come with a sofa sleeper. At the end of the day, enjoy an invigorating workout in our fitness center and relax in our Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. In the morning you will wake up to an inviting Express Start complimentary hot breakfast at the breakfast bar, featuring our famous cinnamon rolls and SMART Roast Coffee. Our friendly staff is ready to welcome you and make you feel right at home. Discover all that downtown Redwood City, Menlo Park, Atherton and Palo Alto have to offer at the convenient, comfortable Holiday Inn Express Redwood City. We are close to the Stanford University and Hospital, Kaiser Permanente Hospital and the Sequoia Hospital. We are strategically accessible to the Silicon Valley. We are also close to the corporate offices/buildings of Hewlett Packard, Yahoo, Microsoft, OmniCell, Google, Verisign, Synopsis, Verisign, NASA. ... more   less 
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