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“Nice, but very noisy.”

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Atherton Park Inn & Suites Redwood City
Ranked #5 of 17 Hotels in Redwood City
Certificate of Excellence
Madison, Wisconsin
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47 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Nice, but very noisy.”
Reviewed April 24, 2008

This is a motel, in the original sense of the word, where there are no inside corridors and you can park right outside your door. When it was built, it was probably considered convenient for motorists that the hotel is just a handful of feet from El Camino Real.

Unfortunately, El Camino Real is now a major six lane road that carries a large volume of traffic more than eighteen hours a day. As a result, you will hear a lot of road noise in your room. If you're a light sleeper, this is not the motel for you.

Other than the road noise, this is generally a good place to stay, though the prices they charge would be way out of line if it wasn't located in the Bay Area.

The rooms are nicely appointed with new furniture. There is a fridge; microwave; coffee maker; hair dryer; lighted, magnifying make-up mirror; iron, and ironing board; and safe in the room. The linens are all reasonably new. There are both "firm" and "soft" pillows, though the difference between the two is slight.

The fans in the bathrooms turn on when the lights go on, and you can hear the bathroom fans of the rooms around you when the traffic is stopped by a nearby traffic light.

There are plenty of cobwebs where the ceiling meets the walls, something revealed by even a cursory glance. The tub also doesn't drain well, so you're standing in soapy water after even a quick shower.

The folks working the front desk have been helpful and pleasant. The morning breakfast is reasonably good.

There are plenty of restaurants and stores a short drive away on El Camino Real, and a handful of services within a short walk.

In short, I'd be willing to stay at other Holiday Inn Express locations in the future, if I knew that they were further from the road than this one. If it wasn't for the road noise, they'd get three stars. If they got rid of the cobwebs and fixed the drain, I'd bump them up another star.

  • Stayed April 2008
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Brookings, Oregon
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Reviewed September 12, 2007

Yes, the neighborhood looks scary but I had no problems. There are double secure locks on the doors and a security at night to watch the cars. The staff was very friendly.
The room was suprisingly great. I'd never stayed at a HIE before and I was pleasantly suprised. Comfortable bed, nice amenities, had a mini fridge and microwave. They even left a gift bag with popcorn in the room. Nice shower, nice towels.
No complaints at all. I will definitely stay there again.

Stayed September 2007
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed July 12, 2007

First of all, this is not a new Holiday Inn Express. It's a refurbished motel -- with exterior doors. When I travel alone, I do not stay in hotels with exterior doors for safety reasons. My travel agent was lied to about this. I arrived too late to change hotels that evening, but I noted my concern at check-in. The room itself was decorated ok, but it had a heavy perfumed smell mixed with stale smoke. Obviously many people had smoked in the room before it was converted to "non-smoking", and they hoped the perfumed air freshener would mask this. Again, too late to change hotels at that point. I unpacked just what I needed for one night (as I intended to relocate the next day because of the exterior doors and misrepresentation). I went to get ready for bed, and I kid you not, there were blood stains on the carpet by the sink!!! At that point I pushed furniture against the door, left a light on, and tried to "sleep." The next morning, when I went to check out, I was told I'd be charged for the second night or, at a minimum, $50 for early check out. As I had a business meeting, I told them I didn't have time to discuss it, but clearly that was not acceptable given the exterior doors and BLOOD on my carpet. There's not a room they could have offered me at that point in which I would have felt safe.

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Atherton Park Inn & Suites Redwood City

Property: Atherton Park Inn & Suites Redwood City
Address: 2834 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94061-4002 (Formerly Holiday Inn Express)
Location: United States > California > Redwood City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 17 Hotels in Redwood City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Atherton Park Inn & Suites Redwood City 2.5*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Atherton Park Inn & Suites is an extended-stay hotel in Redwood City, California for business travellers and family vacation with spacious guest rooms, onsite restaurants, fitness centre, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access, and easy access to Stanford University, Stanford Medical Centre & Downtown Palo Alto. ... more   less 
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