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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Redwood City Hotel Redwood City
- Holiday Inn Redwood City
- Redwood City Holiday Inn