I come to Santa Clara twice a month for work at my own expense, so I look for economy hotels that are tolerable. I've stayed at most of the motels along El Camino Real and I've stayed at the Hotel Stratford maybe 20 times in the past three years. The Stratford is neither the best or the worst hotel in this area. What kept me coming back was a good frequent customer discount, although it is no longer my preferred hotel. The rooms were usually comfortable and clean, with occasional lapses. The hotel is perpendicular to El Camino: most of the rooms are not on the street and so are reasonable quiet (but try to stay away from the loud soda machine at the far end). Like most economy hotels the free WiFi frequently doesn't work well -- I use a hot spot on my cell phone instead. One thing I disliked was the louvered shutters on the windows -- they do not do a good job at blocking the outside lights. I eventually invested in a sleep mask to get a better nights sleep.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of downtown santa clara and the heart of the silicon valley, the hotel stratford boasts a location nearby many attractions as well as silicon valley business. We are close to paramount's great america, levi strauss 49er football stadium, google, yahoo, nvidia, convention center, cadence, cisco, and also the great mall, one of the largest malls in america. At the hotel you will find, free wifi, breakfast, cable (58 channels), inroom coffee/tea, serta pillow top beds, micro/fridge, 42" flat panel tv,hardwood floors along with plantation shutters throughout the hotel ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson Santa Clara
- Santa Clara Howard Johnson