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Corporate Inn Sunnyvale
Ranked #4 of 33 Hotels in Sunnyvale
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Reviewed December 22, 2010

Our son stayed here for several weeks while relocating to the San Jose area. We wanted a relatively affordable hotel with apartment-like amenities and that's what he got. (I also stayed at the hotel at the beginning and end of his stay.) I agree that for true corporate travelers, the shuttle hours and lack of business center are definite drawbacks - I had to pay $50 for a taxi to the airport at 7 am.

But for long term housing it worked out OK. The rooms were the size of a studio or junior one bedroom apartment and were cleverly arranged with plenty of storage and a large desk area. The heating/cooling system was a little tricky (patio door had to be closed tight for it to operate) but did keep the room comfortable. The closet/dressing table area was nice. The room faced the back street and there were some ambulance noises but not bad with the door closed. I slept on the sofa bed for three nights and it was adequate. The kitchen was small but had all necessary dishes, pots and pans, and everything you'd need to cook for yourself. Except a larger fridge with more than an ice cube tray sized freezer would have been nice.

There were little glitches - like a leaking iron and a hair dryer with no warm air. Also wireless was temperamental depending on where you were in the complex. The breakfast buffet was pretty nice with a variety of offerings; just not much seating. It was available for much longer hours than most hotels and was continually kept stocked. There is also an afternoon/evening reception on week nights with snacks, wine, beer, and soft drinks and one hot food each day.

Parking is free and underground. There's a grocery store next door in the mall and several restaurants nearby along with other shopping. For long term stays, the room was cleaned twice a week and the linens and towels replaced. The staff was always helpful.

  • Stayed: August 2010
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Reviewed September 18, 2010

Ahhh.. The Corporate inn... A corporate firendly place right? Weeeeellll... We shall see. The hotel resides on a busy street on El Camino Real, which is one of the main thoroughfares in Sunnyvale. Several key points hold this hotel down.

1. Very limited shuttle service. Shuttle runs with a 72 hour notice and between 8-5. Not a good way to help the business traveler. If you bill yourself as a corporate hotel (with Corporate in it's name even) you better pull through, and this is a MAJOR problem. To the manager: Partner with another hotel, or hire someone, you NEED to fix this, or change your name.. honestly.
2. No business area. How can you call yourself a business hotel without easier access to a printer or fax? Sure the hotel will print a few pages for you, or rent you a notebook pc, but this is a stopgap, not a solution. Again.. you have the word Corporate in your name..
3. Front desk does not present themselves as a help, only a last resort. Several times the front desk could not come up with solutions, nor even try to help, when crisis arose. for example: When enterprise (We WON'T pick you up) refused rental delivery (I'm sorry, you are more than 4 miles away, we don't train are drivers to go 7 miles, that's 24 cents more in gas!), the hotel refused to shuttle to the airport, even though it was over 72 hour notice, because it was earlier than 8am... the Corporate name apply's here.. again.,. Detecting a theme here?
4. Coffemaker failed to work. Only a few outlets in the room worked. I realize that California has power grid issues, but refusing a business traveler coffee? ugh. (Asked front desk to fix, however nothing done)
5. Comcast cable with no info about programming, and unable to find free HBO. Not there. honestly. HBO booklet was there, but no channel.
6. Not a business issue, but the pool area is in a horrble location. Who came up with the pool in the middle of the main drag? So everyone can see you? From the street even? and from their room balconies? The water is always freezing.. The hot tub is TINY. I mean Paris and her sister could MAYBE squeeze in there.
7. If tinkling sounds make you pee, avoid this hotel. The courtyard has a loud fountain, and with the windows closed you hear a constant tinkle sound.. at least from my room.
8. This hotel is RIGHT ON THE STREET. I can't emphasize this enough. If there is a firetruck or police car at 1am you may jump out of your bed screaming for your mother, it is that loud. Luckily, this happened only occasionally.

Several items were very pleasant however.

1. The room is furnished very nicely. Counter area for laptop
2. There IS free wireless and also a T1 for those without.
3. Breakfast is quite tolerable, if a bit limited compared to say a LaQuinta.
4. People are friendly when approached, however do not really go out of their way to greet.
5. Free paper on weekdays.
6. Beds are comfy, with no critters.
7. Lots of storage areas.
8. Rooms are large.
9. Beds are very comfortable.

In conclusion I would recommend this hotel at a reduced rate if you traveled with a rental car (Not Enterprise.. don't hurt yourself like that), and expected no business related help from the hotel, do not like coffee, are a very sound sleeper, and have a great body for everyone to see at the pool..

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 5, 2010

The name Corporate "Inn" did not really appeal to me when I was looking for accommodation in Sunnyvale last month. I did some reading on their review here and decided that it could be really worth giving it a try.

Check in was quick. Walk through the hallway to the room left me wondering if I chose the right place. Everything looked pretty bland. However; once I stepped into the room my impressions changed. The room was large, naturally well lit, partitioned decently between living and sleeping area. Furniture and the interiors looked a little cheap but, was very functional. Work desk was large and convenient.

Being on El Camino, I was a little worried about the traffic noise. But once you are inside the property, you would hardly hear any noise. Quality of sleep I got was very good over here.

Breakfast that comes with the room is decent too. They serve both hot and cold breakfast and the spread is impressive; especially since it is included with the room rate.

The location of the property is the highlight. Everything is at a walking distance from the hotel. Starbucks is next door in a shopping area. There are plenty of restaurants at a walking distance and the "Crazy buffet" right opposite the hotel.

Overall, I would think this is a good place to stay on a quick business trip. I would go back here again.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 18, 2010

We stayed in a queen suite with a pull-out sofa bed. Ask for this if you are staying with 3-4 people as not all sofas open out to bed. The place is very quiet, even during the week when they are more crowded. Good things: Very clean inside and out; free, fast Internet and local phone calls; modern room decor and layout; small, secure property; windows and sliding door that opens to courtyard; small kitchen with two burners, microwave, and fridge; welcome chocolates and water bottle; great breakfast with many hot items daily that rotate so you don't get bored; steam room; pleasant service. Bad things: Underground parking garage with tricky to navigate columns (I damaged my driver's side door to the tune of $1800 and could see scrapes from previous incidents), outdated binder of information (restaurants out of business, maid service hours inaccurate, etc.); TV is small and only one in the room even if you have a living room; pool and hot tub are very small (hot tub capacity is 4, don't try to swim laps in the pool). But all in all, great place to stay -- we are local and checked out many places before deciding to stay here while a home project was underway.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 20, 2009

Our family needed a local place to stay for a couple of days while our home was fumigated for termites. We wanted to be close to our usual school & activities. Also, high speed internet was a must, since my husband & I both do some work from home. The Corporate Inn met, and even exceeded, our expectations.

The room was separated into living (sofabed, kitchenette, workstation) and sleeping (queen bed, closet, vanity, bath) areas by a builtin drawer & tv unit plus a semi-closed divider. The single tv swivels to face either area. I was thrilled to find the cable service was the normal one for Sunnyvale homes, not a limited 'hotel' band. E.g., including Sci Fi, Comedy Central, Nick, Cartoon Network, all the local PBS stations, MSNBC etc. shown in Pacific time. Too often, I find CA hotels show Cartoon Network Adult Swim at kid's prime time.

One wall of the living area provided a well planned work center. The table was long enough for two computer workers. There was helpful task lighting, plenty of plugs, and decent WiFi service. Using the wired internet provided better service than I have at home! The setup was much nicer than many I have experienced on business trips.

The property was surprisingly nice. One courtyard contained a pool & hot tub, with access to the fitness center. A second courtyard was attractively decorated with plants, making a serene sitting area.

The location on El Camino Real would be convenient for business in Sunnyvale, Cupertino, or Santa Clara. This is the middle of suburbia, so less convenient for tourists.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 22, 2009

Fine place for business travel. Rooms were clean and spacious. WiFi signal was kind of slow/weak (but free!). Front desk staff couldn't recommend restaurants, which was somewhat annoying. Free parking was nice. Oh, happy-hour with free beer was a nice touch. Free breakfast was not too bad, some hot items.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 21, 2009

Large room! We really enjoyed staying at the Corporate Inn Sunnyvale. It was just what we needed, and stocked with every thing we needed.
The location was also great, not far from anything we needed to get to - and right next to a grocery store, places to eat and a starbucks.
Tip* At the safeway next door they have movie rentals in a kiosk for only 1 dollar, we used this a few times and loved it.

Definitely a place I would come back to when staying for a longer stay.

  • Stayed: January 2009
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Additional Information about Corporate Inn Sunnyvale

Address: 805 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087-2937
Location: United States > California > Sunnyvale
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 33 Hotels in Sunnyvale
Price Range: $118 - $363 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Corporate Inn Sunnyvale 3*
Number of rooms: 73
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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