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“Very Nice Stay”
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Maple Tree Inn
Ranked #6 of 33 Hotels in Sunnyvale
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 13, 2009

I recently stayed on business and was very impressed by the value of the Maple Tree Inn. The staff was friendly and the property and room were clean. Also they offer free WIFI internet and a free warm breakfast including eggs and sausages. Also they offer an impressive array of bathroom amenities including Green Tea scented shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion as well as a facial bar soap, body bar soap, shower cap and shoe shine pad. I would recommend the Maple Tree to anyone needing to stay in the San Jose area, especially if you like a good value for your money!

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 26, 2009

Overall, this was a very nice stay. I'm going to discuss the negatives first, but don't let them dissuade you from staying at this hotel, as I would consider staying there again if given a killer deal (as I was). Overall, it was a pleasant experience. Here's overall view:

* The rooms need some spiffing up. The living area, particularly the carpet and the bathroom look old and worn. They are clean, thouggh, so there is no worry about that.
*On the other hand, the price of the hotel was pretty low with my online deal, so I guess I have to put up with something. Besides, if I had to choose, I'd rather have old, worn and clean over new and dirty.
* Hotels need to put in extended-size toilets in their room's bathrooms. The one in my bathroom was more like a toilet cup instead of a toilet bowl. It's not comfortable using such accommodations if one is staying for a while.
* The shower head is too low on the wall for a tall person. I could manage manageable, but had to bend over to wash my face and hair.
* The water tempurature in the shower was very easy to modulate and the tempurature and wather flow remained consistent.
* The bathroom is on the smallish side; two people cannot do their grooming at the same time in front of the mirror. Though one can be taking a shower while the other grooms. However, it's not like the closet-sized bathrooms in some hotels.
* The hotel room and bathroom were clean, though the walls, carpeting and bathroom did show wear and tear.
* The rooms were medium-sized and comfortable. They were not large, but they weren't cramped either.
* The bathrooms really didn't have a place to hang towels once used.
* Storage was a problem. There is no closet or closet-like area in the room. The cabinet for the TV has drawers under the TV nook and on the side a small armoire to hang one's clothes. But the space is not really that big.
* There was a small refrigerator in the room! It wasn't big, but it wasn't one of those useless cubes some hotels have either. It's big enough for most traveler's needs.
* The beds were very comfortable! I slept like a baby!
* There was free internet connections in the room via WiFi! Yay! Why can't expensive hotels offer this? It's worth going to a lower-priced hotel with WiFi over an expensive hotel without for the mere convenience.
* The free breakfast! It was simple, but filling and included little muffin-sized omelette patties and sausage! It was no IHOP, but it satisfied and besides, it essentially is free, especially considering the overall price I payed for my trip. It saved me a good $20 each morning in breakfast costs.
* Excellent mid-peninsula location located on the traditional main street of the San Francisco Peninsula, El Camino Real.
* There are plenty of stores and restaurants around and if you like small mom-and-pop places or hole-in-the-wall eateries, there's plenty of good places that are not expensive.
* Go up El Camino Real (west-northwest) to Castro Street in Mountain View. There are a number of good restaurants at all price points there and of all varieties, from Spanish (not Mexican), Mexican, Chinese (of course!), Japanese, East Indian, etc. There are two good Italian restaurants, "Pezzella's" and "Frankie, Johnnieand Luigi Too!"
* Though it seems a bit far from the major freeways, it's actually well located to get around the lower end of the San Francisco Peninsula and the Pacific Coast.
* Take the the 85, which will take you to the 101 or the 280 and head north to the City (San Francisco is "the City" to everyone in the Bay Area); it's about 3 miles west of the hotel. Once there, connections north are easy.
* San José is only about 15 to 20 minutes away east, southeast.
* You can take Wolfe Road, just east of the hotel, 280 if you want to get to Santa Cruz or other sites along the coast there, or take the Lawrence Expressway, a little further east, to either the 101 or the 280.

In any case, the hotel's strengths include it's good location for getting around, a relatively quite neighborhood, though it is on the major thoroughfare, free breakfast, clean if worn accommodations, polite and helpful staff, free Wifi internet connections, free parking, and a comfortable bed. Since the hotel is really just a place to clean up and rest, if the price is right, it's a good place to stay for a few days. I got a really good deal for airfare and hotel via Travelocity (which surprised me; I normally get a room via Hotwire, but the Travelocity deal was too good), so the hotel was a good value considering its low cost.

I'd recommend this hotel to a friend with the caveats I mentioned. If you can live with the minor problems because the price is really good, then you'll be fine. Besides, when in the San Francisco Bay Area, the last place you want to be is in your hotel room, whether it's the Maple Tree Inn or the Ritz!

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 9, 2009

My husband and I got an incredibly good deal booking our room with Hotwire, so I'm even more pleased about our one-night stay here. I asked for a room in the back on the second floor and they gave us 223. Although I could hear TV noise coming from a couple rooms in the hallway, our room was very quiet.

We like a firm bed, so this one was more to our liking. Plus it didn't have a down comforter and heavy padding on the mattress, so that was even better. An extra blanket in the room would have been nice, though, since it was a cold night and we didn't run the heater (it would get too warm for our comfort). The room was very comfortable. Fridge and microwave in the corner. Coffee maker in the bathroom. Nice heavy curtains.

The bathroom was OK. No fan and the shower head is low and off to the outside.

We missed breakfast since we were saving room for dim sum at Ming's in East Palo Alto later in the morning.

Considering there are more expensive hotels along El Camino Real in this area, staying at The Maple Tree Inn is a less expensive way to enjoy comparable comfort, most likely a better breakfast, and save a few bucks.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 23, 2009

A very pleasant motel, indoor corridors, large, quiet rooms with microwave/fridge, comfortable desk area, and side chair. They allow pets and even provide a "welcome package" of a towel, food/water dishes, and dog treats. Rates are very reasonable, especially for this area, and they only charge $10.00 per night extra for pets, which, in my experience is also very reasonable. Close to many restaurants and other businesses. I'll definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 22, 2009

I stayed for 5 nights and it was a pleasure. Very quiet, really helpful staff, and it's a non-smoking hotel now so that was a nice plus for me. Breakfasts are great - include hot food like eggs, sausage, waffles, and the usual mixture of other breakfast goodies (cereal, rolls, yogurt, etc.). The coffee was good. In the evening (weekdays only), they have a Happy Hour which includes enough food to make dinner (almost balanced too), and they give you two free drinks (including beer for sure and maybe wine). Was always able to park near my room. Even the elevator was fast. Oh, they allow dogs in some rooms too. Only small complaint is the TV - limited channels and the TV itseld is not of the most recent vintage. But then what the heck was I doing in the room that much where the TV was a big deal? Long story to save for another day...

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 6, 2008

Maple Tree Inn is your budget hotel ++ on the El Camino Real road in Sunnyvale, CA. For me it has everything that I look for in a motel and more. Privacy ( there are multiple entrances, so you don't need to use the lobby to enter the hotel), decently large room, excellent coffee flavors for an early morning coffee ( Colombian hazelnut ) and free beer and cocktails on weekdays from Monday to Thursday with a little snack on the side. You are less than 5 miles away from the Mountain view downtown ( Castro Street). The area has good restaurants and best of all on most weekdays you should be able to get the room for about $ 80 -$ 100 per day.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 31, 2008

Stayed here with the family for one night.
The first impression: good looking rooms and friendly staff.
From the second sight the main advantage is hotel's location. It is just at the corner of a large shopping area, yet the hotel environment is perfectly quite. So, no problems with food and shopping and no noise.
Breakfast was included (we payed like $120 before taxes for Monday night) and found pretty good.
I would return to this hotel in thecase of business trio to Sunnyvale/Cupertino.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled with family
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Address: 711 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087-2900
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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 Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Sunnyvale
#4 Family Hotel in Sunnyvale
#5 Business Hotel in Sunnyvale
Price Range: $124 - $328 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Maple Tree Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 178
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the balance of affordable luxury at Maple Tree Inn in Silicon Valley. Maple Tree Inn offers elegant accommodations, value-added services and amenities, and a prime location in Sunnyvale, California. Maple Tree Inn offers two indoor meeting spaces as well as a new outdoor venue that can accommodate up to 125 guests in formal dining as well as 150 people for a beautiful outdoor ceremony. ... more   less 
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