1. April 2018
No frills motel in the heart of Palo Alto
It’s NOT that I did not like it, this review is for you so YOU know what is awaiting you: very no frills motel. (I knew it at booking: 2-star motel. No surprises. I have no complaints). So WHY am I writing this?
After my presentation in the morning, a colleague asked me where I was staying so she could reserve rooms there for a keynote conference speaker, a presenter & their families. That’s where I realized that while I don’t mind lack of luxury amenities, I would not recommend putting up Board members, speakers, presenters, or business team members here until they upgrade more.
•WiFi -while in Palo Alto- was very weak. •Bathroom -while clean- did not have a lotion or a glass /plastic cup for a sip of water.
•Door did not have a security latch, just a turn ‘locked’ knob.
•Mattress was larger than the bed frame.
•Older furniture in the room.
*However, it is clear they are working on upgrading this perfect-location motel.
*The new room flooring looks great.
*Large new TV mounted on the wall.
*Plenty of electrical outlets /USB plugs.
*New railing was being installed.
*There is Hawaiian BBQ & Happy Donut 24/7 across the street.
*Starbucks 1-2 mins walk up to road.
*It is perfectly located 10-15 mins by Lyft from Stanford, in the heart of historic laid back Palo Alto, 15 mins from Mountain View...
So again, I do NOT need luxuries when I travel, just clean/safe place, but I learned that others do. I knew I was booking a 2-star older motel and I was fine with it. Just make sure you or your guests know it too.
The manager was very pleasant, professional, warm, welcoming and helpful. Upon arrival just before 2aM he walked me to my room and helped me with my luggage. The next day he again assisted me with bags for presentation and brought me a bottle of water as I waited for Lyft etc. The service & location & parking was perfect. Thank you!!!