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Garden Inn Hotel
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Los Gatos
Reviewed 25 May 2013

I was traveling alone and wanted to feel safe, and the Garden Inn Hotel was perfect for that. I also wanted a place that was close to restaurants and I was instantly hooked on the Purple Onion for a quick yogart, granola, fresh fruit drizzled with honey and a coffee every morning. Could eat while driving into work in Sunnyvale, which took me approx 25 min every morning. The shopping looked wonderful, but closed too early for me to take advantage of, closed at 6:00PM. Title Nine, William Sonoma, and lots of specialty shops. Back to the hotel, the bathroom was small but I had no problems with it, had hot water every morning. The TV was huge and had Direct TV, refrig was handy, and had to run the heater one night. I would grab dinner at Whole Foods up the street and bring back to eat at the outside tables set up at the Garden Inn. I will come back the next time I'm back in Sunnyvale for work.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 February 2013

This is my third stay at this hotel and my second in room 22. When reserving, I paid $10 extra per night for a Superior room, but ended up in the same room as before. As noted by others, the walls are paper-thin. Good thing the AC/heat is noisy.

This room has not been refurbished. The bathroom linoleum is in bad shape. The cabinet in the bathroom is so close to the toilet, you need to sit sideways. It was taking 4 minutes to get hot water out of the sink, and the flow was so low, on the last morning, I unscrewed the sink filter, only to find it crammed FULL of tiny wood chips. (Which was an improvement, because they looked like bugs at first!) This room has an old tile shower with a plastic shower curtain - no tub. AND the hot water ran cold 2 minutes into my shower.

The mattress on the bed feels a little old, kind of worn-in. It is encased in a plastic mattress cover and the linens are definitely poly-cotton, not all cotton.

No ramps for luggage, so be prepared to haul bags over the cobblestone courtyard.

NOW, having pointed out this hotel's flaws, let me tell you I'll stay there again and again. The price is right! $98-$110 for a basic-superior room. It is a 22 second walk to the Purple Onion, a wonderful breakfast-coffee place and 1 minute from all of the shopping and restaurants in Los Gatos.

The rooms have kitchen amenities including a fridge, plates and wine glasses and a microwave. I usually stop at Trader Joes, pick up some snacks and a bottle of wine. The hotel keeps two bottles of water in the fridge for each room. There are a gazillion channels on the satellite tv. The internet is speedy and there are usually fruit and granola bars in the office for breakfast. The rooms have always been spotless.

Like most businesses in Los Gatos, the hotel keeps a water bowl outside for the local dogs on their walks and it's especially fun to sit in the courtyard and people watch. I had a great chat one morning with a woman walking her Great Dane, who stopped at 6 water bowls along the sidewalk.

It's a quirky little place with personality and a neat little place to stay, just know what to expect.

Room Tip: Rooms 20 - 24 are closest to Main Street & have not been redone. Rooms at the back are quieter.
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

I was fortunate to get the last room available in Los Gatos- unfortunately it was the only room at the Garden Inn that has yet to be remodeled. That said, for $119.00 I felt it was appropriate. I would recommend any other room- just not the patio room #20 until it has been remodeled. Since I was unable to see any of the newly remodeled rooms, I can only comment on room #20- very small, tiniest shower and bathroom ever with a vinyl shower curtain. Two double beds pushed together to make a queen? Kinda lumpy with sketchy bedding, but I slept through the night- not too noisy for being on the main drag of LG. On the plus side- great coffee selection in the lobby plus bananas and snack bars are all complimentary. Karen and all other front desk people very pleasant. Great location within walking distance to everything in LG. Try to get Marilyn Monroe's honeymoon room!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 August 2012

This is a cute little hotel in the middle of Los Gatos. Everything is in walking distance. It's quit economical... definitely not fancy, but clean, and many rooms of kitchenettes or microwaves. Did I say that it is smack in the middle of Los Gatos, with the Purple Onion, next door and the Pasteria across the street.

I live in India right now and my house in Los Gatos is rented out, but when we come back for a visit, this is where we stay!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

The standard deluxe room ($115) was excellent. Although small, the room is beautifully decorated, nice furniture and everything you would need including free wireless and drinking water. The bed was comfortable. The bathroom was large, spotless and well equipped. The setting in little bungalows is really nice too and the property well maintained. The only thing worth keeping in mind is that there seems to be poor noise insulation between the rooms (mine also had a connecting door). If the clock alarm next door goes off, or the TV is on, or people are talking loudly you will hear it.

Despite that one gripe (sorry) I must say this hotel is excellent value for money, absolutely brilliant location right in the town and the staff are super helpful. I would certainly stay here again.

One last tip - the hot water tap in the shower is adjusted (understandably so) not to be scolding hot. But if it is not hot enough, the maintenance guy will come and adjust it. Just ask.

Room Tip: Get a room on an end unit and not with a connecting door between rooms - it may be quieter.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 7 July 2012

The rooms are a bit small...but who cares! The hotel is in the middle of everything! It's a quick walk to restaurants and shops. Plus, the staff are very nice and helpful. This is my second stay, and I'll be headed back!

Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
3  Thank Anonymous A
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

They gave us a deal for $89 because the AC was out in this particular room. We were fine with the open window and ceiling fan. This is a very quaint, small, prewar garden courtyard place. There's nothing fancy going on here. The architecture is fantastic, the landscaping is superb, and you easily can picture the historical significance of the place/influence of old Hollywood (Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio stayed here on their hotel night in room 34). I enjoyed the concept of it, and mostly enjoyed my experience. However, whoever did their renovation in 1999 made some poor choices in things like the bathroom cabinet, hooks, bedspread, lamps....all this stuff is from Target...I recognize it. It had a cheap look. For example, the bathroom tiles and tub were recovered with that ceramic paint stuff. However, there was plenty of hot water and I loved the vintage huge tub and took a great hot bath. Somebody with an eye for the style of this place needs to take over the decorating, and understand that you get what you pay for as far as mattresses, furnishings, etc. I was told they have new owners and that they're slowly fixing up the place. It's gorgeous and should not be left to somebody who doesn't know what a gem they have.

Room Tip: Make sure you have a room with a new mattress. Supposedly they're being replaced soon.
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Garden Inn Hotel

Address: 46 E Main St, Los Gatos, CA 95030-6906
Region: United States > California > Los Gatos
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Los Gatos
Price Range: £73 - £130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Garden Inn Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in convenient downtown of Los Gatos, about 15 minutes from San Jose in Silicon Valley. You may walk to restaurants and shops just across the street. Over and above standard hotel services, you get free high speed internet, daily dining vouchers for 5 restaurants, athletic club, all free. We also have kitchenette and free overseas calls for extended-stay guests. ... more   less 
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Garden Inn Hotel Los Gatos, California

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