I spent two nights at the Keen, conveniently located in “downtown Palo Alto," on April 23-24, 2014. This boutique hotel was clearly designed to serve tech industry travelers – who are traveling solo.
On the plus side, the hotel staff were very accommodating and very service oriented. Parking on surface streets overnight or during the day in the public lot adjacent to the hotel is easy and convenient. The small lobby hosts a reasonable “continental-plus” style breakfast buffet and end of day wine hour. Wireless service was good. There were lots of electrical outlets in the room to recharge gadgets overnight. And the flat-panel TVs in the guest rooms (which can connect to laptops) are surrounded by a large white board, which means you can make real time notes on the wall as you practice your PPT pitch the night before your do-or-die presentation to the VCs on nearby Sand Hill Road.
However, the guest rooms – or least the standard room I occupied for two nights – are clearly designed for solo travelers on short stays. I was traveling with my wife; there was barely room for us to walk past one another. (Think of a standard single at NYC's trendy Strand Hotel, but one that seems to be about 10 pct. smaller). Also no closet, just a hook on the wall that might accommodate two hangers -- which might work well for a solo traveler but did not work for a pair of guests.
I'd go back as a solo, but not as a traveling couple.
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