Lodging in the Bay Area can be very expensive, and sometimes you still don't get a good night's sleep for your money. While visiting a few days to see family and friends, I was hoping to find a decent place to stay that was convenient to where I needed to go and that would not cost an exorbitant amount of money.
I was initially concerned about this motel's location along busy El Camino Real, and just across the street from the Caltrain tracks. I was also concerned that the (relatively) low rates would attract a seedy clientele.
I am delighted to report that I had no issues during my 5 night stay. Although my room faced El Camino, I had no issues with noise from the street or the train tracks (you do hear the trains moving along the tracks, but the noise is minimal, and there were no horn blasts). Also, the other guests were quiet and well behaved during my entire stay. The only time I heard anyone was when they were getting into or out of their vehicles in the parking lot.
Granted, this is not the Taj Mahal. This is an older property, and the walls and carpets are showing signs of age. But the rooms are clean and comfortable, there was a decent selection of cable TV stations, there was an in-room fridge and microwave, as well as in-room coffee, and a modest continental breakfast was available in the lobby (coffee, OJ, and packaged pastries).
This motel is adjacent to the south end of San Carlos's Laurel Street, where there are many shops and restaurants, and there is a Trader Joes market about 1 block north.
I would definitely consider staying here again when I have to travel to the Bay Area.
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