I've stayed in inexpensive motels and hotels plenty my entire life. They're not impressive but sometimes you just need a place to stay that has a clean bed and bathroom. I was shocked at how disgusting this place was. We booked our trip through Expedia for $70/night for a conference we were attending in San Jose.
I'll start with the positives: clean bed sheets, the price was very affordable for being as close to the convention center and nicer parts of downtown San Jose, free wi-fi internet access in the rooms, free parking, free continental breakfast (although I can't comment on the quality of breakfast because we didn't eat any), in-room microwave, in-room mini fridge.
But the rooms were disgustingly gross and dirty. The bed sheets were clean, but that was about it. (I even saw the cleaning lady put sheets in the on-site washer). The bathroom, carpets, walls, everything else had not been cleaned.
You get out of the shower and your wet feet created dirty footprints on the white bathroom tiled floor. Just to be clear, my feet had been in socks and shoes all day...they weren't creating the dirt, the floor was already dirty.
After the shower footprint incident, I wore socks or shoes the entire time I was in the room to create a barrier between my feet and the floor and worst carpet I've ever seen in my life. There were clear water stains all of the carpet and they were dark and very dirty looking.
The walls in the room and bathroom had dirty marks and "stuff" on them. The ironing board cover was stained and I had to put a towel down on top of it so I could iron my shirt. You get the picture.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Elan San Jose is a new renovated, contemporary hotel in a prime location for business travelers featuring free wifi and complimentary deluxe continental breakfast. Just 1 mile from the San Jose Convention Center and Downtown San Jose Hotel Elan is the ideal "home base" for your visit to Silicon Valley. Hotel Elan offers boutique charm and modern amenities. Each spacious guestroom has a work desk with comfortable, ergonomic chair, cable tv with premium channels, full size ironing board, minifridge and coffee maker. Our Urban Spa Guestrooms feature Jacuzzi Jet Tubs with therapeutic water jets. Enjoy a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast every morning featuring bagels, cereals, muffins, assorted breads, fresh apples and oranges along with fruit juices. Complimentary coffee is served 24 hours a day in our lobby. Hotel Elan is conveniently located just six miles from San Jose International Airport. Minutes from Highway 280, 101, 880 and 87, Hotel Elan easy access to numerous Silicon Valley businesses in San Jose, Mountain View and Palo Alto. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson San Jose
- San Jose Howard Johnson
- Howard Johnson Express