Red Cottage Inn & Suites
1704 El Camino Real, Atherton, CA 94027
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The room rates listed are double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.
Location. Set in the heart of Menlo Park, this hotel is close to Stanford University Arboretum and Stanford University. Another nearby attraction is Stanford University Medical Center.
Features. Recreational amenities include a fitness facility. High speed Internet access is available in public areas. A complimentary breakfast is served daily. The property offers an airport shuttle (surcharge). Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include multilingual staff and laundry facilities. This is a smoke free property.
Guestrooms. There are 28 guestrooms at Red Cottage Inn & Suites. Guestrooms are all accessible via exterior corridors. Beds come with pillowtop mattresses and premium bedding. Refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee/tea makers are offered. Bathrooms feature designer toiletries and hair dryers. In addition to complimentary wireless Internet access, guestrooms offer phones, voice mail, and complimentary newspapers. Televisions are available in guestrooms. Air conditioned rooms also include complimentary bottled water, welcome amenities, electronic/magnetic keys, and irons/ironing boards. Housekeeping is offered and guests may request wake up calls. Cribs (infant beds) and rollaway beds are available on request. Guestrooms are all non smoking.
Additional fees and deposits may be charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out.
Swimming Pool: Seasonal, Outdoor
Check-In Time: 3 PM
Check-Out Time: 11 AM
Property Amenities: Multilingual staff, Express check-in, Express check-out, Free breakfast, Designated smoking areas, Fitness facilities, Safe-deposit box at front desk, Garden, Business center, Computer station, 24-hour front desk, Luggage storage, Dry cleaning/laundry service
Room Amenities: Daily housekeeping, Phone, Hair dryer, Premium bedding, Air conditioning, Designer toiletries, Refrigerator, Blackout drapes/curtains, LCD TV, Microwave, Hypo-allergenic bedding available, HDTV, Kitchenette, Pillowtop mattress, Iron/ironing board, Access via exterior corridors, Cable TV service, Free local calls, Desk, Connecting/adjoining rooms available, Coffee/tea maker, DVD player, Premium TV channels
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
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We were charmed by the Red Cottage Inn. You can never be sure about the photos you see on a Web site, but the Red Cottage folks got it right.
The motel is set well back off the busy El Camino Real, so street noise was no problem at all. Our check-in was prompt and painless, and after just a short walk to our room, we were in. Our room at first seemed small, but it was very well designed and beautifully finished; it proved to be plenty of space, even after eight days, even with our three bikes. We took care to store them carefully at the foyer end of the room, which left plenty of space for moving around. We also had two superb queen beds, a night table, side chair, desk area and three reading lamps. There was a flat-screen TV and DVD player. The space rounding to the bathroom door was very well appointed with an under-counter refrigerator, microwave, food storage space, granite counter (with ice bucket and coffee maker), and closet (iron and ironing board stored inside). The bathroom was roomy, with tub/shower, one sink, plenty of counter space and the toilet. All of it was clean and in very good repair, and housekeeping was courteous, quiet and thorough. And charming!
Then there was the small but private outside area. Here was a deck surrounded on three sides by plantings (hydrangea, geranium, ferns, etc.). And a nice table with two chairs. It was the perfect place to read the morning paper or relax after a ride. Ambient noise from other motel guests and from the neighboring houses was evident but nothing outside of normal neighborhood sounds. There was one incident with a guest who smoked outside on her deck (this is a non-smoking facility), but a call to the manager was respected and we had no further trouble with that.
We chose to have breakfast from our own foods in our room, so we did not participate in the provided breakfast. However, I did notice there was plenty of tea and coffee (Seattle's Best) as well as muffins, breads, cereals, juices and oatmeal packets.
There's not much in the way of restaurants or activities within walking distance of the Red Cottage, but a short drive takes you into the center of Menlo Park and beyond that to Palo Alto. There are a couple of great wine stores within a couple block walk. Also there is a Japanese restaurant (Gombei), but we opted for sushi in the Menlo Park area. Bus service runs regularly, but costs $1.75 even for a short hop, no returns. Cycling paths abound on the busier streets (but not El Camino Real), and getting up into the hills around the area provides cycling bliss. The Stanford Shopping Center is about two miles down the road, an outdoor affair with lots of great shops, both small and large, branded and not. Freeway access is close by, easily navigable and you can be in San Francisco within about 45 minutes.