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Hotel Elan

2 stars
1215 South First St., San Jose, CA 95110
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
2.4
out of 5
10 reviews
Great Value

The hotel is in the final stages of a modernization project. My room must have been redone... See full review

  • Cowboydude
  • May 2, 2012
average 2 star

The matress sloped toward the headboard so laying on the bed you would get a head rush. Bring your... See full review

  • gottaloveit
  • Aug 29, 2014
Key location and affordable rates at this San Jose hotel

With low rates, a slew of complimentary amenities -- including wireless Internet and daily continental breakfast -- and a location that's just one mile from downtown San Jose and the convention center, the Howard Johnson is an ideal choice for business travelers on a budget. Guests who are there to play, not work, enjoy easy access to the HP Pavilion and Children's Discovery Museum. No matter what the guests' daytime agenda, a soak in one of the Jacuzzi bathtubs (available in select rooms) is the perfect way to unwind.

Highlights:
  • Complimentary wireless Internet access
  • Pet-friendly property (security deposit required)
  • Free deluxe continental breakfast
Rooms:

Howard Johnson Convention Center San Jose's guest rooms feature contemporary artwork, basic light-wood furnishings and colorful patterned textiles. In-room amenities range from work-friendly features such as a large writing desk, free high-speed Internet access and a multi-line phone with data port to home conveniences such as coffee-makers, TVs with expanded cable channels and pay-per-view movies, hair dryers and irons with ironing boards. Blackout drapes and queen- or king-size beds promise a restful night, while wake-up calls ensure guests don't oversleep. Four-legged friends are welcome, and pet beds are available, but a refundable security deposit is required. Select rooms offer Jacuzzi bathtubs.

Features:

An array of complimentary services are offered at the Howard Johnson Convention Center San Jose. Guests wake up to a deluxe continental breakfast with a variety of pastries and cereal, while coffee and fruit is offered in the lobby 24 hours a day. A national newspaper is offered free every weekday, and business travelers appreciate free incoming faxes, plus available copying, printing and outgoing faxing services. Valet dry cleaning can be arranged, and outdoor guest parking is free of charge.

Transportation:
  • San Jose International Airport (5.8 mi/9.4 km)
  • San Francisco International Airport (38.4 mi/61.8 km)
  • Oakland International Airport (39.4 mi/63.4 km)
  • Caltrain (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
  • VTA light rail (1.1 mi/1.8 km)
  • VTA bus stop (one block)
Attractions:
  • San Jose Convention Center (1.3 mi/2.1 km)
  • Children's Discovery Museum (1.4 mi/2.3 km)
  • Tech Museum of Innovation (1.5 mi/2.5 km)
  • HP Pavilion (1.7 mi/2.7 km)
  • Santana Row (5.2 mi/8.4 km)
  • Winchester Mystery House (5.5 mi/8.9 km)
  • Santa Clara Convention Center (10.3 mi/16.6 km)
  • California's Great America (10.3 mi/16.6 km)
Business:
  • Free incoming faxes, plus copying, printing and outgoing faxing services (fees apply)
  • Complimentary wireless Internet access

Hotel Elan Rooms

Deluxe KING
The bedding option for this room include 1 King bed, with clock/radio, coffeemaker, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, microwave oven, refrigerator, 27" TV with 75 channel cable TV and FREE HBO, 48inch work desk, electronic locks and voicemail.
Deluxe DOUBLE QUEEN
The bedding option for this room include 2 Double bed with clock/radio, coffeemaker, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, microwave oven, refrigerator, 27" TV with 75 channel cable TV and FREE HBO, 48inch work desk, electronic locks and voicemail.
Deluxe QUEEN
The bedding option for this room include 1 Queen bed with clock/radio, coffeemaker, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, microwave oven, refrigerator, 27" TV with 75 channel cable TV and FREE HBO, 48inch work desk, electronic locks and voicemail.
Deluxe KING/HOT TUB
King Room with Hot Tub

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Free parking
General
Pet friendly
Services
Business center
In-Room Safe
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

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Hotel Map

37.3186 -121.8762
Area served
San Jose CA
Nearby airports
San Jose International Airport
Area description
The hotel is located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley; Howard Johnson Convention center San Jose is only five miles to San Jose International Airport. The hotel is just one mile from the San Jose Convention Center with convenient freeway access to all bay area businesses. Attractions and shopping, including San Spartan Stadium and San Jose State University, are just minutes away.

Nearby points of interest

  • Happy Hollow Park and Zoo: 0.8 mi
  • San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles: 0.8 mi
  • Japanese Friendship Garden: 0.9 mi
  • History Park: 1 mi
  • Children's Discovery Museum: 1 mi
  • The Event Center Arena: 1.1 mi
  • San Jose Civic Auditorium: 1.2 mi
  • San Jose Center for the Performing Arts: 1.2 mi
  • Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park: 1.2 mi
  • San Jose Repertory Theatre: 1.2 mi
  • San Jose Museum of Art: 1.3 mi
  • St. Joseph Cathedral: 1.4 mi
  • Willow Glen: 1.5 mi
  • HP Pavilion: 1.7 mi
  • SAP Center at San Jose: 1.7 mi
  • Happy Hollow Park and Zoo: 0.8 mi
  • San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles: 0.8 mi
  • Japanese Friendship Garden: 0.9 mi
  • History Park: 1 mi
  • Children's Discovery Museum: 1 mi
  • The Event Center Arena: 1.1 mi
  • San Jose Civic Auditorium: 1.2 mi
  • San Jose Center for the Performing Arts: 1.2 mi
  • Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park: 1.2 mi
  • San Jose Repertory Theatre: 1.2 mi
  • San Jose Museum of Art: 1.3 mi
  • St. Joseph Cathedral: 1.4 mi
  • Willow Glen: 1.5 mi
  • HP Pavilion: 1.7 mi
  • SAP Center at San Jose: 1.7 mi
  • Los Gatos Creek Trail: 2.2 mi
  • Japantown (San Jose): 2.4 mi
  • Heritage Rose Garden: 2.5 mi
  • Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum: 2.8 mi
  • Municipal Rose Garden: 2.9 mi
  • Raging Waters: 3.7 mi
  • Winchester Mystery House: 4.1 mi
  • Alum Rock Park: 6.5 mi
  • Almaden Quicksilver County Park: 9.3 mi

Dining

STRAITS-SANTANA ROW
FUSION CUISINE IN THE HEART OF SANTANA ROW
GORDON BIERCSH BREWERY
100 BEERS ON TAP GREAT FOR LUNCH OR DINNER
WENDYS BURGERS
FAST FOOD WALKING DISTANCE JUST ABOUT 100 YARDS
PF CHANGS
CHINESE WITH ELEGANT AMBIANCE
SPAGETTI FACTORY
ITALIAN PASTA VARIETIES
DENNY'S
FAMILY STYLE RESTAURANT WALKING DISTANCE 1/4 MILE

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (10)

Ratings and reviews for Hotel Elan

Overall score

2.4 / 5
5.01.0
10 out of 10
Amenities:
2.4
Room cleanliness:
2.8
Hotel staff:
3.2
Room comfort:
2.7
Location:
2.8
Value:
2.9

40% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Hotel Elan

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
gottaloveit
Business
san diego, ca
Aug 29, 2014

average 2 star

The matress sloped toward the headboard so laying on the bed you would get a head rush. Bring your own pillows too. The light bulbs were all super bright and then it was all or nothing, totally dark or extremely bright.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Hotel Elan

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Frank and often earnest
Business
Lancaster, CA
Jul 18, 2014

Good value for average hotel.

Nothing really stands out about "Hotel √Član". The room was clean. It was a decent room for a one-night stay but I would not stay here to vacation in San Jose.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Hotel Elan

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
San Diego
Jul 10, 2014

Horrible

First there is construction right in front of the hotel. The room had fruit flies, dirty bathroom an unfinished bathtub they give you a nice bucket but have no ice machine.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
1
Location:
1
Value:
1
Review of Hotel Elan

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Traveling Teacher1
California
May 13, 2013

A let down

The room was okay but to call it a hotel is false. The toilet ran most of the night. Mentioned to front desk nothing happened. Bed was semi broken, one corner was lower than others. Walls were very thin and could hear neighbors. Location was questionable.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
2
Value:
2
Review of Hotel Elan

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Electric Erika
Salinas, California
Jan 19, 2013

Hotel stay. Friendly Staff.

Although this wasn't what we expected. My friend and I found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. They gave us directions to the nearest food joint. The rooms were clean. My only compliant is the water in the shower took a bit to warm up. Other than that this was a good hotel for the price range.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Shopping tip: Short drive from hotel

There's a huge shopping center just a few blocks from the hotel. That was a nice surprise.

Review of Hotel Elan

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Cowboydude
Business
Atwater, CA, USA
May 2, 2012

Great Value

The hotel is in the final stages of a modernization project. My room must have been redone recently, very nice. Clean, comfortable, close to downtown, great hotel especially at this price. I'd stay there again when back in the area.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

San Jose Tech Museum and the San Jose Convention Center...

Review of Hotel Elan

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
topspun
Business
Atascadero, CA
Apr 14, 2012

Not bad- but i still smelled smoke and tar

The room smelled like old smoke even though it was supposed to be a smoke free room. it was supposed to have a hot tub in the room. it was bathtub with holes for water jets. they did not work. all and all you get what you pay for. not impressed. Oh.... there was 1 positive note. the free wireless internet was the fastest I have ever experienced in a hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Hotel Elan

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Dena76
Business
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Apr 3, 2012

A great value for a one night stay...

This was the perfect stay for my business trip. The room was clean and comfortable. The location was PERFECT for my needs and very convenient. I would definitely stay here again for a one night business need.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Aqui's Restaurant - Great food! Great price and fast service. One of my favorites and not far. On Lincoln near Willow

Review of Hotel Elan

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Laura1973
Los Angeles
Jan 18, 2012

Worked Great For Me

I have stayed here 3 times. I do a trade show at the convention center and this is awesome cheap hotel that's less than 1 mile away. If you're looking for a cheap, clean, conveniently located room WITH BREAKFAST and free wi-fi, this works. It's not the ritz but if you don't need anything fancy this is great.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
2
Value:
5
Review of Hotel Elan

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
GA
Jul 20, 2011

Wrong Hotel, Bad Hotel

The hotel name was Hotel Elan, not Howard Johnson.It should have been called Motel Elan, because that is exactly what it was. While the motel was clean, it was old and not located were I anticipated it to be. It was not in the hotel district of First St. that I was familiar with There were people hanging around the front and dogs were allowed to stay in the motel rooms. There looked like people were living in the motel for extended stays or permanent housing. [...]

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
1
Value:
1
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