Vagabond Inn San Jose

2 stars
1488 N First Street, San Jose, CA 95112
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
2.3
out of 5
9 reviews
Great place to lay your head

Having spent several nights at other hotels in the area, I was more than pleasantly surprised by... See full review

  • EBLibrarian
  • Sep 30, 2012
Focus on Price

The Vagabond Inn San Jose has spacious rooms with table and chairs. Coffee was a plus. The first... See full review

  • Anonymous
  • Apr 19, 2007
Vagabond Inn San Jose Airport (SJC) is located in San Jose, CA, the heart of the Silicon Valley, off the 101 and 880 Freeways. We are minutes to SJC Airport, Civic Center, and Convention Center, Santa Clara Convention center is just a five minute drive from the hotel. It's a short drive to San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, Stanford, local wineries, the Winchester Mystery House and Paramount's Great America. Conveniently located across the street from the Public Light Rail Station (Gish).

Vagabond Inn San Jose Rooms

Traditional Double Queen Room
This room features two comfortable queen beds, free high-speed wireless internet access, microwave and refrigerator, coffee maker, vanity mirror, 27" TV with cable, including HBO, ESPN, CNN, and much more. Free continental breakfast daily.
Business Friendly King Room
This business friendly room features ample workspace, free high-speed wireless internet access, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, 27" TV with cable, including HBO, ESPN, CNN and much more. Free Continental breakfast daily.

Amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Pool
General
Pet friendly
Activities
Pool
Dining
Free breakfast
Restaurant
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Hotel Map

37.3631 -121.9103
Area served
San Jose, Silicon Valley area, Bay area.
Nearby airports
San Jose International Airport San Francisco International Airport
Area description
Near Paramount Great America Theme Park, Convention Center, Rosicrucian Museum, Winchester Mystery House, Downtown San Jose, HP Pavilion Arena, civic center, Santana Row and Valley Fair Malls.

Nearby points of interest

  • Japantown (San Jose): 1.3 mi
  • Heritage Rose Garden: 1.3 mi
  • Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum: 2.1 mi
  • SAP Center at San Jose: 2.2 mi
  • HP Pavilion: 2.2 mi
  • St. Joseph Cathedral: 2.2 mi
  • San Jose Museum of Art: 2.3 mi
  • Municipal Rose Garden: 2.3 mi
  • San Jose Repertory Theatre: 2.4 mi
  • Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park: 2.4 mi
  • San Jose Civic Auditorium: 2.5 mi
  • San Jose Center for the Performing Arts: 2.5 mi
  • The Event Center Arena: 2.6 mi
  • Children's Discovery Museum: 2.7 mi
  • San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles: 2.8 mi
  • Japantown (San Jose): 1.3 mi
  • Heritage Rose Garden: 1.3 mi
  • Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum: 2.1 mi
  • SAP Center at San Jose: 2.2 mi
  • HP Pavilion: 2.2 mi
  • St. Joseph Cathedral: 2.2 mi
  • San Jose Museum of Art: 2.3 mi
  • Municipal Rose Garden: 2.3 mi
  • San Jose Repertory Theatre: 2.4 mi
  • Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park: 2.4 mi
  • San Jose Civic Auditorium: 2.5 mi
  • San Jose Center for the Performing Arts: 2.5 mi
  • The Event Center Arena: 2.6 mi
  • Children's Discovery Museum: 2.7 mi
  • San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles: 2.8 mi
  • Happy Hollow Park and Zoo: 3.7 mi
  • Los Gatos Creek Trail: 3.8 mi
  • Winchester Mystery House: 3.8 mi
  • Japanese Friendship Garden: 3.9 mi
  • Willow Glen: 4 mi
  • History Park: 4.1 mi
  • Raging Waters: 5.7 mi
  • Alum Rock Park: 6 mi
  • Almaden Quicksilver County Park: 12.7 mi

Dining

Denny's
24-hour onsite restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and a late night menu for insomniacs!
Menara
Moroccan Restuarant- romantic with warm hospitality. Relax on Moroccan pillows, enjoy entertaining belly dancers.
New York Trattoria
Wonderful Italian Fare with Flair!
Cathay
Authentic Chinese food serving a variety of chicken, pork, fish and vegetables.
House of Genji
Japanese Steakhouse well known to all the locals of San Jose!

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

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.

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Guest Reviews (9)

Ratings and reviews for Vagabond Inn San Jose

Overall score

2.3 / 5
5.01.0
9 out of 9
Amenities:
2.2
Room cleanliness:
2.6
Hotel staff:
3.3
Room comfort:
2.6
Location:
3
Value:
2.4

44% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
chula2010
san jose
May 25, 2014

personel

My stay was good,but i had a a very riough nite my fahter is dying of cancer did not sleep much woke up late for check out left at 1156am when returning the nexrt day to stay again I was put on a no rent to list. I know i wa 56 miutes late checking out but it wasnt like i was nosiey or had party I was just exhausted from being with my father that whole day and night. I have styaed at 5 star resorts and they give you a hour late check out.... I wil not stay at this location again... I love Vagabond Sunnyvale the staff the location the rooms.

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

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
chula2010
san jose
Mar 3, 2013

personal

Quiet i was able to rest. Wish I had a lower level room I have a bad back and the stairs and carrying luggage was not good. Next time I will make a note at the time of reservations.

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

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
itsamikey
San Jose, Ca.
Dec 21, 2012

the people were nice but....

I am not an experienced traveler, so that should be taken into consideration. My biggest problem was the rather large string of black hair on one of the pillows on the queen size bed....Being by myself, it was only a matter of sleeping with the other pillow but....The window box heater and air, (used the heater) was rather noisy, and had a loud vibration. But, the people, or rather person that I talked to on check in was nice, and helpful....

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
2
Review of Vagabond Inn San Jose

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
EBLibrarian
Business
San Jose, California
Sep 30, 2012

Great place to lay your head

Having spent several nights at other hotels in the area, I was more than pleasantly surprised by the accommodation at the Vagabond Inn. The rooms were very clean and the furniture, while worn, was perfectly serviceable. In addition it was full of those small extra amenities that make a hotel just a little bit better at the end of the day. The staff I spoke too was pleasant and helpful and made an effort to go the extra mile me. The location, while close to the airport, is right on a busy junction of streets making travel from the hotel to other parts of San Jose slower than I would have liked. In addition the wifi internet signal was spotty though I was given a room at the farthest end of the hotel. In summary, the Inn is best suited to a traveler or business person. It provided me a clean, quiet, and moderately priced room for me to sleep in at a better price than I expected.

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

Business

Review of Vagabond Inn San Jose

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
mr. nowhere soon
Business
sacramento
Sep 13, 2012

at least i didnt have to sleep in my car

Must have been a busy week because this was one of the few places with availability left on short notice for under $100. Actually paid less for a much nicer hotel one week earlier. Had to pay an additional $10 to change my room to non-smoking, despite originally requesting that upon purchase. Come to find out it would have cost me almost $30 less to walk up and book it! Glass half full- got some sleep and was able to take a hot shower.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

The Doghouse Bar was just down the street and was a fun little hole in the wall bar. Good staff, cold drink and free popcorn.

Review of Vagabond Inn San Jose

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Vikki58
Oceanside, CA, USA
May 3, 2012

Very run down property-never again

Beds were uncomfortable, sink pipes leaked, bathtub faucet dripped,sunlight through bathroom window was painfully bright, drapes had burns, etc. etc. Was not a good stay. The staff was very nice, but this property needs a serious overhaul!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
3
Review of Vagabond Inn San Jose

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Vikki58
Oceanside, CA, USA
Apr 24, 2012

Very run down property-never again

This is a very old and run down motel. Things in the room were broken (light fixture) or had burns (drapes). The sink pipes leaked and the bath tub faucet dripped. There was a refrigerator in the room, but not enough electrical outlets, so they strung a too-short outlet strip between the fridge and the wall outlet, and after everything was plugged into it, the strip was hanging in mid-air. The beds were hard. The morning sun blazed through the bathroom window so brightly it caused us pain to take a shower--those windows should have some kind of covering available. Nothing to recommend here other than the friendly staff at the front desk.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
1
Location:
3
Value:
1
Review of Vagabond Inn San Jose

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
USA
Mar 29, 2008

busy on the weekend

I have stayed 3 times at the Vagabond Inn, SJ, Ca. Average room with need of update for linnen, plumbing fixtures, carpet. Needs good wall cleaning or repainting inside rooms. Located 1/2 block from the light rail system.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
2
Value:
3
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

short walk to light rail..

Review of Vagabond Inn San Jose

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
USA
Apr 19, 2007

Focus on Price

The Vagabond Inn San Jose has spacious rooms with table and chairs. Coffee was a plus. The first room had a moldy smell from being closed. They very quickly gave us a different room that was acceptable. Clerk was very helpful with information about the area and transportation. It was a good value for the rate. Would stay there again.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Winchester House was fascinating. Unfortunately most attractions closed at 5pm.

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