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San Carlos Inn

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I was trying out Peninsula lodging when I came across this older West Side concern. I like the location and proximity to Laurel ave. I found the owner/manager couple to be caring and on top of all the potential issues usually found in a place like this. I agree that San Carlos is a better location than Redwood City for lodging.

Nasty, filthy and disgusting. Don't forget smelly because that is the first thing you notice. Barely any lighting in the main room. Like being in a cave. Please do yourself a favor and don't go here. They make you pay in advance which once you see the room you know why.

We had to stay near Redwood City on the weekend. Unfortunately, all the hotels there are overpriced and in shady areas. We found a cute lively area in San Carlos. This hotel is walking distance to shopping, restaurants and bars. It also has a pool. The owner was friendly, but the breakfast is marginal.

STAY AWAY! This is the nastiest, dingiest, dirtiest motel I've ever stayed at. And I'm ok with an occasional stay at a basic motel at a reasonable price, but I expect a basic level of cleanliness and privacy. Given this motel is right next to fairly nice San Carlos downtown, it's surprising it survives there, given how bad it is. Pros: None. Cons: - Entrance is in a dirty alley -- immediate reaction you'll have is... this is really crappy. - "Office" has glass (yes, glass) between you and the person checking you in, like at a cheap gas station. I've never had experience of checking in even at the cheapest Motel 6 with glass between me and the "welcome person" - Condition: Our room was really, really dirty. There was sticky stuff on our nightstand, I have no idea what and no desire to find out. - Smell: They have a combination of smoking and non-smoking rooms. Smoke from the smoking rooms seeps into "non-smoking". - Noise: Walls are paper-thin. You can hear the person next door snore, not to mention talk loudly, flush toilet, shower, as if they are right there with you in your room. Our neighbors came back at 3am and stayed up for an hour, we could pretty audibly hear their conversation through the walls. - More noise: Heater is really loud, not only when it's on in your room, but also in rooms next door. Some articles in our room actually shook, when the heater went on in the unit next to us. Same with the fridge - it's loud. Noise from the road can be heard too, and cars drive fast on El Camino all night long. - I'm not even going to talk about "decor". Given that it's a motel, I didn't have high expectations, and it's a good thing I didn't. Although some walls have indeed been recently repainted, furniture is old and dingy, there is very little space overall, lamps are old and don't light the room well (which is probably a positive). - Price: Given the terrible setting, this place is not even that cheap. We paid $110 to stay there on a Saturday night -- worse value for the price I've ever experienced.

This was my first stay at this hotel and I liked it very much. It is centrally located on the El Camino Real about half way between San Francisco and San Jose. It is close to everything you might need with excellent restaurants to fast food all close by. The room had a refrigerator and microwave and small table and chairs. I would have liked a better selection of programs on the TV, but then that is a small thing. The breakfast was coffee, juice and pastry with a waffle maker. I bought yogart and fruit from the nearby Trader Joe's. I will stay here again.

The owner is a wonderful individual and the accomodations are very comfortable. The location is extremely convenient to downtown San Carlos and close proximity to Menlo Park and Burlingame. Very well run operation.

One of the best values in hotels in the city. A small hotel [15 rooms] with very spacious and clean rooms. Service top of the line. Very safe with a gate and 24hr guard. They welcome your arrival with a no-charge a drink. Be sure to ask if you can get a drink of your choice in case you don't want rum.

Found this place last minute online. It was very basic, no frills, clean, quiet, the cheapest we found due to a conference in the SF area, and it was about 11 miles to the SF airport (our destination the following morning). The TV had plenty of channels, and the staff was friendly. Check in/out was quick.

This very small hotel was among the cheapest in the SFO airport area and had some good points: 1. Free WiFi that worked 2. Good shower 3. No bad smell in room 4. Reasonable location in that it is not noisy and close to shops and restaurants. However: 1. The staff (who appeared to be family owners) were very unfriendly, barely speaking during the check in process. 2. The bathroom was not perfectly clean (not exactly dirty either but it definitely could have been cleaner).

Unfortunately the system doesn't allow me to rate is as 0 point, otherwise I will definitely make it 0 out of the 5. It's the worst hotel I have seen in the United States. I am very surprised that it's marked as 2 star and got good customer rating. It's way too off from my expectation. The room has terrible rotten smell with the strong curry food smell. Everything in the room makes you feel cheap. I have no clue where they bought all the furniture, including the clothes hanger. The office, if we call it an office, has a locker, you have to ring the bell, then the Indian woman will open the door for you. It just makes you feel it's such an unsafe place. I am so worried about my car outside the whole night. Please stay away from this hotel.

1140 Morse Blvd San Carlos CA

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

Within a short walk of Museum of San Carlos History, San Carlos Inn is within 2 miles (3 km) of Hiller Aviation Museum. Each of the 10 rooms at this motel includes a refrigerator, a microwave, and a TV. Also nearby are Peninsula Museum of Art and Woodside Central Shopping Center.


All of San Carlos Inn's 10 air-conditioned rooms provide microwaves, refrigerators, and phones. Guests can expect free WiFi and TVs with cable channels.

Property features

San Carlos Inn features free WiFi in public areas and express check-out. If you plan to drive, free parking is available.

Room options

Standard Double Room, 2 Double Beds

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

42.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 14 reviews