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Mexico City, Mexico
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

The hotel is a nice one, breakfast is offered and is good. The overall experience is an easy and efficient one, without complications. You are near the bars and restaurants area which is good but the last rooms in the hall can have noise from a nearby bar, however nothing extreme.

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Thank arturol913
Management response:

Hi Artruro, Thank you for taking a moment over the holiday to comment on your hotel stay. On behalf of the staff, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again. Warm regards, Gary Sterman and the staff of Hotel Keen More 

Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have conflicting thoughts on this hotel. On one hand it's in a great location, the rooms are clean and the beds comfortable. On the other hand, the rooms are tiny and the walls are paper thin - it has the worst sound insulation in any hotel I've ever been to, to the tune of being able to easily follow... More 

Thank mesophyte
Management response:

Dear Mesophyte, Thank you for your comments about your stay at hotel Keen. I apologize for the sound and housekeeping issues during your stay and I have shared your review with our room attendants when initially reviewed us. While our breakfast gets very good reviews, we are making some changes that our guests will appreciate. We are also testing some... More 

London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An unusual hotel and different from the usual business places I stay. Essentially only rooms and a very small communal space with free coffee and an honesty bar. Breakfast is a sort of very limited buffet of croissants and cereal. Staff all very pleasant and helpful. Rooms very small but functional. No pool or gym. Very close to the main... More 

Thank drdave10
Management response:

Dear Dr. Dave, Thank you for your comments about Hotel Keen and as a family owned boutique hotel, we are glad you found us different than other business hotels. If you do have suggestions about breakfast, please email me as I would love to hear from you. Our kitchen does not allow us to cook hot food, but we have... More 

Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Hotel Keen is well located just off University Avenue and nearly walking distance to Stanford. The rooms are very small and one side of the hotel faces a nightclub and it's noisy from 10pm-1am. Nice staff, breakfast, internet. And it was not cheap.

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Thank Todd H
Management response:

Hi Todd, Thank you for your review of your stay at Hotel Keen. I apologize for the noise coming from the nearby bar. I am happy for the Patio's success and am also happy they don't play music! Please let us know if you have additional feedback or suggestion about your experience. Warm regards, Gary Sterman and the staff of... More 

Manila, Philippines
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82 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

The hotels location is great, rooms are new but small. Overall, comfortable and clean. Staff and service are efficient and nice. Breakfast is basic - bread, hard boiled eggs and ham - all ready and for self service. No fridge or safe in the room though.

Thank TuttieG
Management response:

Dear Tuttie, Thank you for your comments about Hotel Keen and we are delighted that you enjoyed our rooms and that you found our staff nice. Please let me know if you have any breakfast items that you would like to see. Warm regards, Gary Sterman gary.sterman@hotelkeen.com More 

Larkspur, California
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Hotel Keen has an excellent location in the heart of downtown Palo Alto next to a church. But for the money $500/night), it's really vanilla. The lobby is basic - no charm. Rooms are small and plain but clean the soaps/lotions are pretty good. Bed is good, not great. Walls are thin and you can easily hear people next door... More 

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113 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Loved this hotel! Reminded me of hotels in Europe - just the basics and nothing extra. The rooms were clean and updated and they had a wall you could write on with whiteboard markers - a fun touch! Great location - easy access to the train, Stanford campus and shopping/restaurants. My only complaint about the hotel is that there was... More 

Thank Tari E
Palo Alto, United States
1 review
Reviewed 7 October 2016

Clean room, good bed, good Internet. The window was not transparent, so could not really see out or open the window properly, which was a bit sad. Also there was not really a solution to hang clothes (such as a cabinet), which can be difficult on official trip (as mine was).

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Thank Johanna W
Colorado Springs, United States
1 review
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Staff is friendly and helpful. Place is very clean and you feel safe. The breakfast and wine offered is a nice treat. The breakfast is healthy and has a wide selection. It is great to always have access to some sort of snack.

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Thank Elizabeth S
Austin, United States
1 review
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Hotel Keen is simply a great place to stay in Palo Alto. The lobby is a great meeting place, the rooms are clean, efficient, and beautifully designed, and the location can't be beat. The only criticism is not about the hotel but about Palo Alto; the parking is awful. Do yourself a favor if traveling on a weekday–buy a parking... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff

Additional Information about Hotel Keen

Address: 425 High St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1621
Region: United States > California > Palo Alto
Price Range: $171 - $615 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Keen 2.5*
Number of rooms: 42
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  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“Get a room facing south”
 of 5 bubbles WestCoastUSADad, 6 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Second floor on the south side is probably best, but the rooms will be more expensive.”
 of 5 bubbles 982malcolmc, 8 Mar 2016 | Read review
“high floor to avoid street noise”
 of 5 bubbles weehawks, 21 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room that does not back onto the neighbouring bar -somewhere near the front /south would be best”
 of 5 bubbles ChrisKiwi, 14 Nov 2015 | Read review
“Not the first floor for sure with the lack of supervision in the lobby.”
 of 5 bubbles KKelsay, 24 Oct 2015 | Read review
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