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Holiday Inn Express Redwood City-Central

1836 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94063, United States Access

Holiday Inn Express Redwood City-Central

Stay Smart at Our Palo Alto Hotel's Redwood City Locale Located off Hwy 101 just minutes from Palo Alto, our hotel Holiday Inn Express® Redwood City-Central provides convenient lodging for business and leisure travelers. Guests are one mile from downtown Redwood City and just minutes from Palo Alto shopping, dining, entertainment, and business destinations. Although Redwood City hotels are many, few compare to our Palo Alto area hotel. California tourist destinations like downtown San Francisco and San Jose are less than 25-miles away and are a great day trip for vacationers or a short commute for business travelers. Our hotel's location is also near Stanford University and it provides the perfect lodging opportunity for those visiting the university or its students, faculty, and staff. Other area attractions include the Great America Amusement Park, 9-miles away, and Half Moon Bay the nearest Pacific Ocean outlet. Seaport Convention Center is just one mile from our hotel's Redwood City location as well perfect for those commuting to the Convention Center for events or conferences. Business travelers appreciate our Redwood City hotel's close proximity to business headquarters like HP, Google, USGS, and Microsoft. Whether you're attending a meeting, traveling with the family, or on vacation, you're sure to feel at home at this Redwood City hotel's cozy accommodations. Call the Holiday Inn Express® Redwood City hotel today.


  • Internet
    FREE WiFi
  • High speed Internet
  • High speed wireless
  • Transportation
    FREE parking
  • On-Site parking
  • Parking
  • Front desk
    Bell staff/porter
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Late check-out available
  • Technical concierge
  • General
    Direct dial telephone
  • Interior corridors
  • Public area air conditioned
  • Telephone jack adaptor available
  • Hotel service
    Dry cleaning
  • FREE newspaper in lobby
  • Housekeeping daily
  • Housekeeping weekly
  • Onsite laundry
  • Robotic Butler
  • Safe deposit box
  • Valet same day dry cleaning
  • Outlets
    Sundry/Convenience store
  • Accessible
    Accessible facilities
  • Green facilities
    Local community involvement


  • Communication
    Speaker phone
  • Two-line phone
  • Voice mail
  • Bedding
  • Bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate closet
  • Food & Beverage
    Buffet breakfast
  • Coffee/Tea maker
  • Meal included - continental breakfast
  • Microwave
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Refrigerator with ice maker
  • Entertainment
    FREE newspaper
  • Pay per view movies on TV
  • Premium movie channels
  • Satellite television
  • Stereo
  • TV
  • Video games
  • Business
    Desk with lamp
  • Spare electrical outlet available
  • General
    Air conditioning controlled in room
  • Electrical adaptors available
  • Ironing board
  • Laundry basket/clothes hamper
  • Non-smoking
  • Turndown service


  • Fitness
    Fitness center

Food and Drink

  • Meal plan
    FREE breakfast
  • Kitchen facilities
    Ice machine


  • FREE breakfast

House policy

  • Check-in Time: 15:00
  • Check-out Time: 11:00

Travel with others

Children policy
1 kid ages 1 or under stays FREE

Language spoken

  • Spanish


Property's Green Action

We believe that incorporating societal and environmental factors in our business strategy and operations will play a vital role in the long-term viability of our business and the travel and tourism sector. We manage and minimise our impact on the environment by tracking and reducing the use of energy, water and waste. We also use bio-friendly cleaning materials and promote local sustainability initiatives such as low carbon alternative means of transport.

  •  Local community involvement


Green Engage

The IHG Green Engage system is our group-wide online sustainability programme. It allows hotels to track, measure and report on their carbon footprint and utility consumption as well as recommending more than 200 ‘Green Solutions’ which help deliver greater sustainability.

The IHG Green Engage system:
• Measures energy, waste and water use
• Recommends over 200 Green Solutions to reduce the impacts our energy, waste and water use have on the environment
• Supports hotels to create environmental action plans and targets
• Promote local sustainability initiatives such as low carbon alternative means of transport
• Biodiversity: keeping the disturbance of animals, plants and their natural habitats to a minimum. A set of recommendations aimed at preserving and protecting on-site local flora and fauna and the wider regional ecosystems has been developed. This includes advice on management of green spaces and long term strategies for protecting local environments.

Most helpful reviews 9 21 reviews

Tiffany Cheung
3 years ago – Google


Listed in Yelp 2015 Challenge, San Francisco Even though Redwood City isn't too close to SF, the stay at Holiday Inn Express was definitely worth it! The hotel was a bit pricier - around $100 something a night, but with all the amenities and little things that the hotel did, the stay was, again, worth it. The location of the hotel is about 45 minutes away from SF. It's located close to a McDonald's and another popular breakfast joint. There's also another hotel right next door. I also liked the fact that this hotel recently underwent a renovation, making everything look much more modern and comfortable. PROS: -My sister and I were completely caught off-guard by the little robot that the hotel uses to deliver items to guests. We ran into him on our way back to our room, and being the curious hotel guests that we were, accidentally blocked him from the elevator in order to take photos of him. Of course we went back to our room to request Relay the Robot to deliver an item to us. Seriously the best part of the hotel trip! He gets programmed to take items to the guests' rooms, and upon arriving, will call the room to let the patrons know he is outside. The hatch on top will open and you basically take your items and he goes on his merry way back to his charging station. Super amazing! -The free continental breakfast. Even though we were in SF to eat, I couldn't help but sneak a few bites of their breakfast. They had a wide assortment of items - oatmeal, bacon, omelets, cereal, muffins, bread, biscuits, yogurt, milk, almond milk, fruit. And everything was tasty! There were hotel workers standing around to help refill and clean the tables to make sure the breakfast area stayed clean. -Neverending bowl of fruit. They have bowls of fruit in the lobby and in the breakfast area where guests can swing by to grab an apple, banana, or orange (while they last). This made me super happy. -1 minute pancake maker! Super amazing. You push a button. It makes a pancake. And then another one. And they're incredibly tasty! -Covered parking lot and a few electric charging stations. However, the covered parking spots are limited, so if you return too late, you have to park in the outdoor area. There aren't too many spaces, but we never had a problem finding parking. -WiFi was pretty fast. -They have printers and computers on each floor (I believe) after you exit the elevators. This comes in handy if you need to print a coupon or directions to a place! They even provide the paper! -The rooms are super nice. There's a fridge and microwave, along with a hairdryer in the bathroom. They even included a personalized message on the notepad welcoming us to our room. And - they had cute towel animals on our bed each afternoon they finished cleaning. -The bath soaps and shampoos were good quality. I believe it was from Bath and Body Works: White Citrus scent. -They have a small fitness center. Granted, there's only one treadmill, one elliptical and one bicycle inside, but it works if you just want to do a little cardio. There's also a water fountain and complimentary towels inside of the fitness center area. -They have complimentary cookies in the lobby that are baked fresh daily! We always tried to catch them bringing out the cookies, but we always came when they were all taken. There's also fruit water in the breakfast area as well as hot water and assortment of teas that are available 24/7. -Bed was comfortable. There's air conditioning and a heater. CONS: -The walls are a little thin, so you can hear into the hallway. -Redwood City is still quite a drive away from SF. Seems like the pros really outweigh the cons!

Vijay Kumar Jitta
3 years ago – Google


its a good hotel, stayed in here for 3 week in HQ visit, The rooms are clean well maintained. The front desk guys are very friendly and ready to help anytime. The breakfast was good initially but boring with repetition a bit later during stay. Same menu everyday, pan cakes, cereals, break, yougurt, fruits, juice, milk and coffee. The best of all was their cinnamon rolls and coffee. Chef is very friendly The eatery options around the hotel are abundant. Accessibility is good as this is right on el camino,

Ben Borne
3 years ago – Google


Clean and friendly hotel. Robot maid was a nice touch. Starbucks next door and great food a few blocks away.

ekin oguz
3 years ago – Google


Great hotel with a perfect room and fast WiFi.

R Belmonte
3 years ago – Google


Hotel room was perfect. The hotel itself was great too but not in the best location. Our room overlooked a restaurant drive thru and the area is not family-friendly. I would not be comfortable walking around the area.

Michelle Murtha
2 years ago – Google


These guys were soooo friendly! Great room, awesome breakfast bar and one very cool robot that delivers things from the front desk (like a free bottle of water!) And when I had to cancel a reservation just under 24 hours, they gladly took care of me without any penalties. I can't wait to come back!

Alison Sunahara
2 years ago – Google


Nothing screams Silicon Valley like a robot house keeper! Love the little robot that delivered a goodie bag to my room! I also love knowing a human works here too with the hand drawn flower with my name on it. Was one of the best experiences at a Holiday Inn I've ever had, would love to return.

Frank Bagheri
2 years ago – Google


One of the best HIE I have visited. Newly remodeled, large rooms, quiet, friendly staff, awesome Robot. Handwritten welcome note on the nightstand, shaped towels on the bed. Well done.

Christina Amaro
2 years ago – Google


Excellent service. Love the special touches to make you feel welcome. Very clean rooms. Loved the robot that brought us snacks. I would definitely bring my family back. I am telling my clients what a nice place you have.

Josh Shepard
2 years ago – Google


Very nice place. Well appointed and decorated. Very friendly staff. Awesome robot for delivery to the room!

Sofia Fiscal
2 years ago – Google


Great service and super clean rooms. There's a lot of shops and restaurants near by so it's a great hotel to stay at.

Darya Farral
2 years ago – Google


My husband told me it was not a very nice hotel, but I disagree. Helpful front desk, very comfy room, good breakfast food - why is it not nice? Ok, there's Wendy's drive through right next to it, so you may hear it from the window. But I slept well and noticed only positive things about my stay.

Kevin Buehler
2 years ago – Google


Nice hotel, very clean, decent breakfast. Robot is pretty cool. Received a hand-written note on day three under my door asking how everything was going!

Terry O'Hare
1 year ago – Google


I am a repeat visitor. The location is clean, the people are friendly, and cost is reasonable. It's been weeks since my last visit, and the topic came up about hotel television remotes, and how nasty they could be. So I mentioned how this hotel disinfects them between guests. My friends were impressed. Also, the breakfast is very good.

Michael Hayworth
1 year ago – Google


This hotel is very nice and modern. Lots of outlets in the room and the TV connections are even in front of it instead of on the side or behind, if that is a concern of yours. The Relay robot is a neat feature. It even visits you at breakfast to ask how it went. The staff were very nice. The only problems I can think of are that the breakfast did not have many options and the view from the window was not great.

Nana McDowell
1 year ago – Google


Clean, quiet, and modern looking rooms with lots of accommodations for every technology you may have. Great complimentary breakfast, and the room prices were very reasonable and comparable to others in the area. Relay,the robot was very cool and brought us a welcome snack to our door!

Yvonne Yu
1 year ago – Google


Newly renovated, modern style, new facilities, friendly and helpful staff, offer free hot and healthy breakfast, love the robot who is program to do many things like cleaning, bringing stuff you need, conducting customer survey etc.

Traycee Jurado
1 year ago – Google


The staff was very nice and they have a robot!! You can't beat that! Good clean room. Good value. Close to SF and San Jose - right in the middle.

Justin Lo
1 year ago – Google


Wonderful place to stay from every angle! Really affordable (especially for the area) with more than adequate free parking. Good location central to SF/SFO/San Jose, but still quiet at night. Front desk staff was fast and responsive. The room was prepared with so many cute, unique touches beyond what I would expect for a Holiday Inn Express - towels folded into intriguing creatures, hand-written welcome messages (with stickers!), and a toilet paper bow to boot. And of course there's the adorable R2-D2-like room service robot. Breakfast was delicious, especially the cinnamon buns. Used the gym - rudimentary but functional, well-stocked with clean towels and sanitizing wipes. Only theoretical issue - I was here for vacation and could care less, but if I were here on business, the slow WiFi and minimal business center amenities might have been frustrating. In all, the bay area always feels crowded, but this hotel has really made the best of the limited real estate, and even though the lobby and rooms are on the small side, it feels cozy rather than cramped thanks to the above-and-beyond attitude of all the staff.

jacob alter
1 year ago – Google


Clean rooms, great pre-made breakfast burritos, close to food downtown for lunch and dinner, easy parking

Frank Bagheri
12 months ago – Google


Very friendly staff. Newly remodeled rooms. Typical HIE breakfast. Fruit infused water at the front desk. In my room, upon arrival, the was a handwritten note wishing me a good start. Every day, there's a new animal made out of towels on the bed. Today, there was also an apple and a pear in the room.

12 months ago – Google


Area is a little sketchy and the key card system wasn't working but overall this place is a good value. They had enough parking and the room seemed to be newly renovated. Exceeded my expectations.

Fider Yubri Fajardo Gomez
10 months ago – Google


Good located and also good service

Nicholas Erho
10 months ago – Google


Clean with well trained staff. Good budget hotel. Also they have a robot.

Mario Dupree
9 months ago – Google


Wow! Fantastic place! Beautiful room and great hospitality.

Gina McCammon
9 months ago – Google


Reasonably priced Bay Area hotel. Clean, modern, quiet. Friendly staff. Good breakfast with a lot of options. About $20-$25 for Lyft or Uber to Stanford stadium.

Torri Lutton
8 months ago – Google


Considering that I originally booked this hotel based on price alone, it was a super pleasant surprise! I've always had pretty good luck with Holiday Inn Express hotels, but this one definitely exceeded my expectations, with rooms that are modern and updated, plenty of free parking (not a given in the area), an excellent housekeeping staff (thank you for the daily towel animals!), and a super friendly desk clerk who will forever be my hero for getting me back into my room after I somehow managed to throw the manual lock on my way out the door. And of course, there's an adorable robot that made me smile in spite of myself! I will definitely book this hotel again!

Nate Woodward
8 months ago – Google


Very nice little hotel. Staff is friendly, rooms were clean, and breakfast was delicious. The one big pain point was that every single morning, 3 days in a row, there was a semi truck right outside my window unloading or something and sounded like a dumpster getting thrown around by Ironman at around 4 or 5 in the morning. Extremely loud and very bad for sleep. It's not the hotel's fault, but it's a definite negative to the location, depending on which room you get.

Mark Holmes
7 months ago – Google


Location as I was driving to hotel concerned me a little. Once I was in, the staff was friendly and helpful. Room was fresh, clean, and very modern. Breakfast was good. I'm glad that I tried the cinnamon rolls last as a filler item as I could have easily eaten 10 of them if I had an empty stomach. Great hotel...would go back again.

Egin Tollkuci
7 months ago – Google


This is a great hotel. The rooms are very clean and well maintained. The breakfast is as good as it gets in my opinion. There is also a little robot that travels around the hotel giving gifts. It's great.

Daniel Buben
7 months ago – Google


Stayed for a couple nights on business travel. It's a pleasant upgrade from 'budget' accommodations in the area with some nicer amenities for not much more money. They've worked on bringing an air of refinement into the lobby and eating areas that I appreciated. Well-lighted below-ground parking is a good plus too.

Terri Mendez
6 months ago – Google


We stayed at The Holiday Inn Express in Redwood City and absolutely loved it! The rooms were spacious and looked brand new. The staff was amazing and friendly. We will definitely come back here again!

Vlad Ionescu
5 months ago – Google


Very clean, attentive staff, and modern rooms. Nice place to stay even though it isn't close to anything. Great if you have a car or will take a ride share around.

Greg Williams
4 months ago – Google


Extremely nice rooms, great showers, extremely comfortable bed but the best part was the front desk service from Victoria. One of the most professional, polite, accommodating and friendliest personalities that I've ever dealt with amongst my many different hotel stays. A++ service from her and the housekeeping crew! I am extremely pleased with how she has handled everything we've needed, we will definitely book here again!

TC Leavitt
3 months ago – Google


Elegant modern & new interiors, very clean, professional staff, a robot to deliver snacks was novel and cute. Delicious, fresh, free breakfast. We planned to stay one night and move to San Francisco hotel. We loved it so much it became our hub for travel in central CA for the last few days of our trip. Sculpture towels, quiet & spacious. An oasis and unexpected gem.

Joni Peschka
1 month ago – Google


Only reason not a 5 is no pool but otherwise was extremely clean. TV was nice and big. Room was clean and very nice. Maid left towel animals on bed and fruit on a tray for a snack. Breakfast was wonderful with lots of choices and food was good not like your typical continental low quality hotels. Would definitely stay again. Lots of restaurants nearby.

Arcadiy Kantor
2 months ago – Google


The hotel itself is very weird for a Holiday Inn Express, with a tiny lobby and weird layout more reminiscent of a Super 8 than a modern Holiday Inn Express. The common areas are basically non-existent. I was all prepared to be super disappointed but the rooms are actually surprisingly lovely, and clearly very recently renovated. The furniture looks good and works effectively in the room. There are also a bunch of nice touches like fancily-folded towels and welcome notes that all speak to real effort on the part of the hotel staff to make the experience the best it can be in the building they have to work with. For what it's worth, my room was quite close to the breakfast room and I didn't hear any noise, but I was hit by the smell of breakfast potatoes starting around 6 a.m. Your call on whether that's a good thing. So, all in all, it's not mindblowing, but they clearly try hard to make their guests have a good experience.

Gary Peschka
1 month ago – Google


Room is outstanding. Even the guest bathroom is elegantly decorated. The Continental breakfast was one of the best I've seen. Overall great stay.

Jade Quon
2 weeks ago – Google


I've only stayed one night out of four so far, so this is based mostly on check in and the single night stay. Hotel is nice, had an easy check in process, free parking, complimentary breakfast and rooms have blackout curtains, microwave, mini fridge and coffee makers. These are all things I value in a hotel stay. Room is spacious and has a tub/shower. The downside is the windows are thin, so if people are hanging out in the parking lot having a conversation, you can hear the whole thing (all night long). Additionally, it is very perfumey, so if you have allergies or are sensitive to perfumes or certain scents, you will not be happy there. It is highly perfumed.