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“Nice upgraded motel”
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LiA Hotel
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in San Carlos
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 January 2018

Depends on your expectations... This is an upgraded motel. However, the upgrades and decor were very nice. Exterior corridors and people smoking in the parking lot were downsides. The biggest issue was that the property is on a busy street so there is a lot of car and even train noise. I needed ear plugs to sleep well.

There are a number of positives though. A friendly staff greeted us. There is coffee and tea and water available by the front desk. The furnishings and decorations were nice. There is a number of restaurants within walking distance as well. In the morning a cute little breakfast box was served with hard boiled egg, donut holes, greek yogurt, and fruit. Not extravagant but an appreciated snack in the morning.

Overall, it was a pleasant stay and for the very reasonable cost it was a great value! We would definitely consider staying again in the future.

Room Tip: All the rooms face road noise, but 2nd floor at least doesn't have neighbors stomping above.
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  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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Ivo S, General Manager at LiA Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

Dear RichardQ,

Thank you very much for your review.

At hotel LiA (Life is Art) we are always happy to receive feed back from our guests about their stay with us and ideas on how to improve the experience for our future and repeat guests.

Hotel LiA has a desirable location, close to SFO and all major Silicon Valley companies.

We apologize for the traffic noise that can be heard during busy hours on El Camino Real.

There are two receptacles for cigarette butts on both sides of our parking lot, each more than 25 ft away from the building; Unfortunately they don't seem to be registered by all smokers, so we are working on ways to make them more visible.

We are looking forward to welcoming you again soon.

Best regards,

Ivo S.
Xperience Manager

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Reviewed 6 January 2018

Its a very small hotel/inn. Very clean, free WiFi, free simple breakfast with freshly brewed Starbucks coffee, assortment of tea, orange juice, friendly & helpful staff especially Melite. We were so impressed how knowledgeable she Is, She gave us all the places that we should visit according to geographic location with corresponding places to eat. Since we mentioned that we also would like to go to Napa, she mentioned Sterling Vineyards & Castelo de Amorosa as one of her favorite wineries. Very good recommendations and we had a great time visiting those wineries. We commend Melite for her professionalism, friendliness, helpfulness , & very charming, a great asset to the company. We definitely recommend this hotel/inn.

Room Tip: 2nd Flr towards the back
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Stayed: January 2018, travelled with family
Thank Bern T
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Ivo S, General Manager at LiA Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

Dear Bern T,

Thank you very much for your review.

At hotel LiA (Life is Art) we are always happy to receive feed back from our guests about their stay with us and ideas on how to improve the experience for our future and repeat guests.

With the recent renovation of our 35 rooms, we have introduced an art theme to our hotel.

We are planning to modernize our guest lobby next and add a wine hour as an additional amenity.

Thank you also for your comments regarding Melite and how she managed to add to your Xperience.

We are looking forward to welcoming you again soon.

Best regards,

Ivo S.
Xperience Manager

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Reviewed 28 December 2017

Hotel property is old, but has been recently upgraded. It was a pleasant, convenient stay and can recommend it to anyone as an economical motel in a convenient location. The staff was pleasant and helpful

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Edward S
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Ivo S, General Manager at LiA Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

Dear Edward S,

Thank you very much for your review.

At hotel LiA (Life is Art) we are always happy to receive feed back from our guests about their stay with us and ideas on how to improve the experience for our future and repeat guests.

With the recent renovation of our 35 rooms, we have introduced an art theme to our hotel.

We are planning to modernize our guest lobby next and add a wine hour as an additional amenity.

We are looking forward to welcoming you again soon.

Best regards,

Ivo S.
Xperience Manager

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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Good clean rooms. No major amenities other than TV in the room unless you get a kitchenette room. Near Cal Train tracks and right on El Camino Real so it can be noisy. Very friendly staff. Rica always has a smile and a great attitude. Ricardo and Eric are always helpful.

Stayed: December 2017, travelled on business
Thank SoccerRef62
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Ivo S, General Manager at LiA Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

Dear SoccerRef62,

Thank you very much for your review.

At hotel LiA (Life is Art) we are always happy to receive feed back from our guests about their stay with us and ideas on how to improve the experience for our future and repeat guests.

With the recent renovation of our 35 rooms, we have introduced an art theme to our hotel.

We are planning to modernize our guest lobby next and add a wine hour as an additional amenity.

Thank you especially for commenting on Rika, Ricardo & Erick and how helpful they were.

We are looking forward to welcoming you again soon.

Best regards,

Ivo S.
Xperience Manager

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Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

This motel has been modernized with an art theme, Life is Art. Convenient location with wide choice of restaurants and stores on nearby Laurel Street. Staff is very friendly. Room was clean with newish tile floor and updated bath. Good light, tv, and outlets. It could use more clear flat surfaces for luggage and stuff. Maybe another luggage rack. Train noise but not bad for us and no horns. Noisy shower in neighboring room and construction behind building. We would stay here again. Box breakfast was very nice. Yogurt donut apple egg. Coffee tea in room and lobby.

Stayed: November 2017, travelled with family
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Ivo S, General Manager at LiA Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

Dear By_the_Sea_77,

Thank you very much for your review.

At hotel LiA (Life is Art) we are always happy to receive feed back from our guests about their stay with us and ideas on how to improve the experience for our future and repeat guests.

With the recent renovation of our 35 rooms, we have introduced an art theme to our hotel.

We are planning to modernize our guest lobby next and add a wine hour as an additional amenity.

We are looking forward to welcoming you again soon.

Best regards,

Ivo S.
Xperience Manager

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Additional Information about LiA Hotel

Address: 950 El Camino Real, San Carlos, CA 94070-4011 (Formerly Travel Inn Motel)
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Region: United States > California > San Carlos
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in San Carlos
Price Range: S$108 - S$317 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — LiA Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Inspired by the unexpected beauty found in life's everyday experiences and interactions, LiA Hotel is a breath of fresh air for travelers who seek to infuse their lives with art. An acronym for Life is Art, LiA Hotel takes its mission seriously, featuring original photography of San Carlos as well as canvases for guests to use (coming soon!) and in-room Buddha boards for bursts of unbridled creativity. A handful of LiA guest rooms are creatively equipped Inspiration Spaces, where bright ideas bubble up as if by magic. Add comforts like complimentary continental breakfast and free coffee round-the-clock and it's easy to see why LiA Hotel is San Carlos' favorite new hotel. ... more   less 
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