November 11, 2011

Palo Alto: Hotel Keen; hotel review

101 South

Hotel Keen 

425 High St./University Ave., downtown, (650) 327-2775. 42 rooms; 3 stories. Afternoon wine tasting; evening cookies; grab-and-go breakfast. No pets.

hallway of Hotel Keen in Palo Alto, California
hallway of Hotel Keen in Palo Alto, California

Located a quiet half-block from vibrant University Avenue and its plethora of shops and restaurants, this Very Now new hotel features a cool color scheme-- grey, black, and white with a few splashes of color. Spiffy touches at Hotel Keen include a shiny whiteboard wall behind each 32-inch flat screen TV (with HBO), where guests can write notes and express their inner artist. Though no parking is provided, free hours in an adjacent public lot accommodate most schedules. An alcove the sleek lobby holds an honor snack bar and a small breakfast room (breakfasts ordered the night before will be boxed and ready for pickup). Though not spacious, the deluxe room is efficient and comfortable for a couple; the standard room is 25% smaller and has no closet. The bathroom and closet door is a curtain. A nearby fitness center is available at additional charge.

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