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Vagabond Inn San Jose in San Jose, CA

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Rating: 1.92

Address: 1488 N. First Street, San Jose, CA, 95112
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Comments (25):

1. Tom B.
the Horror......the Horror.......thin walls....screaming patrons....slamming doors at all hours of the night....loud parties of drunken dummies at 3 a.m., which management prefers not to ask to quiet down....breakfast of dusty Swenhard's pastries to gorge upon....weak coffee......why? Surely this is purgatory.....I have learned my lesson....never again....venceremos.....

04/07/07 | Link | Rating: 1.0
2. Mike P.
Not a horrible place to sleep in most regards. The beds are hard but the rooms are clean. Only problem is that the stench of the fragrance they use is overpowering. Besides the burning throat and eyes from it, the end result was a sinus infection the first time around. The second time the scent was so strong a homeless San Franciscan could've been on the bed with me and I wouldn't have noticed. The bathroom window was even wide open when I got there for the second stay. Only reason I went back was all the other hotels were booked when I tried to switch after the first experience. It hurt to breathe so I took the bedding and got a few hours sleep in the tub with the window open. Seriously, in the tub. The bedding absorbed the fragrance and had obviously been used in a smoking room so it was still bad but at least I got some sleep. After 4 hours I abandoned the room because I could now get to work via Caltrain. Never again. Its a shame too because other than the unbearable conditions from the fragrance it would've been a decent place. For the owners: baking soda is better than those nasty carpet cleaner powders.

10/07/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
3. Aaron Y.
hard beds ...air conditioner/heater did not work ....good price and lots of sushi places near by plus a dennys and cvs close by. if yourlooking for cheap this is your place.

30/01/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
4. Ash M.
This place certainly earned the name VAGABOND...I had a long trip and this was my resting point before i left in the morning from the airport! The pics are totally misleading. The staff was nice but I had to carry 2 huge bags without help, up the stairs and all the way to the end of the motel...it was far, and it was freezing. Then when I got to my room it was like a cheap motel nightmare. The TV was from 1992, the bed was hard with a yucky bedspread and when I pulled down the covers there were 2 black hairs in my bed. The phone to the desk didn't work so I had to use my cell to switch rooms. and the Heater didn't work either. I waited for the key to get to my room and a young kid brought it to me. This couldn't surely be a part of the staff? Then my key didn't work so I waited for another 15 min in the freezing cold for the kid to bring another key. The next room was about the same except there was a strange green splatter on the wall and crumbs on the counter top and hair in the sink. I actually cried a bit because of my frustration but decided I would deal because I was so exhausted. In the morning when asked how my stay was I was honest and told him, "Horrible." They didn't even offer any sort of compensation... NEVER AGAIN WILL I STAY AT A VAGABOND INN!

05/03/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
5. Raul M.
This place was good. The people there were very nice and we got late night coffee and early morning complimentary breakfast. Coffee maker in the room. All in all it was a pleasant experience. Would stay there again and recommend it to friends. Had a small issue with the wifi but one call to the front desk and I was back online.

18/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. Jeremy B.
i lost my memory card for my old droid phone on the floor one day out of the 4 i stayed here.  also, for some ODD reason my 6 foot long smartphone charger and wall plug are missing as well, but thankfully i needed a new phone anyway so when i bought it, it came with another, but only 3ft.

I told front desk about it and they still havent called me now a week later. pretty sure it was stolen by a sketchball housekeeper, they all are, and all probably illegal. good thing i actually hid my painkillers in my backpack.

they offer breakfast for 2 hours obsurdly early in the morning. i think 6-8am; breakfast includes a few types of muffins that are all gone by the time you get there, and arent fresh, they are in a sealed bag like someone would sell at a convenience store. they also offer juice that you need to wake up early for, and sealed pastries. YUMMMMMM! not.  luckily coffee is always available. breakfast here is a complete joke.

now about the ROOM:

i had to walk at least 10 minutes to get from my room to the front desk, next to the street. it wasnt ideal at all.
big fat ugly 27 inch tv with bad quality, typical for hotel maybe 5 years ago, unacceptable now.  no inputs for anything, so dont plan on plugging in your dvd player, xbox, or anything.

they had a thermostat that wouldnt go over 80 degrees, and that was a complete lie of temperature because i brought my bearded dragon(had to, was moving) and he was right by the heater and it never went over 75 on both of MY reptile temp gauges. i had my lizard overnighted to the motel from the east coast, and specifically told the front desk to call my cell phone as soon as they got it, they did NOT.  also the lighting in vegabonds rooms were terrible, some bulbs didnt work, and are all on timers of 10-20 minutes(didnt actually time it but it was horribly inconveniencing).  the actual room light timer is behind the curtains and its impossible to not make it face the dark curtains, so i had the fun of getting off the bed or my chair to turn the lights back on by moving the curtains.  

stains all over the floors, and somehow some red stuff on the window shades. box spring under bed was disgustingly stained, and the mattress itself LOOKed fine, but me and my girlfriend found these gross turdlike thinks not only in the sheets and blankets, but also on the floor in some places. NO CLUE WHAT ITS FROM, DONT WANNA KNOW.  also its a queen mattress, motel 6 had kings.

also, theres no sink in the bathroom, its right outside of it, how convenient, not.  and if you want a hot shower, open the window, because the bathroom steams up so bad you cant even SEE after 5 mins of hot water running, even with the window open.

HORRIBLE! all my private passwords, 50+ paid and downloaded apps, 16gb worth of music, 100's of photos and videos of me and my gf, for the past 6 months we have been together are all gone. i also searched the room top to bottom and around the corners for everything i was missing at time of checkout, but there was nothing.  
had to be the housekeeper.  

also stuck note on door telling the housekeeper what we needed, but not to come in( after what i lost) but housekeeper didnt care, i was walking from dennys and watched her enter my room to add the things we needed.

this hotel costs 70$ a night not including tax, i brought them down to 60 since i stayed at motel 6 directly next door to vegabond for 60$ a night, the previous week. so i got a match deal luckily, but motel 6 directly next door has 32 inch flat screens, a nice BIG vanity table and mirror where the vegabond sink went, and in motel 6 the sink was in the bathroom like a normal bathroom should have. motel 6 had MUCH better room lighting, and a king bed (queen in vegabond) also, motel 6 doesnt care if your room is 90 degrees your whole stay, the thermostat is FULLY adjustable to meet your needs.

i should have stayed at motel 6, but i decided to give vegabond a chance since motel 6 was good, but they rushed with the details in the rooms (uneven/ chipped paint, small cosmetic things, not a big deal).   but then again, vagabond is wayyyyyyyyyyyy worse. and costs more, vegabond tries to reel you in with free internet and breakfast, but that stuff is a joke.

stay at motel 6, they both suck, but you are doing yourself a favor staying at motel 6, even if your room is as far as possible in motel 6, its still HALF the distance i walked from my room at the vegabond. only motel 6 con is no drinks or food, at all, but theres a dennys right next door! so who cares!

06/02/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
7. Jay R.
I read all the reviews and went to stay there in the spirit of openness. I told myself "Let us give these people a chance". What a mistake.

Here is my experience. You draw your own conclusions:

Week 1: The first time I get in there (6 PM), I get the keys and turn the bed spread over to sleep. The white sheets have stain on them. I called the front desk. The big young guy with a fake broad smile came over and dropped  it off.

Week 2: I get the key from the front desk and it does not work. So, I go back all the way and Danny (the owner) issues me a new key. I try it. It doesn't work. I call the front desk and Danny comes over to fix it. I turn the bed spread. The sheets are stained. I ask for a fresh set. All along, I have not shown any irritation at all.

Week 3: I get the key, open the room and turn the bed spread. The sheets had black stains all over the place. I asked the big young guy some white sheets. He comes over and drops it off. I was in the midst of an email. So, I asked the young big guy (who sported a broad smile 10 minutes ago) "Why do you guys have stains on all your sheets? Can you fix it for me?". That is the only question I asked and this big dude just snapped. He threatened to call the cops

I ask for the manager. There is nobody.

Later, Danny the owner/manager calls me and tells me that "He believes in his employee and he is beginning to get to know me(the customer)".


(a) Sheets were never clean. You can NEVER get clean white sheets. This is fundamental

(b) When you open the doors, a strong chemical stench greets you.

(c) The mattress base was FILTHY - yellow large stains. I wonder if some folks took a dump there

(d) You can hear bathroom noises, conversation, door slamming, trucks/cars starting the engines from all your neighbours

(e) Manager (Asian Indian guy - Danny. Chances, are he has changed his name noe) is passive - he simply goes by what the big young guy wants to do. There is no recourse

Don't go through what I went through, folks, just to save a few bucks. Don't do business with these folks.

Update: Danny called me, the other day. I thought he would use the five letter word "Sorry". Nope it never happened. I thought I l again give him the benefit of doubt and spent a few minutes with him over the phone, even if it means I gain nothing.

Danny, the huge young guy and the Vagabond Inn is NOT worth it. Stay faar away, folks.

25/09/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
8. Ryan B.
As with most places at this price you can't expect a 5 star hotel experience. That being said, Vagabond Inn as a whole is a great place to stay, especially if your in a bind. They are one of the few places I know that will rent you at anytime of the night without a reservation. This is great for the bar crowd that just wants a room for one night...for....sleeping.... ;) Of course your not going to get the room service or prestige continental breakfast, but you will have a place to stay. Not like the other 5 hotel in the 2 mile radius that will give you the middle finger and tell you to talk to the hotel next door who again won't rent to you.

I highly recommend this location (being close to san jose airport) and the vagabond business as a whole.

16/11/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Perry M.
Never having stayed at a Vagabond Inn, I should have known simply based on it's name.  A motel (I wouldn't insult the word Inn by attaching it to vagabond) named after a "hobo, bum or homeless person" should in itself be enough to ward off any travelers interested in getting a good nights sleep.
     Where do bums, hobos and the homeless generally sleep? In my neck of the woods one usually finds them under bridges and alleyways. I now have a sense that the creators of "The Vagabond Motels" made an honest attempt to recreate that experience. Let's review.
1. Dirty Surroundings? Check. Chair in room was nasty with stains. Carpets had light colored spots that we thought were bleached but to our surprise those were the clean areas.
2. Discarded sleeping materials? Check. Honestly I thought i'd seen the last of the 70's brown/yellow/green mottled bed spreads when I spent a night in Barstow years ago.
3. Leftover Food to eat? Check. The previous occupiers of our room obviously were Parkinsons patients that had an obsession with eating different types of nuts (trail mix?) Note to self: be sure to hire housekeepers that can actually see.
4.Graffiti? Check. The lack of a spray can of paint didn't stop these rejects of "Design on a Dime" I've seen that color before.... Oh yeah, right! My favorite Indian restaurant in Stockon.  And since the front door needs to be white lets be sure to leave ALL the fingerprints from the last 400 guests on it for a bit of finishing flair.
    I need to apologize to my fellow Yelpers. I know better, but for some reason I used Trip Advisor to find my motel this time around. Lesson learned!

07/09/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
10. Kelly M.
The hotel is located on the same lot as Denny's which is convenient. The exterior is well kept with fresh paint and lovely plants. The room was clean and comfortable with cable tv, a microwave, mini-fridge, blow dryer and coffee maker with supplies. The grab and go breakfast was fine with muffins and pastry, fruit and beverages. Our stay was quiet and peaceful although the walls were a little thin.

15/05/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
11. Denise P.
I was amazed that the bedspread didn't match the curtains and the chairs upholstered in something completely different.  Ugly.

It was incredible noisy all night.

The much needed window in the bathroom was painted shut and wouldn't open.

I bought a nice bottle of wine and found that the refrigerator was warm and not plugged in!!!!

The "guest stationary" was a tiny white scratch pad with a golf pencil.  

The piece de resistance was the ice machine and no drink/snack machine available.

The rooms were not expensive but certainly not cheap.

The gentleman at the front desk was extremely helpful, not his fault.

18/09/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
12. Ronnel C.
I hate the fact that I had to give a down deposit. And I hate the fact that their breakfast is considered "breakfast" I hate the fact that when I was staying here the wifi signal/reception was poor.

22/06/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
13. Tiffany V.
Horrible place. very rude indian lady denied us a room and says there wasnt any rooms available yet when we called after out of being curious, she answered and I asked her if there was any rooms. She says yes, I said well didnt u tell me there wasnt any? Then she says well not for you!! She was so rude and discrimating because of skincolor. DO NOT GO HERE!!!!! Also we heard the rooms were infested with BED BUGS , thank god we did not stay. By the way, this lady was the owner I believe.. she sleeps in the office w her kids..and we had to wait 5 minutes until she actually came to the desk to help us, despite her kids yelling that we were there. Disgusting place horrible management.

05/04/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
14. C. C.
Had an unexpected  layover and ended up staying here.
Cant say the room was splendid but it was a comfortable place to spend the night.
The front desk was courteous when we checked in.
Most importantly when our cab to the airport (that we called 1.5 hours ahead of time) never showed  the clerk at the front desk jumped to action and drove us to the airport out of sheer politeness. We would have missed our plane as our cab got there after we got to the airport. The clerk refused to take any money and just asked us to have safe travels. You don't find to many place where the staff is willing to go to such great lengths..
Thank You Vagabond Inn!

08/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. Kathleen J.
Two adults and two dogs recently stayed here for the second time.  The staff is accommodating and friendly and we will stay here again when in San Jose.

18/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
16. Jennifer R.
Front desk staff=ridiculous and ineffective.
Breakfast=not even milk. :-(
Internet=slow, timed out, limited to one code per room which means only one person can use their laptop at a time.
Fridge=not plugged in! Don't be so cheap...ugh.

Not pleased with this place. I could have stayed next door at the Motel 6 for cheaper and it would have been better.

I am big on customer service. The female (I think she is an owner) refused to go out of her way at all to help. They have a big German Shepherd in the office that is not neutered...come on people. This is 2013...spay and neuter your animals. I don't want to see big GS balls swaying to and fro when I am trying to check in. Very irresponsible choice.

Just overall, not a pleasing stay. The phone didn't work, the internet was spotty, the fridge was not plugged in, and it just seemed like they were trying to pinch pennies everywhere. The Motel 6 next door is cheaper and I would have gotten more for my money. Never again.

Get some decent customer service!

01/02/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
17. Sanna G.
The sheets were stained and didn't smell good.  The hotel shuts down the refrigerator to save money. The surrounding area is shady. I saw about 5 prostitutes just outside the motel. The hotel is separated from ez 8 by a thin fence and you can hear a number of prostitutes shouting at 10.30 pm. Ez 8 is far worse in comparison.

06/07/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
18. John K.
Located in a dingy strip littered with destitute and prostitute lowlifes, the Vagabond Inn has the facade of a safe haven, but is as reprehensible as its environment. The initial deposit "required" for check-in seemed brought on by a judgmental older women at the front desk. I paid it to curb further scowling looks. The key presented to me was in an old sleeve with a room number ham-handedly whited out. What a stingy offering.

As a night owl, I ventured down to get coffee, and discovered a slovenly man wearing sweatpants and sandals working, who turned out to be the manager! Such an absent of tact in professional, presentable attire was jarring and inappropriate.

I'll never stay at this place, with its false pretense of quality, ever again when plenty of other lodgings are available. Get it together.

10/11/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
19. Omar T.
Worst hotel ever. I can't begin to explain how bad of an experience it was coming here. First we were kicked out within 5 minutes of getting there for having 2 extra people in my room. Second I was caused at and threatened by the cops by one of their employees. Also when I asked for my money back they refused and told me to leave in a dick way. I hope nobody chooses to go to this hotel or you will have an awful stay.

14/01/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
20. Claudia T.
Not bad for the price. Clean and reasonably comfortable. We didn't try the breakfast so can't comment on that. Basic amenities, basic price. Has a pool.

30/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
21. Monika G.
This is the worst place ever with the worst service ever.  The font desk was extremely rude and needs to understand that  he can not just call anyone names regardless of they're sex, race, or religion. .. I watched as he called customers named behind there back and he charged them different rates. Stay away at all cost not worth the drama

30/06/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
22. Ron R.
Don't go there! This place is Motel 6 quality. There are much better places nearby. This Vagabond place has inferior bed with 2 rotten pillows that belong in the dumpster. The walls are thin and you can hear the tv in the next room. Oh, make sure you bring air freshener as the room smells stale. The only good thing about this place is its location on 1st Street. I found this place on Booking.com for $85 and end up paying $101 with tax.

29/01/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
23. Patrick C.

Upon checking in at the Vagabond through Priceline which says double occupancy me and my girlfriend checked into the room and immediately got a phone call saying we had to check out or pay $22 extra for having another person even though Priceline said double occupancy that isn't even the worst part coming to the bathroom I look and there's something in the bathtub which resembles feces wipes on paper towels just sitting in the bathtub look at the picture I would never go to this place again it's the most disgusting horrid place and there's also a cheerio spilled all underneath the table yuck

02/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
24. Nikki B.
I had posted about this place and i take it all back.
First of all, this isn't in a great part of town. Second, heard a fight going on outside my room the morning of my first stay. Ok, no big deal. Had dinner at Denny's, which shares the parking lot, and the same guys were there and started fighting again.
I called hotels.com since i made my reservation there. Told them i didn't feel safe and wanted out. When they called vagabond, tgey would only refund 1 of the 3 nights left.  
When ichecked out, i asked the front desk and he wouldn't even look at me and said hotels.com wouldn't allow a refund. They are just out to get money. Don't stay here

03/03/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
25. SeekingMy A.
This is where I will stay the next time I need a place in north San Jose.  I stayed for three weeks with my work, and was comfortable and happy the entire time.

I think that the earlier reviewer must have taken too many of his "painkillers," because his review is nowhere near the conditions that I found.  However, since his only positive review was of someone who was going to pay him, I'm not surprised.  It's obvious that his real problem with Vagabond is that he lost his memory card (maybe his lizard ate it) and he wasn't smart enough to make backups of his passwords, photos, music, etc.

The breakfast runs from 6:30 until 9:30.  The pastries, muffins and fruit are your standard motel-breakfast stuff, fresh and plenty of them.  There is a machine dispensing orange and apple juice, and another with coffee, decaf and hot water.  

The lights in the rooms are on motion sensors.

I left thousands of dollars' worth of computer and electronic equipment in the room while I was at work every day for three weeks, and nobody touched anything.  The staff are friendly, competent and helpful.  The pool is a decent size and the water is clean and clear.  The washer and dryer are in the pool yard, so you'd better get your wash before the pool gets locked for the night!

There is a Denny's right there at the street, as is the Gish Avenue station for the trolley.  A 7-Eleven is at the nearest corner.  It's about 5 minutes to Japantown (driving or trolley) or to drive to the airport.  I was never disturbed by the noise from the street, trolley or airport.

The bottom line is that this is a good value for the money.

05/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0