Often times hotels feel…well, like hotels. There is always a lot of care and hospitality but for some reason it is difficult to feel “at home.” The Toll House in Los Gatos, California breaks down this barrier by creating a hotel experience unlike any other.
Hector, a kind and welcoming waiter at Three Degrees restaurant within the Toll House has been in the restaurant industry since he was little and has worked for the hotel for over 16 years. People like Hector are what make a hotel, specifically the Toll House, feel like a “home away from home.”
Having opened in 1983, the Toll House already has a bit of history, offering 115 rooms and several different lodging options: deluxe, premier, junior suites and parlor suites. Each room is stocked with fresh Fuji apples, pretzels, gourmet syrup, Carmel Valley Roasting Co. coffee, tea and of course, a coffee maker.
A unique package offered at the hotel is the “Sips and Saddles” package, starting at $372. This package is perfect for any horse lover who also loves to dress up and dine out. Hotel accommodations for two, along with breakfast at Three Degrees restaurant, horseback riding at Garrod Farms concluding with a picnic and wine tasting at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards in Saratoga are just a few perks of the “Sips and Saddles” package. Make sure to always check the website as pricing may change and also be aware the package is available only on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The Toll House is always friendly to their hotel guests but they are also friendly to the environment. Offering 100% biodegradable room keys, recycling receptacles, bulk soap, shampoo and conditioner dispensers and an ozone machine in the laundry are just some of the ways Toll House reduces their carbon footprint.
Being a guest at the Toll House is like being a guest at a family member’s home. With tasty treats, a warm atmosphere and accommodating staff, you may never want to check in to a “regular” hotel again, especially if it doesn’t include cookies.
Review and photos by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Toll House Hotel. All opinions are my own.