5 star hotel
Area: East Palo Alto, East Palo Alto
2.39 mi from Portola Art Gallery
Best Rooms: Rooms facing south have a view of office buildings, the courtyard and the mountains in the distance. For the best views, request to stay above floor 7. Rooms facing north have a view of the freeway from lower floors, but if you stay on floor 8 or above, you'll be able to see the bay in the distance. This side of the hotel also lets in more light.
2.5 star hotel
Area: Staumbaugh Heller, Redwood City
3.50 mi from Portola Art Gallery
Best Rooms: The hotel is surrounded by the buildings, you won't find much in the way of views.
Best Rooms: You'll find good views of the pool at America's Best Inn from inward facing rooms on floor 2.