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Hotel California

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2431 Ash Street, Corner of California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Hotel California
Ranked #3 of 5 Palo Alto B&B and Inns
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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TORINO
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77 reviews 77 reviews
28 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

I stayed two nights in this hotel during a business trip to Palo Alto. The hotel is located in a quiet position, about 30 minutes walking from the center of the Stanford campus and very close to the California station of CalTrain. My room was clean, although the whole style was a bit too close to that of an old... More

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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

The hotel itself is nice enough for the price, quirky though dated fixtures and bedding, located very close the the CALtrain. However I stayed for a two nights in mid-October 2013 and woke up on the second night of my stay to find my pillows crawling with bedbugs (both on top and inside the covers). Checking online for other complaints... More

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Denver, Colorado
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

My room was infested with bed bugs (room 115). If you plan to stay in this hotel, do a thorough inspection of the room before you enter. Check out the bed bug registry website for any updates or additional reports (bedbugregistry.com).

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

The Hotel California is located over a group of shops on street level, including a bakery that sends nice aromas and heat into the hallways. I'd say it is a boutique hotel, except that it's more like a boarding house in which each room has its own bathroom. Very small room with very small bathrooms (shower only). Furniture is mismatched,... More

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San Francisco
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

I had to be in Palo Alto for a couple of days on personal business. I remembered this place because a telecommuting colleague said he used to stay there when he was visiting his company, so took a chance. It's as odd as everyone says if you're expecting a traditional chain hotel or hotel room experience. It's small, all rooms... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

My room was not clean. I saw two bugs crawling around. The electrical outlets were horrifying. On the last night it was very hot so I decided to turn on the A/C. It came on as heat!! Needless to say I got no sleep that night. The room window faced into a courtyard that was not secure. Leaving the window... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

The rooms are very small and generally uncomfortable. The inner courtyard is bizzarre, and since the room windows face it, you need to keep your blinds close unless you don't mind having no privacy. I never had breakfast in the kitchen as it seemed unclean and there wasn't much except for some fruit and loafs. The location is very good,... More

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

This was our second extended stay at Hotel California and it was just as pleasant as the first. Probably the most conveniently located hotel in town. California Ave has a dozen restaurants: Subway is nearby and down the street is Cho's dim sum stand, almost next door to a price fixe $200 per person place. Palo Alto's best wine shop... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

Most motels in Palo Alto are on The Strip (El Camino) and run like one. They may be OK, but for $100 a night, Hotel California is on a real street, with a great coffee shop next door and great places to eat or have a drink just steps away. Most notably, it's run like a country inn from my... More

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San Jose, California
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11 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012

The rooms are tiny and the TVs sure have about 20 years behind them. The shower was almost too small for a 6'/200lb person, and the closet and the bed should've gone to an antiques shop. However the location is fantastic, and the kitchen is nice. I expected more from the "complimentary breakfast" though. The free wireless internet works well,... More

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Address: 2431 Ash Street, Corner of California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Location: United States > California > Palo Alto

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