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Cowper Inn

705 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Cowper Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Palo Alto B&B and Inns
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Staying here several days whilst visiting Stanford. Have a lovely big room in the house next door. If you need everything swish and modern, this won't be for you. But if you like some older style furniture, fittings and style, this is great. Personally, I find it difficult to sleep in modern over-air-conditioned hotels. So an airy room with windows... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Very comfortable, quiet, private B&B. Location is very close to downtown, but is in a quiet neighborhood. The gardens are lovely. I had to be up early so I missed breakfast both days, but I really enjoyed my stay there, even though it was only 2 nights!

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California, USA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I would gladly rank it ZERO if I could. I made my reservations far in advance and received a written confirmation for a 2-night stay. Four days before departure on my business trip to Palo Alto I received a phone call from Cowper Inn stating that there's a "glitch" in their computer system and they can't accommodate me for 2... More

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2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

Cramped, unhelpful staff, no cooling during summer, no service after evening, no trash disposal, poor wifi/no wifi, 1 set of keys for which replacement cost is $150. Communal bathrooms, low ceilings, overall very uncomfortable.

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Burlington, Vermont
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

I have stayed at the Cowper Inn close to a dozen times over the last three years. Not only is the location incredibly close to downtown Palo Alto and an easy walk to Stanford, the Inn itself is charming. I happen to love Craftsman-style architecture, and the inn is a lovely example of it dating back to somewhere around 1900.... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Charming, convenient, clean, bedrooms pleasantly verging on "shabby chic," and with parking on the premises, The Cowper Inn B & B is a fine place to stay close to University Avenue shops, restaurants, drug stores, specialty and common chain stores. The Cowper Inn breakfasts are delicious and locally sourced. The lounge and dining room area is attractive and welcoming. The... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

I have been traveling to Palo Alto for business and waited several weeks for there to be an opening in the Cowper Inn. I arrrived and found that my room was in the basement - AKA garden level. The views from the windows were of the backs of hedges, the ankles of pedestrians and car wheels. Plus the window treatments... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Charming, very well-located inn on quiet street just a few steps from the heart of Palo Alto. As a family of four, we were given a room with full kitchen atop the garage in back - the Carriage House. It was great - kids slept comfortably on fold out + trundle. Breakfast was very nice and staff was terrific.

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Chicago, Il
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

We stayed two night in March at the Inn, really quite nice. Very friendly service. The two buildings, former single family residences are older, the rooms are a bit funky in that they are also older but our room and the building was in very good shape and the room was a good value for what we paid. The best... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

From the outside, the two houses look charming. From the inside, the place varies QUITE A BIT. Our room was in the house next door, not the main house with the front desk and the breakfast room, which seems to have nicer, more "period" interiors. Our room was JUST inside the house's front door, barely 10 steps away, in what... More

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Additional Information about Cowper Inn

Also Known As:
Cowper Hotel
Cowper Hotel Palo Alto
Address: 705 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Location: United States > California > Palo Alto
Free Breakfast Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Palo Alto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cowper Inn is a beautifully restored Craftsman style house that recreates the comfort and elegance of the period's best homes. The parlor, with several conversation areas, a fireplace, and a piano, is a warm and gracious room for visiting or relaxing. Each uniquely shaped guest room is furnished with antiques, television, and telephone. Breakfast, featuring seasonal fruit and fresh-baked breads, is served daily in the paneled dining room. Guests may enjoy sitting outside on the two wicker-decorated porches or in the garden. There is parking on the grounds and easy access to public transportation to San Francisco and San Jose. The Inn is part of the quiet residential neighborhood of Professorville. Downtown Palo Alto's restaurants, shops, and people watching are a two minute walk from the Inn. ... more   less 

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