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Cowper Inn

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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2011

The inn has two houses. I can't comment on the main house. My room was in the Victorian next door. That house is badly in need of upgrades and repairs. It smells musty. The walls and floors seem to be paper thin - you will hear every sound your neighbors make - next door and above. When they shower at... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2010

This was my second visit to the Cowper Inn, a lovely B&B. The location is great and the staff are very helpful without being intrusive. I looked forward to the breakfast each morning-organic choices, fresh squeezed OJ, Peet's coffee, homemade granola, and fresh scrambled eggs were some of the offerings. The Inn also offers free internet. Lovely sitting area with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2010

The Cowper Inn is a charming B&B centrally located in Palo Alto, within walking distance to shops and restaurants in town. The breakfast was wonderful - freshly squeezed orange juice, homemade granola, organic yogurt, breads, eggs, etc. The rooms (the one I stayed in as well as the ones my siblings stayed in) were very clean. The bathrooms provide Aveda... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2010

I cannot imagine a better place to stay in Palo Alto than the Cowper Inn. This is a charming and comfortable home away from home. I opened my windows that look out on a huge redwood, and had a soft breeze wafting through my room each night. The staff is always warm and helpful, but also do not intrude in... More

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Duluth, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2010

We stayed in a room in the basement for almost $200/night. Many features didn't work or worked poorly. It gave me the impression of having been "fixed up" by somebody who didn't know or care what they were doing. Nobody was there when we got there. We never met or talked to anybody except a polite youngster who was not... More

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2010

I spent 3 and a half weeks at the Cowper Inn while looking for an apartment after moving to Palo Alto. It's set in two very old (by US standards) houses very close to downtown. The rooms are quite quaint with antique furniture throughout. Despite being quite old, it's very well preserved and the staff keep it very clean. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2010

We were in the middle of relocating to Palo Alto from Texas and stayed in a cheap motel to cut costs while looking for an apartment. We came to this B&B when we couldn't stand the cheap motel anymore! We gave the manager a difficult time: we didn't book in advance and we brought 2 small children with us (she... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2009

From the outside, this B&B, located near downtown Palo Alto, looks good. Inside, it is a run-down boarding house. Broken windows that don't fully open or close, tore window screens, curtains and blinds encrusted with filth, old smelly shag carpet, lumpy beds and questionably laundered bedding, cramped bathrooms with ancient fixtures hardly make the room- rates justifiable. The awful breakfast... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2008

This was a charming B & B, with an extremely warm and friendly staff. The room was perfect, very comfortable queen size bed, desk for laptop, sitting area, table and chairs, additional day bed and we liked having a sink and small refrigerator for a quick day snack or an evening glass of wine. I was pleased to find a... More

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Palo Alto
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2008

I live in Palo Alto and had often admired the very lovely Cowper Inn from the outside. I suggested that my parents and I stay there when they came to visit because my dad loves B&B's and it looked wonderful. My step-mother arrived on a Friday afternoon after a long drive and was eager to check-in and take a shower,... More

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Address: 705 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Location: United States > California > Palo Alto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Also Known As:
Cowper Hotel Palo Alto

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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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