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Cardinal Hotel

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235 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Vonore, Tennessee
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514 reviews 514 reviews
81 hotel reviews
621 helpful votes 621 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Cardinal was built in the 1920's. It has a beautiful lobby where you can sit and relax with the New York Times and Wall Street Journal and enjoy good coffee or a nice cup of tea. The old elevator actually is quite fast; there are only three floors. The room was tastefully decorated and had a comfortable bed. I... More 

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Montreal
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73 reviews 73 reviews
34 hotel reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The architectural charm of this ideally situated, old-school California hotel is substantial, starting from the luxurious lobby, as if straight out of a Coen brothers film. Rooms are very clean and generously renovated, and service is excellent. If you stay the weekend and are a light sleeper, you might stay clear of rooms in the 200-206 and 300-306 range: overlooking... More 

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Kaunas, Lithuania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was the best choise to stay in Cardinal Hotel close to Stanford University (Palo Alto). The price and comfort of a room was exact. Maybe the only suggestion is to select another restaurant for breakfast and not to use one suggested by a hotel (Bistro Maxine).

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Very much enjoyed staying at this very clean, fairly old fashioned hotel. The bathrooms and showers are "down the hall" which would normally have been a non-starter for me, but I am really glad that the folks I was traveling with had already made the reservations. My room was very clean, had a new mattress, had good ventilation and a... More 

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Seattle, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We stayed here for Stanford reunion weekend in October, and opted for a room with a private bathroom. The Cardinal Hotel doesn't have a lot of frills, but the location is outstanding. It is right in downtown Palo Alto, within walking distance of bars, restaurants, entertainment, CalTrain and the Marguerite Shuttle to Stanford. It is also a relatively good value,... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This hotel in the heart of Palo Alto is great for walking around town but the lack of suitable parking detracts as does the noise from the street during the night. The hotel is clean but the staff were quite off hand. The room has all the necessary amenities but I think they could improve their customer service and do... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This was a week long business trip to attend a training at Stanford University. The Cardinal Hotel was great! Excellent location to walkable stores and eateries! The Caltrain Station is just a little less than a 5 minute walk away to catch the Shuttle to Standford or the Train to site see in San Francisco. Housekeeping kept my room very... More 

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Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
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66 reviews 66 reviews
15 hotel reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

My second child to attend Stanford university is now in her senior year. My first Stanford child attended from 2007-2011, and this second one started as soon as the first one left, to attend 2011 through June 2014. During this seven year span, our family has almost only ever stayed at the Cardinal Hotel when we visit our children. (We... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Beautiful old hotel in the middle of downtown Palo Alto. Clean and comfortable and a welcome departure from today's cookie-cutter style hotels. There is no air conditioning, but there is a ceiling fan that keeps things cool and large windows that open. Yes, the street noise can be loud. But, remember, this is a hotel in the middle of the... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The Cardinal is old but lovingly maintained. The comfortable, dignified lobby still boasts a writing desk (more of a display piece than something anyone uses) of the sort that all hotels used to have in their lobbies for guests to write letters and postcards way back in the 20th century. There is wi-fi now, of course, and it is free,... More 

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