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Cardinal Hotel

2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   235 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Ranked #7 of 24 hotels in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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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New York, New York, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed here when bringing our son to look at Stanford. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Palo Alto. There are several restaurants and shops nearby and the lively evening scene is worth exploring. On the downside, if you have rented a car, the hotel offers no parking. You have to use the municipal lot across the street... More

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

The hotel is very "retro, including the elevator. Excellent location downtown Palo Alto, walking distance to campus. Many rooms have shared bathroom facilities but some are en suite. Nice b'fast crepe place nearly next door. Downside is that there is a lot of street nice from traffic and people. I was booked on a weekend so perhaps especially so, even... More

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Melbourne, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

The hotel is an excellent location, close to Stanford, its margeuritte shuttle service, Caltrain and surrounded by university ave and as well close to the whole foods market, fraiche and traditional diners. Next door there is a terrific manicure/pedicure shop too. The hotel has generously sized and well fitted public rooms and the accommodation in the double rooms with bathrooms... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

location, location. Can beat this one! Even though there were now private bath or toilet!! Well it was no problem at all. The room were very nice, the beds, pillows and duvets you wanted to take home:) Don't let the shared bath and toilet scare you away

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Wilmington, Delaware
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Couldn't be happier. Love your hotel and your staff. Requested a feather-free, scent-free room due to asthma. It was almost perfect but the bedding was infused with a scent that bothered me the first night. Spoke with Ninfa who identified it as coming from the dryer sheets. She rewashed sheets, pillowcases, a blanket and a bedspread, remade our bed and... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Location is great for Palo Alto, close to all amenities and the centre of town. Service was good. Staff was warm and friendly. Needs air conditioning though ... gets hot and stuffy in the room. Loved the room though. Nice warm and welcoming.

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Singapore, Singapore
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7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

I choose the Cardinal every time because of the great value, clean rooms, quiet, and excellent location. It is now part of my experience each time I head back to visit Stanford. This visit, I was given a room along the stair well - super! The shared bathrooms were spotless as usual. I also value the on-site coin laundry and... More

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Simi Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

I grew up in Palo Alto, from 1963 to 1979. So my review may be colored somewhat nostalgic. I remember many, maybe hundreds of times walking or driving or bicycling past the Cardinal Hotel in my youth, not knowing anything about it. I had never set foot inside the doors until my recent visit to stay with family (11/28/2013). This... More

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9 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Stayed a couple of nights at this old-style hotel in downtown Palo Alto. Very much enjoyed it. It is a mini-version of what you could call the "Barton Fink" style Californian hotel built, I am guessing, in the twenties or thirties. No horror stories here though, the management were just great (including shipping me the coat I had left behind)... More

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Georgetown, Maine
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15 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Stayed here three nights while attending a reunion. The room was very clean, quiet, newly painted and furnished. I got a cheap room without an attached bath or toilet (there was a sink). Served my purposes perfectly and saved a good bit of money. More expensive rooms have attached bathroom that are still cheaper than area hotels. The location is... More

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Additional Information about Cardinal Hotel

Also Known As:
Cardinal Hotel Palo Alto
Address: 235 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301
Location: United States > California > Palo Alto
Business Center with Internet Access Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Palo Alto
#8 Family Hotel in Palo Alto
#9 Business Hotel in Palo Alto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Cardinal Hotel 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience Old World charm in vibrant downtown Palo Alto. Built in 1924, the Cardinal was Palo Alto’s premiere Hotel. Today the ambiance remains; the gracious lobby still provides a delightful glimpse of Old Palo Alto. Enjoy the hotel’s warm atmosphere and proximity to world class dining, shopping and Stanford University. ... more   less 
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