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Cardinal Hotel

2.0 of 5 235 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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Hayward, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Right in the middle of Silicon Valley's heart is Palo Alto's Cardinal Hotel. You would think that in this high tech mecca the downtown hotels would all be super modern, but this 1920s vintage building is a real gem. It's retain it's art deco style. What a breath of fresh air compared to all the chains sweeping America. Reasonable prices... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Amazing refurbished rooms: super bed and pillows, very clean, hi-tech fan, Samsung LCD TV, even the desk chair is height-adjustable. Shared bathrooms spotless and always free. Staff friendly enough. Super location. In many ways, the best (independent) hotel I have stayed at for ages. However.... street noise at weekends is significant, and alleys all round means dumpster activity high.

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Washington DC
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23 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The best thing about this place is that it is near the Stanford campus and in "downtown" Palo Alto. Prices were also good. Unknowingly, I booked a room with a shared bath (down the hall and around the corner), which was okay but maybe too much like campus. Things were a little frayed, and the place generally looked like it... More

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Rochester NY
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We love this place! After several days on the road, staying at cookie-cutter chain hotels, it was a real breath of fresh air to visit the Cardinal. It is a 1920s hotel with much of the elegant decor intact, and the things which have been modernized have been selected very carefully to match the existing style. Even the sinks, faucets... More

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I enjoyed our stay. The hotel room was very small -- so small that the hangers in the closet were too big for the closet door to close. It's a very cozy, compact room. The sink is in the actual bedroom and the bathroom is compact. However, there is free wifi and lots of places to connect gadgets. The location... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This hotel is spot on! Fabulous service, super clean rooms and an unbeatable location. The Cardinal offers superior value while also providing completely updated rooms. When I do business at Stanford, there is no other place to stay - - the in-downtown location provides opportunities for a couple, a solo traveler or even families! Plenty to do, multiple offerings for... More

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Dublin, New Hampshire
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Stayed here for two nights, and loved the in-town location with lots of restaurants and shops within a few block radius of the hotel. My room was on the second floor, with a sink in the room and toilet and shower rooms in the hallway. This worked fine - never had to wait to use either one. The room itself... More

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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76 reviews 76 reviews
19 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Their website with the pictures and info are an accurate and true representation of the hotel. Staff was courteous and helpful. The shared shower and bathroom areas were always clean and properly maintained. The parking situation is accurately described in the web page and the staff will give you guidance if you have any questions. I had a room which... More

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New York, New York, United States
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57 reviews 57 reviews
12 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

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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21 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Address: 235 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301
Location: United States > California > Palo Alto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Cardinal Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 59
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