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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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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We enjoyed our stay immensely. Had corner room on the top floor. Not a big room, but just lovely. Don't worry about all the nightlife on the street below. The windows are soundproof. Great location to walk all of downtown Palo Alto, which we found so engaging, and into the nearby neighborhoods where you can find redwoods and a variety... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed here for a few nights in June. There is no AC. I somehow missed this fact in my travel research. I think normally this wouldn't be an issue but it was a hot (for the area) couple of days. Check in was swift & easy. The room was immaculately clean and welcoming. I had a room with a private... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Palo Alto may be one of the foremost tech capitals in America, but after stepping into the Cardinal Hotel, you're swept back into a more glamorous time. The sweeping lobby offers a relaxing place to just sit and take it all in, and leads into a carved staircase leading to the elegantly-outfitted rooms. The staff is incredibly helpful with restaurant... More 

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Vonore, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 707 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

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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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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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