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Cardinal Hotel

235 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nelson, New Zealand
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
56 helpful votes 56 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Hayward, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

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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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
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7 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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Address: 235 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301
Location: United States > California > Palo Alto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 59
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#2 Best Value Hotel in Palo Alto
#7 Business Hotel in Palo Alto

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