We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cardinal Hotel

235 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 1 more site!
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cardinal Hotel
Professional photos View all
Browse nearby
Cardinal Hotel
Write a Review

139 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    59
    51
    14
    8
    7
See reviews for
20
22
36
65
Rating summary
  • 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
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (38)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
  • All months
    (139)
  • Mar-May only
    (33)
  • Jun-Aug only
    (40)
  • Sep-Nov only
    (40)
  • Dec-Feb only
    (26)
All months
Nelson, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Detroit, Michigan
Reviewer
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sacramento, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Hayward, California
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
london
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Washington DC
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Rochester NY
Senior Contributor
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Antonio, Texas, United States
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question
Owners: What's your side of the story?
Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.
Manage your listing

Been to Cardinal Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Cardinal Hotel

Address: 235 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301
Location: United States > California > Palo Alto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 59
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Priceline, TripOnline SA and Odigeo so you can book your Cardinal Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Cardinal Hotel Palo Alto
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Palo Alto
#7 Business Hotel in Palo Alto

40 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (20)
Viewed
Room/suite (4)
Viewed
Bathroom (2)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (5)
Viewed
Family/play areas (2)
Viewed
Other (7)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (20)
Viewed
Room/suite (7)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (9)
Viewed
Other (4)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay