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“Gem for Stanford-Affiliated Visitors” 5 of 5 stars
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2575 Sand Hill Road, Stanford University, Menlo Park, CA   |  
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Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Menlo Park
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“Gem for Stanford-Affiliated Visitors”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Stanford Guest House (SGH) is only available to guests affiliated with Stanford University (SU)(including parents of Stanford students, departmental visitors, etc.), its Medical Center, and SLAC. The guest house was originally limited to SLAC visitors and is located on the SLAC grounds, which is about 3 - 4 miles from SU's main quad. There's free shuttle service to/from the main campus; visitors should check hours and schedule of shuttle operation, and plan on a circuitous route that takes approximately 25 minutes from the circle near Hoover Tower. The Enterprise car rental office on campus offers a discounted rate to SGH's guest; currently this Enterprise office is open 9 am - 5 pm on weekdays, and 9 am - noon on weekends. SGH also offer free van shuttle drop-offs and pick-ups on the hour only, with limited space so I recommend booking the night before you need a ride.

The SGH rooms were originally designed to house SLAC guests in bunk beds. Most of the rooms are 175 sqft. with one queen bed. There are also some 275 sqft. rooms with 2 queen beds or 1 queen bed and ADD accommodations. The larger room we booked for February 2012 included a microwave oven and small refrigerator. The beds are extremely comfortable and the furnishings are well-chosen for the sizes of the rooms. A nice, complimentary continental breakfast is now offered at the Harvest Cafe, which is a short and lovely walk from the SGH. (Since this walk includes a few stairs, I was wondering how ADD guests are accommodated.) I miss the convenience of having the continental breakfast in the downstairs kitchen/dining area, but appreciate the additional seating available at the Harvest Cafe. I'm also glad that the wonderful coffee/espresso/latte/cappuccino machine, microwave oven, small refrigerators, recyclable dishes and recyclable utensils remain available 24/7 in the downstairs area. The third floor features a laundry room with vending machines, ice maker, and cold water dispenser; an exercise room; and a very comfortable lounge area with a couch, 2 cushioned chairs, side tables and coffee table, and large flat-screen TV. In February, I found this comfortable lounge area uncrowded during the early morning hours and a nice place to enjoy my continental breakfast while watching the news. In August, this lounge area with its limited seating was generally quite crowded with folks enjoying the Olympics on the large screen TV.

The SGH room rates are very reasonable, and the staff are incredibly knowledgeable and friendly.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

Thought it was closer to Stanford main quad as we were there for a college visit. You actually enter through the security gate for SLAC, but that was OK. Guards were very nice and helpful. Up on a hilltop with lovely, peaceful, beautiful views. Air smelled of pine and eucalyptus. Short walk up the hill to the Harvest Cafe was a treat. Breakfast included in your stay. Oats w/brown sugar and raisins, pastries, fruit, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, cereal and great coffee was just the ticket. Rooms are small but we fit 3 comfortably. Beds comfy, pillows not, bathroom was ADA so it was large, lighting adequate. I think the people that stay there keep to themselves. Never a peep from anyone even though it was full. Loved the convenient laundry room. Saw the shuttle used a lot but we didn't need it. Parking was ample.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

The Stanford guest house is located in the high security SLAC center at Stanford and it is unbelievably beautiful.

Being so well located, all visitors have a chance to just step out and they are in the midst of greenery all around. The whole atmosphere is lovely and makes one feel enveloped with warmth and comfort.

Rooms can be a little small depending on what one opts for- single or double occupancy. But in terms of cleanliness and comfort there is no compromise. The views from the rooms are very soothing as well. The place reminded me a little of Coorg (South India) a place that I come from.

The guest house gives you the very best. The staff are extremely helpful and go out of their way to make things comfortable for visitors. Breakfast is delicious and has shifted to Harvest Cafe which is opposite the guest house. Tai Chi classes are also provided to visitors, free of cost, every Thursday.

I spent two and a half weeks at the guest house and I was absolutely comfortable there.

If one wishes to stay here, they need to book in advance. Visitors need to be affiliated to Standford University in some way.

I had a very comfortable stay and hopefully I'll be able to visit again soon!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

Nice location, to stay here you must associated with Stanford or SLAC. Rooms, furnishing, continental breakfast is equivalent to an average mid range hotel. Everything is clean, the bedding and lighting is selected based on the advise of a sleep research group in the university. The selling feature is the convenience of being on the SLAC site.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

The purpose of this place is to offer a convenient lodging for visiting academics, and it does that in spades! They offer free shuttle service around the area.

The rooms are pretty small, but the beds are very comfortable. There is no coffee maker in the room, but a Peet's coffee machine is available 24/7 in the kitchenette area downstairs. (It was way better coffee than I expected from a machine.) The folks who work here are super nice and helpful. The breakfast is decent: hot oatmeal, YUMMY freshly baked pastries, boiled eggs, coffee, juice, and fresh fruit.

The fitness center is mostly cardio machines (no weights) and offers a lovely view at sunrise.

The biggest complaint I have about this place would be the bathroom. It has a corner stall shower, which doesn't offer a lot of room to turn around, and one tiny shelf on which you can rest toiletries. The sink, however, does have enough counter space for vanity purposes: make-up, toiletry bag, etc. It's in the bathroom that you're reminded you're staying at a institution

I cannot imagine why anyone would stay anywhere else if they have business at Stanford in general, and SLAC in particular.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

This is a hotel located near the central campus of Stanford, inside de linear accelerator location. The place is quiet,very clean and nice. Rooms are a bit small (compared to Holiday Inn for example) but still confortable. High speed wireless internet that really works that way. There is a courtesy shuttle that can take you to the main campus or to some locations in Palo Alto. Stanford U public buses (Margherite) also go inside (except weekends). There is free good quality coffe available at all times and a free breakfast is included.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

This hotel has ZERO character. It's not even on the Stanford campus, at least not the main part. Paint is marred, bedrooms are tiny. It's functional yet not memorable. Don't bother.

Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Address: 2575 Sand Hill Road, Stanford University, Menlo Park, CA
Location: United States > California > Menlo Park
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Menlo Park
Number of rooms: 112
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Stanford Guest House is an impeccably designed and well-appointed property located in the picturesque foothills of Palo Alto. Whether you’re visiting our beautiful campus, conducting research at the internationally renowned SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, or caring for a loved one at the Stanford Medical Center, we make it our number one priority to provide first-class accommodations for the duration of your stay with us.No facility is better equipped to anticipate and address the needs of Stanford clientele than the only hotel owned and operated by Stanford University. Our exclusive lodgings boast one-of-a-kind art and photography highlighting the Nobel prize-winning research conducted at SLAC and, as part of the Stanford family, our staff members are uniquely equipped to help you plan your campus experience.We take great pride in serving the Cardinal community and very much look forward to your next visit. ... more   less 

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