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.
- 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