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“Stanford Alumni Classic Place to Stay. Complimentary Warm cookies and wine upon arrival” 4 of 5 stars
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Stanford Park Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025   |  
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Menlo Park
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Curacao
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107 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Stanford Alumni Classic Place to Stay. Complimentary Warm cookies and wine upon arrival”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

This is a classic place to stay for Stanford Alumni, Visitors to Stanford, and for lots of others. It is a great place to stay. Comfortable. Clean. Always a fire burning in the lobby. The rooms are roomy and bright.
The location is great. You will be five minutes from University Avenue, Five minutes from Stanford Campus / Stanford Hospital, five minutes from the mall, five minutes from Starbucks, and five minutes from the best steak house in the area, Sundance Steak house.
Be aware though - even though they are small , they utilize dynamic pricing. So if it is a busy weekend, book early and you will pay around $185.00 - $225.00 per night. Book late , if a busy weekend , a basic room can be as high as $700.00. Usually though, if you ask , the manager will lower that $700 to around $400.00. So yup, book early.
Great place. New Gym too.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Berthoud
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35 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

The public areas are comfortable and airy. The restaurant, now the Menlo Grill, was very good. I found my room spacious and comfortable. Though it was on the south (El Camino Real) side, the double glazing kept out all noise and I slept soundly in a bed with excellent pillows. The staff was exemplary and accommodating. When I mentioned that a bottle of tonic water from the "honor bar" was flat, both gin and tonic disappeared from my bill without my explicit request. Those who don't care for the decor in the rooms (gingham-themed canopy around head of bed) have my sympathy but should remember that tastes vary, and new fabrics can't fairly be called "dated." The hotel is restoring the cedar shingles that provide much of its siding, and it retains its character. The place is meant to have a Richardson-revival sort of look, palm court and all, and one can't ask it to be a palace of glass and steel. Ideal location for access to both Stanford and downtown Menlo Park.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012

Lovely architecture, palm shaded forecourt etc - service, not so friendly. Pulled up late in battered cab, I took the Caltrain from SFO, you'd have thought I opened the door and puked on the pavement or something - I was dressed in coat and tie but the clearly better than I staff didn't even approach let alone help with luggage in trunk. Room keys didn't work the whole stay, they replaced them cheerfully enough literally each time I walked into the joint but I had to be let in by the housekeeper once (didn't ask for ID either). So its pricey, has slightly shabby 80's style Marriott or Ritz Carlton faux chippendale decore and staff that couldn't be bothered to say "how was your stay, welcome or goodbye" and the room smelled like it had recently been smoked in. Oh and the wireless stopped working and never came back, though by that time I was out the door......

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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East Lansing, Michigan
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40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

I really like this place. We have stayed here a few times while visiting family in the area. The first time we stayed we thought it would be a one-time splurge, but we liked it so much that we've been back two more times, and it feels like home away from home. Breakfast in the lobby coffee shop is a real treat, and the gym is extremely well-stocked.

Room Tip: One room we had had a heating vent that blew directly at my head while I tried to sleep. that didn...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

Very disappointing visit this time. Is it under new management? Unfriendly reception, poor rooms, noisy rooms/reception area, and sporadic delivery of newspaper, replacement of amenities. Tried 3 rooms; all were noisy either from highway, railroad, or reception area. This visit was definitely not worth the cost.

Room Tip: get a room away from the reception area, the highway, and the railroad tracks
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Isle of Palms, South Carolina
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29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

I had the pleasure of staying at the Stanford Park Hotel while in town for my annual sales meeting. The room was beautiful, clean, and spacious. We had dinner down at the bar the first night, great options and the food was incredible.

I also found the staff very friendly and helpful. We also spent time in the conference rooms, the food and facilities/staff very accommidating.

I would recommend staying here for vacation or for business travel!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

We usually stay at the Rosewood while visiting family in the Bay Area. But it was booked and so we decided to revisit the Stanford Park Hotel. We used to stay there before the Rosewood opened. And oh my- what a dated hotel! It is surprising to me that people still stay here in the middle of silicon valley- with all the technology! This place needs a total renovation.

The lobby area is fine- a little old fashioned, tall ceilings, warm and welcoming. But the rooms, oh dear, the rooms are awful. We booked a "suite". The ceilings were so low and the rooms so small it felt terribly cramped. (The entire suite was probably the size of a standard room at the Rosewood). The furnishing and curtains were so dated and fussy- stripes, tassels, patterns everywhere. The carpet is OLD and gross I was afraid to walk on it without socks or shoes. There was no place to eat breakfast in the living area it was so small and there was SO much furniture in there for such a small space. A tiny closet for storage that was also used for the coffee maker. So this left our suitcases all over the tiny living area. I am not sure how the rooms pass for "soundproof" as the windows are very old.. you could hear the train and you could hear the traffic from El Camino (we were facing the pool and El Camino). I also believe that the cleaning staff took a pair of pearl earrings that I left out on my makeup bag. I know, my mistake for not putting them in the safe, but I was not expecting that to happen.

The bathrooms were pretty much what you would find at any motel- Holiday Inn. VERY basic. Just one sink in the bathroom with a bathtub (no separate shower) and those plastic curtains with the shower rod that curves out.

I got a glimpse of the pool to see if they had redone that area at all and that remained the same... very dated too.

The Stanford Park has some charm, I just hope they reinvest in this property and bring it up to date. Hotel rooms do not look like that anymore!! They are dingy and dated.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Location: United States > California > Menlo Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Menlo Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Stanford Park Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 163
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
European luxury awaits you at the Stanford Park Hotel. Enjoy superb service, award-winning cuisine, and exquisitely appointed guestrooms at one of the finest hotels in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula. Conveniently located adjacent to Stanford University and Palo Alto, the Hotel provides an elegant and tranquil setting for a productive meeting, memorable wedding, or a restful personal retreat. ... more   less 
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