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“Nice place, not for everyone” 4 of 5 stars
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Dinah's Garden Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306   |  
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Ranked #4 of 26 Hotels in Palo Alto
New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Nice place, not for everyone”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

My office booked this hotel for me by mistake -- they were supposed to book the Garden Court hotel downtown. So imagine my surprise upon pulling up to the giant Elephant statues on ECR instead of downtown. But the Garden Court was booked full, so I decided to make the best of it. Glad I did, as the hotel was perfectly nice, safe, comfortable, etc., with a large room. The front desk clerks were friendly and helpful and the room was imaculate every day. All in all, perfect for a business trip on a reasonable price.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cleveland, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

We visited family in Palo Alto over Christmas. Dinah's was clean and friendly. Would recommend it. We did not swim but it is close to everything in Palo Alto and Los Altos including theatres, Stanford University and Hidden Villa farm. Would highly recommend Dinah's.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Davis, California
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3 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

I liked the room, and the furniture...nice, clean and well-designed. However, the heat was inadequate. I was cold. Next time, nice hotel people, please offer an electric heater when it's so cold outside.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cheshire
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

I stayed here for a week on a business trip. The hotel is about an hour drive from San Francisco but I was working at Stanford University so was perfect for me. The rooms are excellent. I had a balcony that overlooked the pool where in the morning humming birds would be in the tree, wonderful. The room was very spacious, well stocked mini bar and fabulous mini coffee maker. There was plenty of storage and work space. The bed and pillows were really comfortable. The bathroom was very clean excellent shower and plenty of fresh towels and toiletries every day. The place itself is very quiet. The breakfast room is great lots of choice and excellent service although you can get free coffee and pastries in the reception area, breakfast was about $15 dependent on what I had (their eggs benedict is to die for). All the staff were very pleasant and helpful.

My only grumble is that there is nowhere within the confines of the hotel to get a meal and a drink in the evening, although the road which the hotel is on has plenty of choice, Chinese, Mexican, Italian and sushi to name but a few. But I was a lone female and would have been happier staying in the hotel at night. Although the staff to be fair did offer to order me take out.

I can recommend getting a taxi (cab) for about $20 to Stanford shopping centre it’s fabulous (Bloomingdales, Macey’s, Nordstrom and lots of little quant shops) and to University road. This is a road that is spoilt for choice for eating and shopping and very beautiful, the cheesecake factory is a must. I also visited Stanford University which was well worth a wander round.

Although I was working I did get to have some fun time. Took a boat trip around the San Francisco bay under the golden gate bridge and round Alcatraz, which was great. If you want to visit Alcatraz Island you have to book months in advance. San Francisco itself is good for shopping I went on my last day as my flight wasn’t until the evening. I left my bags in the secure area at the airport $15 and got the direct train $8 return to San Francisco this was really good.

Room Tip: 1st floor overlooking the pool was great peaceful and good view
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  • Stayed November 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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Venice
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Because we sold our Palo Alto family home of over forty years in 2007, now we do not have a place to gather in our home town. We all stayed at Dinah's this year to celebrate my mom's 85th birthday and it was perfect. We rented several rooms and we were very pleased with this Palo Alto landmark! Growing up, we used to eat at Dinah's Shack for special occasions and my high school boyfriend worked at the hotel so it holds a sentimental place for us.

  • Stayed November 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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Singapore, Singapore
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

The Hotel is centrally situated and has easy access to the offices in silicon valley. its good for business trips or short stay. the rooms are small but functional. the place has a motel feel since the hotel is composed of multiple 2 story buildings. the service is good and the folks are helpful without being fawning.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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JBloomfeldt, Front Office Manager at Dinah's Garden Hotel, responded to this review, November 7, 2012
Dear Valued Guest,
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your comments on our hotel and we appreciate and value your feedback very much. To provide our guest’s with the absolute best service and experience we are undergoing a lot of changes throughout our property.

I am happy to announce that our Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant is now open for breakfast and lunch each day from 7am until 2:30pm. We are also pleased to announce that the new restaurant on property, The Sea, by Alexander’s Steak House, is holding their Grand Opening this Friday November 9, 2012. We will be starting our room renovations on all of our Deluxe Rooms starting soon. We do hope that you will come back to the property and give us another chance to wow you.

Sincerely,
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Houston, Texas
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108 reviews 108 reviews
47 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Not sure exactly what to say about Dinah's hotel. I can only describe it as a jewel of a hotel (IF this were 1975). Unfortunately, this quirky, throwback to an earlier decade caught me by surprise. I was expecting a zen-like retreat from the information on their website. It's association with Trader Vic's Tiki-style restaurants (now closed), should have been my first red flag. Essentially it is a MOTEL-style, moderately-updated hotel. Not great interiors (regarding style), unless you enjoyed the Brady Bunch with a 40-in flat screen television. Tiny desk with what little room taken up with (1) ancient phone, multiple brochures, a HUGE modem, and a much-oversized lamp--not even enough room to put my laptop! The awkwardly-designed, semi-updated bathroom was disappointing. Certainly not a Japanese, zen experience!

BOTTOM line: This was CLEAN, helpful staff, and nice exterior gardens. Both restaurants were closed when I was there (UGH!), leaving my nearby dining experience to remain in the hands of the hotel staff--Take advice with caution! Complementary coffee in the lobby--nice--it is a shame it is not good coffee. . .

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Address: 4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Location: United States > California > Palo Alto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Palo Alto
#2 Family Hotel in Palo Alto
#4 Business Hotel in Palo Alto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Dinah's Garden Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 129
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