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705 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2603
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#1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Palo Alto
The Cowper Inn is a beautifully restored Craftsman style house that recreates the comfort and elegance of the period's best homes. The parlor, with several conversation areas, a fireplace, and a piano, is a warm and gracious room for visiting or relaxing. Each uniquely shaped guest room is furnished with antiques, television, and telephone. Breakfast, featuring seasonal fruit and fresh-baked breads, is served daily in the paneled dining room. Guests may enjoy sitting outside on the two wicker-decorated porches or in the garden. There is parking on the grounds and easy access to public transportation to San Francisco and San Jose. The Inn is part of the quiet residential neighborhood of Professorville. Downtown Palo Alto's restaurants, shops, and people watching are a two minute walk from the Inn.
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Free parking
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Non-smoking hotel
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Angela M wrote a review Mar 2020
Seattle, Washington25 contributions4 helpful votes
Our family of 4 stayed in the Carriage House room/loft. We loved it! It was spacious, with a full kitchen. The parents were on the queen bed, the kids on a day bed and the trundle underneath it. Not the most luxurious or comfortable beds, but fine for our short one-night stay. We enjoyed the cute room. The bathroom was a little small for the four of us (sloping ceiling so shower head is low and my 5'10" hubbie said he barely had enough room to use the toilet). The location was quiet but walkable to University Way with its great restaurants and cafes. We were visiting Stanford University and the location of this B&B is perfect for that. Breakfast is of course included. We wandered down around 8AM. The granola was delicious but the hot dishes are on warming trays so not as hot as I wanted. The staff were attentive and helpful at check-in and before. I had to change the reservation before we arrived and this was easily done. We needed extra towels and a call took care of it. I've been to other B&B's so was expecting to meet an overly effusive warm owner but we never did, so it was much more hands-off and corporate feeling than I was expecting, but I still enjoyed our stay. This will be our go-to place to stay if we need to visit Palo Alto!
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Date of stay: February 2020
Keith A wrote a review Mar 2020
19 contributions3 helpful votes
My main complaint with the Inn is that one morning (of our 4-night stay), breakfast was delayed by at least 45 minutes - at which point we needed to leave to get on with our day. While management took responsibility, they DID NOT provide any refund to our bill nor respond to email reminders to do so. This is a B & B, and breakfast (for 2) is certainly part of their fee. To no offer a reduction in our bill is indefensible. Other than that, I do not recommend staying in the house that adjoins the main house because the room was quite small and there was no common room or space in the entire house - rather one had to go next door. I have visited the Stanford/Palo Alto area several times, staying at a number of places. I will NOT be staying again at the Cowper Inn.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Charles V. wrote a review Oct 2019
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Honestly, Palo Alto's best kept secret. I have been visiting the Cowper Inn, since new ownership back in 2007, and this place has nothing short of phenomenal. Amazing, wholesome breakfast, coffee, BEST location to Down Town, whether you have a dinner date planned, or you are simply here for business, you are walking distance to anything you could need. Winebars, and 4 star restaurants, or even great bars to catch sporting Events, you are simply a few blocks away. The ambiance is amazing for students, quite place to study, hold conferences for work, company retreats are awesome here. Having an intimate event with friends? Book with the Cowper Inn, and enjoy top tier ambiance in Downtown Palo Alto. I will continue to book with the Cowper Inn, every time I visit the Bay Area. Nothing short of a 5 Star rating.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Christian wrote a review Jul 2019
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Best place, best service, best location... Cowper Inn feels like home. It's old, it has got character and a style of its' own. The people working here are so nice and helpful. We'll always stay here when we are in Palo Alto
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Date of stay: June 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
Charles T wrote a review Apr 2019
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This place is continues to be a gem in beautiful Palo Alto. It's location is central, the accommodations are excellent, and the staff make you feel like you are old friends coming over for long weekend. I can't recommend this place enough. We were lucky enough to come on a Sunday, which meant we got our fill of the homemade Belgian Waffles, they were delightful. Thanks for having us, Charles
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Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cowper Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Cowper Inn?
Nearby attractions include Hewlett Packard Garage (0.3 miles), Downtown Palo Alto Farmer's Market (0.2 miles), and The Old Pro (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Cowper Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Cowper Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Cowper Inn?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cowper Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tamarine Restaurant, Joya, and Crepevine Restaurants.
Does Cowper Inn have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Cowper Inn offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Cowper Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Palo Alto.
Are there any historical sites close to Cowper Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Hewlett Packard Garage (0.3 miles) and The Rengstorff House (4.0 miles).