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235 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2530
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#8 of 28 hotels in Palo Alto
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Experience Old World charm in vibrant downtown Palo Alto. Built in 1924, the Cardinal was Palo Alto’s premiere Hotel. Today the ambiance remains; the gracious lobby still provides a delightful glimpse of Old Palo Alto. Enjoy the hotel’s warm atmosphere and proximity to world class dining, shopping and Stanford University.
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Property amenities
Free public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Restaurant
Golf course
Shuttle bus service
Business Center with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Parking garage
Wifi
Breakfast available
Vending machine
Concierge
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Desk
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Safe
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Telephone
Bottled water
Iron
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Historic Hotel
Business
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish
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Erin B wrote a review Feb 2020
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The Cardinal Hotel was a wonderful place to stay, especially for a Business trip. The staff were friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. They made what could have been a stressful trip, so much easier. The rooms were clean, comfortable, and retained their 1920's charm with modern amenities.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from CardinalHotel1924, Guest Relations Manager at Cardinal Hotel
Responded Mar 3, 2020
Dear Erin B, Great staff and great guests! We loved reading the title of your review. :) Thank you so much for the 5-Star review and wonderful accolades. I'm so happy our team was able to make a trip that could have been stressful much easier. Guest satisfaction is our highest priority! The Cardinal Hotel is a vintage gem in downtown Palo Alto. Within walking distance to Stanford, it is the perfect business stay with breakfast next door at French Cafe Bistro Maxine - for a taste of Paris. Please let us know when travel brings you back to Palo Alto! We love welcoming back a familiar face. Best Wishes Cardinal Hotel Team Cardinal Hotel (650) 323 5101 CardinalHotel.com
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drgreatoe wrote a review Feb 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania337 contributions63 helpful votes
I have stayed at this hotel a number of times. The rooms are very clean and the best part of the hotel is the location. The Cardinal is located in the center of town and all restaurants/pubs are within walking distance. The lobby is big and dating back to the 1930's. I think the elevator is original. The hotel has been updated so if you want to save money, stay in the center of town in a safe neighborhood, then the Cardinal is the place. I would recommend it for business travelers.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from CardinalHotel1924, Guest Relations Manager at Cardinal Hotel
Responded Mar 3, 2020
Greetings Dr. Greatoe, Thank you for sharing your review with the travelling community! I am thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay with us as well as our guest rooms, location and our lobby. Our grand lobby actually dates back to 1924 and exudes the history and charm of Cardinal Hotel. Our location is perfect for both business and leisure stays. Stanford University is within walking distance along with so many wonderful restaurants and pubs as you mentioned! Feel free to stop by the front desk during your next visit so we can exchange favorites. Thank you again for your review. We can't wait to see you again soon. Best Wishes Cardinal Hotel Team Cardinal Hotel (650) 323 5101 CardinalHotel.com
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Douglas D wrote a review Feb 2020
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I had a room with a shared bathroom and shower. The hotel was clean, professional, and quite nice. The room was small, being solo that was totally fine, but would be a bit cramped with two people and luggage. Shared bathrooms and showers were good and I had no problem accessing them when I needed. The location of this hotel is great if you are there for the greater Stanford, Palo Alto area. The Caltrain is a quick walk away which provides easy service to and from the SFO airport.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from CardinalHotel1924, Guest Relations Manager at Cardinal Hotel
Responded Feb 4, 2020
Dear Douglas D, I am so happy you loved your stay with us. Thank you for the 5-Star review and lovely accolades. While we also have rooms traditional in style with Private Bathrooms, our Shared Bathroom guest rooms allow us to extend an affordable price point in the affluence of Downtown Palo Alto. Our location is incredible! Caltrain (as you noted) is a quick walk away and San Francisco is just under an hour by train. Stanford University is accessible on foot! As is the free Stanford Marguerite Shuttle Service which will take you all throughout the campus itself, in addition to the Stanford Shopping Center and Stanford Hospital. Thank you again for the wonderful recommendation to the traveling community and we hope your year started out on an amazing note. Hope to welcome you back soon! Best Wishes Cardinal Hotel Team Cardinal Hotel (650) 323 5101 CardinalHotel.com
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Cristian V wrote a review Jan 2020
Sydney, Australia53 contributions9 helpful votes
This is a terrific spot to enjoy University Avenue and all it has to offer. The hotel was spotlessly clean with all new furnishings. The room size is ample for a business traveller or couple. Good access to power outlets including USB outlets. The windows can be opened to let you enjoy the buzz and fresh air from outside. There is an elevator, it is very old but works perfectly. It was easier to user the stairs but with luggage, its a relief to have the elevator. Breakfast was included in my tariff, and that was served in the restaurant next door. The breakfast choices were good, and the serving size was modest but adequate. Breakfast is served between 6 and 10, which is great. There is a very good sitting area in the foyer with an open fire and complimentary tea and coffee. There is no room service or bar.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from CardinalHotel1924, Guest Relations Manager at Cardinal Hotel
Responded Feb 4, 2020
Greetings Cristianv630, We couldn't agree more: "Location, Location, Location!" Thank you for this dazzling review of Cardinal Hotel and the 5-Star accolade. I'm so happy you took advantage of breakfast at French Cafe Bistro Maxine for a "taste of Paris" in Palo Alto. Our guest rooms are absolutely perfect for business travelers or couples as you noted, with access to power outlets including USB outlets. Our Housekeeping Team works so hard and truly deserves the recognition, thank you for highlighting how spotlessly clean the new furnishings were! I want to wish you a very happy 2020 and we can't wait to welcome you back for your next visit. Best Regards Cardinal Hotel Team Cardinal Hotel (650) 323 5101 CardinalHotel.com
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Y4620OIjenniferf wrote a review Jan 2020
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I've stayed her three years in a row and love it. The location is amazing, the hotel is really friendly and helpful, and the breakfast next door is delicious. When I've had any issues with changes in booking or questions, I get very rapid email responds.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from CardinalHotel1924, Guest Relations Manager at Cardinal Hotel
Responded Feb 4, 2020
Warm greetings Y4620OIjenniferf, Thank you for giving Cardinal Hotel 5-Stars and for your praises! It was our pleasure to welcome you back - third year in a row and we are looking forward to year 4 up ahead :) I'm so happy you enjoyed breakfast next door at French Cafe Bistro Maxine! We love our relationship with the restaurant (and the crepes even more). We are all very fortunate to work with the best in the business, as well as have the best guests we can ask for. Should you have any questions or need to make any changes with bookings our dedicated Front Desk Team is always at your service. Thank you again for the review. We love welcoming back loyal guests and the more often we see you the more you feel like part of the family. Best Wishes Cardinal Hotel Team Cardinal Hotel (650) 323 5101 CardinalHotel.com
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$136 - $191 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cardinal Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Cardinal Hotel?
Nearby attractions include The Stanford Theatre (0.09 miles), Downtown Palo Alto Farmer's Market (0.1 miles), and The Rose and Crown (0.03 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Cardinal Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a business center.
Which room amenities are available at Cardinal Hotel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and extra long beds.
What food & drink options are available at Cardinal Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Cardinal Hotel?
Yes, free public parking nearby, a parking garage, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cardinal Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Evvia, Oren's Hummus, and Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill.
Is Cardinal Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.03 miles away from the center of Palo Alto.
Are any cleaning services offered at Cardinal Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Cardinal Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business center and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Cardinal Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Cardinal Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Hewlett Packard Garage (0.4 miles), The Rengstorff House (4.2 miles), and Mount Eival (4.7 miles).