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Cardinal Hotel

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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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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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All reviews shared bath city hall stanford university there is no air conditioning ceiling fan vintage hotel european style beautiful lobby street parking can't beat the location central location heart of downtown excellent location modern amenities within walking distance old school enjoyed my stay
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Reviewed 1 week ago

They nailed it. Simple, easy, everything was thought of and accounted for.I got in at 12 am after a 6 hour flight and their guest booklet had directions to an easy to use white noise machine generator next to the bed that I turned on...More

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Response from CardinalHotel1924, Guest Relations Manager at Cardinal HotelResponded 3 days ago

Happy Holidays, Excursion594! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and genuine review, we appreciate you. I am so glad that the "little touches" like our white noise machine next to the bedside made a difference. As a fellow light sleeper, I've used that "passing...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Quaint, cozy hotel right in the heart of downtown. I booked through a 3rd-party site and was only shown the options of shared bath and shower, which I thought would be OK. In hindsight, it was a little frustrating for business travel, since everyone likes...More

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Response from CardinalHotel1924, Guest Relations Manager at Cardinal HotelResponded 3 days ago

Season's greetings, Escape425 Thank you for sharing your insight, our guests' experience is Cardinal Hotel's top priority. I'm very happy your overall impression was great, and I apologize for the areas where there was any hassle whatsoever. Your sentiments re: Palo Alto parking are shared...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

once you step foot inside this hotel you will notice a large spacious lobby with a blazing fire in the fireplace. lobby decorations remind you pleasantly of years gone by, but the rooms themselves are completely modern. the front desk personnel could not have been...More

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Response from CardinalHotel1924, Guest Relations Manager at Cardinal HotelResponded yesterday

Happy Holidays, from Us to You Trailon! Thank you for sharing this beautiful snap shot of your stay at Cardinal Hotel! It really captures the essence of what we are all about. And Thank You for awarding us with a 5-Star accolade :) We are...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotel was charming and clean. I stayed in a room with a shared bathroom and never had to wait to use a bathroom or shower. I prepaid for breakfast online when I booked my reservation and was disappointed to find when I checked out...More

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Response from CardinalHotel1924, Guest Relations Manager at Cardinal HotelResponded 2 weeks ago

Season's Greetings, GoPlaces47 While it seems you enjoyed many aspects of your stay, our charm and room amenities; I'm sorry that we ultimately fell short of a perfect stay. We take feedback from our guests to heart and your review will be shared with our...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hotel is is in downtown Palo Alto, in easy walking distance of many restaurants, bars, public transportation, and about 25 min. walking distance from Stanford University. Our room was small and basic, but clean and well-maintained. There is no guest or visitor parking except...More

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Response from CardinalHotel1924, Guest Relations Manager at Cardinal HotelResponded 2 weeks ago

Season's Greetings Ayy2718! Thank you for sharing your experience with the travelling community - and for the high praise! Our location is pretty incredible! Stanford University is a quick (and beautiful) walk and we are also a few blocks away from the complimentary Stanford Shuttle...More

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July 27, 2016|
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Response from Mark M | Reviewed this property |
There is an elevator right by the registration desk. However, I do not recall rooms on the first floor. Also, you will want to call to check for an accessible entrance. I am remembering stairs at the two entrances.
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"the rooms in the back are quieter than the rooms facing the street...."
Sep 8, 2018
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"my room overlooked the main street but I heard very little"
Apr 4, 2018
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"2nd floor is easier to get to with your bag"
Nov 17, 2017
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"Make sure to book rooms with restrooms away from the backside if you MUST stay here."
Sep 8, 2017
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