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    Cardinal Hotel

    235 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301
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    07/13/2017 07/14/2017
    1 room
    • 1 room
      2 adults
      • 2 adults
        0 children
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          “shared bath” (15 reviews)
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          Free Wifi
          Non-Smoking Hotel
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          2.0 Star Hotel
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          Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

          I'm puzzled by the number of positive reviews as this was one of the poorest hotel experiences I've had. The graffiti that's been left on the elevator was the first sign of trouble. Then upon finally finding my room (there are no signs to help...More

          Thank benrobbs
          Reviewed November 6, 2015

          The Lobby is SO huge and neat. Like a big 20's era Hollywood era set. The rooms are nothing special, but it's a very neat old building surrounded by sweet shops and restaurants. Parking is a pain, they recommended in City Hall. But otherwise a...More

          Thank Ken A
          Reviewed October 23, 2015

          Location: The best aspect of the hotel is the downtown Palo Alto location: in the middle of the downtown restaurants, close to the Caltrain, and close to Stanford. We were able to easily walk or take public transit to everywhere we needed to go. Accommodations:...More

          Thank RK M
          Reviewed October 19, 2015

          Like a home to me and my family. Have been coming here for years. Immaculate accommodations, friendly helpful staff, very comfortable beds, great coffee and tea in the lobby, walking distance to all restaurants and shops in Palo Alto. No reason to consider staying anywhere...More

          Thank Kathy S
          Reviewed October 1, 2015

          The hotel itself is comfortable and clean, but the staff at the reception was extremely rude and unfriendly. The cafe serving breakfast (next to the hotel) had serious trouble to serve more than a few clients at one time and having breakfast became a complicated...More

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          The Epiphany, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
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          • Top amenities
          • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
          • Hotel Amenities
          • Dry Cleaning
          • Meeting Rooms
          • Business Center with Internet Access
          • Laundry Service
          • Concierge
          • Self-Serve Laundry
          • Price range
          • $134 - $364 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
          • Hotel class
          • Hotel Style
          • #1 Best Value Hotel in Palo Alto
          • Room types
          • Non-Smoking Rooms ,
          • Suites ,
          • Family Rooms
          • Number of rooms
          • 59
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          Paul K
          Is there elevator access for handicapped guests? Or rooms on the first floor?
          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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          "Request a room with en suite bathroom. Higher floors have less street noise."
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          "Sometimes there maybe a party in one of the nearby restaurants or bars.Ramona street side was quiet for us."
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          "insist that you are not on the alley"
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          "Rooms on the Hamilton Street side are by far the most quiet. All in all, a very lovely spot to spend some..."
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