In some respects, reviews of a Courtyard by Marriott property can be kind of pointless--if you've ever stayed at one, you pretty much know what you're going to get at the next one, because they're all fairly similar. As a rule, you can expect comfortable but not luxurious surroundings, clean rooms, and convenient access, but nothing particularly memorable.
This one, however, is nicer than others I've visited. The rooms are as clean and spacious as you would expect of one of these places, but the property is nicer and more attractive than the typical Courtyard, especially in the common areas. The lobby area is attractive, and offers free coffee, tea, and ice water 24/7, along with some small edible treats (fruit, nuts, baked items) most of the day. The patio and pool area are very nice--more like what you would see in a resort rather than a Courtyard property. There are several conversation/relaxation areas with outdoor sofas and chairs surround nice gas firepits, which are nice on the typical cool Silicon Valley evening. There's a nice sized swimming pool and two small spa/jacuzzi pools (on which the chlorine level was way too high--my wife and I used one, and when we got out our swimwear had been bleached several shades lighter than when we went in--probably not good for one's skin, either!).
The location is convenient, on El Camino Real, literally right on the border between Los Altos and Palo Alto (the hotel is actually in Los Altos, but if you step a foot or two off the property in one direction you're in Palo Alto). There are numerous and diverse dining options within easy walking distance, and if you prefer to buy food at a store there are many within less than a mile of the place on El Camino Real (including Trader Joe's and Whole Foods).
There is ample parking in an underground garage, accessible from the lobby by an elevator.
All in all, this is a good option and a good place for either business or leisure travelers in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated among landscaped gardens, this hotel features an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and a gym all within 3 miles from Stanford University Campus. All rooms have work desks and free Wi-Fi. The Courtyard Palo Alto’s units are all air-conditioned and fitted with a coffeemaker. Inquire about our newly updates suites today. Each room has a sofa bed and a 43” flat-screen TV with digital channels and an iPod docking station. The hotel’s lobby offers computers and printers available for guests’ use. It also offers free coffee and newspapers. Conference and meeting space is also available with an option to have any event catered to your preference. At The Bistro, our full service restaurant, guests can order a classic breakfast in the morning, or casual American cuisine for lunch or dinner. You may also enjoy a refreshing glass of wine or cocktail at our bar and lounge after a long day of work. Courtyard Palo Alto Los Altos is 3 miles from Stanford University and 12 miles from San Jose Airport. Free on-site public parking is available. This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Palo Alto! Here at the Courtyard Palo Alto Los Altos guest satisfaction is our number one priority. Please let us know if we may be of any assistance, and we hope to see you very soon! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard By Marriott Palo Alto Los Altos Hotel Los Altos
- Courtyard Los Altos
- Los Altos Courtyard
- Los Altos Marriott