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Cardinal Hotel
Ranked #12 of 27 Hotels in Palo Alto
Reviewed March 11, 2013

The stay was quite positive. Great downtown location, very clean environment, and reasonable price. They also provided tea, coffee, hot water for free! In addition, there were many kinds of maps in the lobby so no need to worry how to get to your destination. Staff were polite and nice, very patient to answer questions. I will choose the same hotel when next time I visit Palo Alto!

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 5, 2013 via mobile

If you are charmed by old style (as I am) this is a very cool hotel, since it also has modern amenities like an updated bathroom, new carpet, direct USB charging plugs, flat screen tv, and free wifi. It's a great balance, in my mind, of keeping some old touches without feeling outdated at all. Clearly all the decisions about what to keep have been thoughtfully made (lobby with fireplace, hefty door frames, smallish rooms).

I agree the noise is quite loud, both within the hotel and from the street. I don't suggest staying here if you are a light sleeper. I do suggest it if you like places that have some style and "feel".

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Centre of town ye olde world charm.
Comfortable, friendly and down to earth. Only minus was the noise from rowdy students (I guess) at closing time in the nearby bars - nothing I haven't heard from staying in UK and not the problem of hotel. Walking distance to cal train station and in centre of town, positives far out weigh negatives. Shared bathrooms, old elevators and no frills add to the charm and character of the place - I will stay here again.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

The Cardinal hotel is in great position, in easy walking distance of the lovely Palo Alto and restaurants. The hotel is functional, comfortable and clean...its just a bit dreary and old. The bedding could certainly do with being freshened up. The staff barely acknowledge you as you walk in and out and would be nicer if they could rustle up a smile or "good morning" every now and again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

I stayed at the hotel for two weeks. Service, security, and etc are good. Historically old hotel. At the center of Palo Alto. There are a lot of cafes around. 5 minutes walk to the train station. All is OK.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile


We stayed at the hotel while attending wedding functions for a niece. The hotel was small and charming altho a little worn around the edges. However, it was in a very lively area of restaurants and bars which we enjoyed with other guests. The personnel at the hotel were very accomodating and friendly. I would certainly stay there again.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

Hotel is very well located and it is charming. The staff seemed weary and less than pleased to greet us, which later made sense.

When I got back from dinner, I noticed that it was very loud outside my window. I looked out and realized that the room faces an alley lined with dumpsters used by the nearby restaurants and bars. Noise from the street, bars and alley ricochet around the alley all night. At midnight I went down to complain and saw in the poor woman's face that she deals with this on a regular basis. She mechanically offered me free earplugs.

I was awoken multiple times throughout the night - trucks backing up in the alley, barbacks throwing bags full of bottles away, etc. Someone's drilling as I write this at 6am.

Definitely recommend staying somewhere else while in the area.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Cardinal Hotel

Address: 235 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2530
Location: United States > California > Palo Alto
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 27 Hotels in Palo Alto
Price Range: $134 - $169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Cardinal Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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