I am currently staying in the hotel.
The check-in experience was quick. My room was in the back. You should leave your car in the carport while checking in, since you'll likely have to drive to the building in which your room is located. The layout is poorly designed with a maze of small buildings. You can't navigate your way around the property without a map.
The parking situation on the property is horrible. The parking is simply inadequate. The hotel was full when I checked in and I had to drive around for over 10 mins looking for parking. I finally found a spot at some distance and had to drag my bags all the way to the building where my room was located.
The room was dank and musty. The furniture is very old and smells of the age. The carpet was clean, but had that smell of age. The bathroom was also clean, but still after decades had acquired a smell that never goes away.
The mattress was ok, not very comfortable, but at least it didn't give me a backache. People with sensitive backs may have a gamble on this one.
The temperature controls in the room were finnicky. Took me a few mins to adjust them.
The toiletries are of poor quality. The hand soap left my hands feeling like I had cleaned them with sandpaper.
Overall, while the room was adequate in terms of facilities and cleanliness, I rate this hotel poorly primarily because you have to live with a smell in the rooms that never goes away, and because of the horrible parking experience. I guess first impressions count, and Dinah's just doesn't meet the bar for me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family owned and operated since 1957, Dinah’s Garden Hotel in Palo Alto is a lush oasis in Silicon Valley, and was voted “Best Hotel in Palo Alto!” Dinah’s is located near Stanford and the headquarters for the world’s leading businesses. We are California Green Certified and feature gardens, Koi-filled lagoons, well-appointed guestrooms, banquet facilities, two restaurants, and art from around the world. All 97 guestrooms and 32 suites are inspired by decorum from around the globe – creating environments that are both relaxing and productive. Visitors and locals alike love dining casually at Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant or enjoying a first class meal at THE SEA by Alexander’s Steakhouse. Although Dinah’s Garden Hotel is a historic location, we hope you enjoy our modern amenities such as brand new 42” LED televisions, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and Business Center in the lobby. Come discover why we have been a destination creating a unique brand of hospitality for more than 55 years! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Dinahs Garden
- Dinahs Garden Hotel
- Dinahs Garden Palo Alto