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235 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, U.S.A. – Show map
Excellent location — rated 9.4/10! (score from 95 reviews)
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Golf course (within 3 km)
Food & Drink
Restaurant (à la carte)
Free public parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not needed).
Vending machine (drinks), Vending machine (snacks), 24-hour front desk, Express check-in/check-out, Luggage storage, Laundry, Dry cleaning, Business centre, Fax/photocopying
Newspapers, Safety deposit box, Non-smoking rooms, Lift, Heating, Non-smoking throughout
From 14:00 hours
Until 11:00 hours
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Children and extra beds
All children are welcome.
One child under 12 years stays free of charge when using existing beds.
There is no capacity for extra beds in the room.
Pets are not allowed.
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Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.
Based on 95 reviews
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Very nice owner, helped us a lot with requests
The rooms are clean, bedding was fresh and modern but you have to be someone who appreciates nostalgia and doesn't need the 'clinical' feel of our newer hotels (it has old fashioned 'touches'). I found it charming and reasonable as a local business person with an hour commute to Pal Alto who didn't care to spend $500/night down the street just because I had a crack of dawn business meeting the next day. And eating at Nola across the street was an added bonus. Make sure you secure a room with its own bathroom (as I did. Apparently there are some rooms with a shared hallway bath--I don't care for that much 'tradition') and ask for a room on the opposite side of Nola for peace and quiet (I did and it was quiet).
The front desk staff could be a little more cheerful but heck, you just check in and don't really need to interact with them further.
Overall we found the hotel to be clean and comfortable in a central location, with a good deal of old world charm. We had a room with a shared bathroom but there were no issues with access to the bathroom when required.
We had a room on the street side of the hotel, so there was a bit of noise at times.
The bed and the retreat upstairs from the lobby. Great for hanging, working, reading and eating without being stuck in ones' room. The respected old world decor.
Customer service- way he was talking, not too friendly or welcoming
Downtown location Old fashioned style
Could be modernized
The persona treat was excellent
The showers not in the room
bed was comfy, location awesome
had a shared bathroom (no other rooms available), while reasonably clean I would not recommend this to anyone.
All, specially the hotel´s team and its location. Awesome Business Center
Really liked the comfortable lobby, upstairs lounge /business room and free tea, coffee and chilled water.
Would have benefitted from double glazing to reduce street noise.
Excellent hotel at a very good location. Everything is kept so clean, that even strange idea of sharing a bathroom/shower facility (which is located at the hall, not in the room) is not that dangerous :)
Hair dryer in the room is VERY strange. You should press and hold button on the hair dryer base (on the wall) with one hand and hold hair dryer in the other hand. I have never seen such system even in other hotels/motels in US.
Charming 1920s style, the lobby invites you to sojourn there discussing books, ideas, music... Comfortable central position in Palo Alto, no problem to find a parking place within 100 m at night. Efficient window insulation from noise of A/C plants of the neighborhood ensured good sleeping. No air conditioning, just a ceiling fan, and none of them was needed. Early morning light breakfast in adjacent French bistrot (included in room price) lets you start the day nicely.
Loved the location, friendliness and comfort.
The front desk people were excellent.
This is my second time to Cardinal Hotel! The value-for-money aspect is unbeatable. The location is perfect! Right in the middle of downtown Palo Alto. For people visiting Stanford, this place is perfect as it's within walking distance to Palo Alto Caltrain station. From there, you can take the shuttle bus into Stanford! The shared bathroom is very clean and comfortable!
The same male staff on night shift is quite unfriendly. His attitude ruined an otherwise perfect stay in Cardinal Hotel (for the two times I stayed there).
Bed was very nice and comfortable, room and bathroom were clean, very nice amenities in the bathroom. really appreciated.
Pub across the alley was very noisy and sound-proofing was not good, the fact the hotel actually provided ear plugs was not a good sign. It could have been because the hotel is old though they have renovated.
Nice pleasant staff. In the heart of Palo Alto. Clean and comfortable.
I really liked the location. It's located in the center of downtown Palo Alto. Everything is within walking distance. The shared bathroom was great as well.
Some of the front desk staff could have been friendlier and more polite. I was also not informed that the hotel were under some minor renovations.
The location, the location, the location! Also, my room: it was large, comfortable, and spotlessly clean, with a nearly silent ceiling fan that kept the place cool even on hot summer days.
The only thing I didn't like was the behavior of the front-desk staff: what a surly group of people! Unsmiling, unfriendly, unenthusiastic, as if they hated their jobs and didn't care a whit about the guests. Come on, people on the front desk, smile a little!
Very handy to the centre of Palo Alto, and offers a nice continental breakfast at a French run restaurant next door.
It was very hard to find parking, but everything else was great! Thank you!!!
Location was good
Sharing a bathroom in the hall
The location was perfect and the rooms were newly renovated!
Some of the rooms do not include a shower and have a shared one in the hallway.
A gem of a hotel with a historical flair, but very updated with modern rooms. Very comfortable mattresses and pillows. Pleasantly surprised with sink in the room as we had a room with bathroom facilities down the hall. Anxious prior to arrival as to how this would work, but shower and toilet facilities were separate. Both rooms were very clean, well stocked and convenient to use. All hotel staff were pleasant, helpful and friendly. Also a great location with great places to eat and shop just outside the door. The "noise" of surrounding establishments mentioned in other reviews was not a problem for us...minimal and added to the charm of our stay. Definitely not a chain hotel feel...most enjoyabl
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