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235 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, United States of America – Show map
Excellent location – rated 9.4/10! (score from 88 reviews)
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Golf Course (within 2 miles)
Food & Drink
Restaurant With Dining Menu
Free public parking is available at a location nearby (reservation is not needed).
Vending Machine (drinks), Vending Machine (snacks), 24-Hour Front Desk, Express Check-in/Check-out, Baggage Storage, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Business Center, Fax/Photocopying
Newspapers, Safe, Non-smoking Rooms, Elevator, Heating, All Spaces Non-Smoking (public and private)
From 2:00 PM
Until 11:00 AM
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 ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.
Based on 88 reviews
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Located in downtown Palo Alto, at Stanford University, this boutique hotel features 37-inch flats-screen cable TVs in each room. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.
Score from 87 reviews Very good
Free Wi-Fi is available in every room at this Palo Alto, California hotel. The hotel is minutes from Stanford University. The hotel has a daily continental breakfast.
Score from 203 reviews Good
Nestled on 4 landscaped acres in Palo Alto, California, just one mile from Standard University, this completely smoke-free inn boasts convenient services, such as free transportation within 5 miles of...
Score from 243 reviews Very good
The Quality Inn hotel is conveniently located less than two miles from Stanford University.
Score from 116 reviews Good
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
Location, lobby, cleanliness of rooms and upkeep Pictures don't do the lobby justice- it has its own grand charm.
Although I knew of the shared shower, this was uncomfortable and didn't suit the price we paid. The hotel is very old so ALL sound travels- doors opening, walking down the hallway, etc.
great location, one block away from the main street of Palo Alto, 10 min walking to Stanford entrance, 30min walking to Stanford main square. Internet worked like a charm. Breakfast is served in the bistro next to the hotel. The choice is very limited, but the quality is good.
The hotel is a bit oldish. The price is also quite high.
Nice quaint hotel; great location; clean and comfortable
Beautiful clean rooms, high ceilings, great location
The front desk guy was just okay. After a long day of traveling a smile would be nice.
The location of The Cardinal can't be beat! It was clean, comfortable, charming, quiet and fun! Loved our stay!!
The location was perfect. We could walk to everything that we needed. Terrific shopping, walk to Stanford, and walk to an abundance of outstanding restaurants. Fabulous 1920's era hotel with nostalgic design and modern amenities.
The evening desk manager was rather grumpy. We had this grumpy encounter with the same man two evenings running. But not to matter, everything else far surpassed this very minor detail.
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