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Vancouver, Washington
Reviewed 14 November 2011

My son and I just came back from a 3-day, 2-night stay at the Cardinal Hotel. In addition to its location (several good restaurants within 2 blocks, and a Whole Foods market three blocks away), the hotel has a library upstairs from the lobby with two desktop computers and a large table for studying and working, plus two or three...

1Thank Coffeehound60820
Reviewed 7 November 2011

For $85, this is great value. 'Old school' is right in terms of atmosphere- reception area is like a ballroom in size but old school rather than glam. Rooms are excellent with good bed- very clean. Free computers to use. Slightly thin walls so you can hear conversations next door (time to turn up the TV volume!). Free coffee in...

2Thank tayldn
Prince George, Canada
Reviewed 5 November 2011

We have stayed at the Cardinal Hotel on many occasions. The rooms are always spotless, there is coffee in the rooms, as well as the lobby. The lobby itself is warm and comfortable, great for reading or visiting. The location of this grand hotel is right in the heart of downtown Palo Alto, within walking distance of wonderful shops, grocery...

1Thank Kelly F
Kansas City, Missouri
Reviewed 27 October 2011

Old school, traditional feel, in a 'seasoned', cared for facility. Attentive to all basic needs. Step outside and you're in the thick of shops and food and drinks. Public parking across the street. Been there three times over the years for reunions and the place seemed even better than before. HOT, strong coffee in the thermoses in the afternoon when...

1Thank jbl1945
Reviewed 15 October 2011

The hotel lobby is old world beautiful. My room was clean with a very comfy bed, big tv, large shower. Walls are thin so it can be a little noisy if the guy next door talks a little loud. The guys at the front desk when I checked in weren't very welcoming and didn't even offer to help a small...

1Thank passiontravelers
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 30 September 2011

I stayed 5 nights and found this hotel perfect. I did not rent a car and the location could not be better - 2 blocks from Caltrain, 2 blocks from a Whole Foods, downtown Palo Alto all around you. I saved money in a room with sink/shared bath/toilet in the hall; I had packed a lightweight bathrobe for the hallway...

1Thank ReviewerFromDC
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 September 2011

This is a fine old hotel, with period features preserved, and friendly staff. It's simple, practical and unfussy. Half a block away is the Peninsula Creamery, a great old-style diner (the pies!!!), or on Saturdays the Farmers' Market is a couple blocks away. The hotel is also only a short walk from the train station, and all of downtown Palo...

1Thank L G
Kansas City, Missouri
Reviewed 27 September 2011

Stayed there for two nights Sept 22-24 ,2011 and enjoyed the stay. The staff was polite, rooms clean, and comfortable. We had the shared bathroom, and I found that worked out well with the other travelers. The location was perfect, close to many attractions, could walk to many downtown locations. Only downside was parking, and the nightlife noise from the...

Thank Victoria K
Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 23 September 2011

My wife lived in cardinal hotel for two nights, the experience was excellent: 1. The staffs are kind-hearted, willing to offer help anytime 2. Whenever i made a call, they will help connect to the guest room immediately. 3. They allowed for early check-in. 4. They also provide free coffee when she waits for the super shuttle bus.

Thank wingersg
Oxford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 August 2011

I love this hotel - it was a pleasure to be back after seven years. A relaxed period elegance for a very modest price.

Thank Colin P

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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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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 

Additional Information about Cardinal Hotel

Address: 235 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301
Region: United States > California > Palo Alto
Price Range: £107 - £193 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Cardinal Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 59
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“Rooms on the Hamilton Street side are by far the most quiet. All in all, a very lovely spot to spend some time !”
 of 5 bubbles 672mickk, 19 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room not facing the road.”
  • The fan in the room with the lights.
  • Wash basin in the room.
 of 5 bubbles Traveller-PC, 9 Aug 2016 | Read review
“I don't think there is a good room in this hotel. I do not recommend staying here.”
 of 5 bubbles hopetoelope, 27 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Choose rooms away from the streets - Hamilton Ave”
 of 5 bubbles JeffOtieno, 29 May 2016 | Read review
“Great Location”
 of 5 bubbles MattGlick, 19 Apr 2016 | Read review
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