As far as Palo Alto goes, this must be about the most basic place there is. But also the cheapest. I was at a conference at Stanford and it worked out wonderfully, and I would not hesitate to stay there again if I were at something affiliated with Stanford (a "normal" person can't just stay there. You need to be doing something at Stanford).
I arrived pretty early, around 11:00am, but they got me right in. My room was very small, which I expected...but it was actually slightly smaller than I expected. But it had all of the basics (TV with cable, desk/chair, decent-sized bathroom), and was clean. The bed was pretty comfortable. WiFi had multiple networks available - I first used the Stanford Visitor network which was ok. I later switched to Eduroam, which was faster and great (but you need to work for a university that has Eduroam itself, I belive).
During my first day, I took a run up to campus to explore, which is maybe 1.5 miles each way up Sand Hill Road. The sidewalk is unacceptably torn up for the first 1/2 mile or so, but gets better after that. Later that night, I took the shuttle to/from downtown Palo Alto (drops you at Caltrain Station), and that worked well for exploring a bit.
During my conference, I used a combination of conference-arranged buses and the SLAC Marguerite bus, and both worked well.
The only fault I saw was with the staff. They were pretty split between awesome and mediocre. One would be the friendliest, most welcoming person in the world (especially Consuela!), and the next would seem miserable and exude it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Stanford Guest House is an impeccably designed and well-appointed property located in the picturesque foothills of Palo Alto. Whether you’re visiting our beautiful campus, conducting research at the internationally renowned SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, or caring for a loved one at the Stanford Medical Center, we make it our number one priority to provide first-class accommodations for the duration of your stay with us.No facility is better equipped to anticipate and address the needs of Stanford clientele than the only hotel owned and operated by Stanford University. Our exclusive lodgings boast one-of-a-kind art and photography highlighting the Nobel prize-winning research conducted at SLAC and, as part of the Stanford family, our staff members are uniquely equipped to help you plan your campus experience.We take great pride in serving the Cardinal community and very much look forward to your next visit. ... more less