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Stanford Park Hotel
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Menlo Park
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Beijing, China
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“Suburban California as it actually exists in our minds”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

Hollywood has created a California which many never find when they visit, much to their disappoinment. This hotel delivers, by offering a sense of the generous suburban California story, for real. Relaxed, comfortable and friendly. Many homely rooms facing a green courtyard. And, I did not feel the constant clamouring for tips which impoverishes so many hotel and restaurant experiences in the United States.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Palo Alto, California
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

Stanford Park Hotel made us feel very comfortable ---- the room, the food and the environment. Everything is perfect! Especially it is so closed to Stanford campus. The next day we visited Stanford campus and looked around "silicon valley" guided by friends. We will stay in this hotel for the future trips for sure.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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london
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

I stayed a couple of nights on business. The hotel staff are friendly and helpful, the rooms are pleasant, the food was fine and the general ambience is classy. Good selection of interesting beers. There is a nice courtyard where you can sit out and enjoy the sunshine. A very good choice for Stanford or Palo Alto and I would stay again.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Los Gatos, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2014

In the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley it seems almost impossible to find a place to eat, relax or just stretch out. The Stanford Park Hotel is one such hotel with a prime location to boot. The restaurant there is amazing. The food is outstanding and the service makes you feel like you never left home. The hotel itself has a great program for businesses, we feel very well taken care of when we arrange meetings there either in the restaurant or the conference rooms. They have a fantastic young man who deals with their business program and we get very responsive and accommodating service when we deal with him.

I highly recommend this hotel for business or pleasure.

Room Tip: A room away from the street overlooking the garden or the courtyard is best.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Issaquah, Washington
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We just stayed at the Stanford Park Hotel for a family reunion and had a great stay. The lounge and lobby were comfortable for meeting others and the outside courtyard was great. Our room was quiet, clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

First, let me say that the hotel is lovely. It has an old world charm, relaxed euro-estate feel, myriad library and sitting areas, rockers on the porch, a good sized fireplace sitting area, and ample outdoor seating to visit, relax, read and/or enjoy nature. Plenty of parking, either valet or self-park. Note daily amenities fees.

Plain and simple, here's the scoop--

Pros: Great location, nice rooms (some with fireplaces), lovely sitting areas, relaxed bar area with decent menu and reasonable prices and a variety of food from snacks to meals. Hotel has a decent wine selection. The staff in high visibility areas such as the front desk and entry are helpful and professional.

Cons: Weekday construction noise. Room was a bit musty. You need to ask for extras--they aren't automatically offered. Turn down service is an example of this--and you need to ask every single night if you want it. Weird. Also, times for special offerings such as wine tastings and warm cookies are rigid. Wine tasting runs from 5-6 pm. I arrived at hotel just after 6 pm and was told wine tasting ended 7 minutes ago. For goodness sake, offer your late guest a small taste of the wine selection of the day. It is wine country after all! During the evening hospitality hour, if they run out of warm cookies or evening tea after 30-40 minutes, too bad so sad. Admittedly, I'm rather old school about hospitality--if you are going to do it, then do it well or don't do it at all. If you run out of coffee and tea, offer warm milk. If you offer turn down, do it consistently. I'd say, always plan to linger 15 minutes beyond the schedule on hospitality stations to delight your guests.

Additional notes: Stanford Park has a certain elegance and at the same time comfort. It is traditional in the classic sense. If you are looking for a chic, boutique hotel, this is not it. Neither is it a big chain hotel, or a guesthouse, or a B&B. It is a grand and lovely hotel. While renovations and construction are good news – it can be very inconvenient and disruptive for guests. I realize it is difficult to shut down the entire hotel for updates and renovations. At the same time, transparency and disclosure are important considerations and appreciated by guests booking holiday stays. Perhaps special "construction appreciation stay" promotions or waiver of guest amenities fees would make something good out of a less than perfect situation, and is certainly less costly than shutdown or reputation damage.

Finally a shout out for special assistance and staff honesty - I left a personal object behind and the manager and staff were extremely responsive and helpful in retrieving my lost item. This makes all the difference, and I look forward to returning to The Stanford Park for future visits.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Patrick_J_Lane, General Manager at Stanford Park Hotel, responded to this review, 24 April 2014
Dear Cape Cod,

Thank you for taking time to write such a thoughtful review our hotel. I appreciate all of your compliments with regard to the beauty, warmth and charm of the hotel and it is good to know you enjoyed the elegance and comfort of your new guestroom as well.

We are currently in the process of renovating some areas of the hotel so that we can provide an even better experience and value for our guests. Our new fire pits in the garden courtyard will be complete in just a few weeks and I am confident they will provide relaxation and entertainment for many of our patrons. We have done our best to minimize the disruption and noise of any project because we understand that construction can be interruptive.

If we fell short in our hospitality, I am truly sorry. I will take your suggestions to heart and share them with my associates because we pride ourselves in being flexible and ensuring every guest retains positive memories of their visit to the Stanford Park Hotel.

I value the insights that our guests provide for us and we endeavor to continuously improve our hotel and hospitality as a result.

Sincerely,
Patrick
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Lexington,Massachusetts
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

we stayed here for a weekend as part of a wedding party. The hotel was very comfortable, with very friendly service to go with attractive rooms. It is convenient to Stanford and Palo Alto generally. Given its site on the main road, we were concerned about noise when we checked in, but we had no problem at all.

Room Tip: the side facing the road, where we were, was quiet
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Stanford Park Hotel
Address: 100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025-5292
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Region: United States > California > Menlo Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Menlo Park
#1 Green Hotel in Menlo Park
#1 Family Hotel in Menlo Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Stanford Park Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 163
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
European luxury awaits you at the Stanford Park Hotel. Enjoy superb service, award-winning cuisine, and exquisitely appointed guestrooms at one of the finest hotels in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula. Conveniently located adjacent to Stanford University and Palo Alto, the Hotel provides an elegant and tranquil setting for a productive meeting, memorable wedding, or a restful personal retreat. ... more   less 
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