If you are charmed by old style (as I am) this is a very cool hotel, since it also has modern amenities like an updated bathroom, new carpet, direct USB charging plugs, flat screen tv, and free wifi. It's a great balance, in my mind, of keeping some old touches without feeling outdated at all. Clearly all the decisions about what to keep have been thoughtfully made (lobby with fireplace, hefty door frames, smallish rooms).
I agree the noise is quite loud, both within the hotel and from the street. I don't suggest staying here if you are a light sleeper. I do suggest it if you like places that have some style and "feel".
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Cardinal Hotel Palo Alto