The Cardinal Hotel was an affordable charmer. I think the design and decor would especially appeal to an older crowd. The rooms have recently been upgraded (to a boutique style) and are clean and offer all sorts of places to plug in electronics. We had a room with two double beds and a private bath, although cheaper rooms are available (if you don't mind sharing a bathroom and shower located in the hallway). There's lots of places to eat locally, many within walking distance. The hotel is located on a busy corner, so there is some street noise and late night activity that can be heard from the room (we were on the 3rd floor). We plugged in the fan that we found in the closet and drowned much of it out. As far as I can tell there is no air conditioning. Not a problem most of the year in Palo Alto. Free coffee/tea in the AM down in the lobby. The original elevators are a bit scarry ~~. They remind you how old the building really is. I would recommend it, unless you are a super light sleeper.
- 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