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Dinah's Garden Hotel
Ranked #2 of 27 Hotels in Palo Alto
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

Absolutely love this place. It's old and a step back in time, but casually elegant. I always wish I had more time to enjoy sitting out on the back deck, in the adirondack chairs, reading my book and enjoying the lush vegetation and winding koi pond. Beds are very comfortable and love being treated with fresh apples for a homey touch after a long drive.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 March 2012

Dinah's Garden Hotel is a great spot in Palo Alto. Mid-price in an area that has either high end or low end accomodations. Could not ask for more. You might feel that you have landed in your grandparents Florida condo circa 1975, but don't let that put you off. The rooms are well appointed, with everything you need for a comfortable stay. Service is great and the on premises dining for breakfast or for dinner at Trader Vic's are more than adequate. In fact if you are travelling on business (alone) you can have dinner in the bar as part of the nearly all-night happy hour and you won't be disappointed. As with most of the accomodations in the Palo Alto area, book early to insure availability.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

Decent size rooms, set back off a busy street keep things tranquil and all at a resonable price. There's a poolside restaraunt so convenient for breakfast. I can't think of any negatives....

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

Wonderful - ponds and walks and ducks and Koi and the sound of water bubbling, Fuji applies in the lobby and in the room as well as Ghiradelli chocolates in the room each day, the layout of the buildings means that it is a short walk to the lobby for your newspaper in the morning or to the small, but adequate gym.- 2 packets of regular coffee and one of decaf each day in the room - coffee pot, large enough fridge supplied- our room had two doors, one that lead out to the pool area and one to the parking lot, parking was right outside the door, there was a knife and assortment of glasses in the room lots of storage and good wifi provided. The staff were exceptional and pleasant and helpful.

not so great - there did not seem to be any water heat regulators in either room we were in so we got cold blasts of water in the shower if the upstairs people turned on their water while we were showering. - The TV's were the old style - not that they didn't work, there were lots of channel choices, but they were the old style and so was the a/c in the first room and the radio, the weighing scale in the gym was not digital so was waaaay out of accurate - the safe was so high up in the closet that I could not reach it and the room attendant missed some coffee splotches on the white coffee pot one day, and missed our chocolates one day - but other than that, and that was not awful, the inside and outside was really clean. There is a sign in the room that says to ask for any amenities that you left at home - I needed an emery board to correct a broken fingernail - one young fellow at the front desk didn't know what an emery board was, the room attendant didn't have anything that would add to the room - like a tiny toothpaste etc. if we had needed that and the best offer was that I could purchase a packet of them from the display case for about 2 - $3 - I bit the corner off and got some at a $ store !! - They placed a family with a small child in the room above us and we didn't sleep with the child crying and screaming from 10 pm - 4 am then they let it out of the playpen or whatever it was contained in, and it ran around the room until 6 am - the child didn't speak, it just ran around and shrieked - this and with them walking around in hard shoes - clumping - we told them at the desk each day and finally on the second to last night there, we were moved to a wonderful suite for one night sleep - we slept 12 hours around the clock and the last night was only half a night anyway as we had early flights -

With tax, we paid over $200 a night which was a lot - we might stay there again as they do offer on site restaurants and it is conveniently located, but as a travel agent, I can get a much better deal at so many close by hotels so I will have to weigh the pros and cons when the time comes. We are in that area often - (like every 6 - 8 weeks) and this is the nicest hotel we have stayed in but the price is way out of line compared to the neighbouring hotels - and they do not offer travel agent rates !!

If you have any problems while staying here - insist on talking to a manager right away as the staff is helpful and polite and considerate (the reasons I would stay there again) but they just do not have the ability to change your room without approval from the higher ups.

Room Tip: no elevator, but upper rooms HAVE to be quieter than lower ones - not enough insulation to keep the...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 January 2012

This is our second stay at Dinah's in Palo Alto. We come here from Texas to visit family and it is very conveniently located to where they all are. More important, this is a charming, small hotel with the feeling of an foreign inn, with fire places in the rooms and windows overlooking a lovely koi pond. Modest exercise equipment in the room (great for the business traveler), comfortable beds and a Trader Vic's next door for dinner or room service. And you don't have to stop to take out a bank loan when it comes time to check out. How can you ask for more!

Room Tip: Ask for a room over-looking the koi ponds; not all do.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 January 2012

Amazing setting in a setting of ponds, fountains, ducks and goldfish. Rooms are large with all the amenities renovated with a hint of 70s kitch. Comfortable and quiet with the sound of the water in the background.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the gardens and pond.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 December 2011

i know i am coming here as a b*
well , if i had paid 69 dollars a night here ok. but 259? and for stepping up to motel six style run down hotel.
guys wake up i know its menlo park i know its area that money is not a problem. but this was abuse.
i was sharing with the front desk girl the nightmare sleepless night i had with that a/c unit which needs to be going to a museum.
she was saying "why didn't you let us know w e have new rooms with bath and build in a/c unit" well lady why didn't you give it to me at the first place.

she told me that the price i paid is more than what they the hotel, sold the room last night. pissed me off galore!!
don't use cheaptickets they are cheating as they booked a standard room with the hotel and when i booked i upgraded to better room and paid extra 35 dollars for what? the bath room was motel 6 style no bath just yucky shower.
i am sorry but it was awful. i will never stay at that hotel . but if you are reading this line and looking for room in palo alto . good luck. the area has a gold mind hotel rooms. and they are selling it high as can be. and giving you as little as can be.
happy holiday. the life on the road so many frogs...smiling



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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled on business
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Address: 4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306-4495
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Region: United States > California > Palo Alto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Palo Alto
#2 Romantic Hotel in Palo Alto
#2 Business Hotel in Palo Alto
Price Range: £112 - £350 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Dinah's Garden Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 129
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family owned and operated since 1957, Dinah’s Garden Hotel in Palo Alto is a lush oasis in Silicon Valley, and was voted “Best Hotel in Palo Alto!” Dinah’s is located near Stanford and the headquarters for the world’s leading businesses. We are California Green Certified and feature gardens, Koi-filled lagoons, well-appointed guestrooms, banquet facilities, two restaurants, and art from around the world. All 97 guestrooms and 32 suites are inspired by decorum from around the globe – creating environments that are both relaxing and productive. Visitors and locals alike love dining casually at Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant or enjoying a first class meal at THE SEA by Alexander’s Steakhouse. Although Dinah’s Garden Hotel is a historic location, we hope you enjoy our modern amenities such as brand new 42” LED televisions, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and Business Center in the lobby. Come discover why we have been a destination creating a unique brand of hospitality for more than 55 years! ... more   less 
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