As a frequent business traveler to Palo Alto, I have tempered my expectations on accommodations. This was the only hotel available for my three night stay, and the cost definitely reflected that (nearly $400/night).
Check-in was smooth, and I was given a two bed accessible room (booked a king bed, standard room) as no others were available. Rooms are spread out across various buildings, and enter from the outside (rather than inside as traditional hotels). You'll hear people with luggage banging around on the stairs all hours of the morning/night. I had quite a few problems with my room key being "desensitized" by my cell phone, so I'd often spend 5-10 minutes trying to get into my own room before having to ask for a new key at the desk. I'd never in my life heard of this, and had to "Mythbusters" investigate this (to which I found the statement to be very false).
On the bright side, you'll receive a couple free glasses of wine at the restaurant adjacent to the hotel. Drink up!
If you don't have anywhere else to stay in Palo Alto -- OK, Dinah's may be your best choice (over a Travelodge, or the Motor Inn, perhaps). Otherwise, I would recommend any of the other brand-name hotels nearby to Stanford (Sheraton, Hilton Garden Inn, etc.) if at all possible.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking