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Dinah's Garden Hotel
Ranked #2 of 27 Hotels in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence
Northern California
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454 reviews
52 hotel reviews
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“Great place, atmosphere and service”
Reviewed 18 March 2014

We found Dinah's the old fashion way - online searches! As we were driving there, we passed a few other motels and hotels and were not impressed. Given that our price was in the same range as the others, we felt Dinah's would be just ok. We were wrong. Service was great. Our room was amazing, large, spotlessly clean, very comfortable. The welcome apples and chocolates were a very nice touch. The grounds and pool area are really like an oasis, very inviting and calming. You immediately forget that the major roadway is only feet away. We will definitely return and recommend this place. Also, the price alone is worth the stay, but when coupled with the service, amenities and atmosphere, Dinah's climbs tot he top of anyone's list.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

Stayed for 2 weeks last month, and was impressed. Very good-sized room, comfortable bed, apples and chocolates supplied each day, free parking, very clean. Had a couple of breakfasts and dinners in the pool bar - both reasonable value for the area and good quality food. It's about 4 miles from Palo Alto centre.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

Stayed there for 4 nights recently and really loved it. Hard to believe that it's on El Camino, because it is so lushly planted with trees, shrubs, flowers (many exotic) that it feels like a tropical retreat. And the many separate small buildings, with streams and lagoons, increase the feeling of privacy. I found the artwork in the rooms and around the grounds quite remarkable -- and the owner can tell you the provenance of any that you're curious about. Room was spacious with excellent desk and table space and excellent internet connection -- very fine for working. I had no time to try the pool, nor to sit around it ordering drinks and snacks, but that looked very inviting. I have to confess that my stay was paid for (on business); I don't know if I would ever be so self-indulgent as to pay for such luxury myself. I also don't pay money to fly business class when I go overseas, but love it when it happens - and I think this hotel is much more affordable than flying business class, so on reflection, if I wanted a really lovely stay with my husband sometime, I would be ready to pay for it!

Room Tip: My room was a second floor lagoon room - excellent privacy, restful sound of fountains, lovely. A co...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Frederick, Maryland
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

I stayed at this location since my typical hotel was full. The room was clean and quite large. The space was a bit dated and a little musty. The room had a large balcony. The restaurant and pool area are very nice and the service was great. The large drawback with this property is the lack of parking. I was lucky where the occupancy was not an issue. If the property is semi-full parking will be a problem. Other reviews mentioned the water pressure was a bit low, but it was not a problem for me.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Redding, California
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

My first time at Dinah's was memorable. A beautiful room, almost elegant. Very nice bathroom and quality towels. Two apples and two Ghiradelli chocolates on the table. We had drinks by the pool and our server was prompt and polite. The grounds are lovely, truly a garden setting with many different plants and even redwood trees. I could've stayed a week!

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 February 2014 via mobile

Room was very quiet and newly renovated. Grounds a beautiful. A great alternative to chain hotels. The restaurant service and food was good, staff were friendly and attentive. I would easily stay here the next opportunity I have to visit Palo Alto

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Reviewed 21 February 2014

Dinah's Garden Hotel is a true hidden gem and beautiful tropical oasis within the city of Palo Alto. The property is gorgeous, the staff is super friendly & professional & they truly go above & beyond to make sure that your stay here far exceeds your expectations. The restaurant is also excellent whether you choose to dine there & be spoiled by the wait staff or order room service & dine on your private balcony. All you have to is relax & enjoy enjoy!

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Property: Dinah's Garden Hotel
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 Business Hotel in Palo Alto
#2 Romantic Hotel in Palo Alto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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