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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 June 2013

We love the Cardinal Hotel! This time we stayed there for over two weeks, for business and social purposes, and it was the perfect restful refuge. I love the old feel of the place, the noble high-ceilinged, tiled foyer with working fireplace, and the wonderful elevator. It's also an extremely comfortable hotel. Our room had lots of space, and a...

Thank pal232323
Farmington, Connecticut
Reviewed 3 June 2013

The Cardinal Hotel is my go-to place when visiting our college kids at Stanford. Rooms are perfectly comfortable, in-room bathrooms recently & nicely renovated with Tarocco amenities. Large lobby with fireplace, coffee/tea station, & round-the-clock security. Location can't be beat: short walk to transport shuttles & to local restaurants avoids need for a rental car. Best breakfast place--Coupa cafe--literally steps...

Thank Linda T
Reno, Nevada
Reviewed 7 April 2013

I know it is an old historic building and it does have it's charm. It is also a very convenient location within walking distance to many shops and restaurants. However, there were several things that I didn't like. First, I found the staff very unfriendly. That is the least bad thing to say. It is also very noisy. The windows...

1Thank colleen l
Ottawa, Canada
Reviewed 23 March 2013

very clean & very well maintained and refurbished; would definitely recommend to others; housekeeping & front desk staff very courteous, friendly & accommodating (with one exception) Overall, I loved the style and cleanliness of the hotel and its location downtown. The Tarocco soap/bath products are an extra nice touch!

Thank Pauliine P
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Reviewed 11 March 2013

The stay was quite positive. Great downtown location, very clean environment, and reasonable price. They also provided tea, coffee, hot water for free! In addition, there were many kinds of maps in the lobby so no need to worry how to get to your destination. Staff were polite and nice, very patient to answer questions. I will choose the same...

Thank Rowena L
Wenatchee, Washington
Reviewed 6 February 2013 via mobile

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 It's a great balance, in my mind, of keeping some old touches without feeling outdated at all.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...

Thank Patricia E
Reviewed 28 December 2012

Centre of town ye olde world charm. Comfortable, friendly and down to earth. Only minus was the noise from rowdy students (I guess) at closing time in the nearby bars - nothing I haven't heard from staying in UK and not the problem of hotel. Walking distance to cal train station and in centre of town, positives far out weigh...

Thank RobertULondon
Pound Ridge, New York
Reviewed 6 December 2012

The Cardinal hotel is in great position, in easy walking distance of the lovely Palo Alto and restaurants. The hotel is functional, comfortable and clean...its just a bit dreary and old. The bedding could certainly do with being freshened up. The staff barely acknowledge you as you walk in and out and would be nicer if they could rustle up...

Thank kimbers1965
Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
Reviewed 22 November 2012

I stayed at the hotel for two weeks. Service, security, and etc are good. Historically old hotel. At the center of Palo Alto. There are a lot of cafes around. 5 minutes walk to the train station. All is OK.

3Thank Alexander S
St Paul, Minnesota
Reviewed 6 November 2012 via mobile

We stayed at the hotel while attending wedding functions for a niece. The hotel was small and charming altho a little worn around the edges. However, it was in a very lively area of restaurants and bars which we enjoyed with other guests. The personnel at the hotel were very accomodating and friendly. I would certainly stay there again.

Thank jackpine41

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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 

Additional Information about Cardinal Hotel

Address: 235 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2530
Region: United States > California > Palo Alto
Price Range: $187 - $259 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Cardinal Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 59
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“Rooms on the Hamilton Street side are by far the most quiet. All in all, a very lovely spot to spend some time !”
 of 5 bubbles 672mickk, 19 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room not facing the road.”
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 of 5 bubbles Traveller-PC, 9 Aug 2016 | Read review
“I don't think there is a good room in this hotel. I do not recommend staying here.”
 of 5 bubbles hopetoelope, 27 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Choose rooms away from the streets - Hamilton Ave”
 of 5 bubbles JeffOtieno, 29 May 2016 | Read review
“Great Location”
 of 5 bubbles MattGlick, 19 Apr 2016 | Read review
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