The Palo Alto Inn

4238 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306, United States
+1 650 493 4222

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based on 432 reviews
The Palo Alto Inn - Palo Alto, CA, United States
Fri 6/18
Sat 6/19
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Value for money


Distance to city centre

4,2 km

Location rating


Nearest airport

San Francisco

Distance to airport

32,8 km

Rooms available at The Palo Alto Inn

Fri 6/18
Sat 6/19

Queen rooms

R1 426+

Bed type
Nightly base price
Queen bed
R1 426 per night
Queen bed
R1 984 per night

King rooms

R1 332+

Bed type
Nightly base price
R1 332 per night
R1 363 per night
R1 363 per night

Deluxe rooms

R1 336+

Bed type
Nightly base price
King bed
R1 336 per night
King bed
R1 579 per night

Double rooms

R1 655+

Bed type
Nightly base price
King bed
R1 655 per night

Reviews of The Palo Alto Inn



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friendly staff in 78 reviews
room was very clean in 65 reviews
great location in 62 reviews
continental breakfast in 61 reviews
front desk in 37 reviews
free parking in 27 reviews
would stay in 15 reviews
bed was comfortable in 14 reviews
palo alto in 14 reviews
outdoor patio in 7 reviews
complimentary snacks in 6 reviews
el camino in 4 reviews
staff extremely in 4 reviews
good place in 3 reviews
updated clean in 3 reviews
addressed and resolved in 2 reviews
broke my wrist in 2 reviews
  • Poor
    Jun 2016


    It was in a pretty good location since it does have a Palo Alto address and is right on El Camino Real. But, it is not right in the heart of Palo Alto near downtown or Stanford. They do offer a free bag of chips and free water (Kirkland brand) in the room. And, there is a coffee maker if you need it.

    EVERYTHING! This is a total "bait and switch". The website presents a cute, quaint hotel both through the photography/logo and language that is used. It is anything but. I looked in the closet and saw an old, used "Days Inn" paper cup (why has the closet not been cleaned out!!!), and it made sense. This must be a former Days Inn. The rooms are motel-style where they open into a parking lot. They feature a weak chain for the door. I was 1,000% disappointed, especially for the price. The website said, "our continually updated, one of a kind guest rooms feature plush beds, modern bathrooms, and a full array of amenities." This place is nothing like that description. It is not at all updated. It was formerly a Days Inn, and it looks like an old, out-of-date Days Inn that would be better in a low-end neighborhood not Palo Alto. The only good thing about the room is that it had a large flat screen TV with Dish Network. And, there is free wi-fi. The beds have no headboards, the pillows are bad, the bedspreads have stains, the lamp shades were cracked and showing yellow water stains, the furniture is way out of date, the hangers were old, the room is super small (had to put the luggage rack in front of the entry door to have room). The bathroom is bad – the door didn’t even close all of the way. The towels are like loofah sponges - very thin and really rough. I noticed wear spots on the carpets and the walls were dinged and nicked. And, sadly we paid $238/night - $270+ with taxes/fees (based on the language and imagery on their website). It is really bad. I would AVOID this hotel like the plague unless they offer a super, super low rate. The lady at the desk claimed that they were renovating (I saw no evidence). I highly recommend you wait until the renovations are done and then give it a try (but, only once you have photo confirmation of the end result). If their renovations live up to the website imagery and language (and price), then this will eventually be a fine local hotel. But, right now, it is not good at all. The lobby features tired wood paneling and very tacky decorations. And, they offer a "grab and go" breakfast, but it is super basic with plastic packaged muffins and danish. I highly recommend you avoid this hotel!!

  • Okay
    Sep 2015

    You could hear every footstep from person in the room above.

  • Excellent
    Sep 2014

    I just liked everything about it nothing really negative.

    If I had to be picky the fact there wasn't many movies on the tv but everything is HD so how can I really complain?

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About The Palo Alto Inn


Discover the excitement and beauty of Palo Alto at The Palo Alto Inn. This charming boutique hotel epitomizes California style, from its refined style to its relaxed feel. The Palo Alto Inn is centrally located near just about everything that draws visitors to the city, from Stanford University and California's Great America to the The Hiller Aviation Museum and the Museum of American Heritage. The hotel is also close to two of the region's most popular outdoor attractions, including the Baylands Natural Preserve, a birdwatcher's paradise and Stanford Loop, known by local runners and joggers as "The Dish". Shopaholics can indulge at the nearby Stanford Shopping Center as well as explore the many shops, restaurants and cafes in the immediate area.

The Palo Alto Inn offers a haven of comfort and relaxation for those visiting for work in nearby Silicon Valley or San Francisco, easily accessible via the nearby Highway 280 and Highway 101. Abundant public transport and hundreds of bike paths make it easy for guests to leave their cars parked for the entirety of their stays. The hotel's proximity to major freeways, the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and San Francisco International Airport makes it easy to return home at journey's end.

The Palo Alto Inn offers all of the comforts of home, with spacious guest rooms appointed with modern conveniences galore. The 100 percent smoke-free facility features plush beds dressed with premium linens, full bathrooms stocked with premium amenities, flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, microwaves, refrigerators, laptop safes, WiFi and free bottled water and snacks, as well as free newspaper delivery Monday-Friday. Modern decor and tranquil color schemes enhance relaxation. The hotel ensures every morning gets off to a great start with complimentary continental and grab-and-go breakfasts.



Free parking
Free airport shuttle
Free Wi-Fi
Pet friendly
Air conditioning

8,2 Excellent

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Amenities at The Palo Alto Inn

Computer use available
Free Wi-Fi
Ticket service
Business centre
Entire unit located on ground floor
Wake-up service
Non-smoking rooms available
Daily housekeeping
Disabled access
Roll-in shower
Family rooms
Concierge service
Safety deposit box
Seating area
Laundry facilities
Flat-screen TV
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Multi-lingual staff
Free toiletries
Garden view
Room service
Hardwood or parquet floors
Shower cap
Shower chair
Physical distancing rules
Inner courtyard view
Snack bar
Socket near the bed
Alarm clock
Laptop safe
Express check-out
Body soap
Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas
Tea/coffee maker
Cable or satellite TV
Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against coronavirus
Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays
Toilet paper
Outdoor dining area
Outdoor furniture
Cleaning products
Trouser press
Coffee machine
Tumble dryer
Smartphone dock
Free parking
Picnic area
Upper floors accessible by stairs
Private bathroom
Walk-in shower
Wardrobe or closet
24-hour front desk
Designated smoking area

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Most popular landmarks

  • San Antonio Shopping Center1.1 km
  • Baylands Nature Preserve4.2 km
  • Elizabeth Gamble Garden Center4.3 km
  • Palo Alto Art Center4.3 km
  • Rinconada Park4.3 km
  • Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo4.5 km

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