Cardinal Hotel

235 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301 · University Park
(650) 323-5101 · Hotel Class:2 stars
Rating: 4.0 out of 5"125 TripAdvisor reviews ·


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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.



Latest reviews

  • Good choice

    Rating: 4.0 out of 5"May 19, 2014 · by SJU from TripAdvisorTheir website with the pictures and info are an accurate and true representation of the hotel. Staff was courteous and helpful. The shared shower and bathroom areas were always clean and properly ... Full review
  • Great location

    Rating: 4.0 out of 5"Mar 18, 2014 · by TGMerrill from TripAdvisorStayed here when bringing our son to look at Stanford. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Palo Alto. There are several restaurants and shops nearby and the lively evening scene is worth... Full review
  • wonderful hotel but lots of street noise

    Rating: 4.0 out of 5"Mar 10, 2014 · by hashihime from TripAdvisorThe hotel is very "retro, including the elevator.Excellent location downtown Palo Alto, walking distance to campus.Many rooms have shared bathroom facilities but some are en suite.Nice b'fast crep... Full review
  • Cardinal is cardinal

    Rating: 5.0 out of 5"Feb 28, 2014 · by Peripateticce from TripAdvisorThe hotel is an excellent location, close to Stanford, its margeuritte shuttle service, Caltrain and surrounded by university ave and as well close to the whole foods market, fraiche and tradition... Full review
  • Perfect location

    Rating: 5.0 out of 5"Feb 25, 2014 · by Helle B from TripAdvisorlocation, location. Can beat this one! Even though there were now private bath or toilet!!Well it was no problem at all. The room were very nice, the beds, pillows and duvets you wanted to take ho... Full review
  • My favorite place to stay in Palo Alto

    Rating: 5.0 out of 5"Jan 11, 2014 · by redwhiteandblue123 from TripAdvisorCouldn't be happier. Love your hotel and your staff. Requested a feather-free, scent-free room due to asthma. It was almost perfect but the bedding was infused with a scent that bothered me the fi... Full review
  • Interesting

    Rating: 3.0 out of 5"Dec 27, 2013 · by Anelle76 from TripAdvisorLocation is great for Palo Alto, close to all amenities and the centre of town. Service was good. Staff was warm and friendly. Needs air conditioning though ... gets hot and stuffy in the room. Lo... Full review
  • My third stay and I'll be back

    Rating: 5.0 out of 5"Dec 21, 2013 · by IndependentSightseer from TripAdvisorI choose the Cardinal every time because of the great value, clean rooms, quiet, and excellent location. It is now part of my experience each time I head back to visit Stanford. This visit, I was ... Full review
  • One of the last of the old hotels in Palo Alto

    Rating: 5.0 out of 5"Dec 01, 2013 · by Max R from TripAdvisorI grew up in Palo Alto, from 1963 to 1979. So my review may be colored somewhat nostalgic. I remember many, maybe hundreds of times walking or driving or bicycling past the Cardinal Hotel in my yo... Full review
  • Old California

    Rating: 4.0 out of 5"Nov 26, 2013 · by StretherMelbourne from TripAdvisorStayed a couple of nights at this old-style hotel in downtown Palo Alto. Very much enjoyed it. It is a mini-version of what you could call the "Barton Fink" style Californian hotel built, I am gue... Full review
  • Old Palo Alto gem

    Rating: 4.0 out of 5"Nov 13, 2013 · by Covesiders from TripAdvisorStayed here three nights while attending a reunion.The room was very clean, quiet, newly painted and furnished.I got a cheap room without an attached bath or toilet (there was a sink). Served my p... Full review