Cowper Inn

705 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301 · University Park
(650) 327-4475 · Hotel Class:3 stars
Rating: 3.5 out of 5"42 TripAdvisor reviews ·


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The Cowper Inn is a beautifully restored Craftsman style house that recreates the comfort and elegance of the period's best homes. The parlor, with several conversation areas, a fireplace, and a piano, is a warm and gracious room for visiting or relaxing. Each uniquely shaped guest room is furnished with Moreantiques, television, and telephone. Breakfast, featuring seasonal fruit and fresh-baked breads, is served daily in the paneled dining room. Guests may enjoy sitting outside on the two wicker-decorated porches or in the garden. There is parking on the grounds and easy access to public transportation to San Francisco and San Jose. The Inn is part of the quiet residential neighborhood of Professorville. Downtown Palo Alto's restaurants, shops, and people watching are a two minute walk from the Inn.


Latest reviews

  • Brilliant!

    Rating: 5.0 out of 5"Feb 28, 2014 · by Ian M from TripAdvisorStaying here several days whilst visiting Stanford.Have a lovely big room in the house next door.If you need everything swish and modern, this won't be for you.But if you like some older style fur... Full review
  • Sweet B&B in beautiful Palo Alto

    Rating: 5.0 out of 5"Oct 13, 2013 · by Shenand0ah from TripAdvisorVery comfortable, quiet, private B&B.Location is very close to downtown, but is in a quiet neighborhood.The gardens are lovely.I had to be up early so I missed breakfast both days, but I really en... Full review
  • Stay away from this place

    Rating: 1.0 out of 5"Oct 09, 2013 · by nradovsky from TripAdvisorI would gladly rank it ZERO if I could. I made my reservations far in advance and received a written confirmation for a 2-night stay. Four days before departure on my business trip to Palo Alto I ... Full review
  • The worst, most overpriced and under kept bed and breakfast ive been to in California.

    Rating: 1.0 out of 5"Sep 18, 2013 · by Jingyv82 from TripAdvisorCramped, unhelpful staff, no cooling during summer, no service after evening, no trash disposal, poor wifi/no wifi, 1 set of keys for which replacement cost is $150. Communal bathrooms, low ceilin... Full review
  • Many great stays at beautiful B&B

    Rating: 5.0 out of 5"Aug 25, 2013 · by Linsey F from TripAdvisorI have stayed at the Cowper Inn close to a dozen times over the last three years.Not only is the location incredibly close to downtown Palo Alto and an easy walk to Stanford, the Inn itself is cha... Full review
  • Just about Everything Going for it.

    Rating: 5.0 out of 5"Aug 05, 2013 · by Donna J from TripAdvisorCharming, convenient, clean, bedrooms pleasantly verging on "shabby chic," and with parking on the premises, The Cowper Inn B & B is a fine place to stay close to University Avenue shops, restaura... Full review
  • Great location - don't sleep downstairs

    Rating: 3.0 out of 5"Jun 05, 2013 · by Elaine K from TripAdvisorI have been traveling to Palo Alto for business and waited several weeks for there to be an opening in the Cowper Inn.I arrrived and found that my room was in the basement - AKA garden level.The v... Full review
  • Great for visiting Stanford

    Rating: 5.0 out of 5"Jun 04, 2013 · by Conched from TripAdvisorCharming, very well-located inn on quiet street just a few steps from the heart of Palo Alto.As a family of four, we were given a room with full kitchen atop the garage in back - the Carriage Hous... Full review
  • Nice B & B in Palo Alto

    Rating: 4.0 out of 5"Apr 23, 2013 · by sleepercarChicago_Il from TripAdvisorWe stayed two night in March at the Inn, really quite nice. Very friendly service. The two buildings, former single family residences are older, the rooms are a bit funky in that they are also old... Full review

    Rating: 2.0 out of 5"Feb 17, 2013 · by born2travel555 from TripAdvisorFrom the outside, the two houses look charming.From the inside, the place varies QUITE A BIT.Our room was in the house next door, not the main house with the front desk and the breakfast room, whi... Full review
  • So So

    Rating: 3.0 out of 5"Nov 10, 2012 · by reggiej1 from TripAdvisorWe have just returned from a two day stay at the Cowper Inn. The best thing by far, is the location. It is maybe two blocks to a nice shopping area. It took us about 25 minutes to walk to the Stad... Full review