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The Palo Alto Inn
3 stars

The Palo Alto Inn

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

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The Palo Alto Inn
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About The Palo Alto Inn

  • Hotel Room
    You’ll have a private room with all the hotel’s amenities
  • Freebies
    This stay includes Wi-Fi and Parking for free

Situated in Palo Alto, The Palo Alto Inn is within a 35-minute drive of San Francisco International Airport and offers a swimming pool. It also features an express check-in and check-out feature, a 24-hour reception and a BBQ/picnic area.

A wide range of personalised services are available for guests of The Palo Alto Inn, like a ticket service and a concierge. Additionally, the multilingual staff are available to offer local information.

Rooms at the hotel are modern and offer a DVD player. They provide a private bathroom, ironing facilities and a refrigerator.

The hotel is within a half-an-hour walk of San Antonio Caltrain Station. California's Great America and Stanford University are close by.

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Prices are based on 1 night including VAT, excluding local taxes and fees.

Amenities at The Palo Alto Inn

  • Room service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tea/coffee maker
  • Coffee machine
  • Free parking
  • Business centre
  • Flat-screen TV
  • TV
  • Cable or satellite TV
  • Free toiletries


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet
  • Linens
  • Towels
  • Fan
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Free toiletries
  • Shampoo
  • Smoke alarms
  • Heating
  • Adapter
  • Body soap
  • Air-conditioned
  • Dustbins
  • Conditioner

Accessibility and suitability

  • Entire unit located on ground floor
  • Pets allowed on request. Charges may apply.
  • Disabled access
  • Roll-in shower
  • Lift
  • Shower chair
  • Hypoallergenic
  • No smoking
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs
  • Designated smoking area

Services and conveniences

  • Business centre
  • Wake-up service
  • Concierge service
  • Safety deposit box
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
  • Room service
  • Express check-out
  • Bottle of water
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • 24-hour front desk


  • Family rooms
  • Seating area
  • Garden view
  • Hardwood or parquet floors
  • Inner courtyard view
  • Lockers
  • Telephone
  • Carpeted
  • Storage available


  • Shower
  • Shower cap
  • Bathtub
  • Hairdryer
  • Toilet
  • Toilet paper
  • Private bathroom
  • Walk-in shower


  • Grocery deliveries
  • Microwave
  • Snack bar
  • Tea/coffee maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Food can be delivered to guest accommodation
  • Coffee machine
  • Vending machine (drinks)

Media and entertainment

  • Radio
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable or satellite TV
  • TV
  • Smartphone dock


  • Terrace/Patio
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Garden


  • Laundry facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Trouser press
  • Tumble dryer


  • Socket near the bed
  • Alarm clock
  • Cleaning products
  • Wardrobe or closet


  • Fax/photocopying
  • Laptop safe
  • Desk

Parking and transportation

  • Free parking
  • Private parking

Health and safety

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Safe

Things to do

  • Cycling

Reviews of The Palo Alto Inn

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10.0 Wonderful
Super clean, well kept and friendly.
2.0 Poor
Pros: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.
Cons: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!!
4.2 Mediocre
Cons:You could hear every footstep from person in the room above.
10.0 Wonderful
Pros:I just liked everything about it nothing really negative.
Cons: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?


4238 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306

What's nearby

  • 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
  • Hoover Tower4.6 km
  • Stanford Stadium4.6 km
  • Stanford University4.8 km
  • HP Garage4.9 km
  • Nature Gallery4.9 km
  • Byxbee Park5 km



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FAQs when booking at The Palo Alto Inn

  • Where is The Palo Alto Inn located?

    The Palo Alto Inn is located at 4238 El Camino Real, 4.2 km from the centre of Palo Alto. San Antonio Shopping Center is the closest landmark to The Palo Alto Inn.

  • When is check-in time and check-out time at The Palo Alto Inn?

    Check-in time is 14:00 and check-out time is 11:00 at The Palo Alto Inn.

  • Does The Palo Alto Inn offer free Wi-Fi?

    Yes, The Palo Alto Inn offers free Wi-Fi.

  • Does The Palo Alto Inn offer free parking?

    Yes, The Palo Alto Inn offers free parking.

  • How far is The Palo Alto Inn from the airport?

    The Palo Alto Inn is 17.6 km from San Jose. The Palo Alto Inn is 32.9 km from San Francisco.

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Value for money


Distance to city centre

4.2 km

Nearest airport

San Jose

Distance to airport

17.8 km