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Palo Alto, CA, United States
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  Average price (weeknight): $458
  Average price (weekend night): $346

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Top tips for finding the perfect Palo Alto hotel

There is a good range of hotels in Palo Alto near Stanford University, from cheap motels to high-end hotels. The closest hotel to the university is The Clement Hotel in Palo Alto, which offers all-inclusive rooms as well as a 24-hour self-service pantry, a rooftop pool, a hot tub and a sundeck with cabanas, along with a gym. A mile from the university campus is the Coronet Motel which offers guests rooms with kitchenettes and an outdoor pool.
For cheap hotels in Palo Alto, you should consider staying to the south of the city, along El Camino Real. At Hotel Parmani, guests receive complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi and parking and there are special offers for those visiting Stanford Hospital. Americas Best Value Inn Sky Ranch provides free Wi-Fi and parking and kids under 11 go free.
Getting around Palo Alto couldn’t be easier with the help of several forms of public transit. The free Stanford Marguerite shuttle bus service offers a route around the city via university campus, Stanford Hospital and Stanford Shopping Center. Stay close to the Palo Alto Transit Center, like Sheraton Palo Alto, to be close to the bus stop and Caltrain station.
If you want to explore the city center of Old Palo Alto, then you must search for hotels in Palo Alto’s downtown. The Westin is around a mile from downtown and the shops on University Avenue and offers guests use of an outdoor heated pool and whirlpool.
To get an outstanding view of Palo Alto, visit Hoover Tower on the Stanford University campus. Standing at 285 feet, this tower is home to the Hoover Institution Library and Archives of former president, Herbert Hoover. Stay at Stanford Terrace Inn, which is only a mile from the tower.

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Where is the best nightlife in Palo Alto?
Around University Avenue, there is a good selection of bars and clubs, including Vino Locale, which features regional wines and has nightly live music on a patio. The Tap Room offers local craft beers alongside board games. The Rose & Crown has a British vibe with quiz nights, darts and big beer menu.
Are there any luxury hotels in Palo Alto?
The 5-star Nobu Hotel Epiphany is in downtown Palo Alto and offers guests modern and luxurious rooms, a fitness center and health club, plus the Nobu Restaurant and Bar. The 4-star Garden Court Hotel is also in downtown Palo Alto and delivers upscale boutique accommodation, as well as a fitness center and a garden terrace.
What hotels in Palo Alto are close to the ocean?
Offering views of San Francisco Bay and just over 1.5 miles from central Palo Alto is Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley. This 5-star hotel offers guests a rooftop pool with private cabanas, a 24-hour gym and a spa, as well an Italian restaurant with a garden terrace.
Are there any parks worth visiting in Palo Alto?
The Baylands Nature Preserve is an area of marshland that is home to 15 miles of multi-use trails and looks out to San Francisco Bay. 2.8 miles from Palo Alto’s city center, you can either walk, run or cycle along these trails, plus there are great bird-watching spots and places to kayak within the marshes. If you want to be close to that area then Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto or Country Inn are the best options.

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Dinah's Garden Hotel - Palo Alto - Building
9.1 Excellent (1,378 reviews)
The Zen Hotel - Palo Alto - Bedroom
9.0 Excellent (591 reviews)
Country Inn Motel - Palo Alto - Pool
9.0 Excellent (265 reviews)
Creekside Inn - A Greystone Hotel - Palo Alto - Building
8.9 Excellent (1,592 reviews)
Homewood Suites by Hilton Palo Alto - Palo Alto - Building
9.0 Excellent (161 reviews)
The Westin Palo Alto - Palo Alto - Building
8.7 Excellent (643 reviews)
Coronet Motel - Palo Alto - Building
8.7 Excellent (527 reviews)
Cardinal Hotel - Palo Alto - Building
8.7 Excellent (363 reviews)
Garden Court Hotel - Palo Alto - Building
8.7 Excellent (298 reviews)
Hilton Garden Inn Palo Alto - Palo Alto - Building
8.5 Excellent (680 reviews)
Nobu Hotel Palo Alto - Palo Alto - Building
8.5 Excellent (206 reviews)
Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel - Palo Alto - Building
8.4 Excellent (1,673 reviews)
The Palo Alto Inn - Palo Alto - Building
8.4 Excellent (400 reviews)
Crowne Plaza Palo Alto - Palo Alto - Building
8.3 Excellent (1,274 reviews)
Stanford Motor Inn Palo Alto - Palo Alto - Building
8.1 Excellent (198 reviews)

Best rooms in Palo Alto

Country Inn Motel - Palo Alto - Pool
9.0 Excellent (265 reviews)
Dinah's Garden Hotel - Palo Alto - Building
9.1 Excellent (1,378 reviews)
Garden Court Hotel - Palo Alto - Building
8.7 Excellent (298 reviews)
Homewood Suites by Hilton Palo Alto - Palo Alto - Building
9.0 Excellent (161 reviews)