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The Cardinal Hotel

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Egyptian cotton sheets, premium bedding, down comforters, pillowtop beds
Egyptian cotton sheets, premium bedding, down comforters, pillowtop beds
Egyptian cotton sheets, premium bedding, down comforters, pillowtop beds
Standard Room, 2 Double Beds, Private Bathroom | Egyptian cotton sheets, premium bedding, down comforters, pillowtop beds

Overview of The Cardinal Hotel

The Cardinal Hotel

2.5 star property
City-center hotel within easy reach of Stanford University

9.0/10 Superb

35 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking
  • Bathtub
  • 24/7 front desk
  • Electric vehicle charging point
The price is $151
Price available on 2/3/2023
235 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA, 94301

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About this area

What's nearby

  • In University South
  • Stanford University - 10 min walk
  • Stanford University Medical Center - 10 min drive
  • San Francisco Bay - 13 min drive
  • Shoreline Amphitheatre - 17 min drive
  • California's Great America - 25 min drive
  • Levi's Stadium - 25 min drive
  • Tesla Motors - 39 min drive

Getting around

  • Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl. Airport (SJC) - 21 min drive
  • San Francisco Intl. Airport (SFO) - 26 min drive
  • Oakland Intl. Airport (OAK) - 37 min drive
  • Menlo Park Station - 4 min drive
  • California Ave Station - 5 min drive
  • Palo Alto Station - 6 min walk


  • Pizzeria Delfina - 2 min walk
  • Oren's Hummus - 3 min walk
  • Local Union 271 - 3 min walk
  • Sliderbar - 3 min walk
  • Rangoon Ruby - 3 min walk

About this property

The Cardinal Hotel

The Cardinal Hotel offers a great location, putting you within just a 10-minute walk of Stanford University. Guests can keep active with nearby hiking/biking trails.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Ecolab (3rd party expert - Global) and SafeStay (AHLA - USA)

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property

Safety measures

Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 63 rooms
  • Arranged over 3 floors


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - anytime
  • Express check-in available
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Electric vehicle charging point on site
  • Onsite garage
  • Offsite parking within 40 ft (USD 25 per day)

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Full breakfast on weekday mornings (surcharge)
  • Coffee shop
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared refrigerator
  • Water dispenser

What to do

  • Public winery tours
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Winery tours nearby

Working away

  • Business center
  • Computer station


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 1924
  • Library
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Art gallery on site
  • Vineyard
  • Wine tasting room


  • Elevator
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Visual fire alarm


  • English

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 42-inch LED TV
  • Premium satellite channels

Home comfort

  • Heating
  • Ceiling fan
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Down comforter
  • Premium bedding
  • Pillowtop mattress
  • Free crib/infant bed

Freshen up

  • Bathtub or shower
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste (on request)
  • Toilet paper

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free local calls
  • Electrical adapters/chargers

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Local maps
  • Restaurant dining guide

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • 1.95 percent tourism fee will be charged

Optional extras

  • Full breakfast is offered for an extra charge of USD 22 for adults and USD 22 for children (approximately)

Children & extra beds

  • Rollaway beds are available for USD 20.0 per day


  • Parking is available nearby and costs USD 25 per day (40 ft away)

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Guests are provided with hand sanitizer and cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Ecolab (3rd party expert - Global) and SafeStay (AHLA - USA).


<p>Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms. </p> <p>Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector and a smoke detector on site. </p><p> This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly). </p><p>This property accepts credit cards and debit cards. Cash is not accepted.</p><p>This property reserves the right to pre-authorize the guest's credit card prior to arrival. </p>

Also known as

The Cardinal Hotel Hotel
The Cardinal Hotel Palo Alto
The Cardinal Hotel Hotel Palo Alto

Frequently asked questions

Does The Cardinal Hotel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Cardinal Hotel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at The Cardinal Hotel?
As of Feb 2, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Cardinal Hotel on Feb 3, 2023 start from $151, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Cardinal Hotel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property and guests are provided with hand sanitizer. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at The Cardinal Hotel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Cardinal Hotel?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - anytime. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Express check-in and contactless check-in and check-out are available.
What is there to do at The Cardinal Hotel and nearby?
Have fun with nearby activities like cycling and hiking.
Are there restaurants at or near The Cardinal Hotel?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include Sliderbar (3-min walk), Rangoon Ruby (3-min walk), and Evvia Estiatorio (4-min walk).
What's the area around The Cardinal Hotel like?
The Cardinal Hotel is in University South, a short 6-minute walk from Palo Alto Station and 10 minutes' walk from Stanford University.







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10/10 Exceptional

Keun, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Super Convenient/Great Value
Stayed for a couple nights while moving our daughter to a new apartment. Very convenient to everything. Have stayed at pricier hotels in the same area in the past and thought this was just as good. Room temp was a little warm, but we kept it off most of the time and it wasn't too bad. We will definitely be back!
2-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

Old School Elegance in Palo Alto
It is a lovely hotel in a great location with easy access to restaurants. The hotel’s location is perfect also for those wishing to walk. Streets are well-lit, people are very friendly, and overnight parking is free. I knew the hotel did not have AC but did not worry about being hot on a January night. However, the room was overheated even after turning off the radiator.
John, 1-night family trip
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8/10 Very Good

Loved the character of the place. My only complaint, since I’m a senior in my 80’s, was no grab bars in the shower. I’d be surprised, if that isn’t a code violation.
Joseph, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Bruce D, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

1-night business trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Annika, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The place has character.
Jeff, 1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Boutique and cute
Cute historical fancy boutique hotel with an amazing location. Only stayed one night. Will be back to The Cardinal next time I'm in Palo Alto!
Jaylin, 1-night trip with friends
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