Cardinal Hotel - Palo Alto

235 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, United States, 94301  show map
 3 stars
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Cardinal Hotel - Palo Alto


Off-site parking

Luggage storage

24-hour reception

Food/ Drinks



Flat-screen TV



The comfortable Cardinal Hotel offers bright guest rooms close to Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden and Stanford University. Founded in 1924, the hotel underwent a renovation in 2008.

The city center is 20 minutes' walk of the property. There are bistros and restaurants in the area.

Palo Alto Caltrain train station is swiftly reachable. The hotel is set 25 minutes' drive from Mineta San Jose International airport.


Cardinal Hotel is a property in Palo Alto that comes with 60 rooms and provides a personal computer, television with satellite channels, climate control, a telephone and a writing table. Guests can make use of private bathrooms with complimentary toiletries, a shower and a hairdryer.

Eat & Drink

Italian, American and Cajun & Creole specialties are served at Osteria, which is 50 meters away.

A american breakfast is served at the price of USD 12.95 per person per night.  The hotel offers a continental breakfast at the price of USD 8.95 per person per night. 


The property offers a business center and a copier for the use of guests.


Wireless internet is available in the entire hotel for free.

Guest Parking

Free public parking is possible at a location nearby.

Year renovated:   2008.  Number of rooms:   60.

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  • No smoking on site
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking
  • Off-site parking
  • Safe deposit box
  • 24-hour reception
  • Express check-in/ -out
  • No pets allowed
  • Luggage storage
  • Elevator
  • Vending machines

Sports & Fitness

  • Golf course


  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Dry cleaning
  • Newspaper service

Dining facilities

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant

Meeting facilities

  • Business center
  • Fax/Photocopying

Room facilities

  • Heating
  • Sitting area
  • Dressing area
  • Bottled water
  • Ironing facilities


  • Flat-screen TV
  • AM/FM alarm clock



  • from  4 pm


  • until  11 am

Children and extra beds

  • One child under the age of 12 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 
  • There are no extra beds provided in a room. 

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Hotel Address:

235 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, United States, 94301

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City Center
  • Palo Alto
    1.1 mi
Train Stations
  • California Ave Caltrain
    1.5 mi
  • Train Stations
    400 ft
  • Bus stop
    400 ft
  • Reposado Restaurant (cuisine: Mexican)
    100 ft
  • Osteria (cuisine: Italian)
    100 ft
Hotel information
  • Check-in:
    from  4 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  11 am
  • Year renovated:
  • Number of rooms:

Rooms and availability

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Shared Bathroom Room
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    2 persons

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Private bathroom
    • Air conditioning
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  • General:Slippers
  • Work desk
  • Seating area
  • Ironing facilities
  • Dressing area
  • Fan
  • Telephone
  • Accessible by lift
  • Bathroom:Shared bathroom
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Towels
  • Guest toiletries
  • Shared toilet
  • Bedding:Extra long beds
  • Hypoallergenic pillows
  • Dining:Bottled water
  • Media:Flat-screen TV
  • Socket near the bed
  • Wake up service
  • Radio

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What's nearby

Popular areas

  • City Center1.0 mi

Train stations

  • California Ave Caltrain1.4 mi

Sport related


  • Aquarius Theater700 ft


  • Maples Pavilion1.5 mi


  • Pacific Art League400 ft
  • Boot Strap Foundation Inc2300 ft
  • Palo Alto Junior Museum4600 ft


  • Palo Alto Recreation Dept4000 ft

Universities, Institutes

  • Ctr-Adv Study Behav Science1.4 mi
  • Language Pacific Intl Inst1.5 mi

Business areas

Medical care and Hospitals

Public parking

Local attractions

  • Hoover Tower1.2 mi
    Stanford University, Palo Alto
  • Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center2.7 mi
    2775 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
  • Shoreline Park4.1 mi
    3160 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View
  • The Memorial Church of Stanford University1.3 mi
    Palo Alto, CA
  • Pearson-Arastradero Preserve4.0 mi
    1530 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto

Near the hotel

  • Cantor Arts Center600 ft
    Lomita Dr. and Museum Way, Palo Alto
  • Sunset Magazine Headquarters and Gardens3700 ft
    80 Willow Road, Menlo Park
  • Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve4200 ft
    East end of Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
  • Professorville2200 ft
    Bryant Street, Palo Alto
  • Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden4100 ft
    1431 Waverly Street, Palo Alto

Restaurants nearby

  • Reposado Restaurant100 ft

    Address: 236 Hamilton Ave
    Phone: 650-833-3151

    71% likes this, based on 121 reviews
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Price Range: USD 30 - USD 40

  • Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill300 ft

    Address: 566 Emerson St
    Phone: (650) 323-3131

    73% likes this, based on 136 reviews
    Cuisine: American
    Price Range: USD 12 - USD 17

  • The Old Pro200 ft

    Address: 541 Ramona St
    Phone: (650) 326-1446

    61% likes this, based on 38 reviews
    Cuisine: American

  • Osteria100 ft

    Address: 247 Hamilton Ave
    Phone: (650) 328-5700

    68% likes this, based on 95 reviews
    Cuisine: Italian
    Price Range: USD 22 - USD 32

  • Coupa Cafe200 ft

    Address: 538 Ramona St
    Phone: 650-322-6872

    60% likes this, based on 65 reviews

Hotel information
  • Check-in:
    from  4 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  11 am
  • Year renovated:
  • Number of rooms:
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Cardinal Hotel Reviews

Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Cardinal Hotel

Average guest rating

7.6out of 10
Based on 31 reviews

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  • Single

    The room was extremely quiet. The bed was among the most confortables I have ever slept in. The architecture and furniture very charming.

  • Family with children

    very quaint Hotel and friendly staff.

  • Single

    The location is perfect. Rooms are very clean!

    During my 8 day stay, I did not have any positive interactions with the front desk staff. They were rude, at best. I have a physical disability and this front desk staff did nothing to help me with my challenges. Not at all handicap friendly or handicap concerned. The antique elevator has a manual door that is heavy and very difficult if you have paralysis and no one is willing to assist you. No air-conditioning. Only one washer and dryer and it is difficult to find it available. Lobby is dark and dingy and needs to be updated.

  • Single

    Room clean, neat, quiet. Lobby large and comfortable for reading, waiting.

    For some rooms bathroom and shower are down the hall. Very little congestion and both very nice, but a small inconvenience especially in the middle of the night. Room did have a sink.

  • Single

    I did not like the fact the hotel still uses keys and has no latches on the door. If you are still going to use keys, you must have safety latches. G-D knows how many keys are floating around for each hotel room.

  • Older travelers

    Great location close to restaurants in downtown Palo Alto, shared bathrooms and showers were very well maintained and not an inconvenience at all.

    tended to be a bit noisy with street traffic, probably very hot in the summer with no air conditioning.

  • Single

    I liked the quaint old-world atmosphere and the excellent value for money in this location. The rooms and facilities are simple, but clean and neat and compfortable. I shared a bathroom and shower along the corridor but did not find this to be a problem at all - I never had to wait. The water was hot and there was a sink in my room also. I did not have any problem with noise from the street as my room faced the inner courtyard. I liked taking coffee in the main lobby with its comfortble sofas and tiled floor.

  • Single

    Great price in an excellent location in downtown Palo Alto. Beautiful old hotel.

    The shared bathroom and shower was sub-optimal but not too bad.

  • Older travelers

    Location, price and cleanliness. All staff were helpful and knowledgeable; some were more friendly than others. I would recommend to friends/family (although there is some concern about lack of AC in the summer). Also, I recommend small refrigerators for the rooms and free wifi.

  • Older travelers

    It felt warm and is a great location. I like small hotels and in town location.

  • Single

    Antique, comfortable, reasonable price, good services.

  • Older travelers

    Older world, good location and with 'budget' option (ie sacrifice of en suite facilities)

    If I had been paying for room with bathroom and toilet facilities it probably would not have represented such good value

  • Group of friends

    Hotel has a lot of character and friendly staff

  • Family with children

    Convenient location; available business center; coffee in the lobby

    We could hear EVERYTHING on the street, including the local delivery for businesses starting at 5 am. The window was closed, but the sound was just relentless. I know it's an older building and online reviews mentioned this, but I wasn't expecting it to be so bad.

  • Single

    Pro: Nice location Gorgeous antique design Kind staff l

    Con: Too warm air conditioning : difficult to control

How to reach hotel

hotel Cardinal Hotel - Palo Alto Palo Alto location
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Hotel Address:

235 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, United States, 94301

Get directions
City Center
  • Palo Alto
    1.1 mi
Train Stations
  • California Ave Caltrain
    1.5 mi
  • Train Stations
    400 ft
  • Bus stop
    400 ft
  • Reposado Restaurant (cuisine: Mexican)
    100 ft
  • Osteria (cuisine: Italian)
    100 ft
Hotel information
  • Check-in:
    from  4 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  11 am
  • Year renovated:
  • Number of rooms: