The Palo Alto Inn

The Palo Alto Inn

4238 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306, United States
+1 650 493 4222
C$ 99

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based on 532 reviews

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About The Palo Alto Inn

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  • Clean and Tidy
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  • Freebies
    This stay includes Wi-Fi and Parking for free

Discover the excitement and beauty of Palo Alto at The Palo Alto Inn. This charming boutique hotel epitomizes California style, from its refined style to its relaxed feel. The Palo Alto Inn is centrally located near just about everything that draws visitors to the city, from Stanford University and California's Great America to the The Hiller Aviation Museum and the Museum of American Heritage. The hotel is also close to two of the region's most popular outdoor attractions, including the Baylands Natural Preserve, a birdwatcher's paradise and Stanford Loop, known by local runners and joggers as "The Dish". Shopaholics can indulge at the nearby Stanford Shopping Center as well as explore the many shops, restaurants and cafes in the immediate area.

The Palo Alto Inn offers a haven of comfort and relaxation for those visiting for work in nearby Silicon Valley or San Francisco, easily accessible via the nearby Highway 280 and Highway 101. Abundant public transport and hundreds of bike paths make it easy for guests to leave their cars parked for the entirety of their stays. The hotel's proximity to major freeways, the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and San Francisco International Airport makes it easy to return home at journey's end.

The Palo Alto Inn offers all of the comforts of home, with spacious guest rooms appointed with modern conveniences galore. The 100 percent smoke-free facility features plush beds dressed with premium linens, full bathrooms stocked with premium amenities, flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, microwaves, refrigerators, laptop safes, WiFi and free bottled water and snacks, as well as free newspaper delivery Monday-Friday. Modern decor and tranquil color schemes enhance relaxation. The hotel ensures every morning gets off to a great start with complimentary continental and grab-and-go breakfasts.

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Queen Rooms(C$ 115 - C$ 444)
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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

Health and safety

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Contactless check-in/check-out
  • Face masks for guests available
  • Physical distancing rules
  • Enhanced cleaning
  • Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas
  • Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas
  • Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against coronavirus
  • Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays
  • Thermometers for guests provided by property
  • Safe
  • Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities
  • Disinfection of high-touch surfaces


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet
  • Linens
  • Fan
  • Towels
  • Free toiletries
  • Shampoo
  • Heating
  • Adapter
  • Body soap
  • Air-conditioned
  • Trash cans
  • Conditioner

Accessibility and suitability

  • Entire unit located on ground floor
  • Non-smoking rooms available
  • Roll-in shower
  • Disabled Access
  • Elevator
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Shower chair
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs
  • Designated smoking area

Services and conveniences

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


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


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


  • Microwave
  • Tea/coffee maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee machine
  • Kitchenette

Media and entertainment

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


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


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


  • Socket near the bed
  • Alarm clock
  • Clothes rack
  • Wardrobe or closet


  • Computer use available
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Laptop safe
  • Desk

Parking and transportation

  • Free parking


  • Snack bar

Reviews of The Palo Alto Inn

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10.0 Excellent
Super clean, well kept and friendly.
2.0 Bad
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 Excellent
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



Check in anytime after 2:00 PM, check out anytime before 11:00 AM


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FAQs when booking at The Palo Alto Inn

  • 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.

  • Check-in time is 2:00 PM and check-out time is 11:00 AM at The Palo Alto Inn.

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

  • Yes, The Palo Alto Inn offers free parking.

  • The Palo Alto Inn is 17.8 km from San Jose. The Palo Alto Inn is 32.8 km from San Francisco.

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Distance to city centre

4.2 km

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Nearest Airport

San Francisco

Distance to airport

32.8 km