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Very Good 452 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Continental breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
  • Downtown location, walkable to shops and restaurants
  • Smart-looking rooms and an uncluttered design
  • Unexpected extras like gardenias at turndown and Smooth Egyptian cotton robes with soft terry cloth lining

What To Know

  • San Francisco is 45 minutes away; San Jose 30 minutes away
  • Rooms on University Avenue can be loud
  • Courtyard rooms overlook the patio of a busy restaurant
  • Overnight valet parking available for $24 per day; $15 per day for off-site parking Monday through Friday


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Silicon Valley big shots, Stanford alums and parents dig this stylish sleep with Mediterranean predilections

The Look

Taking inspiration from traditional Mediterranean villas, the four-story, ochre-washed Garden Court is built around a terra-cotta fountain in the courtyard, in the heart of leafy downtown Palo Alto. The lobby has the feel of a drawing room, with rugs and a big stone fireplace — you’d never guess the hotel was built in the 1980s.

Bed & Bath

This Old World look ends in the lobby, though, because in 2010 the guestrooms were gutted down to the studs, and Spanish hotel designer Pablo Paniagua led a major revamp. The spacious rooms mix contemporary and traditional textures, most notably in the bold carpeting, which features interlocking white squares on navy blue or chocolate brown — like the Givenchy logo exploding across the floor. The bathrooms get high marks for the floor-to-ceiling marble and stainless steel wall sconces, but they lack bathtubs. Most rooms have big French doors that open onto balconies filled with wrought iron patio furniture, overlooking the hotel’s central courtyard.


Little details set the Garden Court apart from Silicon Valley’s big box chain hotels. Think Peet’s Coffee & Tea Service and assorted pastries on every floor, desk drawers filled with office supplies, and fresh gardenias and locally made chocolates on the bed at turndown. There’s free WiFi, multiple cordless phones, iPod docks and wall-mounted plasma TVs that show only high-def programming.

How to Get There

Garden Court Hotel
520 Cowper Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301 United States


4.5 Very Good 452 Reviews
Family friends wedding
Reviewed 2 months ago

We attended a family friends sons wedding. The hotel was under renovation but you could barely tell. The facilities were very nicely decorated and well maintained. The staff was very helpful and polite. The open court was very nice, well appointed plants and seating. I would recommend the facility for a work or wedding.

Wonderful Stay!
Reviewed 2 months ago

Stayed 4 nights at this hotel and I fell in love. The location is very strategic, walking distance to everything central in Palo Alto. I really love the lobby and the room (they gave the room with balcony facing the hotel grounds, just lovely!), and the impeccable service.
Shoutout to Donovan the bellman, who gave it all out in finding me a cab to the airport in the middle of the night when my Uber app somehow did not work. The sincerity of the staff is admirable. Hope I can go back someday and stay here again.

A lovely hotel in the center of Palo Alto
Reviewed 4 months ago

We very much enjoyed our stay the Garden Court Hotel. The location is excellent, the staff very friendly and efficient, and the room are beautifully decorated, spacious and comfortable. I highly recommend Garden Court Hotel.

Reviewed 4 months ago

I'm a big fan of smaller hotels and really liked this one. It was walkable to many restaurants and coffee houses in Palo Alto which I appreciated. Rooms were very nice as was staff, food and facilities. The last time I was in Palo Alto I stayed at The Four Seasons which is also nice but rather vanilla and out of the way, not much to walk to there. Palo Alto hotels are expensive and The Garden Court was no exception. However I think on a relative basis the hotel was worth the money.

The Wonderful Garden Court Hotel
Reviewed 6 months ago

Everything is always perfect at the Garden Court Hotel, and I've stayed there often. They cannot improve because they're already perfect in every way, from the valet who greet you to the reception desk to the housekeeping staff, etc.