Garden Court Hotel
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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Home away from home type of vibe. Mr. Fung was the first and last person I connected with and was a wonderful host. Loved how new everything felt; lots of upgrades and modernity everywhere I looked. Gym was nicely appointed with all new equipment. Limited room service hours were a bit of a miss, but coffee and danishes were out early on each floor. Quite happy I stayed here and would recommend it.
I've stayed many times, in different rooms, and I'm never disappointed. Everyone and everything is perfect - couldn't be better. The valet guys who greet you, the reception desk staff, housekeeping, maintenance workers, etc. have all been wonderful.