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Very Good 435 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 435 Reviews
First Class...
Reviewed 1 week ago

Only surpassed by The Plaza Hotel in NY, the style, sophistication and ambiance of this gem of a hotel is well located, immaculate and staffed with real professionals. A FIRST CLASS EXPERIENCE! Exceptional in every aspect...

Lovely and convenient
Reviewed 1 week ago

Close proximity to Stanford and walking distance to many restaurants and shopping. Very comfortable room and smenities. Helpful and friendly staff. A regular home away from home for us.highly recommend

Visit to Redwood City
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is our second stay here and have already booked a third stay for my birthday. This hotel is the best I have ever stayed in period. Comfy mattress, spacious bathroom, great free morning coffee on each floor, and fantastic service from all hotel staff. I could not be more pleased with this hotel. I wish I could live here!

Loved it, loved it, loved it
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stay in a lot of hotels for work, the larger chains in particular start to all look the same, no matter what country you are in. The Garden Court was a breath of fresh air. The rooms are decked out in a colonial style and are equipped with everything you could ever need (including a stationary drawer!!!). They are light and bright and the beds super comfortable. The staff were really friendly and helpful (even trying to source an obscure beer for us - don´t ask) and it´s a great location. Heartily recommended.

Loved Garden Court Hotel!
Reviewed 1 month ago

I loved staying at Garden Court Hotel! From the moment my friends and I entered the hotel I felt relaxed and welcomed. The decor is tasteful and every aspect of comfort is taken into consideration. The beds were so comfy and shower/bathtub was wonderful- was such a treat. The staff was attentive and knowledgable. In the morning, we loved sitting on the balcony while enjoying our delicious breakfast. The hotel has an excellent location. We were able to walk to local shops and restaurants. I will definitely return again!