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.
How to Get There
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.
Stayed 5 nights at this property in Room 400. It is older but very well kept. Bed very comfortable Bathroom was beautiful and rain shower fantastic. Bath products are awesome. Housekeeping did a great job all week. Donovan was excellent everywhere I saw him— as the valet, delivering my room service almost every evening, and going way above and beyond to bring me an ice pack for a sudden back injury. The food was also truly delicious. On one night there was a large loud party eating at the restaurant in the downstairs courtyard which all of our balconies overlook, but they cleared out at a reasonable hour.
I was very happy to come back to this hotel after each very long work day. Thank you to the entire staff for a most enjoyable stay!
We had our daughter's wedding reception at The Garden Court in September, 2018. The rooms that were blocked off for use by our wedding guests were absolutely beautiful. So nicely decorated and comfortable in every way. The service was impeccable. Our event planner, Jesse Bresnahan, was so helpful and always prompt in his response. He was fantastic to work with! All-in-all, The Garden Court is a truly wonderful place! You won't be disappointed...