The Clement Hotel
What We Love
- A suite at a modern, all-inclusive boutique hotel in downtown Palo AltoRelaxing in your the soaking tub of your suite’s luxurious stone-lined bath
- Having all meals of seasonal California cuisine included – plus select Napa wines and more
- Lounging in a chic cabana by the rooftop pool and ordering a drink or two
- Exploring the beautiful Stanford campus, just across the street, or nearby downtown Palo Alto
What To Know
- Expect a high level of service—you'll be appointed your very own personal concierge
- The rooftop pool and hot tub is blissfully quiet
- Free WiFi is reliable
The Clement Hotel resides right in the beating heart of Palo Alto, steps from Stanford University’s scenic Arboretum Grove and within an hour of San Francisco, San Jose, scenic nature preserves and the beaches of the Monterey Peninsula. But it’s not just the location that make this brand-new property a catch: Its signature offering is its extensive all-inclusive program, which covers so much more than just breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.
You’ll certainly receive those things, but you can expect them to be of a noticeably higher quality than usual. Meals highlight what’s fresh and in season, in flavorful dishes of California favorites, while the drink menu features a range of beers and Napa and Sonoma wines. The dining spaces are lovely, too, like an open kitchen, an outdoor dining terrace with a fire pit, a living room with a fireplace and a rooftop pool deck. Not that you have to dine in one of these at all – you can also order treats directly to your room. Nor do you have to dine during designated hours, as a well-stocked guest pantry is also included and open 24 hours a day.
There are just 23 accommodations here, all styled to feel like private residences and inspired by NorCal’s laid-back vibe. Luxurious additions run from sumptuous Matouk linens to a 65-in. IPTV by Samsung and a Nespresso Vertuoline coffeemaker. One Bedroom suites comprise a separate living room and bedroom, plus a bathroom lined in stone, with a soaking tub.
The Open Kitchen is where your three daily meals of fresh California cuisine are prepared, all included with your stay. They’re served either in this space, in the indoor dining area, by the outdoor dining room’s fire pit, by the living room’s fireplace or upon the glamorous cabana-lined rooftop deck. Look forward to dishes like breakfast paninis, oysters Rockefeller and handmade fig-and-gorgonzola ravioli, and drinks that range from Spring Jade tea to select Napa Cabernets and Sonoma Chardonnays. A fully stocked guest pantry is available 24 hours a day.
Palo Alto’s greatest hits are within easy reach of your accommodation – the Stanford campus is across the street, and downtown’s shops, restaurants and spas are an easy walk. Napa Valley wine country, the Monterey Peninsula, San Jose and San Francisco are all close enough for day trips. Don’t miss the Baylands Nature Preserve, known as the Bay Area’s largest tract of undisturbed marshland and just 15 minutes from Clement’s front door.
How to Get There
This small, all inclusive boutique hotel offers amazing service, wonderful food, beautiful rooms and a convenient location. If it is in your budget, I highly recommend a stay. However, ask for a room that does not overlook El Camino Real because the street noise can interfere with an otherwise wonderful stay.
I've had my eye on The Clement Hotel for over a year, and finally stayed there this weekend for a solo getaway. The room was beautiful, and the black out blinds did their job perfectly in the morning. Every staff member I encountered in person was very friendly and gracious. However, there were issues and delays when ordering food to the room and to the rooftop pool. In the evening, it took over an hour and the order wasn't correct. Breakfast the next morning was pre-ordered with a card hung on the room door, and unfortunately was delayed and also incorrect. Part of the meal was delivered 15 minutes after the rest, and the Eggs Benedict were completely overcooked.
It felt like the hotel was understaffed given the level of service expected at this price point. I spent a lot of time at the rooftop pool and only once saw a staff member come by to clean up dirty plates and discarded towels. The three cabanas are nice (and first come, first served), but I had to clean one up before I could use it. I noticed the cabana next to mine was still uncleaned four hours after the people had left it (I returned after dinner for sunset and it was still a mess from their lunch). I had to inquire several times about getting water at the rooftop pool on the second day as well, which was odd since the first day, they had a nice cooler with drinks there (it eventually showed up after a third inquiry about it).
I really wanted to absolutely love this hotel - and I can't give it 3 stars here because that's just "average" and this was above it. It just wasn't five stars because of the delays throughout the stay (phone calls took a long time to get answered as well, and not always by staff at this hotel) and also the lack of service to the rooftop pool.
The Clement is a rare gem; a modern 23 room boutique that has all the facilities of a large hotel and is thoughtfully designed from the customer’s point of view, and staffed by a team that really cares about making each guest’s stay a wonderful experience.
Our suite’s bedroom was extraordinary. The blackout shades were raised and lowered in side channels so they were truly lightproof. The solid doors to the bedroom from the living room and bathroom slid closed into channels as well, making the room completely dark and super quiet. The bed was a dream of comfort. Everyone loves the smart toilet, and the thoughtfully designed shower.
The rooftop pool, hot tub and shaded lounge cabanas were just an oasis of relaxation.
The all inclusive idea is nice I guess, if you plan to eat all your meals at the hotel. The breakfasts are great, and the 24 hour open kitchen is a great amenity.
The location in Palo Alto is perfect; right next to Stanford and a short walk to downtown or the sprawling open air shopping village.
And what makes it all work is having a superb staff, who all seem to enjoy working there and to really want your stay to be perfect. One example - when we asked where we could get flowers they found the closest place, checked its reputation and made sure it was open, printed us out a map and directions, and then did the same from the florist to our final destination, while finding us a post office along the way.