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With its plush pillows, gold tables and neutral color scheme, Garden Court Hotel's lobby feels like a sophisticated, stylish Spanish home. Jazz plays lightly and a fireplace crackles warmly in the background. Crafted by the Denise Rainoldi Fenton Design Group, the lobby is modern and elegant, but cozy and welcoming at the same time. There's no coldness here — just airiness.
The chic, contemporary guest rooms were the vision of Pablo Paniagua, a well-known Spanish designer based in Madrid. They have carpets that recall classic Greek key patterns, navy tufted headboards and floor-to-ceiling canopies, antiqued mirrors, oversized flat-screen televisions and custom-tufted sofas.
Throughout the Palo Alto hotel, you'll come across stunning photographs of local neighborhoods and open spaces taken by San Francisco photographer Alan W. George. In each room, the images feature the garages of the area, including the famous HP garage (where Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard established Hewlett-Packard) that sits just a few blocks from the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel. The photos are an homage to the many businesses that started in garages near the luxury hotel.