Garden Court Hotel

Understated elegance in Palo Alto
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When you arrive at Garden Court Hotel in sunny Palo Alto, California, you'll immediately notice the Spanish-influenced exterior that's sprinkled with blooming colorful flowers. You'll be met by the warm, friendly smiles of an accommodating and informative staff. From the chic marbleized dog treat bowl, to the large framed photos of the nearby countryside, to the oversized floral arrangements, everything about Garden Court Hotel's lobby oozes elegance and understated luxury.

With only 62 rooms, the hotel may be small, but it's big on hospitality. At turndown, you receive a hand-written note and a chocolate treat from a local chocolatier. The bathrooms come with a toothbrush holder, Molton Brown toiletries and two different robes — one made of thick terrycloth and another of linen lined with a light terry. The small touches make the space feel like home.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• Garden Court Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Palo Alto. It's right off of the main road, University Avenue, and within walking distance to many shops, restaurants, cafés and bars.

• Palo Alto is the financial hub of California's famed and illustrious Silicon Valley, which is experiencing a second boom of the tech industry.

• The luxury hotel serves as a meeting place for venture capitalists, lawyers and engineers who frequent the area.

• There are complimentary Wednesday receptions in the lobby, where guests can enjoy wines paired with items such as mini vegetable Wellingtons.
Things to Know
• Downtown Palo Alto, where Garden Court Hotel is located, has one of Northern California's best climates, so any time is a great time to visit.

• The temperate climate makes it a good year-round destination for those who want to try out Palo Alto's golf courses.

• During fall's football season, the Forbes Travel Guide hotel fills with nearby Stanford University alumni and fans from the opposing Pac-12 team.

• There’s no signature restaurant at Garden Court but guests are encouraged to enjoy a meal at Il Fornaio, an Italian bakery and restaurant chain, located downstairs from the hotel.

• The room service menu, which was newly created by chef Clive Berkman, features artisanal, seasonal dishes with an international twist, such as the luxurious grilled corn and ginger soup.
The Rooms
• There are 62 guest rooms, including 12 suites and one penthouse. All of the accommodations have a minibar stocked with a variety of wine, beer and other refreshments.

• Almost every room has a wonderful furnished balcony that looks out on the interior courtyard or the nearby streets; this gives the rooms a spacious and open feel.

• The printed carpet channels classic Greek key patterns, and the rooms have sumptuous accents, such as navy tufted headboards, floor-to-ceiling canopies and oversized flat-screen televisions.

• Inside the bathrooms, you’ll find all marble — some of the spaces in white, others in a dark brown — as well as rain showers.

• Wi-Fi is free throughout the Palo Alto hotel and there’s little street noise heard from the guest rooms, making them a nice place to relax.
The Look
• 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. The unique décor includes antiqued mirrors 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.

• Each room features images of the garages of the area, including the famous HP garage (where Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard established Hewlett-Packard). The photos are an homage to the many businesses that started in garages near the luxury hotel.
Getting There
520 Cowper Street, Palo Alto, California 94301
SFO (24-28 min)  
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