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Downtown Palo Alto

History in Silicon Valley

The Cardinal Hotel is conveniently located halfway between the airports of San Francisco and San Jose.

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Bay Area Map showing San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Jose

Cardinal Hotel

San Francisco Airport

San Jose Airport

Vintage Boutique Hotel

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The big letter C from the logo

Elegant Ambiance

Guest room bed with pillow displaying the big C of the Cardinal Logo

Enchanting Lobby

Lobby viewed from the Hamilton Street entrance

Established In 1924

Cardinal Hotel entrance door with logo on the window

Modern Amenities


Smartphone and a tablet with images of the hotel USB racks installed in the guest rooms


Hi-speed wireless Internet access is available in all areas and is free of charge.

Business Facilities

Business center, Fax sending & receiving (fee)

Front Desk Services

24-hour front desk, Luggage storage, Concierge

Cleaning Services

Daily maid service, Dry cleaning.


No AC in building, Central Radiant Heat - seasonal and on timer throughout building, Ceiling Fans, 100% Non-Smoking Property, Elevator.

Food & Drink

Two restaurants in building (independently operated), Complimentary Tea & Cocoa (lobby), Complimentary Coffee (Bistro Maxine)

Our Rooms

With the utmost attention to style and function, our guest rooms were fully renovated in 2013. Enhancing the property and our guest experience is ongoing at the Cardinal Hotel.

New doors and a state of the art electronic locking system were installed in 2017. And our Cardinal Hotel App, for mobile check in and improved guest communication, is currently being developed.

We are proud to claim the highest quality of housekeeping and room service. Managed by 30 years of experience and dedication to the extraordinary care of this unique property, our Executive Housekeeper has been with the Cardinal Hotel since 1987.

Conscientious Staff

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Housekeeper in a bedroom
Front desk customer service representative holding the elevator door for a guest
Maintenance personnel changing a light bulb

Within The Hotel Building

Two restaurants and an art gallery are within the same building, with entrances right outside the Cardinal Hotel.

  • Osteria, a local favorite offering Tuscan cuisine in Palo Alto since 1986.
  • Bistro Maxine, a French inspired cafe restaurant opened in 2006. Serves breakfast 7 days a week to hotel guests.
  • Since 1925, guests have strolled through the hotel lobby to the Cardinal Barber Shop. Today they visit Gerardo Macareño, who has been cutting, shaving and trimming for over 35 years.
  • Pace Gallery is a leading contemporary art gallery representing more than 70 artists and estates, with galleries in New York, London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Palo Alto, Seoul and Geneva.
  • Lee Optometrics offers comprehensive eye examinations and their boutique provides a large selection of modern frames.
Bistro Maxine logo on a street sign at the entrance of the restaurant
Osteria restaurant window
Pace Gallery entrance room

Within Walking Distance

The Cardinal Hotel is located at the heart of the city center and surrounded by a multitude of restaurants, shops, and downtown businesses.

  • 100 Restaurants

    From coffee shops to fine dining

  • Spas & Salons

    Watercourse Way - Kim's Nail Care - Juut

  • Retail Stores

    The Apple store - CVS - Whole Foods - Sprint PCS - Restoration Hardware and many more

  • Fitness

    Yogasource - Rumble

  • Transit

    CalTrain - Stanford University Shuttle

  • Venues

    Stanford Theater - Hana Haus - Aquarius Theater - Bing Concert Hall (Stanford Campus) - Renovated Guild Theater (Menlo Park).

  • Gifts & Florists

    Mills the Florist - Letter Perfect

  • Public Buildings

    City Hall - The Post Office - Downtown Library

  • Specialty

    Warby Parker - Lululemon - Patagonia - Bell's Books - Sephora

Stanford Theater
Group of people having drinks at a restaurant outside table
University Avenue in the early evening
Palo Alto USPS entrance door
Big red apple hanging from the ceiling of an apple store
Trains at the Caltrain station

Be a part of history

Stay With Us

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>> Take advantage of the Cardinal Hotel Breakfast included when you book direct (available Tues- Sun)