Stanford Park Hotel

, Menlo Park, United States
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Stanford Park Hotel

, Menlo Park
4 star
100 El Camino Real - Menlo Park - California - 94025 - United States Hotel Website | 650 322 1234
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no park - nevertheless a good place

from Caprifischer
The first thing we were looking for was the park..... don't be disappointed . Even if the hotel is located right next to El-Camino Real it is worth staying there. Our room was located right next to this road - but we didn't hear anything at all.
The rooms in this upscale hotel are spacious, with very nice bathrooms, complimetary coffee in the morning and a small but nice pool. We felt very comfortable.

Beautiful hotel!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Enjoyed our one night stay while in town for a wedding. Beautiful room, and very large. We had a courtyard view and it was *very* quiet. Lush surroundings, beautiful pool area. Enjoyed the hot tub after being on our feet all day at a wedding. Enjoyed milk and cookies in the evening, and complimentary coffee service in the morning. Breakfast at the Duck Room is delicious and a nice atmosphere. Did not hear the train when the windows were closed in our room. That was a big concern as the hotel is right next to the railroad tracks! Enjoyed watching a courtyard wedding right below our window on Sunday morning, complete with a Sweet Adelaide's vocal quartet! We were in room 223. Will enjoy returning for a romantic getaway with my husband. Our children (ages 10 and 13) liked it, but not as kid-friendly as the Residence Inn Los Altos. It is a quiet, romantic place that is probably best suited for couples looking for a quiet place to unwind and enjoy the incredible beauty of the area. Loved it!

Stanford Park - excellent choice!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Stanford Park Hotel for 2 nights in April 2006. The hotel staff was very friendly and upgraded our room for free (King bed with fireplace and vaulted ceilings). We also purchased the Bed & Breakfast package and the breakfast was delicious. The room was quiet, spacious, and comfortable. We would definitely stay here again.

Great Hotel, has lost some of its flair

from wclodfel
Have stayed at the SP on and off since 2000, probably a total of 20 or 25 nights. It's a great place to stay, phenomenal location, great staff and food. Rooms have lost some of their greatness, particularly with trends of Westin, etc. to go higher-end with bedding.

Very Nice Comfortable Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Very nice hotel. My room was on the 2nd floor quite close to the registration desk. Room was very roomy and well appointed - it even had a fireplace and they replaced the logs daily if you used them. I did not have an opportunity to check out the pool area, but the lobby was nice, bar was comfortable (although it did close at 11pm on weekdays - a tad early), and free computer terminalss with internet access in the business center was a nice touch. Located just a block or so from the local large Stanford Mall.

a wonderful stay

from nookielu
We ended up here thanks to a terrible mistake by Hotels--a long story. BUT thanks to their mistake we got relocated from a dump in San Francisco to this wonderful hotel near Stanford. We were so impressed with the room--nice clean duvet cover, comfortable bed (and I'm 8 months pregnant so I mean it when I say comfortable), quiet, large, very elegant--the pictures posted don't do it justice. The pool was amazing. We felt like we were staying at a little country club in Conneticut and didn't want to leave the poolside the entire weekend. Should add we were traveling as a family--with a 2 year old and found the hotel to be very accommodating.

Plus, the weather in Palo Alto was so much better than in the city. We felt like we had a truly relaxing and pampered weekend, thanks to the Stanford Park Hotel. Would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone staying in the south bay or anyone who doesn't mind a commute into the city.

not as good as it used to be...

from espanasiempre
We stayed at the SP for three consecutive summers, for eight nights each time, from 2002-2004. In the interim, we watched amenities and service slip from excellent to fair to middling, at least for a hotel of its ranking.
For starters there didn't seem to be as many employees (room cleaning, luggage storage, etc.). Our room frequently was not made up until late afternoon unless we called downstairs. Our pay per view movie was not hooked up (how did that happen?) the one night we turned it on, and mgt. was in our room for two hours the next afternoon trying to fix it. There was no offer of free movie for the inconvenience on both ends.
Although pool area and small gym are very nice, the pool area was messy last summer. Again, not enough staff to keep it clean. Management seems to pay more attention to the wedding parties that fill the lobby, courtyard and bar every weekend at the expense of guests.
If you stay at SP, get a courtyard room. Otherwise you will face either the train tracks or Camino Real Blvd. Both are noisy.
If you are a family as we are, pool is nice for kids but know that this is not a particularly kid friendly hotel. There is no refrig. in room unless you want to empty the tiny minibar, and it's not the kind of place that your kids blow off steam in,especially when those wedding parties and their bands are occupying the garden.
Finally, except for the coffee that is offered until 8:30 each morning (they remove it at 8:31 and you pay $3 for it after that; go to Peet's down the street for better and cheaper), you pay for everything, including self-service parking at $9 a night in half-empty unattended lot. Although it is true that Westin and Sheraton also charge $9, other hotels in area do not. SP lot is not attended.
More generally, however, and despite some very friendly people like the guy who gave our daughter cookies and milk every night in the lobby, the atmosphere seems un-Californian: snobby and pretentious.

Hard beds, slow service

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stanford Park Hotel rates itself as the only five star hotel in the Palo Alto area, so we dediced to try it for two nights in April 2005 while attending a seminar in the area. The hotel smells "old", and the WiFi connections they advertise did not work, whether in the rooms or in the business center. We were given a two-queen room facing the courtyard, which is a good location, because all rooms facing El Camino Real were filled with traffic noise and car fumes from the busy road.

I had read somewhere that only half of the rooms were renovated, so I wanted to make sure that our room was renovated, which the receptionist confirmed.

The beds were horrible! We had never slept on such hard beds, I was tossing and turning all night, slept only for two hours, waking up exhausted. While staring at the ceiling (and listening to some background muzak they had left on for the night) I regretted not booking Westin next door, at least I would be able to sleep. I told my husband we would check out and stay the following night at Westin.

Changing hotels in the middle of a business trip is a huge inconvenience, because instead of being able to focus on your business, you have to start worry about packing your bags and checking out. The receptionist did not react in any ways to our complaints. Luckily the manager overheard us, and promised us the next night free, in a better room, if we decided to stay. My husband told him we'll think about it, because we had to rush out the door, we were already late for our seminar.

That evening we came back and decided to give it a try. They gave us their best room, and yes, the bed was much softer. (One receptionist explained that not all the mattresses had been changed, so some guests were sleeping on the old hard mattresses--I wish they had told us this beforehand!)

Seemed that everybody was overworked, they could not handle a full capacity; they had only two waiters at the bar, so it took us an hour to get food. There's a great mall right across the street, so the next day we walked to have dinner at P.F. Changs, where the food was delicious and service excellent.

Although the manager tried very hard to make up for their mistakes, it was all too much hassle for our taste. When on a business trip, you should be able to focus on your business, not spend your time about complaining why various features don't work (high-speed connection, rooms, room service or service at the bar).

Classic Comfort

from Forestvillian
Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo Park (near Palo Alto) is a relatively small hotel and offers a warm, relaxed ambience due to its more intimate size. The exterior has a very pleasing look of a country lodge. There are central courtyard areas filled with colorful and varied plantings, mature palm trees and interesting bronze statues--including a delightful seated and smiling Ben Franklin figure! The hotel staff were efficient and more professional and courteous than they were friendly--which was fine for us.

We stayed on the 2nd floor in room #241 which was one of the less expensive accommodations. The room was light, spacious and comfortable, and was nicely furnished with 2 queen-size beds, a large desk, an arm chair and a full-size sofa. Beds had pillow-top mattresses and were extremely comfortable! Decor was a pleasant “English Country” (not frilly at all). Altho’ our bath had a standard size tub, there were 2 large sinks with ample counters (granite). For those who need to be “well-connected” there were 3 phones plus a data center. View was out over an entry court and parking area, but there was a central fountain surrounded by 4 large palms. At nite the fountain was lighted and looked very pretty. Our windows faced toward a busy thoroughfare, yet we were amazed at how quiet the room was. There are double windows separated by several inches of airspace and with the windows closed, the traffic sounds virtually disappeared. Even with the windows open, the sounds were muffled and not intrusive. We slept more soundly than we do at home!

The lobby had a magnificent multi-story brick fireplace. There were cozy and comfortable seating areas throughout the hotel, many with data ports available. The “English Country Estate” motif was enhanced by antiques, European prints and bookcases in the public areas. There’s a cozy bar where you can have a drink or a light meal, and complimentary coffee and tea is available--plus freshly baked cookies in the evening.

A sauna, weight room and exercise room can be used at no extra fee, and there’s also a very inviting pool--the water was nice and hot!

We ate dinner and breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant, the Duck Club. They offered some surprisingly innovative dishes and every item we ordered was of excellent quality and perfectly prepared. Seating was not crowded and one felt completely unrushed while dining. The soft classical music playing in the background added to the feeling of relaxation.

Stanford Park Hotel has a very convenient location: walking distance to Stanford Shopping Center, next door to Enterprise Rental Cars, a short distance to #101, Stanford University, Filoli Gardens and an array of excellent restaurants. At the end of a busy day, this hotel offers a respite from all the action and activity surrounding it.

5 star hotel...Excellent..Highly recommended

from jaknix
We were treated so nicely at this hotel. Employees are all so friendly. Our room wasn't ready but they put us in a nice room and offered to move us the next day. Called us first thing to let us know it was ready. GORGEOUS HUGE ROOMS...WONDERFUL ROOM SERVICE...bellman even reserved a basket of cookies for my girls for after dinner. Wonderful Gym, Pool, Spa, Sauna, Weight Room...I could go on and on...conveniently located to everything. I will always stay at this hotel when in the San Jose area and HIGHLY recommend it to anyone. I was a woman traveling alone with my girls and felt 100% safe at all times. Thank you for a wonderful stay. I can't wait to go back! I give it 5 stars!!

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  • Address: 100 El Camino Real - Menlo Park - California - 94025 - United States
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