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Garden Court Hotel

520 Cowper St | Palo Alto, CA 94301-1823  [SEE MAP]Palo Alto, CA  [SEE ADDRESS]

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All accommodations feature balconies
No on-site restaurant
Downtown Palo Alto's Garden Court Hotel features Mediterranean-inspired accents with stucco walls and wrought-iron detailing. Each of its 62 guest rooms features a marble bathroom (complete with an overhead rain shower), Italian linens by Rivolta Carmignani, fireplaces and plenty of natural light pouring in from expansive French doors that lead out to private balconies or terraces. Recent guests note the Garden Court's attention to detail: After all, it's the little things – a well-equipped gym, a complimentary continental breakfast and his-and-hers bathrobes in the closet – that count. One thing to note about this hotel: There is no on-site restaurant. However, the property does provide coffee, tea and pastries in the morning and cookies and fresh fruit throughout the day. Recent guests also suggested grabbing a meal at the nearby Italian restaurant, Il Fornaio, when hunger sets in.
Palo Alto, CA
Hotel Class
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 62 rooms
Primary View
City center
Modern, Historic



  • 4.0Hotel Class


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Critic Reviews


The hotel's beautiful rooms are the highlight; they have elegant white-and-blue decor, upscale amenities, marble bathrooms, and in many, balconies overlooking the quaint courtyard.

Travel + Leisure


The prettiest hotel in the valley, with a beautiful courtyard and a prime location smack in the middle of Palo Alto.



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.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 461 have reviewed the Garden Court Hotel, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 461 reviews 4.5 (based on 461 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Standard guest rooms at the Garden Court Hotel feature classic decor in white and beige with occasional blue accents. Accommodations also feature thick curtains framing floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors. Marble bathrooms include Molton Brown bath products.
  • Hypoallergenic bedding available upon request
  • iPod docking stations

Standard room size300 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

With a prime location in the heart of Palo Alto, California, the Garden Court Hotel provides guests with easy access to restaurants, shopping and coffee shops, not to mention Stanford University, which is about a mile south of the property.
  • 17 miles northwest of San Jose International Airport; 20 miles southeast of San Francisco International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking ($24)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


The hotel does not have an on-site restaurant, but coffee and pastries are served in the hotel lobby each morning.
  • Afternoon sweets and evening port service
  • Il Fornaio Italian restaurant located next door
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


Kids receive a welcome package upon check-in and cribs and rollaway beds are available upon request for traveling families. A children’s menu is available at the on-site restaurant, Il Fornaio.
    • Kids Club
    • Free Kids Club
    • Fee for Kids Club
    • Cribs
    • High Chairs


    The hotel’s fitness center includes cardio equipment, weight machines and free weights.
    • Towels and water are provided
    • Open daily 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Weight equipment
    • Cardio equipment
    • Yoga mats
    • Free fitness classes
    • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


    The hotel features 7,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space that can accommodate around 300 guests. The hotel’s 24-hour business center offers Internet access along with printing and faxing services.
    • On-site catering
    • A/V and technical support

    Number of meeting rooms5

    • Business center
    • Meeting rooms
    • Meeting and event planners available


    The Garden Court Hotel welcomes pets that weigh less than 120 pounds. Guests traveling with pets are charged a $49 fee per stay. Pet beds and food/water bowls are available upon request.
    • Pets must be licensed and have current vaccinations
    • Pets allowed (with fee)
    • Dog walking (with fee)
    • Pet-sitting (with fee)


    The Garden Court Hotel hosts weddings and special events, both indoors and out. The property’s largest event space, the Courtyard Ballroom, can host up to 300 guests and includes access to an open-air patio.
    • Wedding packages include a complimentary one-night stay for the couple and luxury turndown service
    • Catering services are available

    Maximum wedding guest capacity300

    • Hotel hosts weddings
    • Outdoor space for weddings
    • Wedding planners available

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