PALO ALTO HOTELS
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BEST ALL ROUND PALO ALTO HOTEL IS THE CARDINAL HOTEL
All-round the Cardinal Hotel (235 Hamilton Ave | 650 323-5101 is a great stop. It is a 2 star hotel with a cozy 1920s design in the heart of downtown. The reviews on Google are 4.1 currently out of 146 ratings (which for a two star is really quite good! It has a 4/5 on Trip Advisor (09/25/19) for 384 reviews and is listed with 9/10 on Booking.com with 244 reviews. The key here is not too expensive, clean, old-time charm and location.
THE SECOND BEST Palo Alto hotel is the Crowne Plaza
This 4 star hotel has generally good prices (for the area) with nice pool, and good location to access both Mountain View and Palo Alto. It has (09/25/19) a very good 4.2 from 1, 144 reviews on Google. 4/5 with Trip Advisor from 715 trip advisor users and 8.3/10 from 274 reviews on Booking.com
The hotel has a few very nice touches. One of these is a self service little shop for snacks, and another is a game room.
Sound-wise it is quite far from the train tracks and not directly on El Camino.
Address: 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306
BEST PALO ALTO RESTAURANTS:
BEST IN TOWN: Evvia Estiatorio
Top on the list is without a doubt Evvia Estiatorio! Located at 420 Emerson Street. If you are lucky you may get to meet Panos – an outstanding manager and one of the most friendly people in Palo Alto.
The Michelin Guide states:
Inviting with its rustic wood beams, hanging copper pots and roaring wood-burning fireplace, this central Palo Alto spot is a draw for Maserati-driving tech billionaires by day and couples in the evening. Dress to impress here, where the scene dictates high prices (though lunch features lighter dishes and more palatable pricing). Much of the menu emerges from the wood-fired grill, including smoky, tender artichoke and eggplant skewers drizzled in olive oil and paired with garlicky Greek yogurt. The rustic, impossibly moist lamb souvlaki is nicely contrasted by a refreshing tomato, cucumber and red onion salad. For dessert, pumpkin cheesecake is subtle, sweet and accented with syrup-poached chunks of pumpkin.
VERY GOOD: Ramen Nagi Palo Alto
Tip: As there is usually a line to get in (sometimes 30 minutes or more) I would suggest heading over at 2pm week-days when the wait will be (usually) less long.
Tip: Avoid sitting or being seated at the bar. (The kitchen staff communicate loudly).
Address: 541 Bryant Street
FUN AND GOOD: Palo Alto Creamery
At 566 Emerson Street you will find the retro diner with good milkshakes and classic American food!
It has a really good side bakery (with take-out options for cakes and are known in the area as being outstanding).
Note: There is another retro dinner in town. Make sure you are going to the right one! Again: 566 Emerson Street is where to head!
PALO ALTO TOURISM INFORMATION IS DIVIDED INTO 4 MAIN PARTS ACROSS 3 PAGES:
– Lots of videos and street views
– Palo Alto History | Palo Alto as seen by a resident
– Non sponsored review for the best hotels and restaurants (this page that you are on now)