Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel
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This isn't quite a travel-related entry...although many of you (our guests) did travel to attend our wedding! We figured that our first blog entry should be about what started this all in the first place - getting married. Hopefully, we will have many more opportunities to share our travels and our first-hand experience with different cultures. …
... looks a lot younger than me and I expect I'll have to work hard at keeping up with them....or letting the air out of my room mates tires each night....
Apparently they don't tell time in the military like we do at home....and the schedule is the master...dinner tonight is at 1830 hours and breakfast is at 0630 hours. Bags on the trucks by 0730 hours and must be at ...
... They give you fresh baked sourdough at the start of the meal as well so it was a very good thing that we shared because we could not finish everything on the plate, everything was very yummy though. Ok off to get on the ferry to Alcatraz we go! Upon arriving Char and I stay with a guide to do a tour as we head towards the cell house, he gives us a lot of historic information about the island before it became a prison and it was really interesting. We then take the ...
... booking, and as we got off the very crowded streetcar we were treated to the site of two huge catamarans hurtling towards us as they crossed the finishing line of one of the America's cup races. With the girls largely unimpressed with my excitement at seeing this, we took a couple of photos before wandering off to pier 33 at Fisherman's Wharf to grab an ice cream and get our first view of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, whilst listening to the sea lions barking (is that ...
Woke up at 5:30 am wide awake, my mum had been awake for an hour already, which I suppose isn't bad considering it was our first night and we are 8 hours behind where we should be. We had retired early given the long day we had just had so it was a good 8 hours sleep; we had a cup of tea and a biscuit and drifted back off for a couple of hours. We are on holiday after all. After a Starbucks breakfast, which wasn't bad, my mum and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel
Great Service and accomodations.
Everyone offered such professional and friendly service. Great place to stay, beds are comfortable and walking distance to downtown Palo Alto and Stanford University. Excellent location.. Best buy in the area.
We left the Days Inn in Palo Alto to stay here. Our room was exceptionally clean, was very nicely appointed (most comfortable bed I've ever slept in, stone tile bathroom, everything we desired already in the room), and the staff was very friendly. We have a dog, and surprisingly for such an upscale place, she was welcome everywhere in the hotel and grounds, even poolside.
We have been staying in this hotel for the last 23 years. The rooms are small and it is sometimes noisy, but it is right across the street from Stanford. I will admit, the quality of the beds and the cleanliness of the rooms have radically improved in the last few years. The outdoor pool and pleasant outdoor dining in the spring and summer are the best. The pool is outside, and large and we really enjoy it. Its location far outweighs the train tracks behind it and the new charge in the parking lot. It was a surprise to pay to park, it has been free until this last trip. The food is fine, and the employees friendly and nice.
I stay here for business 3-4 times a year. The toilets are not gravity flush. Instead they use air pressure. I liked them so much I opened the tank to get the name of the company and had them installed in my home. No more clog toilets. BUT they make a jet engine sound when flushed. This is also a business hotel with many people like myself coming from the east coast. Therefore due to the jet lag we get up around 4AM. Then the flushing starts. If this is not so bad the walls are also thin and you can hear everything. Lastly if you get a room facing the back, the Caltrain will keep you up. So yes if you are a light sleeper you need to find another hotel, or pay more and stay in the club tower, which includes a free breakfast if you can find the room. It is unmarked and locked to keep out freeloaders. Make sure you get the room number from the front desk. Also they gated the parking lot and you have to pay $9.00 day for self parking. Location is great on the corner of University Ave the "main street" of Palo alto. You can leave the car behind and walk to wonderfull restaurants.
I found the Sheraton to be comfortable and clean. The location was good, it was only steps away from the CalTrain and the "downtown" area of University Avenue. The CalTrain station is also a bus hub, and numerous buses, including the Stanford shuttle go there many times a day making access to Stanford easy.
The Sheraton hotel in Palo Alto is very old! The service is OK but the hotel is too ugly and old! Room is dark, and spread out! The rate is too expensive ($209)! Location is good, just next to the cal train station but it is noisy!
The Sheraton is fine, not great. I paid extra for a business class room that was supposed to include breakfast and afternoon drinks. Problem is, it is hidden away on the third floor. When I finally found it the door was locked and my key would nto let me in. What a waste. Also, when I tried to check out a day early they would not let me because I had booked the room on the internet. The room was nice, but they didn't have any WiFi!!! In Silicon Valley?!
Only for the hearing impaired...
Nice location, but the sound isolation between rooms (and floors) is one of the worst I have ever experienced. I have heard, in the last 4 days, every toilet flush next door or above me, every cart the staff ran down the hallway, every person that walked in the hall, televisions from all rooms around me and a conference call by the guy next door at 5:15 am.
Sorry, nice place, but I need some quiet and some sleep. I won't be staying here again.
Good Internet connection
I stayed at the hotel Aug. 11-14, 2003. Paid $139/night + tax (conference or government rate).
For $8/night they have high speed Internet connections to the room. I downloaded over 100 MB one evening (but it took quite a while).
Conveniently located 1 block from Palo Transit Center (bus + rail connections) just South of University Ave on El Camino.
During the workday, early evening there are Stanford Marguerite shuttles from the transit center (next door) to various locations on the campus.
Good location, good (not great) Internet connections.
Given the price we got, we hit the jackpot
We reserved a room with two double beds at USD 89 per night. It was very large and well designed/equipped.
You can get these sorts of rates if you are willing to pre-pay the room. It is a very pleasant hotel, clean, fresh and with a very professional staff. Treat yourself with the good breakfast buffet (some 15-16 USD if I remember correctly). Especially in the restaurants, you will experience an exceptional service level.
This is the perfect solution for both business and leisure travellers: Location next to downtown Palo Alto and the Caltrain Station, free buses to Stanford, etc. Furthermore, a decent pool and "resort feeling".
I would say that the price/quality ratio is around 150-170 USD per night, excluding breakfast.