The Westin Palo Alto
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The first day of our Western adventure started out with a cancelled flight and ended with a 23-hour day. We left the house at 3 a.m. to catch an earlier flight, then took 8 hours to drive 300 miles from San Francisco up the coast to Redwood National Forest. Driving along the twisty roads felt like we were taking our lives in our hands at times. Saw a family of partridges crossing the road (c'mon get happy), and Elk as we got farther north.
The views along the way were amazing, ...
... and pedestrian tourists each share the same area, and there were heaps of them (both cyclists and pedestrians). The views from the bridge are awesome, especially the drops that can be seen from leaning over the railing. One the other side we climb a small hill to what was once a bunker built for WWII. From here we had a great view of the bridge with San Francisco City in the background.
We cruised back over the bridge and went in search of a lunch spot. ...
... at all. We had a coffee and decided to get the open-top bus tour first. The bus was pretty good and all the famous buildings and sights were pointed out to us. We went across the bridge and back and nearly got blown away - exhilarating is not really the word for it - if I hadn't put on so much weight lately I might have been whisked away!
Got off the bus in Union Square and had a super lunch in Boudins before we hit Macy's. ...
A projected 5:25 layover before departing on the grand adventure.
At the International terminal, we found that the Air New Zealand counter didn't open until 1700, so we did a quick scan of one of the exhibits that the airport museum had on view. It was various metalwork pieces exhibiting Form, Function and Beauty.
We sat at a table at the south dining area and had some almonds and the hamburgers we’d brought along from ...
... foods including an Afghani dip. Shwetha bought some fresh ingredients for a quiche she was going to make for dinner. Originally Lucky and I were going to head into San Francisco to take in the sights but a change of plan was made, where we decided to make a video for our good friend Hari who was getting married to Meghna. After the delicious meal by Shwetha we spent the entire afternoon mapping ideas for this video. Kousthub came over ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Westin Palo Alto
We got this hotel on Priceline so I won't even brag about the price! Everything about it was very nice. We have a Starwood card - if you don't have one, it is worth signing up for (no charge), so we may have been given an upgrade - not sure. The hotel is very nice - the room was beautiful. The bathroom was huge and spacious done in granite with an all glass shower. The bed was one of their "dream beds" all done in white down. The room was spotless and we are particular!! Usually I can't wait to get out of a hotel room. This one I was in no hurry to leave.
We have stayed at the Westin Palo Alto four times in the past year. It has been consistently terrific. The rooms are always very clean and quiet. The beds are awesome! Soooo comfortable. They have a nice little pool. We were able to order lunch by the pool. The staff is always kind and efficient. We will stay there again and recommend it highly!
Beautiful rooms and a pack of barking dogs
This is a lovely hotel, the rooms and baths are large and beautiful. We checked in very late, went to bed and were kept awake for the longest time by howling barking dogs. We called the desk and there is a vet clinic or something on the back side of the hotel, so they moved us...honestly, we are really pretty flexible travelers, but it was 2 am...got a different room, also lovely...were hoping to get late check out the next am due to the lack of sleep we all experienced(2 rooms, 4 people) They could not accomodate us. If you stay here, make sure to ask for a room away from the barking dogs in the alley. Who could have guessed?
Westin front desk staff saved the day!
After traveling on business from the east coast, I found that I had been booked at the Cardinal Hotel. The Bates Motel would be an improvement form the Cardinal. Anyway, my associate and I walked bag and baggage into the Westin in hopes of a cleam room at a reasonable rate.
We were thrilled with the rate, and with the accommodations. Spacious, clean, comfortable with a great bed and bathroom.
When in doubt, always go with a Westin!
We stayed at the Westin Palo Alto for one night. We were given two quiet , goodsized rooms on the first floor. The beds were comfortable. My children had a good showerhead ( heavenly shower!) ,but we had a regular one. Next morning, due to a rush to checkout, I left my favorite scarf and a belt lying somewhere....didn't realize that until later that afternoon. A hotel personnel reassured me that they will try their best to locate the items. The following week, I received an email that the hotel had found the items and will forward them to me via Fedex ( I didn't expect to get back my favorite Burberry scarf ). Lorenz, the hotel housekeeping personnel, deserves a round of applause for his wonderful work ethics. The hotel is very close to Stanford University and the Stanford Mall.
On the plus side: Rooms are generously sized, quiet and done to the usual high Westin standard. Staff was helpful and courteous. Pool looked nice but as this hotel usually has business people as clients, I don't think it gets a lot of use. The pool is surrounded by the walls of the hotel but it's not as if you can't chose the sunny side of the pool as you won't be competing with bunches of other people for the loungers.
Down side: Hotel layout is a bit of a rabbit's warren but after going to and from my room a couple of times it became second nature.
I have been traveling to Palo Alto lately for business and have been searching for the best hotel in town. I previously stayed in a club-level room at the Sheraton next door and found it disappointing. My last trip I moved next door to the Westin, which is also owned by Starwood. The Westin was definitely a step up. Here also I upgraded to a business room (I forget what they call it) which had a separate office area with a fax, etc. I enjoyed this hotel. My main complaint about both hotels is that there is no WiFi, just a high-speed line at the desk. What is wrong with these people?
Have to agree with the previous review. This hotel is ostentatious, and I don't know why, as I've stayed in far better Westins than this one. I did not like the check-in area at all, very small and the rooms are located on hallways with only one elevator servicing five buildings, all linked, a complete maze. The decor of the rooms is quite traditional, and I prefer the more contemporary decor you get in other Westins such as Times Square. The check-in staff did not make any attempt to be friendly, and I wasn't even asked if I had enjoyed my stay at check out by the female clerk. The bar/lounge area was out of bounds to residents for most of our stay, due to private parites, not at all welcoming. I would not return to this Westin.
I felt the need to write a review od the Westin Palo Alto which balances the unqualified praise of the only other comment.
WOW!! what a place!
I stayed for 2 nights recently at this hotel and was so impressed and comfortable. It's one of the best stays I've ever had. The staff was very professional and polite and genuine. The food was awesome. The rooms were CLEAN, gorgeous and very nicely done. I've never seen such high quality linens at a hotel before! For the price, it's fabulous, comfortable and conveniently located near Stanford, shopping and restaurants. Highly recommend!!