With a research budget of more than $1 billion, it’s safe to say Stanford University is one of the more prestigious colleges in the United States. The Stanford University Medical Center is no slouch either, with consistently high rankings in specialties like cardiovascular medicine and organ transplantation. Its surroundings in Palo Alto are likewise bright, with approximately 40 percent of the population holding an advanced degree.
Planning on visiting this ultra-smart swath of California? Save your brainpower for conversing with the erudite locals and use our handy list to find hotels in Palo Alto near Stanford University. These three options offer not only proximity to Stanford, but have all been highly rated by previous guests.
From $109/ night
This family-owned motel lacks the luxuries of larger, more opulent properties, but if you’re looking for reasonably priced, cozy lodging near Stanford, it’s hard to beat. Less than a mile from the University, Coronet Motel is a mere three-minute walk away from the Stanford Marguerite Shuttle, which will take you wherever you need to go around campus. Rooms are equipped with all the basic amenities: cable TV, a fridge, a coffeepot, a hairdryer, a dining area and a microwave. There’s an outdoor pool should you want to take a dip beneath the sunny California rays. Guests praise the motel’s cleanliness, friendly service, comfy beds and (of course) its closeness to Stanford.
Sheraton Palo Alto
From $135/ night
This resort-like hotel is only a five-minute drive from Stanford University and central Palo Alto, offering an oasis to its guests in the form of onsite koi ponds, fountains and exotic plants. Should these glittering patches of nature become boring to witness, you can enjoy a 42-inch flat-screen TV in your room. Or, you can indulge a cocktail poolside from the Cardinal Club Lounge. Feeling hungry? Try the Poolside Grill, either for its breakfast buffet or its menu of American cuisine. You can later work off those calories in the hotel fitness center, or simply enjoy free wifi in the lobby. Guests love the Sheraton’s location, its pool area and the accommodating and amiable staff.
Westin Palo Alto
From $149/ night
Less than two miles from Stanford University, the Westin Palo Alto also offers proximity to the Stanford Medical Center and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Flat screen cable TVs are available in every room, as are iPod docks and coffee machines with gourmet brews. Bathrooms are en suite and you can luxuriate in a soft bathrobe after a relaxing soak or shower. Guests like the comfy beds, well-stocked bathrooms, and overall quietness. Want to wander outside your cozy room? The Westin boasts a modern fitness center and two dining options: Restaurant Soleil and The Luna Lounge. The former features regional Californian cuisine while the latter is a full bar with a lengthy wine list and cocktails.