Palo Alto, CA Hotels
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Hipmunk's Best Hotels in Palo Alto, CA

The Nest Hotel
The Nest Hotel
3901 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
from $149
The Epiphany, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
The Epiphany, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
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9.2
Excellent
180 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto
from $249
Travelodge Palo Alto Silicon Valley
Travelodge Palo Alto Silicon Valley
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6.6
Good
3255 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
from $72
Quality Inn
Quality Inn
3901 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
from $115
Glass Slipper Inn
Glass Slipper Inn
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5.7
Fair
3941 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
from $79
Oak Creek 311 by RedAwning
Oak Creek 311 by RedAwning
1450 Oak Creek Dr Unit 311, Palo Alto
from $0
The Zen Hotel
The Zen Hotel
|
9.1
Excellent
4164 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
from $111
Oakwood At Oak Creek
Oakwood At Oak Creek
1600 Sand Hill Rd, Palo Alto
from $0
Chateau Palo Alto
Chateau Palo Alto
3363 Park Blvd, Palo Alto
from $0
Perfect Petite Palo Alto Apartment near Stanford
from $0
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Affordable Fun in Palo Alto

As the birthplace of Silicon Valley and home to some of the biggest names in technology, Palo Alto has big appeal for visitors. To accommodate the variety of visitors drawn to the city by the tech industry and Stanford University, Palo Alto has developed a diverse and robust tourism industry with a decidedly techie spin. Whether you’re a student seeking a hostel or homestay near Stanford University or an entrepreneur looking for a luxury vacation, accommodations that suit your taste and budget are not hard to find.

Planes, Trains, Automobiles...and Apps

Perhaps Silicon Valley’s busiest hub, Palo Alto is extremely accessible. Those with private jets may land at Palo Alto Municipal Airport. Everyone else flies into either San Jose (20 miles away) or San Francisco (25 miles away). The cheapest way to Palo Alto from SFO is on the SamTrans bus KX, which costs just $2. Palo Alto can also be reached by train by taking BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) to Millbrae and then changing to the Palo Alto Caltrain, for $8.50.

San Jose Airport offers a free shuttle to the Caltrain station, where you can catch the train for $4.50 or a bus for $2. Of course, taxis and car rentals are available at both airports; Uber is also very popular and easy way to save money on cabs in Palo Alto.

Stay Close to Stanford for Best Value

You'll find the most popular shopping district in the city on University Road, and nearby pubs, cafes, and restaurants are the best places to hunt for cheap eats in Palo Alto.

Stanford's green, spacious campus is a relaxing place for an afternoon stroll. The university's impressive Cantor Arts Center has free admission to the public and hosts world-class displays ranging from ancient Chinese ceramics to modern sculpture.

Those looking to get outside need not go far. If you're seeking water, head to the Baylands Park; if hills are your thing, go inland to the Foothills Park and Los Trancos Open Space Preserve.  

Airbnb Rental Bargains Abound

Palo Alto is well-known for its luxurious, upscale hotels that cater to the wealthy tech entrepreneurs that the city attracts. What is not as well-known, though, is that this tech-savvy city has an extremely high density of Airbnb rentals. The largest hotel booking engines list fewer than 100 hotels in Palo Alto, while the Airbnb listings number in the thousands—with more than 100 listings for rooms under $75. Budget Airbnb rentals tend to be clustered in the southeast part of the city, with a fair number also appearing around the university. Those willing to expand their search to neighboring Mountain View and Sunnyvale will find even more options.

School Holidays Mean Better Bargains

Palo Alto’s ever-bustling tech sector means the city sees a steady stream of business visitors year-round. School holidays are a unique phenomenon in this popular city, because they simultaneously result in a decrease in students and an increase in tourists. The student exodus has one lucky side effect for visitors: an increased number of Airbnb rentals near Stanford University.

Staying Near the Action in Palo Alto

Rather than being centralized, accommodations are spread evenly throughout the city. The Garden Court Hotel*, The Epiphany, and The Cardinal are the only three hotels actually in downtown Palo Alto. The Sheraton Palo Alto and Westin Palo Alto are on El Camino Real within walking distance of downtown and the Stanford University campus. Many of the cheap motels in Palo Alto are on El Camino Real. Some of the more popular budget options include the Comfort Inn Palo Alto Stanford University, Motel 6 Palo Alto, Quality Inn Stanford/Silicon Valley, Coronet Motel*, and Best Western Palo Alto.

*Not currently available through Hipmunk.

 

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Visit Palo Alto for Affordable Fun

A bay side setting and a bevy of attractions places Palo Alto atop many travelers' wish-lists. Budget-friendly hotels, such as the Comfort Inn in Palo Alto and the Best Western in Palo Alto, now turn those wishes into realities. 

Find Affordable Palo Alto Hotels on a Student’s Schedule

Tucked just beyond Palo Alto is Stanford University, where a world-class education brings a flood of students and faculty. The town population swells throughout the year, but travelers can still find cheap hotels such as the Creekside Inn by visiting during school breaks.

Arrive at Palo Alto during late March (Spring Break) or late December (Winter Break). There are fewer crowds during these times and hotel rates tend to drop. Due to the popularity of this destination, last-minute booking is not recommended.

Discover Spectacular Attractions Near Palo Alto Hotels

Waiting beyond Palo Alto’s many affordable hotels are diverse attractions. Consider exploring the Baylands Nature Preserve, the Cantor Arts Center, Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Hannah House, the Hewlett-Packard Garage, and much more.

Reaching these attractions is a simple feat. Palo Alto offers many car rental agencies and some hotels, such as Dinah’s Garden, provide complimentary shuttle services.

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