THE GARDEN COURT HOTEL
520 Cowper Street
Palo Alto, California 94301
(650) 324-3609 fax
The flower-laden, open-air courtyard that is this hotel's centerpiece evokes the charm of a Mediterranean village. Tiled balconies and walkways, classic columns and arches, slate roofs, and potted palms create a relaxing atmosphere that seems far removed from the Garden Court's convenient Silicon Valley location.
The second-floor lobby has the feel of a spacious living room, with a large upholstered bay window seat, overstuffed sofas, and antiques. In winter, guests congregate in front of the cheery fireplace. Guest rooms, decorated in soft pastels by Nan Rosenblatt Interior Design, feature four-poster draped beds. Baths have brass fixtures and imported Spanish tile. In several rooms, private balconies afford views of the courtyard below. Some suites also have skylights, wet bars, fireplaces, and jacuzzis.
Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana is a full-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Menu selections include "Dal Girarrosto Toscana," a changing selection of meats and poultry from the wood-fired rotisserie, house-made pastas, fresh roasted seafood, and crisp-crusted pizzas. Il Fornaio's famous breads, pastries and desserts are prepared daily in the courtyard bakery.
Meeting business needs is a specialty at the Garden Court, with executive board rooms, meeting rooms, and elegant banquet facilities that will accommodate up to 300 people. Each room is equipped with complete audio/visual and communications facilities. The hotel stands ready to cater your event with gourmet food, be it cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, or a full-course dinner, all by Il Fornaio.
Turn-down service is provided each evening and The Wall Street Journal, a local newspaper, and your polished shoes will be at your door in the morning. In these and myriad other details, the staff renders the personalized service which can only be found at fine, small hotels such as this one.
SERVICES & AMENITIES: Valet service, Garage and parking, Baby-sitting service, Laundry, Complimentary newspaper, Cable TV, Radio, Mini-bars, Complimentary shoeshine, Robes, Complimentary toiletries, VCR's
RESTRICTIONS: No pets; 3 handicap-accessible rooms
RESTAURANT: Il Fornaio Restaurant, 7am-11pm, Weekend brunch 9am-2pm
BUSINESS FACILITIES: Audio/Visual, Copiers, Teleconferencing
CONFERENCE ROOMS: 8
LOCATION: Downtown, nearest airports: San Francisco, San Jose
ATTRACTIONS: Stanford University, Stanford Shopping Center, Silicon Valley|
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