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Reviewed December 22, 2017

Stayed 3 nights and enjoyed the staff, space, warmth(it's cool at night now), and the breakfast. The hot water heater serving our room was not so good. Manager promptly moved us to an even nicer room.
Walking distance to great restaurants and downtown Palo Alto amenities.

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled with family
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Thank 23Chachalacas
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Reviewed November 6, 2017 via mobile

The Cowper Inn is a bit of a mixed bag. On the plus side, it's clean, quaint, does a lovely breakfast and the beds were comfortable. On the other hand, the quaintness is genuine in that it hasn't been decorated since about 1982, and the bedroom we had was in serious need of repairs and updating. Having said that though, the location is great and if you want something a bit different from the usual chain hotels then it's worth a try.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
Thank Claresaskia
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Reviewed October 16, 2017

This would be a fine place to stay for a night or two at $95/night, but at $250, forget it. Charming from the outside, but inside the floors are a disgrace, the furniture is falling apart, lots of things need stripping and repainting. Even the windows need washing. The common room is very pleasant, but the breakfast is basic at best. My room (#24) was tiny, which I expected, but the clock was broken, there weren't any hand towels, the pillows were rock hard (what's the point of that, I wonder?), and I had to put a towel under the connecting door to plug the light from the three-inch gap to the unused dining area next door. The second night of my stay the family upstairs was up from about 4:30 racing around and banging (let's not put kids in the upstairs rooms....). The inn is in a fine neighborhood of Palo Alto (in the process of being destroyed by fortress high-rises, unfortunately), the two houses of the inn are terrific old gems, and Hugo, the manager, is a really nice guy, but still, I'm going to look for a better place to stay next time.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled solo
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Thank judilater
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Reviewed October 10, 2017

While the public areas of the main house are nice, the second house needs much repair. We stayed three nights in a room that needed: floors refinished, painting, new wallpaper, door and cabinet hardware repaired and refurbished furniture. The shower rod and the curtain rod need replacing (they are falling down).

We paid $267 a night (including tax). We expected more for that price. We checked ourselves in and were never personally greeted by an Innkeeper. While the breakfast buffet was nice, it was all self service with no accommodation for special diets. We had requested some gluten free choices when we made the reservation but none were offered until we complained and just gluten free bread was offered the next day. We think a high priced B & B should do better.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed August 7, 2017

Spent 4 nights at the Cowper Inn and were very pleased. The rooms were spotless , the breakfasts were delightful and the location was great. Only blocks away from University Avenue and the fine restaurants of Palo Alto. We were visiting Stanford Health which was only a few minutes drive away.

Room Tip: If you can get room #36, it comes with a living room and a fully stocked kitchen.
  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Thank jhperrone
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