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Dinah's Garden Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA
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The price is $155 per night
4.7/5Exceptional! (996 reviews)

"The most stunning hotel grounds I've seen in the Bay area. A sort of lake (I think some call it a lagoon) winds through the buildings, complete with fountains, koi, and ducks. More trees than I could count (I didn't even try), and very nice Asian-themed sculptures and decorations. The room was unusually ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

Dinah's Garden Hotel
Garden Court Hotel
4 out of 5
520 Cowper Street, Palo Alto, CA
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4.6/5Exceptional! (373 reviews)

"The staff, location, room amenities, lighting. . . Everything is perfect!!!! This is a delightful hotel run by the nicest and most competent staff. I would never stay anywhere else in Palo Alto by choice."…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Garden Court Hotel
The Zen Hotel
3 out of 5
4164 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA
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The price is $91 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (955 reviews)

"everything really clean , very comfterblevto stay at, down fall you can hear every noice of the rooms around"…"

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2020

The Zen Hotel
Creekside Inn - A Greystone Hotel
3.5 out of 5
3400 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA
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The price is $114 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (991 reviews)

"Quick check in zero contact perfect for the quarantine necessity"…"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

Creekside Inn - A Greystone Hotel
Courtyard Palo Alto Los Altos
3 out of 5
4320 El Camino Real, Los Altos, CA
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The price is $93 per night
4.4/5Wonderful! (580 reviews)

"Staff was excellent. Even let me check in a few hours early which was completely amazing. Beds were comfy. Room was clean. Pool was heated. Had to reserve a time for the pool because of covid but we didn’t have a problem with that. Had the pool all to ourselves for an hour. Would definitely stay ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2020

Courtyard Palo Alto Los Altos
The Westin Palo Alto
4 out of 5
675 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA
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4.4/5Excellent! (854 reviews)

"Extremely Friendly staff! Dog friendly as well. They had beds, treats, blankets and doggie bags for my pup! Clean rooms and easy parking."…"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

The Westin Palo Alto
Crowne Plaza Cabana, Palo Alto
3.5 out of 5
4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA
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The price is $77 per night
4.2/5Excellent! (990 reviews)

"Overall a pretty good hotel. The $12 extra for overnight parking was a bit unnecessary but everything else was pretty good."…"

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2020

Crowne Plaza Cabana, Palo Alto
Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel
3.5 out of 5
625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA
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The price is $129 per night
4.2/5Excellent! (984 reviews)

"Very friendly staff. Great location near campus. Restaurant at hotel was good and convenient"…"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2020

Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel
Berbeda Place
2.5 out of 5
3339 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA
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4.2/5Excellent! (391 reviews)

"Highly recommended! Don’t let the modest exterior fool you, it’s an excellent place to stay. Standard Room is nostalgic, modern, stylish, comfortable and clean with meaningful and useful amenities (refrigerator, microwave, Keurig with nice coffee and tea selections, lounge chair to sit and watch ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Berbeda Place
Hotel Keen
2.5 out of 5
425 High Street, Palo Alto, CA
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3.9/5Very Good! (446 reviews)

"Clean and quiet small room but pefect set up I will return back soon"…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

Hotel Keen
The Palo Alto Inn
3 out of 5
4238 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA
The price is $59 per night
3.9/5Very Good! (288 reviews)
Quaint in a big city

"The accommodations were great except the tv didn't work."…"

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2020

The Palo Alto Inn
Hotel Parmani
2 out of 5
3200 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA
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The price is $89 per night
3.7/5Good! (644 reviews)

"Staff was very responsive when we had trouble with the Wifi. Enjoyed the covered parking."…"

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Hotel Parmani
Comfort Inn Palo Alto Stanford University
2.5 out of 5
3945 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA
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The price is $72 per night
3.7/5Good! (990 reviews)

"Staff was very nice and service was excellent. I enjoyed the air conditioning during the ‘heat wave’ we had in the area. I loved the handheld showerhead as an unexpected and welcome luxury!"…"

Reviewed on May 29, 2020

Comfort Inn Palo Alto Stanford University
Americas Best Value Inn Sky Ranch
2 out of 5
4234 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA
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The price is $85 per night
3.6/5Good! (473 reviews)

"One of the most accommodating hotels We have ever stayed at."…"

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

Americas Best Value Inn Sky Ranch
Oak Motel Palo Alto
2 out of 5
4279 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA
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The price is $74 per night
3.3/5 (913 reviews)
Good basic hotel

"Nice basic hotel. The service was great. Room was comfortable. Breakfast was very basic."…"

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2020

Oak Motel Palo Alto
Stanford Group Extended Stay
3 out of 5
531 Stanford Ave, Palo Alto, CA
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3.2/5 (196 reviews)

"Breakfast was included when i booked but the hotel not serving breakfast for past 1 month"…"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2018

Stanford Group Extended Stay
Travelodge by Wyndham Palo Alto Silicon Valley
2 out of 5
3255 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA
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The price is $90 per night
3.1/5 (489 reviews)
we will go back .

"they are remodeling so some things are a little rough right now . but our room everything was brand new and very well done . we enjoyed it ."…"

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Travelodge by Wyndham Palo Alto Silicon Valley
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Cheap Hotels in Palo Alto

Palo Alto has a variety of cheap accommodations and places to visit, making it a budget-friendly vacation choice. In addition to its well-known attractions like Stanford Shopping Center and Shoreline Park, this destination is home to Rodin Sculpture Garden and Stanford University Arboretum, which you can enjoy while spending very little.

If you're looking for places to stay in Palo Alto that won't break the bank, you can take your pick of the area's 16 budget accommodations. These top-rated options offer reasonable prices and have positive reviews from Expedia travelers in search of a bargain:

Oak Motel Palo Alto - 2-star motel. You'll find free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool at this property. Guests who stay here appreciate its comfortable rooms and helpful staff.

Hotel Parmani - Customers like this 2-star motel for its central location and clean rooms. It offers free WiFi, free parking, and air conditioning.

The Zen Hotel - At this 3-star family-friendly motel, you can take advantage of free buffet breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Reviews mention the comfortable beds and helpful staff.

Berbeda Place - 2.5-star motel. You'll find free WiFi, free parking, and air conditioning at this property. Guests who stay here appreciate its comfortable rooms and good location.

Dinah's Garden Hotel - Customers like this 3.5-star boutique hotel for its clean rooms and overall value. It offers free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool.

Planning Your Trip to Palo Alto

Still picking travel dates? Find out more about the local climate with these monthly averages so you can maximize your time.

  • Hottest months: August, September, July, and June, with an average temperature of 80°F
  • Coldest months: December, January, February, and November, with an average temperature of 39°F
  • Rainiest months: February, January, December, and March, with an average rainfall of 2.92 inches
  • Driest months: July, May, October, and April, with an average rainfall of 0.51 inches

Sightseeing In and Around Palo Alto

Palo Alto attracts visitors with its major shopping area and fantastic dining options, and offers plenty to see and do without spending a fortune. You can budget for the top local attractions that interest you most, such as Computer History Museum and California's Great America, and then look for sights and activities that cost little or nothing at all. Explore and snap photos of landmarks like Winchester Mystery House, or enjoy the outdoors at Shoreline Park and Rodin Sculpture Garden.

Travelers also like Palo Alto for its:
  • Bird watching
  • University life
  • Gardens
  • Mountain views
  • Cafés
  • Art

Getting Around Palo Alto

The most convenient airport is in Palo Alto, CA (PAO-Santa Clara County), situated 3 mi (4.8 km) away from the city center. However, if that doesn't suit your budget, you can arrange flights in and out of San Carlos, CA (SQL), which is 8.6 mi (13.8 km) away. Head to Palo Alto California Ave Station for metro transit. To see more of the larger area, hop aboard a train at Palo Alto Station.

Frequently asked questions

What is Palo Alto like for travelers on a budget?
Palo Alto has cheap accommodation options and a variety of places to visit, making it a budget-friendly vacation choice. You can find ways to save money while getting to know this destination, which is home to attractions like Palo Alto Art Center, Stanford Shopping Center, and Stanford Stadium.
What's the best place to stay on a budget in Palo Alto?
Based on reviews, Hotel Parmani is a popular 2-star property for our travelers looking for an economical choice, and features free breakfast and free WiFi. Other choices to stay on the cheap include Oak Motel Palo Alto and Creekside Inn - A Greystone Hotel.
How many budget hotels will I find in Palo Alto?
Choose a hotel that suits your wallet among Expedia’s 17 budget hotels in Palo Alto.
What's the seasonal weather like in Palo Alto?
The hottest months are usually August and September with an average temp of 66°F, while the coldest months are December and January with an average of 50°F. Average annual rainfall for Palo Alto is 16 inches.
What is there to see and do in Palo Alto?
Palo Alto attracts visitors with its major shopping area and fantastic dining options, and offers plenty to see and do without spending a fortune. You can budget for the popular local attractions that are highest on your list, such as Shoreline Amphitheatre and Levi’s Stadium, and choose other low-cost activities to fill your itinerary. Explore and snap photos of landmarks like Hoover Tower and Stanford Theatre, or hunt for bargains with some shopping at Stanford Shopping Center.
What's the best way to get around Palo Alto?
The most convenient airport is 18.8 mi (30.3 km) from the center in San Francisco Intl. Airport (SFO). However, if that doesn’t suit your budget, you can look into flights to Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl. Airport (SJC), which is 12.5 mi (20 km) away. To explore the surrounding area, hop aboard a train at California Ave Station or Palo Alto Station.

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