Rekindle the spirit of your alma mater at the smartest place to stay in Palo Alto. Nestled on University Ave in the heart of downtown, Graduate Palo Alto is steps from charming shops and restaurants, and down the street from Stanford University’s stunning campus.

Originally built in 1929, we’ve completely restored the historic Hotel President to reflect and honor its Spanish-colonial roots. Our lobby, guest rooms and rooftop bar celebrate the region’s unique terrain, while antique art and furniture give all spaces an authentically NorCal feel. From hand-painted redwood wallpaper to custom art depicting university traditions, we’ve got Stanford pride in spades.

Visit our lively lobby café, Lou and Herbert’s, for light bites or a quick caffeine boost. And you definitely don’t want to miss the sweeping views from our rooftop bar, President’s Terrace — the only place of its kind in Palo Alto.

So whether you’re in town rallying for a Cardinal win, visiting campus or exploring downtown, we’re here to make your stay memorable. Our warm, friendly and whip-smart staff will guide you around Palo Alto so you feel like a local even if it’s your first time in town.

Welcome to Graduate Palo Alto.

President's Terrace Rooftop
Graduate King Room
Graduate Palo Alto Lobby
President's Terrace Rooftop


Valet Parking: Located at the main entrance of the hotel, valet parking with unlimited in and out privileges is available to overnight guests and those staying 3+ hours for $40 per night. 3-hour parking for visitors of our F&B outlets is $18.

Street Parking: Free street parking is available around the hotel, with a 2-hour time limit during weekdays. On Saturdays and Sundays and after 6 p.m. during the week, there isn’t a time limit for parking.

Pet Friendly

We love furry friends probably a little more than the next guy and would never dare ask you leave them at home during your travels. Add a pet to your booking for $35 per night.

President's Terrace Rooftop
President's Terrace Rooftop

Rooftop Hangout

President’s Terrace, Palo Alto’s newest rooftop bar and restaurant, is a must-visit. Whether you’re in town for business or looking to unwind with a few friends, take in 360° views of downtown Palo Alto while you sip on playful, California-inspired cocktails.

Complimentary Bike Rentals

Explore Palo Alto on two wheels. Complimentary bike rentals are available through the front desk, based on availability.

Check In, Check Out

Our standard check-in time is 4:00 p.m. Check out is 11:00 a.m. If you’d like to request an earlier check-in time or later check out time, please give us a call.