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Guest suite in Palo Alto
Premium Lux Studio by Stanford | Tesla | GOOG | FB
Part of a beautiful newly custom built craftsman architectural style house with a private entrance. The suite is completely separated, with a secure smart-lock, nicely appointed with modern chic furnishings throughout in a sought-after neighborhood in Midtown Palo Alto - one of the best places to live in Silicon Valley. 3-5 minutes WALK to grocery store, pharmacy, coffee/tea shop, and restaurants. Within 1 or 2 miles, you can ride your BIKE or CAR to Stanford, Tesla, GOOG, Meta/FB and Amazon.
$109 per night
Guesthouse in Palo Alto
Renovated Guest House with AC - Downtown Palo Alto
We invite you to stay in our private, remodeled guest house. It's an easy walk to the restaurants and shops on University Avenue, in a safe and sought-after neighborhood in Downtown Palo Alto. The guest house was recently renovated and has a gorgeous bay window, air conditioning, two skylights, and a spa-like bathroom. We pride ourselves in keeping it absolutely spotless. The studio cottage is 200 square feet -- perfect for a single person or a couple visiting the area.
$119 per night
Condo in Palo Alto
Perfect Location, walk to all Palo Alto venues
Very nice, remodeled 700 Sq. ft. Mid-Century Modern condominium in the heart of Palo Alto. One large bedroom, one bathroom, well stocked kitchen with all new appliances, lovely private back patio area...all this and only a 3 block walk to University Ave (fabulous restaurants & shopping), 3 minute walk to CalTrain, 10 minute walk to the Stanford Campus (or take Stanford Shuttle just 2 blocks away)! No need to drive although space for 2 cars, one undercover.
$203 per night

Stay near Palo Alto's top sights

Stanford University537 locals recommend
Googleplex313 locals recommend
Computer History Museum255 locals recommend
Costco Wholesale31 locals recommend
IKEA32 locals recommend
Whole Foods Market341 locals recommend
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Quick stats about vacation rentals in Palo Alto

Total rentals

2.1K properties

Rentals with dedicated workspaces

1.2K properties have a dedicated workspace

Rentals with a pool

380 properties have a pool

Pet-friendly rentals

420 properties allow pets

Family-friendly rentals

760 properties are a good fit for families

Total number of reviews

60K reviews

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Palo Alto?

    Palo Alto enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Summer temperatures often reach 80°F (27°C), while winter months can dip to 45°F (7°C). Occasional rainfall occurs from November to April. It's advisable to pack layers as evenings can get cool, even in summer.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Palo Alto?

    In Palo Alto, you can explore the Stanford University campus, enjoy nature in the Stanford Dish or Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, or engage in a bit of retail therapy at the Stanford Shopping Center. The city's vibrant Downtown and California Avenue areas are also great to explore, with a variety of shops, restaurants, and art galleries.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Palo Alto?

    The most popular time to visit Palo Alto is from June to October, when the weather is pleasantly warm. The Palo Alto Festival of the Arts in August and Stanford Homecoming Weekend in October are two popular local events that attract many visitors.

  • What are the best places to stay in Palo Alto?

    Downtown Palo Alto is a popular area to stay, with its variety of eateries and close proximity to Stanford University. The California Avenue area is another great option, known for its lively farmer's market and boutique shops. The Stanford area is often recommended for its proximity to the university and shopping center.

  • What are the best places to visit in Palo Alto?

    Palo Alto has several noteworthy places to visit. The Stanford University campus, including the Stanford Art Museum and Hoover Tower, is frequently suggested. Nature lovers may enjoy visiting the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve or the Stanford Dish. For shopping enthusiasts, the Stanford Shopping Center and University Avenue are popular.

  • What are some hiking trails in Palo Alto?

    Several scenic hiking trails can be found in and around Palo Alto. The Stanford Dish trail and Baylands Nature Preserve offer trails with beautiful views and wildlife sightings. For a more challenging hike, the Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, located a short drive away, is often recommended.

  • What are some family activities to do in Palo Alto?

    Palo Alto has several family-friendly activities. The Junior Museum and Zoo is often recommended for kids, as is the Magical Bridge Playground. Families can also explore the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, enjoy picnics at local parks like the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, or rent bikes for a ride around Stanford University.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Palo Alto?

    For a day trip from Palo Alto, San Francisco, about 35 miles (56 km) north, is often recommended for its iconic landmarks and diverse neighborhoods. The coastal town of Half Moon Bay, located 28 miles (45 km) west, is another popular option for its beaches and seafood restaurants. The vineyards of Napa Valley, approximately 80 miles (129 km) away, also make for a great day out.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Palo Alto?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Palo Alto. Choose from more than 420 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Palo Alto?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 1,180 vacation rentals in Palo Alto featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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