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University Glory

The new Graduate Hotel location boasts Stanford pride and rich, presidential history.

By Amanda Christensen

Graduate Hotels, a collection of hotels situated in university-anchored cities across the United States and the United Kingdom, announced the opening of its new property in Palo Alto, California. It sits in the historic former Hotel President in the heart of the downtown area just blocks from Stanford University.

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The rebranded property design pays homage to its history and original Spanish Colonial architecture. At its beginning, it was named after President Herbert Hoover, who was one of the first students to enroll at the university, and numerous details throughout the property pay tribute to the former president as well as its longstanding connection to the school.

The 100-room boutique hotel combines school spirit with cozy woodworking throughout the property, from ornate brass and wood headboards and the grand, two-story entryway and ceiling with wooden beams, to pillows embroidered with Stanford’s football team’s unofficial chant “Whose House?” and “C-House,” (referring to the team’s name, the Cardinals). Sitting on the sixth floor is President’s Terrace, a restoration of Hotel President’s original rooftop garden that features panoramic views of downtown Palo Alto. Sip on creative cocktails or choose from the rotating natural wine list while enjoying the outdoor fire pit.

Aerial view of Stanford University campus and Hoover tower, Palo Alto and Silicon Valley from the Stanford dish hills.

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If you get hungry, stop by the hotel’s day-to-night cafe, Lou & Herberts, for on-the-go coffee or a cozy sit-down breakfast of pancakes and pastries, alongside a menu of California-inspired dinner items like West Coast oysters and Tuna Tartare. Explore all things Palo Alto along University Avenue with plenty of shops, galleries, and restaurants to boast.