Rated 2 out of 5 by Abeazy sheraton palo alto
interesting setup, cozy room, rude front desk staff, particularly night front desk man. Check in took way too long and does not exude the competence, enthusiasm, and friendliness that I have come to expect from Starwood properties.
January 25, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Kedunlap OK, but not up to par
This hotel is ok but not like other sheraton's. it is older and the rooms look like it. The furniture is old and the wallpaper is coming off in places.
The staf is nice and courteous.
It's also in a good location, which helps.
April 27, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by SW999 No other choice in Palo Alto
I have been staying in this hotel several times over last three years. The hotel is dated; no insulation against noise whether from elevators or patio activities or trains - replacing old windows would be a big improvement. A/C systems are also antiquated and noisy. Overall experience was always somewhat below average (especially for the price charged) but in Palo Alto there are very few choices. Location is convenient. Rooms are clean but provide minimum amenities - only one free electrical outlet for example, no fridge
However, on my last stay staff attitude was unacceptable. I was checking out early morning and expected a bill under the door. None arrived and I had to carry luggage across the whole complex to the lobby and then back to the parking. Also, on this morning TV (basic channels) did not work. When I mentioned these two issue at the front desk (not expecting any recompense) there was not even a perfunctory apology. I was told that there would be no charge for TV (???). The staff not only did not care but was not even remotely interested. I was told that no manager was available.
May 23, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by FrustratedCustomer An unnecessary and frustrating experience
I had a very frustrating experience with the Sheraton hotel in Palo Alto this past week.
Last month, I made reservations to the hotel for Nov 5-8th. Then a few weeks ago, I talked to two ladies in reservations on two different occasions to update my reservation to be Nov. 6-8th. The first staff member told me that she had to follow up with the manager to get an exception for my situation since the system prevented her from updating my reservation. She informed that in order to update my reservation, she would need to cancel my reservation and then make a new reservation. Unfortunately, when she tried to do that, she told me that there weren't any rooms available for those dates requested. Not sure why Sheraton makes this difficult - the system should have functionality in place for these cases. I simply just wanted to cancel the first night and just keep 2 nights with the hotel. Why this couldn't easily be done, I'm not sure. She said she would make a note in my reservation record and that she would follow up w/me after talking to management. She assured me that I would be taken care of and that I would have nothing to worry about. I didn't hear from her so I called the hotel again a week later only to repeat the same situation with another gal. She saw that a note had been made in my reservation and she as well, assured me that everything would be taken care of and that she would follow up w/management. She said she would make another note in my reservation and informed me that everything would be sorted out when I check in Tuesday, 11/6. All I needed to do was show up and check in and everything would go as expected.
After an extremely long, tiring and stressful day traveling and working I arrived at the hotel to check in around 11:30pm only to learn that my reservation was cancelled!!! I was appalled, shocked and extremely upset. The gentleman who was working w/me that evening didn't handle my situation as best as he could have. He didn't appear to be genuinely concerned with my situation nor my feelings. He informed me that I was charged for a No Show for 11/5 (Monday), and because I was a no show, my reservation was cancelled. I told them that was absolutely out of line. How could the hotel cancel my reservation when I have only been proactive and notes have been made on my behalf in the reservation?!
I didn't have a car and my team had already went to bed. I had to wake up one of them close to midnight in order to share her room for the night. What would've happened if I was the only one traveling for work? Completely unacceptable. He said that he would try to figure it all out for me and get back to me first thing in the morning. I didn't hear from him and had to go to the front desk again only to work with another person. After hearing about my experience and understanding how upset I was, the lady I discussed my issue with, talked to her manager and was able to get me a room for the evening. Why the gentleman couldn't figure this out for me the night before, who knows.
Then after coming back to the hotel that evening from work, I went to the front desk to check in to my room and to ensure that I wasn't charged for the first night. I saw that my the charge for the first night was pending on my credit card so wanted to make sure it was cleared up before I had to return home from my work trip. The guy at the front desk told me that he would look into it and get back to me. He called me after 10pm which was uncalled for; he could've waited till the morning. I was exhausted and was halfway asleep. He informed me to contact Jaime in reservations. The next morning, when I checked out, I asked for Jaime but he was unfortunately unavailable. I called the next morning and he wasn't available again so I left him a VM. He never returned my call.
Overall, this was a very disappointing and frustrating experience that could have easily been avoidable. I did my part to be a proactive customer and to ensure I met Sheraton's cancellation policy. I was patient and had no issues until Monday night when I tried to check in, only to learn that my reservation no longer existed.
I hope Starwood (SPG) and the Sheraton in Palo Alto makes this up to me and resolves the charges asap.
November 12, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by JohnBJ2013 August Stay
We were staying at this hotel because rooms were blocked off for a wedding party. We return from the wedding and go to various rooms and walk the tedious hallways to find that the rooms were spread out through the hotel. There were two suites that were cleared out by "security" due to the noise level which we gladly cleared out of. Then we get to our room where we are winding down from our evening, and "security" knocks at our door to tell us this is our third and final warning and if we get another noise complaint that we were going to get kicked out of the hotel! Where was the first warning? When did the second warning happen? There was no first nor second warning. Not more than 2 minutes later we get a phone call telling us the same thing. "This is your final warning." And the front desk continued to tell me that we were disrupting others who had meetings tomorrow yet again there was no attempt for a 1st or 2nd warning of our noise level. Also, it was made that the other guests' stat were more important than ours. We drifted off to sleep with uneasiness being at this hotel. To top it off, when leaving the hotel the parking lot attendant asked,"so did you guys have a party last night?" Completely unprofessional. And due to what happened to us the night before it made us more uncomfortable being there. I do enjoy staying at Sheraton, however, I would not stay at the Sheraton in Palo Alto, California for their unprofessionalism.
August 26, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by JohnnyW very disappointing stay
Of the four nights staying at the hotel, 3 nights were almost impossible to sleep well due to the high noise level.
The hotel is hosting parties and in this case wedding ceremonies, with loudest disco music at until midnight, so there is way to find rest for other guests.
I would have expected the courtesy of the hotel management to advise guests of such disruption, but no advice was given.
After the ceremonies, wedding guests continued to be loud and disrespectful on the corridor.
Other guests take hour long showers after midnight and the noise isolation of the rooms is so poor that you wake up.
The facility certainly needs repair and the hotel management could in my opinion pay more respect to hotel guests staying and paying hundreds of dollars, but it appeared the whole hotel was tuned on attending the party guests.
I do not plan returning to the Palo Alto Sheraton, as this is not the first time to have such disappointing stay.
June 20, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by verymad worst sheraton i've ever stayed at
the hotel should warn guests before accepting reservations about the railroad, the room i was in was right next to the railroad ... the train came through at least three or four times during the night, 11p, 1a, 3, 5 ... each time the horn was blowing - absolutely the worst hotel experience i have ever had
August 18, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by sapguy Average stay with Internet access dissapointing
Your hotel has a location that is unbeatable, and the staff is excellent. I know that the hotel is always very busy, but I should have not accepted a ground floor rooom since this was an award stay with my family (a high floor and more airy room would have been better).
But the Internet access was completely unacceptable for a hotel in the heart of the Silicon Valley and across the street for Stanford! Not only did the Internet access was up and down intermittently, but when it was up, it was embarassingly SLOW.
The hotel needs to invest more in this area.
July 1, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by canoeberry plumbing and toilets (and sometimes Caltrain) super loud
The power flush toilets at all hours of the night brings to mind a field full of land mines that unlucky people encounter throughout the night. The ones in the rooms next door will wake you up, the ones further off will direct your dreams to an unhappy place as you imagine people disappearing in a puff of smoke (or in this case, a puff of water vapor).
Between that and the loud plumbing in the walls, this place can be pretty unpleasant at night. However, the rest of the hotel is fine as a place to stay AS LONG AS you get an interior room. If you are on the exterior side of the hotel you will be rewarded by deep rumbling train engines until 1am or so, starting up again at 5am or so. Unacceptable.
I recommend only if you can get an interior room.
March 23, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by khs84 Surprised this is a SPG property
I stayed at this hotel during Memorial Day weekend, as I was in town for a wedding on the Stanford campus. Its proximity to campus and downtown Palo Alto cannot be matched. Unfortunately, this is where the glowing review stops. Our shower was clogged, so I called the front desk to have someone fix it while we were out to dinner. Upon returning to the room, not only was the shower not fixed (found out the hard way), but also- the toilet seat was up and used. I called the front desk to notify them of the situation, and the employee was not helpful nor sympathetic. As someone about to embark on a career in consulting (which will involve many hotel stays in the near and distant future), I'm thinking twice about aligning with SPG based on my experience last weekend.
May 28, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by FallLine13 Not up to typical Starwood standards
I am a frequent business traveller and have stayed at Starwood hotels all over the world. This hotel tries to keep up to typical Sheraton standards, but it just doesn't quite get there.
- Very Noisy.
- Right next to CalTrain station and you can hear the trains all night long
- room walls are paper thin. I could hear phone calls, TVs, bathrooms, all night.
- HVAC just could not keep the room warm. Thank goodness for the heavenly bed because I had to stay under the covers the whole time.
- location, if you need to be near Palo Alto
- staff was very attentive and professional
- hotel grounds were nice, lobby was nice
Bottom line, they try to keep the place nice, but if I am kept awake all night long and freezing cold, i won't stay here again no matter how nice the lobby is.
December 17, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by marianne123 below Sheraton standards
I've stayed in multiple sheraton's around the globe and this one is certainly below standard. The hotel (and my floor) went through refurbishment when I was staying there, resulting in a lot of debris & noise. A coke vending machine stood for hours right in the middle of the corridor, making it very hard to pass. The swimming pool was quite dirty, and I don't think I ever saw it in a hotel: there were ducks swimming in there - and the staff didn't care.
There's a lot of improvements to be done here.
May 21, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Unsatifactory13 Not Happy with this hotel
Our experience at the hotel was not favorable. Our hotel room was not activated to be used at the parking gates, even though I surrendered our parking ticket. You can hear everything between the walls. I heard showers and flushing toilets from my neighbors, sometimes as early as 6:00 am!. Our TV had a mind of it's own. It would only play when it wanted to. And when it did turn on, it would abruptly shut-off and display a no signal sign. Overall, my experience at this hotels was not good.
August 5, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by An15 Dark and dingy
THis hotel is not what I expect from a Sheraton, very dary, marginally clean and tired. I was booked for 1 day and needed to work from my room and there was construction in the morning which caused me an issue as it was very loud and the hotel staff would not refrain for the 40 minutes I requested. There was no prewarning for me to make other arrangements. If I book a hotel I expect to have use of my room until checkout and I did not.
October 25, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by 1shortlife Great location & super hospitality
-Lighting & airconditioning controls could be more friendly and easy to use
-Loved the lounge, great food.
-Sleep quality was amazing , given that I stayed at similar hotels the whole of the previous week. Simple & comfortable bedding.
-Checkout was simple & hassle free, they were ok for me to check out 2 days in advance due to my schedule
-Will definitely recommend & am likely to stay here, if im back.
March 12, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Leti2013 Very noisy experience.
Loved the fact that I was able check-in early, did not like the fact that we were asked to leave the pool/patio area at midnight. Room was very clean & was nicely decorated however the mattress was old and noisy. Not only was the mattress noisy, I was woken at 7:00am by the loud noises coming from the hallway (housekeeping, people talking, kids running up & down the hall, vacumes running etc). I get a better nights sleep at my house.
July 28, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Rosher Noisy Beds Very low toilets
We have stayed here many times but the last two times these past two months we found the bed to be noisy when you sit down or get uo. Also the loose mattress pad was uncomfortable.
over the past years our complaint would be the very low toilets and the lack of a night light for the bathroom. If you have to go to the bathroom during the night you have to turn on the bright light to enter the dark room.
August 26, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by StetsonGuy Sheraton needs more than a cosmetic change
While the hotel was clean the staff simply was very weak. As a result things that you would expect with your hotel stay were not done. In support of the Sheraton's Green Program I opted to not have daily service. I was to be awarded a $5 credit. This was never extended. When I asked about it I was told that the process works and that I must have made a mistake. Well the process does not work. Upon leaving the hotel I was advised to hold on to my room key, which I did, so that I could get out of the parking lot. The key had been cancelled upon checkout and I had to walk back to the front desk and have reset. The process and staff do not work. When asked at the front desk for room supplies I was instructed to go to my room and call housekeeping. I declined and the supplies materialized once we had further discussed my request. The staff does not work. I could go on. Avoid the Sheraton.
June 21, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by TomG3 Don't count on a wake up call
Had to leave the hotel at 4AM to catch my early flight. Wake up call set for 3AM, in person at the desk with Ricardo, the night before.
No wake up call. Awoke on my own at 4:10 AM and scrambled, no shower, to catch my flight, which I barely did.
When leaving, no apologies, no explanations. Business as usual for the early desk crew I guess. Lesson learned.
September 1, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Tissy Beautiful setting, close to Stanford, but thin walls and front desk people are not knowledgeable.
Went for Stanford graduation, can't beat location. But front desk people were not prepared for the busy weekend...reservations messed up, did not know directions to places or willing to help with it. Hotel is older and has very thin walls, VERY loud. Room and bedding were fine, though. Expensive food in hotel, breakfast for four was VERY expensive.
June 18, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by hbpp Under construction
Their app does not disclose that this hotel is under construction. Contractors, lack of a front desk, a maze to walk thru to find it and less than pleasing environment for a stay make this property usable but no one should be charged full rate while under construction
January 22, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by jackie2001 poorly maintained and operated
while the staff is very courteous and tries to be very helpful, the accommodations are often not clean and the hotel routinely makes mistakes such as 1) sent to room with keys not working, 2) sent to a room that already had an occupant, 3) not crediting SPG points and awards, and 4) not emailing hotel bill summary upon checkout.
December 10, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by hotdog75 Worst experience I've had in years
Checked in at 3am due to delayed flight. Clerk barely said a word to me, did not acknowledge Gold status, just gave me keys to a room on the 1st floor. I prefer higher floor but ok, it's 3am and I'm exhausted. I get to room and it's a handicapped room - I hate those, creeps me out. But ok I'm exhausted. Warm and stuffy, I try to turn on a/c. Nothing. not even fan. so I'm angry at this point but also dead tired, I've already unpacked, and do not feel like having to trade rooms (it's almost 3:30am by this point). So I'm laying in my warm, stuffy, 1st floor, handicapped room and want to watch TV for a few minutes, and you guessed it - TV doesn't work/tv would be on for a few seconds then pic goes away, then comes back/then goes away. I gave up, exhausted, got 5 hours sleep, woke up and left. Final insult - I did not get my folio emailed to me so now I have to chase it down.
I stay 150 nights a year in hotels - this is by far my worst experience in years.
September 25, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Stormcrow Rooms are outdated
In this day and age, hotel rooms really need to have plentiful and easy-to-access power plugs for people to use their laptops, chargers, and other techie gadgets. My room required me to unplug items like lamps or the coffee maker in order to use my own equipment. One outlet was oddly bent into the wall and a normal plug actually would not stay securely into it. When I looked under the bed to see just how they had gotten two bedside lamps and an alarm clock plugged in, I noticed a sketchy extension cord bridging the power gap.
On another note, the $10/day in-room wifi access turned out to be basically unusable, it was so slow. I ran tests with an internet speed tester, and it was slower than old-school dialup. To the hotel's credit, they refunded the charge when I asked them to.
The front desk services were prompt, helpful and courteous, and they were the only reason I would not rate this hotel stay much lower. I don't really think this should qualify as a 3-star hotel.
January 7, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by BillV BEWARE!!!!!!!
we've stayed here for the last few years, however, for our most recent visit (Feb 2012) we found out that they no longer offer pay-for-view movies in the rooms...sounds silly, however, we love nothing more that to crash late at night and watch movies, often ones that are still in the theaters...very disappointed
February 29, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Katona0608 Palo Alto
I accepted the 'Green' option. I thought this just meant they would not change sheets and towels. Evidently it means they do not enter your room. Coffee and water not replaced, room looked just like it did when I left. Will not be going Green next time. AC would not turn on.
July 25, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Stockman Cutting corners: no shower cap amenity in room
I have gone to making a quick judgement about a hotel's care for their customer. If they do not routinely provide a shower cap in the standard in-room amenities, they start with negative points. Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel starts with negative points.
In addition, no upscale dining room in the property.
August 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Adam Nice Hotel...nice pool
I've stayed at the hotel several times on business and with my family. If you want to stay in Palo Alto, it is very conveniently located.
The place is clean. The people are super. The grounds are attractive and they have a nice pool.
The rooms are well kept and the beds are comfortable.
March 11, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by GS90802 Old style and shows
This is an old hotel, and every where you walk, it shows. Compare this to the Westin next door, and it is night and day.
The food was terrible, like a motel 6. The shrimp was frozen and microwaved, and had to give it back, not edible, and the breakfast buffet could have been at a Dennys.
January 23, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Kat1 worst SPG hotel I ever stayed at
I was very disappointed in this hotel. The hotel does not measure up to other Sheratons. It was very aged and not clean. Also the internet did not work as it was so jammed with users or not strong enough. The hotel refused to credit me back for this.
The staff was friendly and helpful.
June 9, 2013