Lodging

Menlo Park’s total area may be only a little over 17 square miles, but the city has two hotels that were ranked among the best in northern California.

The Rosewood Sand Hill was ranked No. 5 and the Stanford Park Hotel was ranked No 7 in Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards for Northern California’s top hotels in 2019. The rankings were based on the magazine’s readers votes.

The Stanford Park (pictured top) is part of the locally-owned Woodside Hotel Group. Emailed CEO Greg Alden: “We operate the Bodega Bay Lodge [#6], Stanford Park Hotel and Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa [#13] which all earned a spot on the Top 25 Hotels in NorCal, and operate the Bernardus Lodge & Spa which made the Top 16 Resorts in NorCal.

“We are excited to see that our guests appreciate our brand of caring and thoughtful hospitality in the special settings we are fortunate to operate in.”

Photo courtesy Stanford Park Hotel 

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Trying for a tropical feel on a chilly night at Park James Hotel

The wind was brisk but the spirit was warm at the Park James Hotel Saturday night (Sept. 28) at a Taste of the Tropics event hosted by the hotel’s developers Jim and Jeff Pollock.  The event also served to launch the new Club 1400 “to engage our community as a place to build relationships, share […]

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Rosewood Sand Hill celebrates 10th anniversary

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Park James Hotel hosts grand opening party

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Greg Alden brings a second generation perspective to the Woodside Hotel Group

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Getting a first look at Park James Hotel O+V’s patio courtyard – and taste testing its food and drink options

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Jim and Jeff Pollock are developers behind the Park James Hotel in Menlo Park

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Stanford Park Hotel launches “Music on the Patio”

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Avi Haksar takes the helm as Managing Director at Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park

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Any impact of Super Bowl 50 on Menlo Park and Atherton?

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