Updated: December 2017

Four Seasons Hotel in Palo Alto California:

If you haven't had the chance to try out the new Four Seasons luxury hotel in Palo Alto, you need to give it a try. Whether for business or pleasure, you will surely be impressed with the hotel. In August 2011 we were invited to a wedding in the Bay Area and this hotel was where the bride and groom tried to set up all the guests. The place is amazing - although quite expensive. With 200 guest rooms to choose from, you will surely find one that fits your needs. The guest rooms are modern with beautiful bathrooms. The one caveat I have for those traveling with families is that NONE of the rooms have 2 actual beds. You can get the rooms that are set up like a suite and pay extra, but even then it's just a pull out sofa. When I stayed I was lucky enough to get the Silicon Valley Suite which had a separate bedroom and the living area with sofa bed. Not sure it's the best hotel for those traveling with little kids.

Want a 700 square foot hotel room? Then go for the suite at the Four Seasons in Palo Alto. The wedding party had secured this room for my family at a rate of just $200/night Unbelievable given that the Silicon Valley Suite typical goes for $800+ each night. I was truly appreciative of this gesture given to us. We had traveled down from Portland Oregon and this was a great way to spend a few days. The hotel website can be found online at http://www.fourseasons.com/siliconvalley/. You can see all the room types, room rates, secure reservations online, or just research the hotel for your stay. The restaurant is definitely a great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Quattro, as its called, has excellent food choices. Be prepared to deal with high prices, but it seems thats par for the course with this high end hotel. Location - The hotel is located right off the 101 freeway in Silicon Valley. The address is 2050 University Avenue, East Palo Alto, California, 94303 and the telephone # is 650-566-1200. Just take the University Exit off Hwy 101 and head towards the town of Palo Alto. The Four Seasons is literally on the first street as you head down University from the freeway. The hotel itself overlooks the freeway. SFO is about 20 miles north and San Jose Airport is 15 miles south.

Silicon Valley Suite at the Four Seasons in Palo Alto:

Our room, or should I say small apartment, was a nice gesture by the hotel to put us up as we could of very well ended up in a regular guest room. The Silicon Valley Suite has a separate bedroom and a living area with a dining table (seats 4). There is a work area with high speed internet access, private bar, flat screen TV, and a sofabed along with 2 chairs. The kids loved that their was a separate bathroom located to your left as you entered the room - toilet and sink. The bedroom had a large kind size bed, flat panel TV, huge closet, safe, and a massive bathroom with both a soaking tub and glass enclosed shower. They even supply a small TV in the bathroom. What luxury. The windows overlooked the front of the hotel - not towards the freeway which wouldn't have been a very nice view. Certainly the room was more than we had anticipated and we will always remember the special treatment that the staff gave us. For $200/night we were able to experience a hotel room that goes for $800 or more. My kids think I'm some kind of high powered businessman now.

Four Seasons Palo Alto Amenities - Pool, Fitness Center, and Valet Parking:

Most modern hotels realize that working out is a part of many peoples lives, even when they are traveling on the road. The gym at the Four Seasons offers almost everything you would want. A whirlpool, steam room, elliptical trainer, bicycle, treadmill, stairclimber, and free weights. Want to get outside, then consider their rooftop pool that is surrounded with landscaping and a water wall. They also have a full spa on site with facial treatments, body treatments, massages, and hand or foot treatments. When we stayed at the hotel, it was for a wedding that was located up at Mountain Terrace on Skyline Blvd. The hotel had shuttles that took us back and forth which was great. There is a valet parking service if you drive to the hotel. The parking structure is just to the left of the entrance and has covered spots. Overall we had a great time at the hotel, even with 2 kids in tow. The staff was more than accommodating and treated us like kings.