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Creekside Inn 3.5

Palo Alto, San Francisco Bay Area, California

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  • Charming property with ivy-covered pathways and tall trees
  • Rooms have balconies or patios
  • Modern amenities include LCD flat-screen TVs and iHome docks
  • Charming on-site restaurant and a casual deli
  • Small but modern fitness center has updated equipment
  • On-site chargers for electric cars
  • The Inn offers free wine service Sunday to Thursday
  • Freebies include Wi-Fi and shuttle service within a 5-mile radius


  • Small pool gets a lot of debris from hovering trees
  • Decor is ho-hum and feels dated in some areas

Bottom Line

The 136-room Creekside Inn along Matadero Creek in Palo Alto is a functional mid-range option. It looks a bit like a motel from the outside, but the property is pleasant, with tall, shady trees, ivy-covered pathways, and flowered grounds leading to a lovely courtyard with a round, stone fountain. Rooms are comfortable, with chain-like decor but nice amenities, including balconies, iPod docks, flat-screen TVs, and microwaves. The bathrooms are basic and clean, but could use an overhaul. The fitness center and pool are both small but useful, and the neighboring Driftwood Deli is convenient. One rare feature unique to the inn is a charging station for electric cars, an increasingly common site in eco-conscious California. The area around the hotel, which includes an auto repair shop, is more residential than it is quaint.

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Located along a creek in Palo Alto, 11 minutes to Stanford

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Creekside Inn, as its name suggests, is situated along Matadero Creek in Palo Alto. Part of the San Francisco Bay area, Palo Alto is 35 miles south of San Fran and 14 miles north of San Jose. Stanford University is a short drive away. The Inn is within walking distance to area shopping and eateries. San Francisco and San Jose can be reached in less than an hour.

  • 11-minute drive to Palo Alto Airport
  • 32-minute drive to San Francisco International Airport
  • 44-minute drive to Oakland International Airport
  • 1- to 4-minute walk to four bus stops
  • 1- to 11-minute walk to shops and restaurants
  • 8-minute walk to shopping at Palo Alto Square
  • 5-minute drive to Midtown Shopping Center
  • 7-minute drive to Palo Alto Art Center
  • 11-minute drive to Stanford University
  • 12-minute drive to Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club
  • 12-minute drive to Google, Inc.
  • 17-minute drive to Shoreline at Mountain View Park
  • 19-minute drive to Apple, Inc.
  • 21-minute drive to Great American Theme Park
  • 25-minute drive to San Jose
  • 44-minute drive to San Francisco

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3400 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, California 94306, United States

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