Stanford is a private research university near Palo Alto, founded in 1891 by railroad tycoon Leland Stanford to honor his 15-year-old son who had died of typhoid. More than 50 of its staff and alumni have won the Nobel Prize and the list of technology companies started by them include Cisco Systems, Google, Hewlett-Packard, LinkedIn, Silicon Graphics, Sun Microsystems and Yahoo!.
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Stay among the startups: the best Silicon Valley hotels

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Silicon Valley - TRVL Picks Stay among the startups: the best Silicon Valley hotels

A beautiful place to visit and an inspiring place to stay, Silicon Valley is home to the most innovative people on the planet and it shows. We scoured the streets for the best Silicon Valley hotels, so you don't have to.

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1. Dinah's Garden Hotel

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The pool at Dinah's Garden Hotel. Photo by hotel

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The pool at Dinah's Garden Hotel.

This classic joint is still a family run hotel and, at over 60 years old, Dinah's Garden Hotel has seen it all. For an authentic Silicon Valley experience, Dinah's Garden Hotel is the place to be.

Its refined, understated ambience - you'll rave about the Japanese water gardens - makes Dinah's Garden Hotel genuinely unique for the area. Just around the corner from Stanford university (where Apple found Steve Jobs claimed he'd get his LSD, no less), the hotel is perfectly positioned for exploring trendy downtown Paolo Alto.

Book at Dinah's Garden Hotel.

2. Enchanté Boutique Hotel

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Outside the entrance at the Enchante boutique hotel. Photo by hotel

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Outside the entrance at the Enchante boutique hotel.

At the Enchanté Boutique Hotel every room is decorated in its own way: and there are 19 rooms. A few steps from the Los Altos History Museum, this is a great hotel for the history buffs but it's one of our top picks whatever your persuasions.

The Enchanté Boutique Hotel describes itself as "a little bit of Paris in the heart of Silicon Valley" - modelled after a classic French chateau, you can see why they make the claim - and its that blend of old world Europe and modern, tech-obsessed America that makes his hotel one of the standouts in town.

Book at the Enchanté Boutique Hotel.

3. Nobu Hotel Epiphany Palo Alto

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Inside a room at the Nobu Hotel Epiphany Palo Alto. Photo by hotel

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Inside a room at the Nobu Hotel Epiphany Palo Alto.

When you think of California you think of two things: tech giants and movie stars. If Silicon Valley gives you the former and Los Angeles the latter, the Nobu Hotel Epiphany is the closest Northern California comes to combining the two. Owned by Robert De Niro, film producer Meir Teper and renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa, the hotel went through a complete overhaul in the summer of 2017.

Nobu, who runs restaurants in New York, London and Washington D.C. (among other places), opened up his first West Coast eatery inside the hotel. If you're a foodie, the Epiphany is the hotel for you: as a guest, you get priority reservations in the restaurant.

Book at Nobu Epiphany Palo Alto.

 

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