The Best Hotels to Book in Menlo Park, California

Soak up the warm sunshine and stunning Cali views on a trip to Menlo Park
Soak up the warm sunshine and stunning Cali views on a trip to Menlo Park | Courtesy of Rosewood Sand Hill / Expedia
Rashmi Narayan

Menlo Park is in Silicon Valley in California – from serving as a base during World War I to being Thomas Edison’s research center, it’s long been the beating heart of startups and hi-tech firms in San Francisco. The area is also known for its cultural diversity, with mural-lined alleyways and restaurants that serve sustainable lunches. Check out these cool hotels in Menlo Park.

1. Rosewood Sand Hill – for friendly cocktails after work

Spa Hotel, Luxury

Cross-shaped outdoor pool with handrails and steps, surrounded by shaded loungers and green bushes at Rosewood Sand Hill
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Whether it’s an indulgent day with a personalized treatment in the spa, or a whiskey-based cocktail and Michelin-starred meal in the hotel’s Madera restaurant after work, Rosewood Sand Hill caters to all vibes. You’ll love the gorgeous pool, with stairs that lead enticingly into the water. When you want to turn in, you’ll certainly find the luxurious, minimalist suites to your liking. The hotel also offers bookings for various outdoor activities in Menlo Park, including hiking, horse riding and cycling.

2. Hotel Nia, Autograph Collection – for local coffee

Chain Hotel

Many leather chairs and sofas by tables in a brown-toned dining area with a bar at Hotel Nia, Autograph Collection
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If being centrally located is what you need most, then Hotel Nia ticks the box. Between Redwood City and Palo Alto, the swanky hotel is amidst tech giants such as Google and Facebook. Before heading out, freshen up in the rainfall showers, and pick up a coffee from the on-site cafe. The beans – from local Verve roasters – are ground in vintage machines, and there is a very Californian focus on supporting local farmers through their trade.

3. Park James – for the busy traveler

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Double bed in cream-toned room with blue chaise longue at Park James
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This spiffy, pet-friendly hotel in Menlo Park is adorned with Connemara marble as an homage to the Irish heritage found in Menlo Park. It also has other time-saving amenities on offer for the busy guest, such as personalized housekeeping, in-room pour over coffee to keep you going and ecofriendly electric car charging. The on-site Oak + Violet restaurant also offers takeout, so you can order tasty truffle fries up to your room.

4. Stanford Park Hotel – for an idyllic urban retreat

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Three palm trees just outside the four-story Stanford Park Hotel, lit up at dusk
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What started as a collaborative family-run business nearly four decades ago is now a tranquil hideaway in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley. Posh rooms come with big baths, and some with a fireplace too. Hungry? There are freshly baked cookies served every evening, plus an indoor wine room in their restaurant Menlo Tavern if you desire to host a private dining event, too.

5. Menlo Park Inn – to brighten your stay, and your day

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Exterior of two-story Menlo Park Inn, with two disabled parking bays by the entrance
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The rooms may be cozy dens in red and beige hues, but you will be greeted by bright colored contemporary chandeliers and sofas in the lobby and dining areas in Menlo Park Inn. If that wasn’t enough, you’ll also be greeted with a welcome tray of complimentary baked cookies, fresh fruit and mixed nuts. Talking of freebies, you’ll also get eye masks and ear plugs, if you want to guarantee a good night’s sleep.

6. Residence Inn Palo Alto Menlo Park – for longer-term stays

Chain Hotel

The United States flag flies outside Residence Inn Palo Alto Menlo Park, with disabled parking bays by a tree at the front
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This Residence Inn comes with spacious studios, as well as one- and two-bedroom suites, all equipped with a handy kitchen. Apart from the convenient location, there are stylish homey touches within the hotel, such as wooden paneled ceilings in the common areas and leather finished headboards in bedrooms. If you need to stock up your kitchen, there’s a complimentary grocery delivery service, but the hot breakfast the hotel offers may be enough to set you up for the day.

7. Hotel Lucent – for a fun time

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Indoor dining area with TV, four cushioned bar stools, plus cushioned seats by tables at Hotel Lucent
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If you’re cruising around the Palo Alto area with very little time to explore, then Hotel Lucent may be your best bet for a great night’s stay. Starbucks coffee is served 24/7, and rooms have business class furnishings. Amenities at your disposal include a large hot tub, a billiards room, a ping pong table and a fire pit on the rooftop patio so that you can unwind in any way you choose.

8. Best Western Plus Riviera – for an early start

Chain Hotel, Budget Hotel

Two adjacent double beds in a brown-toned ensuite room with desk, desk chair and TV at Best Western Plus Riviera
Courtesy of Best Western Plus Riviera / Expedia

Recently renovated and located just a stone’s throw away from Stanford Medical Center, this clean and friendly hotel in Menlo Park is a great choice if you’d like to make the most of your time in the city center. The budget-friendly hotel will have you raring to go with its breakfast muffins, fruits and other tasty options, and you’ll be able to squeeze in a quick workout in the fitness center or gym before you head out.

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