Staycation Luxury – Garden Court Hotel, Downtown Palo Alto

In my humble opinion, the concept of a Staycation lacks a few essential elements: room service, twice daily housekeeping, and fine luxury linens. I insist on pressed sheets, however I lack luxurious and prestigious Rivolta Carmignani Italian linens. A weekend at the Garden Court Penthouse Suite is less expensive than a set of these lavish linens and avoids the nuisance of relying on someone to press them every day! Sweet slumber is guaranteed on the luxury bedding.
You may not know of the Penthouse Suite at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto. It is a secret gem of an escape; valet your car, mosey upstairs, collapse and press the room service button to taste the exquisite snacks from new Executive Chef Clive Berkman. Snooze on the private terrace, if you must, finish a bit of work with free wifi, and then stroll the avenues of Palo Alto. The spirited sidewalks don’t roll up until after midnight.

Do ponder a Recuperation Weekend in the sunshine filled rooms, the Penthouse offers the ultimate in relaxation and comfort. Indoor and outdoor space is a spacious -1,000sq ft. with 2 private patios, a soothing gurgling fountain, king bed, the ultimate cozy fireplace in the tres chic elegant living room. Invite a few friends for a casual cocktail soiree on your sheltered terrace; dedicated staff will attend to your culinary cravings, tidy up and vanish.

Fields of marble in the bathroom, aerated soaking tub, rain shower. Movies on demand, my favorite luxury bath products, Molton Brown mostly found in NY.  Peets coffee, concierge, massage can be scheduled on your terrace, fitness center if you skip the street strolling. Why are you at home with the dogs and kiddies when the Penthouse is right around the corner?

The Garden Court is an intimate hotel located a half block from University Avenue; this is not a sprawling compound, but a small and secluded secret gem. Plus, we won’t invoice you for first class airfare; we would love to reserve the Penthouse for you. Of course, we know management and they adore our clients! Amenities blossom when they hear our name. Did I mention Clive’s, truffles? Out of this world!

Stacation at the Penthouse Suite Garden Court Hotel. Highly Recommend!

Thoughts on Travel – Living The Dream

What exactly are we looking for when we travel? What contributes to the joy of travel and what is the best method of achieving the perfect trip?

Ponder a few suggestions when you are sourcing through websites and brochures for your next enticing Journey. We ask many questions, trying to define interests and passions, your ‘must haves’ on each adventure. Share your preferences and dislikes. Added information will increase the depth of your experiences if we are aware of your passions. Do fill out the long client questionnaire!

Living the dream: Don’t wait until the last minute- exclusive locations, for example: hiking in Machu Picchu and Grand Canyon rafting, limited visitors are allowed; hiking passes are allocated in Machu Picchu – Grand Canyon park service also limits rafting passengers, buying out a boat is almost impossible; an early start can guarantee success.

Manage your expectations. Know what you would like to take away from an experience.

Do know timing is everything. Some experiences are only available at certain times of the year. The Palio in Sienna occurs twice in the summer, visiting Scotland is wonderful, and in September, the hills are purple with heather. No, is not in our vocabulary, however, the private window seats at the Palio are few!

Maintain a flexible schedule. Add a day to your itinerary or reserve a few hours each day for the unexpected. Major museums may close unexpectedly; a delightful bistro lunch may absorb an afternoon, leave time to wander in a newly discovered area.

Be respectful. Don’t take photos unless you ask, never take photos of military or police without permission.

Don’t just wing it. Travelers who do their homework are likely to enjoy a better experience. We send clients a book and a suggested reading list on an area the moment we begin to design a trip. Read, rent films, it will add layers to your experience. Learn a few phrases of the local language.

Don’t forget that in locations like Africa, life doesn’t operate as you are accustomed to at home. Pack your best face, your patience, your humor and an enormous sense of adventure.