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Cowper Inn, Palo Alto, CA

September 2, 2010

I’ve blogged about the Cowper Inn before, but this time I have photographic evidence.

I really like the Cowper Inn, because it feels like home away from home when I am on one of my many California runs. This trip started out with a flight to LAX, a couple of meetings, and another flight up to SFO that same evening. Sometimes it is nice to have double-plus-good status on United. I walked right up to the ticket counter after my late afternoon meeting and picked up a first class boarding pass on the next available (much earlier) flight in record time and with no hassle at all.

After a 19 hour day, it was really nice to see the Cowper and walk into my favorite room (number 28). The Inn is a welcome respite from a truly ridiculous schedule of meetings.

The Cowper is a craftsman style B&B built at the turn of the century with very old Sequoia trees and beautiful grounds.  Though the rooms are old fashioned and a bit shabby chic, they beat the heck out of a giant chain.  And the staff is super friendly as are the guests.

As an example of what I mean about the style of the place, here is the chair in the alcove of my room.  Modern it ain’t!

Of course the real purpose of this blog is to discuss showers.  So here is a shot of the shower/bathroom combo from near the bed.

As you can see, the sink is in the room itself (a design element incorporated into the guesthouse, though the guesthouse sink is adapted from an old coal stove) and the bathroom is pretty tiny. However, there is no plastic at all in the shower. It’s tile and a 1970s sort of glass shower cubicle. Great water pressure makes a huge difference in shower satisfaction.

The only improvement I would make to the Cowper situation is to add an espresso machine into the mix. Both Il Fornaio and Starbucks are just around the corner on University Avenue, though. And it is always a gorgeous day in Palo Alto.

The Cowper Inn retains its top five showerhead ranking. I’ll be back.

2 Responses to “Cowper Inn, Palo Alto, CA”


  1. […] Newly christened “no fly Noel” has come to an end and I am back in the air. Starting the new year out at a place that feels like home is always nice. I have been going to the Cowper for years. See the two previous entries from 2009: Entry 1Entry 2 […]


  2. […] time I was in my favorite room #28. Pictures here. Not much has changed in the room, though I think maybe the TV is upgraded? I don’t tend to […]


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