Frequently Asked Questions

Stanford Catering

Stanford Guest House

Is it possible to create custom menus?
Absolutely. Please contact our sales office at 725-1503 where one of our sales associates and expert chefs can work closely with you on a very special menu specifically designed to meet your needs.

Are there any hidden fees?
Our experienced sales staff will discuss with you all the details of your entire event so there are no surprises; no hidden fees. You will receive a written contract explaining all charges.

How much advance notice is required for an order?
To provide the best service to our customers, we recommend that all orders be placed at least one week prior to the event date. We strive to have all orders finalized at least 72 hours prior to the event start time.

Can you accommodate my guests with special dietary restrictions?
You have probably heard the saying, “cater to your needs”. That’s exactly what we do! Just let your sales associate know of the special dietary needs when placing your order and we’ll be happy to prepare special dishes for your guests.

Do you provide flowers?
We can order appropriate floral arrangements within your budget or can assist you in coordinating all floral decisions.

Do you cater on weekends?
We do cater on weekends. Please contact one of our sales associates at 725-1503 for information on our minimum requirements.

What is the Stanford Guest House?
The Guest House is a 112 room facility designed to provide short-term accommodations to Stanford University visitors. Since the Guest House is owned and operated by Stanford University, we are able to offer unique amenities at prices well below local hotels.

Who can stay at the Stanford Guest House?
Most Stanford University visitors qualify to stay at the Guest House. Our typical guests include medical center patients, SLAC users, parents of students, employment candidates, and academic conference attendees. To find out more about who qualifies to stay please contact us at 650-926-2800 or

Do I need to have a reservation to stay at the Stanford Guest House?
Reservations are not required to stay at the Guest House, however they are strongly encouraged. The Guest House often sells out during peak periods. A guaranteed reservation will ensure a room is available when you need it.

How can I make a reservation?
Reservations can be made at any time by calling (650) 926-2800. Please provide a credit card to guarantee your reservation and your business affiliation with Stanford. You may also request a reservation online by clicking here.

How can I pay for my stay?
We accept a variety of payment methods including cash, check, traveler’s check, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Direct billing to Stanford PTAs and SLAC accounts can also be arranged.

Does the Stanford Guest House charge tax?
The Guest House is not required to charge Transient Occupancy Tax (also known as hotel tax) to its guests. This results in a savings of 10% on every room night compared to local hotels.

Is there a limit on how long I can stay?
There is no limit on the length of time a guest can stay at the Guest House. We currently offer discounted rates to make extended stays even more affordable. Although our rooms do not have kitchenettes we can provide a microwave/ refrigerator unit upon availability for an additional fee.

Does the Stanford Guest House accommodate group reservations?
The Guest House has 112 rooms and welcomes reservations of all sizes. Group reservations for ten or more rooms have additional requirements. Please contact us at 650-926-2800 for more information.

Does the Stanford Guest House provide parking?
Overnight parking is available at no charge. Access to the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), where the Guest House is located, is restricted and requires guests to show photo identification.

What transportation options are available around Stanford University?
Even though the Guest House is located on campus you may still need assistance navigating the 8,180 acres of Stanford campus. The University’s free Marguerite Shuttle (SLAC line) makes frequent stops in front of the Guest House during the week. If the Marguerite is unavailable or is unable to take you where you need to go you can schedule the Stanford Guest House shuttle. For more information about transportation please contact us at 650-926-2800 or visit

Does the Stanford Guest House allow pets?
No pets are permitted in the Stanford Guest House with the exception of certified guide dogs.