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1 room, 2 adults

The Zen Hotel

3-star3 stars
4164 El Camino RealPalo AltoCA94306United States of America

Palo Alto city-center guestrooms with comfy beds
  • Free WiFi and free parking
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Delicious food
Tasty breakfast
Great room
Very comfortable
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The Zen Hotel

from ZAR 2,116
  • Deluxe Room, 1 Queen Bed
  • Deluxe Room, 2 Queen Beds
  • Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed
  • Run Of House

What’s around The Zen Hotel


  • Heart of Palo Alto
  • San Antonio Shopping Center - 27 min walk
  • Charleston Plaza - 40 min walk
  • Rengstorff Park - 44 min walk
  • Los Altos History Museum - 2.4 mi / 3.9 km
  • Stanford Stadium - 2.6 mi / 4.3 km
  • Stanford Maples Pavillion - 2.7 mi / 4.3 km
  • Googleplex - 2.9 mi / 4.6 km

Getting around

  • Palo Alto, CA (PAO-Santa Clara County) - 13 min drive
  • San Carlos, CA (SQL) - 21 min drive
  • San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.) - 22 min drive
  • San Jose, CA (RHV-Reid Hillview) - 29 min drive
  • San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.) - 33 min drive
  • Hayward, CA (HWD-Hayward Executive) - 37 min drive
  • Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.) - 46 min drive
  • Palo Alto Station - 11 min drive
  • Menlo Park Station - 15 min drive
  • Sunnyvale Station - 17 min drive
  • Free self parking

At a glance

Key facts


  • 37 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
  • Express check-out

Required at check in

  • Credit card deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • Children (12 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free self parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the motel

Food and drink
  • Free hot/cold buffet breakfast
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
Things to do
  • Fitness facilities
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
Working away
  • 24-hour business center
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Number of buildings/towers -
  • Year Built
  • Garden
  • Television in common areas
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Iron/ironing board
Sleep well
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Premium bedding
  • Pillowtop mattress
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • 37-inch LCD TV
  • Satellite TV channels
  • IPod docking station
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free weekday newspaper
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave (on request)
  • Access via exterior corridors

The Zen Hotel’s small print

Also known as

  • Hotel Zen
  • Zen Hotel
  • Zen Hotel Palo Alto
  • Zen Palo Alto
  • Townhouse Hotel Palo Alto


For bookings of 5 rooms or more, special cancellation and deposit policies will apply. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

This property does not have elevators.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Optional extras

Rollaway beds are available for USD 10 per night

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

Recent reviews

Exceptional 9.4 From 236 reviews

The Zen Hotel
Nice surprise at Zen
I was wary when I drove up to this place, because it looked like an old motel, and indeed, it did have outdoor halls, with car parking right in front of room. However, fixed up GREAT! Comfortable bed and linens. Beautiful soaps and lotions (L'Ocitaine). Hot, as in cheese omlettes, breakfast, and free snacks in room (well, okay paid with room)
Brenda, us1 night trip
The Zen Hotel
Clean, quiet and great service
The room was very comfortable and quiet. The breakfast included a selection of fruit, eggs, potatoes, bacon, breakfast burritos, parfaits and several other items, which were fresh and delicious. The workout facility has been recently remodeled and is quite complete. We did have an issue with ants in the room and the staff moved us to another room, while they took care of the problem. The service was outstanding.
David, us3 night trip
The Zen Hotel
It was very pricey, but was told that is what you get for that location.
DON, us1 night trip
The Zen Hotel
Very Good8.0
Friendly, accommodating staff. Bountiful breakfast. Afternoon cookies. The furniture in the room was slightly tired, but the room was very clean, the bed and chair were comfortable. There were lovely toiletries, and many pillows. I'd stay again, and recommend.
A Traveller, us1 night trip
The Zen Hotel
Wonderful stay
The outside looks like any motel. However, the room was very well furnished and the toiletries provided were excellent, very high standard. Breakfast was great too. I also like the quiet.
A Traveller, sg2 night trip

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