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The Zen Hotel, Palo Alto

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

Palo Alto city-center guestrooms with comfy beds
  • Free hot/cold buffet breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking
Delicious food
Tasty breakfast
Value for money
Best value for money
Great amenities
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The Zen Hotel, Palo Alto

from $149
  • Deluxe Room, 1 Queen Bed
  • Deluxe Room, 2 Queen Beds
  • Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed
  • xx-Deluxe room with queen bed
  • xxdeluxe room with two queen beds
  • xx-Deluxe room
  • xx-Deluxe room
  • One Bedroom King Suite
  • Run Of House

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 37 rooms
  • This hotel is 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 public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free self parking

Other information

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

In the hotel

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 - 3
  • Year Built 1975
  • Garden
  • Television in common areas
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility

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, Palo Alto’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.

Optional extras

Rollaway beds are available for USD 10 per night

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

What’s around The Zen Hotel, Palo Alto


  • Heart of Palo Alto
  • San Antonio Shopping Center - 26 min walk
  • Rengstorff Park - 41 min walk
  • Tesla Motors - 45 min walk
  • Los Altos History Museum - 2.4 mi / 3.9 km
  • Stanford Stadium - 2.6 mi / 4.2 km
  • Stanford Maples Pavillion - 2.7 mi / 4.3 km
  • Mariposa Park - 2.7 mi / 4.3 km

Getting around

  • San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.) - 24 min drive
  • Hayward, CA (HWD-Hayward Executive) - 33 min drive
  • San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.) - 35 min drive
  • Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.) - 49 min drive
  • Palo Alto Station - 8 min drive
  • Menlo Park Station - 11 min drive
  • Atherton Station - 14 min drive
  • Mountain View San Antonio Station - 29 min walk
  • Free self parking

Recent reviews

Superb 9.2 From 236 reviews

The Zen Hotel, Palo Alto
A little Zen on El Camino
I love this little hotel (motel?) and stay here whenever I need to stay in this area. For the same price as an ordinary hotel you get to stay in their lovely zen themed room and enjoy free high-quality minibar-type snacks. Their included breakfast is wonderful and I especially love their beet smoothies. I wish all hotels could be the Zen Hotel.
A Traveler, us1 night trip
The Zen Hotel, Palo Alto
Truly amazed by the free bottles of water and all the snacks that were provided for our stay! We really enjoyed breakfast also! Will find an excuse to return!
Linda, us1 night romance trip
The Zen Hotel, Palo Alto
Highly recommended, great value.
I was initially worried driving up because of the motel style layout but the worry quickly went away. Great service, nice rooms, super clean, great (free) breakfast for the hotel class with awesome fresh smoothies and good location close to the heart of Silicon Valley etc.
Matthew, us1 night business trip
The Zen Hotel, Palo Alto
Highly recommend!
The staff was very friendly & accomodating...handicap accessible room was great...nice toiletries & the bottled water & snacks (at no extra charge) was a nice bonus! We wished we had more time to take advantage of the Japanese Garden outside the back door of our room...comfortable chairs & calming fountains...The breakfast was above & beyond what you would expect...great smoothies, too!
richard, us1 night romance trip
The Zen Hotel, Palo Alto
A little piece of zen-ven
Fantastic "boutique" hotel. Excellent office staff. Room very clean and comfortable with plenty of toiletries, coffee and snacks (free!). Robes and slippers in the room!! Loved the "zen" feel of the place.
Maureen E, us1 night romance trip

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