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1 room, 2 adults

The Zen Hotel, Palo Alto

3-star3 stars
4164 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA, 94306, United States of America

City-center motel within easy reach of Tesla Motors
  • Free WiFi and free parking
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From 470 reviews. TripAdvisor Traveler Rating.

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Delicious food
Best value for money
Great room
Awesome vibe

The Zen Hotel, Palo Alto

from $118
  • Deluxe Room, 1 Queen Bed
  • Deluxe Room, 2 Queen Beds
  • Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed
  • Run Of House
  • Studio Suite, 2 Queen Beds
  • Deluxe Room, 2 Double Beds
  • Junior Studio Suite, 1 King Bed
  • Junior Studio Suite, 1 Queen Bed

What’s around The Zen Hotel, Palo Alto


  • Heart of Palo Alto
  • Tesla Motors - 43 min walk
  • San Antonio Shopping Center - 25 min walk
  • Charleston Plaza - 39 min walk
  • Rengstorff Park - 42 min walk
  • Googleplex - 3.1 mi / 5 km
  • Los Altos History Museum - 2.4 mi / 3.9 km
  • Stanford Stadium - 2.6 mi / 4.3 km

Getting around

  • San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.) - 30 min drive
  • San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.) - 18 min drive
  • Palo Alto, CA (PAO-Santa Clara County) - 9 min drive
  • Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.) - 40 min drive
  • San Carlos, CA (SQL) - 17 min drive
  • Hayward, CA (HWD-Hayward Executive) - 31 min drive
  • San Jose, CA (RHV-Reid Hillview) - 25 min drive
  • Palo Alto Station - 6 min drive
  • Menlo Park Station - 8 min drive
  • Atherton Station - 11 min drive
  • Mountain View San Antonio Station - 28 min walk

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 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

Payment types at the property

  • Cash

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 - 3
  • Year Built - 1975
  • Garden
  • Television in common areas
  • Disabled parking
  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Braille or raised signage
  • 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)
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • 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
  • The Zen Hotel Motel
  • The Zen Hotel Palo Alto
  • The Zen Hotel Motel 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.

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.

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Recent reviews

Exceptional 9.4 From 289 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
Great Hotel
Great hotel, hot breakfast, friendly staff.
Jean, us1 night romance trip
Very Good 8.0
Cute little place
Cute little place. Looks like it may have been an old motor motel years ago. Has been renovated and room decorated more updated and modern. Nice amenities. Free snacks and water in rooms, good breakfast buffet. Friendly staff. Room was clean and well stocked.
Tina, us1 night business trip
Very Good 8.0
Great "Motel"!
No complaints - it was just more of a Motel than a Hotel since you pull right up to your door. That's ok if you ae expecting it. :) I just re-checked the description and "access via exterior doors" it IS noted at the very bottom. It was clean, comfortable and it felt safe. They provide great free snacks, hot breakfast and the showers were nice. So overall it was good.
us1 night business trip
Exceptional 10.0
Great room, great value!
We booked a room at The Zen Hotel because it was close to the Shoreline Amphitheater where we were going for a concert. I am so glad we did. What a great little hotel. The staff was nice, the hotel was clean, rooms were comfortable, patio area was so relaxing, and the continental breakfast was delicious.
Amy, us1 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
This is a great example of don't judge a book by its cover. Being a motel from the outside, this place offers services not every hotel offers. Hot breakfast with a selection of smoothies. Coffee and cookies all day long at the reception. Complementary snacks in a room. A robe and slippers in a room's closet. A quiet, relaxing place with friendly staff, free breakfast and free parking. Thank you!
Tatiana, usBusiness trip

The Zen Hotel, Palo Alto

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