The Zen Hotel - Palo Alto

4164 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, United States, 94306  show map
 3 stars
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The Zen Hotel - Palo Alto

Wi-Fi
Parking

On-site parking

Luggage storage
24-hour

Late check-in

24-hour reception

24-hour business center

Food/ Drinks

Coffee/Tea in lobby

Restaurant buffet

Fitness/ Gym

Fitness center

Spa and relaxation

Spa & wellness center

Laundry

Self-service laundry

Overview

The 3-star The Zen Hotel places guests abound 4.2 km from Stanford University, History Park and Computer History Museum. The hotel opened its doors in 1970 and was remodeled in 1995.

The comfortable property is conveniently placed close to highway. Palo Alto city center is 4 km away.

The hotel allows quick access to a valley and parks.

Guests can reach The Zen Hotel by car from Mineta San Jose International airport in 20 minutes.

Rooms

The Zen Hotel is a property in Palo Alto that comes with 37 rooms and provides a laptop-size safe, a microwave, TV with satellite channels, a dressing area and climate control. Some rooms overlook the garden. In-room self-catering facilities include coffee/tea makers and a fridge.

Eat & Drink

Offering a variety of dishes, Fuki-Sushi and So Gong Dong Tofu House are just about 200 meters away.

Services

The Zen Hotel offers a business center and a photocopier to satisfy the needs of business guests.

Internet

Wireless internet is available in the entire hotel for free.

Guest Parking

Free public parking is possible on site.

Number of rooms:   37.

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Facilities

General

  • Non-smoking property
  • Wi-Fi
  • On-site parking
  • Safe deposit box
  • 24-hour reception
  • Late check-in
  • Express check-in/ -out
  • No pets allowed
  • Rooms/ Facilities for disabled
  • Wheelchair access
  • Air conditioning in public areas
  • Luggage storage
  • No elevators
  • Vending machines
  • Exterior corridors
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke detectors

Sports & Fitness

  • Fitness center

Services

  • Housekeeping
  • Car rental
  • Self-service laundry
  • Dry cleaning
  • Wake up service
  • Newspaper service

Dining facilities

  • Continental breakfast
  • Restaurant buffet
  • Coffee/Tea in lobby

Meeting facilities

  • 24-hour business center
  • Fax/Photocopying

Children's facilities

  • Cribs available

Leisure facilities

  • Garden area
  • Television in lobby
  • Spa & wellness center

Room facilities

  • Individual air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Sitting area
  • Dressing area
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • In-room desk
  • Ironing facilities

Bathroom

  • Private bathroom
  • Shared bathroom
  • Bath/ Shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Room toiletries

Self-catering

  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave on request

Bedroom

  • Premium bedding
  • Pillow top mattress

Media

  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable/ Satellite television
  • Direct dial telephone
  • AM/FM alarm clock

Room decor

  • Blackout curtains

Policies

CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT

Check-in from 3 pm FREE
Check-out until 11 am FREE

Children and extra beds

One child
0 - 2 years
Crib FREE
Existing bedding FREE
All children
3 - 12 years
Existing bedding FREE
Extra bed USD 10
Children above
12 years or adults
Extra bed USD 10
Maximum capacity of extra beds in a room is 1. 
Maximum capacity of cribs and extra beds depends on the room you book. Please check room details before you make a reservation.

Pets

Pets are not allowed.

How to reach hotel

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Hotel Address:

4164 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, United States, 94306

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City Center
  • Palo Alto
    3.8 km
Airports
Train Stations
  • California Ave Caltrain
    2.5 km
  • Train Stations
    100 m
  • Bus stop
    100 m
Restaurants
  • So Gong Dong Tofu House (cuisine: Asian, Korean)
    180 m
  • Fuki-Sushi (cuisine: Japanese)
    240 m
Hotel information
  • Check-in:
    from  3 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  11 am
  • Number of rooms:
    37

Rooms and availability

The Zen Hotel photos Room
Deluxe Queen Room Two Queen Beds
  • Room size:

    28 m²

  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    2 King-size beds

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Air conditioning
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  • General:Slippers
  • Work desk
  • Seating area
  • Ironing facilities
  • Dressing area
  • Telephone
  • Bathroom:Bathroom
  • Bath or shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Toilet
  • Dining:Coffee/tea maker
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Media:Wake up service
  • Radio
Room Description:

This air-conditioned room includes a cable TV, a work desk, a microwave and a fridge.

The Zen Hotel photos Room
Deluxe Queen Room
  • Room size:

    21 m²

  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    1 King-size bed

  • Check Prices
  • Room Facilities:
    • Air conditioning
    • + More
  • General:Slippers
  • Work desk
  • Seating area
  • Ironing facilities
  • Dressing area
  • Telephone
  • Bathroom:Bathroom
  • Bath or shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Toilet
  • Dining:Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Media:Radio
Room Description:

This air-conditioned room includes a cable TV, a work desk, a microwave and a fridge.

The Zen Hotel Location

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What's nearby

Tourist attractions

  • American Airport Svc2.5 km

Popular areas

  • City Center3.7 km

Places of interest

  • Gryphon Stringed Instruments1.5 km

Train stations

  • California Ave Caltrain2.4 km

Sport related

  • Cubberley Community Center1.6 km

Amusement

  • Winter Lodge2.1 km

Parks

  • Palo Alto Parks Div3.3 km

Halls

  • Elks Lodge800 m

Universities, Institutes

  • Foothill College Off-Campus1.6 km
  • Transpersonal Counseling Ctr2.1 km
  • Language Pacific Intl Inst2.3 km
  • Body Therapy Ctr2.3 km
  • Ctr-Adv Study Behav Science3.4 km

Medical care and Hospitals

  • Country Day Little School700 m
  • Va Palo Alto Health Care Syst1.7 km
  • Palo Alto VA Medical Center - VAPAHCS1.7 km

College Campuses

  • Sofia University2.4 km

Local attractions

  • Rengstorff Park & Pool2.6 km
    201 South Rengstorff Avenue, Mountain View
  • Shoreline Park4.0 km
    3160 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View
  • Hoover Tower4.1 km
    Stanford University, Palo Alto
  • Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden3.7 km
    1431 Waverly Street, Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve4.1 km
    East end of Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

Restaurants nearby

  • So Gong Dong Tofu House180 m

    Address: 4127 El Camino Real
    Phone: 650-424-8805

    60% likes this, based on 44 reviews
    Cuisine: Asian, Korean

  • Sushi Tomo210 m

    Address: 4131 El Camino Way
    Phone: 650-856-1100

    Cuisine: Japanese

  • Su Hong290 m

    Address: 4101 El Camino Way
    Phone: (650) 493-4664

    63% likes this, based on 29 reviews
    Cuisine: Chinese

  • Fuki-Sushi240 m

    Address: 4119 El Camino Real
    Phone: (650) 494-9383

    50% likes this, based on 88 reviews
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Price Range: GBP 1 - GBP 30

  • Pizz'a Chicago290 m

    Address: 4115 El Camino Real
    Phone: (650) 424-9400

    65% likes this, based on 53 reviews
    Cuisine: Italian

Hotel information
  • Check-in:
    from  3 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  11 am
  • Number of rooms:
    37
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The Zen Hotel Reviews

Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at The Zen Hotel

Average guest rating

8.6out of 10
Superb
Based on 34 reviews

Rating by category:

Location
9.3
Rooms
8.0
Service
10.0
Value
9.5

Guest reviews

  • Single
    8.8

    comfortable room, good breakfast

    poor internet connection ( free but not working!)

  • Single
    8.2

    I spent 5 nights at the Zen Hotel. The first thing I noticed is that the hotel is in the 'strip mall' format, where there is no building, but instead all the hotel rooms have doors from the street. I'm used to staying in hotel buildings. For me it feels safer. But after I started talking to the staff, I felt really safe where I was and can say the experience was very good. The room was really spacious, the bed was comfortable, everything was very clean, and there was a good breakfast.

  • Single
    7.8

    Rooms have been brought up to date: flat screen TV, power outlets, iPod and iPhone dock/alarm clock (no more iPhone warnings). One of the better free breakfasts I've had.

    Average price (each night was a different rate) was OK, but not great.

  • Couple
    4.6

    odalar temiz/clean rooms

    Bu bir motel/this is not a hotel. it is a motel

  • Older travelers
    7.8

    Efficient and cordial staff. The well decorated rooms provide a nice and comfortable place to stay. Spotless. Good TV set, nice bed, nice towels, nice breakfast.

    The room announced as delux queen had a small queen bed in a tiny room. For US$10 more one can get a King bed in a much larger room. The bookings page should make that clear.

  • Family with children
    8.8

    The staff are very nice and helpful. The rooms are nicely furbished and very clean.

  • Single
    10.0

    Quiet, comfort, good service, clean and comfortable rooms.

  • Group of friends
    10.0

    The look of the room, the cleanliness, the look of the landscaping, the afternoon tea and sweet that was available, the grind your own beans fresh coffee in the room and the full breakfast. The whole experience was wonderful a d the topper was the friendly and very helpful staff. I don't get to the bay area often, but I will stay at the Zen when I come back. It was a great experience at a very reasonable price.

  • Single
    7.4

    Very friendly staff! Clean, pretty room, comfy bed, great towels.

    Worst internet ever. In Silicon Valley! They acknowledged this and attributed this to a recent carrier/ISP switch they made, but they never properly followed up on it. They only could offer me to come to the lobby at any point in time or night. But even there, it was not always great. In any case, they should have compensated for it. The quality was so poor that it took >5 *minutes* just to load their authentication page. Minutes! Skype (non-HD!) video calls were impossible most of the time. The breakfast was very meager as well.

  • Group of friends
    10.0

    I really enjoyed the beds, shower was amazing! And breakfast was fantastic!

  • Family with children
    6.0

    The first night of our three night stay, around 22:30, the smoke detector started to make sporadic clicking noises, which woke us up. I called the office and the night person said it would be the low battery and advised me to remove the battery and told me that the maintenance will take care of it the next day. The next morning, I told the office person in charge and told the story just in case. When we returned in the evening, the smoke detector and the battery was still on the desk, the way I placed them there, disconnected. It remained so until we left.

  • Family with children
    10.0

    The room was quite large; it had recently received a big investment in renovation. The breakfast was superior to most hotel "free" breakfasts. It had a kitchen, 2 refrigerators, and an oven (all unexpected) so would be good for long-term stays. The lobby offered freshly baked chocolate chip cookies which our kids loved.

  • Group of friends
    9.6

    Very clean and well lit room. Bathroom was modern and spotless. Staff at registration was courteous, friendly, and very helpful. This is a great place to stay at in Palo Alto.

  • Single
    4.2

    location was ok, it is a refurb'd motel at the end of the day with little to no facilities for the price

  • Family with children
    7.8

    The hotel is clean and tastefully decorated. Very conveniently located in Palo Alto.

How to reach hotel

hotel The Zen Hotel - Palo Alto Palo Alto location
Show big map »

Hotel Address:

4164 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, United States, 94306

Get directions
City Center
  • Palo Alto
    3.8 km
Airports
Train Stations
  • California Ave Caltrain
    2.5 km
  • Train Stations
    100 m
  • Bus stop
    100 m
Restaurants
  • So Gong Dong Tofu House (cuisine: Asian, Korean)
    180 m
  • Fuki-Sushi (cuisine: Japanese)
    240 m
Hotel information
  • Check-in:
    from  3 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  11 am
  • Number of rooms:
    37