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

Zen is a comfortable 3-star hotel set 27 km from History Park and 4.2 km from Computer History Museum. The building was renovated in 1995.

The property boasts convenient location minutes away from San Antonio Caltrain train station. The city center lies within 4 km from the venue.

Mineta San Jose International airport can be reached in 25 minutes by car from The Zen Hotel.

Rooms

The hotel comprises 37 non-smoking rooms featuring modern décor, climate control, a laptop-compatible safe, pay TV, a refrigerator and a dressing area as well as a microwave and coffee/tea makers. Some rooms have the garden view. For more comfort a shower, a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries are provided.

Eat & Drink

In the morning a hot buffet breakfast is served at the lobby. The hotel small bar offers coffee, wines and juices as well as salads and sandwiches. So Gong Dong Tofu House treats guests with Asian, Korean and Japanese meals and lies within 200 meters from the property.

Services

The on-site car rentals are also provided.

Internet

Wireless internet is available in the entire hotel for free.

Guest Parking

Public parking is possible on site for free.

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 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

hotel The Zen Hotel - Palo Alto Palo Alto location
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Hotel Address:

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

Get directions
City Center
  • Palo Alto
    2.4 mi
Train Stations
  • California Ave Caltrain
    1.6 mi
  • Train Stations
    400 ft
  • Bus stop
    400 ft
Restaurants
  • So Gong Dong Tofu House (cuisine: Asian, Korean)
    600 ft
  • Fuki-Sushi (cuisine: Japanese)
    800 ft
Hotel information
  • Check-in:
    from  3 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  11 am
  • Number of rooms:
    37

Rooms and availability

Standard Queen Room
  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    1 Queen-size bed

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Non-smoking
    • Air conditioning
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  • General:Wi-Fi
  • Dining:Bottled water
  • Media:Wake up service
One-Bedroom Queen Suite
  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    2 Queen-size beds

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Air conditioning
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  • General:Living room
  • Dining:Coffee/tea maker
  • Media:Wake up service
Junior Suite
  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    1 Queen-size bed, 1 King-size bed

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Air conditioning
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  • General:Wi-Fi
  • Bedding:Sofa bed
  • Dining:Coffee/tea maker
  • Media:Wake up service
The Zen Hotel photos Room
Deluxe Queen Room
  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    1 Queen-size bed, 2 Queen-size beds

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Non-smoking
    • Air conditioning
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  • General:Wi-Fi
  • 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
Deluxe King Room
  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    1 King-size bed

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Air conditioning
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  • General:Wi-Fi
  • Dining:Coffee/tea maker
  • Media:Wake up service

The Zen Hotel Location

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What's nearby

Tourist attractions

  • American Airport Svc1.6 mi

Popular areas

  • City Center2.3 mi

Places of interest

Train stations

  • California Ave Caltrain1.5 mi

Sport related

Amusement

  • Winter Lodge1.3 mi

Museums

  • Palo Alto Junior Museum2.4 mi

Parks

  • Palo Alto Parks Div2.1 mi

Halls

  • Elks Lodge2700 ft

Universities, Institutes

  • Foothill College Off-Campus1.0 mi
  • Transpersonal Counseling Ctr1.3 mi
  • Language Pacific Intl Inst1.4 mi
  • Body Therapy Ctr1.4 mi
  • Ctr-Adv Study Behav Science2.1 mi

Medical care and Hospitals

College Campuses

Local attractions

  • Rengstorff Park & Pool1.6 mi
    201 South Rengstorff Avenue, Mountain View
  • Shoreline Park2.5 mi
    3160 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View
  • Hoover Tower2.6 mi
    Stanford University, Palo Alto
  • Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden2.3 mi
    1431 Waverly Street, Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve2.5 mi
    East end of Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

Restaurants nearby

  • So Gong Dong Tofu House600 ft

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

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

  • Sushi Tomo700 ft

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

    Cuisine: Japanese

  • Su Hong1000 ft

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

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

  • Fuki-Sushi800 ft

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

    50% likes this, based on 88 reviews
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Price Range: USD 2 - USD 41

  • Pizz'a Chicago1000 ft

    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

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:

Rooms
8.0
Service
10.0
Value
9.5
Location
9.3

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
    2.4 mi
Train Stations
  • California Ave Caltrain
    1.6 mi
  • Train Stations
    400 ft
  • Bus stop
    400 ft
Restaurants
  • So Gong Dong Tofu House (cuisine: Asian, Korean)
    600 ft
  • Fuki-Sushi (cuisine: Japanese)
    800 ft
Hotel information
  • Check-in:
    from  3 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  11 am
  • Number of rooms:
    37