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1 room, 2 adults

The Zen Hotel

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

Palo Alto city-center guestrooms with comfy beds
  • Free on-the-go breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking
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Restrictions related to your trip

COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.  Check restrictions for your trip.

  • Beds could be more comfortable. Clean and good service overall. Breakfast can use more…Apr 2, 2021
  • Nice hotel/motel. Nice little patio off room. Because of COVID no breakfast but great…Apr 1, 2021

The Zen Hotel

from Rs6,919
  • Deluxe Room, 1 Queen Bed
  • Deluxe Room, 2 Queen Beds
  • Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed
  • Standard Studio Suite
  • Deluxe Room, 2 Double Beds
  • Room, 1 King Bed
  • Room, 1 Queen Bed
  • Studio Suite, 2 Queen Beds
  • Studio Suite, 1 King Bed
  • Junior Studio Suite, 1 King Bed
  • Junior Studio Suite, 1 Queen Bed

What’s around The Zen Hotel


  • Heart of Palo Alto
  • 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 / 4.2 km
  • Hoover Tower - 3 mi / 4.9 km

Getting around

  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO) - 30 min drive
  • Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl. Airport (SJC) - 18 min drive
  • Oakland Intl. Airport (OAK) - 46 min drive
  • San Antonio Station - 28 min walk
  • California Ave Station - 4 min drive
  • Mountain View Station - 6 min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 37 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-anytime
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
  • Express check-out

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 19

Travelling with others


  • Children stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free onsite 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 on-the-go breakfast daily
  • 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
  • Braille or raised signage
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Iron/ironing board
Sleep well
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Turndown service
  • 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’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


This property does not have elevators.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some onsite facilities.

Contactless check-out is available.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually-wrapped food options are available.

This property accepts credit cards and cash.

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.

FAQs for The Zen Hotel

  • Does The Zen Hotel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, The Zen Hotel does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Zen Hotel?
    This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and gives staff personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Is parking offered on site at The Zen Hotel?
    Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Are pets allowed at The Zen Hotel?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at The Zen Hotel?
    You can check in from 3:00 PM - anytime. Check-out time is 11 AM. Express check-out and contactless check-out are available.
  • Are there restaurants at or near The Zen Hotel?
    Yes. Nearby restaurants include So Gong Dong Tofu House (3-min walk), Fuki Sushi (3-min walk), and Pizza Chicago (4-min walk).
  • What is there to do at The Zen Hotel and nearby?
    Have fun with nearby activities like cycling and hiking, and practice your swing on the nearby golf course. Enjoy amenities like a fitness center and a garden.

Recent reviews

Exceptional 9.4 From 323 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
One night stay. I have no complaints. I have stayed here a few times recently.
David, us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Great place
John, us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Nice stay.
Clean, comfortable, friendly helpful staff. All in all, a pleasant stay.
us2 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
It's a motel, but a cool one
I really liked this place. They call it a hotel, but it's a nicely renovated motel. The rooms are a bit small, maybe 10 to 15% smaller than an equivalent room on a midrange hotel. The bed was extremely comfortable. I'd gladly stay here again.
Scott, us5 night business trip
Very good 8.0
Never again
The room assigned to me was not cleaned!!! I typically would’ve been ok with just getting a clean one but I just had a medical procedure and needed to lay down right away but going to the reception area and complained about the dirty room plus waiting for a clean room were so inconvenient and painful for me!!! And I didn’t get any regrets form the receptionist!
Lynn, us1 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
Nice Stay
It was a nice stay for the price. Comfortable beds. It was a plus that our room came with a refrigerator and a microwave. Dimas(I think that was his name) was very kind at check in.
Kerby, us2 night family trip
Very good 8.0
Nice stay but difficult for disabled folk
us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Best in the area
I have been going to this hotel since January of 2020, It has always been great value for the money and in the numerous times I have stayed at this hotel I have never had even one complaint.
Richard, us1 night business trip
Very good 8.0
This hotel is nice. Very friendly and accommodating. Bathtub could have been cleaner. I was on a walker so it was difficult to negotiate bathroom, wash basin area. If off my walker, I would use again, but not while I still have to use it.
Michael, us2 night trip
Very good 8.0
Enjoyed our brief stay.
Staff were friendly. It was a nice 1 night stay and close to Stanford. Price was fair. 8 wou loo d stay here again
David, us1 night business trip

The Zen Hotel