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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

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

This destination may have COVID-19 travel restrictions in place, including specific restrictions for lodging. Check any national, local, and health advisories for this destination before you book. 

  • Stayed at the hotel for 2 nights. The check-in was greeted with cookies and tea/coffee in…Nov. 18, 2019
  • A wonderful gem...they pull out all the stops. Great snacks in the room, very tasteful…Jul. 5, 2019

The Zen Hotel, Palo Alto

from $110 CAD
  • 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, Palo Alto


  • 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 Intl. Airport (SFO) - 30 min drive
  • Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl. Airport (SJC) - 18 min drive
  • Palo Alto, CA (PAO-Santa Clara County) - 12 min drive
  • San Carlos, CA (SQL) - 18 min drive
  • Oakland Intl. Airport (OAK) - 44 min drive
  • Hayward, CA (HWD-Hayward Executive) - 31 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

  • This destination may have COVID-19 travel restrictions in place, including specific restrictions for lodging. Check any national, local, and health advisories for this destination before you book.
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 self parking on site

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, 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


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, Palo Alto

  • 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 staff wear 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).

Recent reviews

Exceptional 9.4 From 325 reviews

Very Good 8.0
The rooms are ordinary but their breakfast is particularly fine.
Wendy, ca5 night romance trip
Very Good 8.0
Overall good stay. We were unlucky to be in a room that has a room above us ( I think there are only 3 or 4 rooms are like that). We can hear people walking, taking showers etc. upstairs.
Poa, ca3 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Would stay there again.
Very good service, rooms, b'fast, staff. Exterior is a bit disappointing - looks like motel; located just off main road and seems lacking privacy, yet convenient access.
caFamily trip
Exceptional 10.0
Great hotel! Very affordable and comfy. The Service was great!
Nasir, us1 night business trip
Exceptional 10.0
Put a little Zen in your travels.
Close to Stanford and shopping. We were safe, comfortable, relaxed and pleased with our stay.
Marilyn, us2 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
Enjoyed our stay
The suite was very spacious and comfortable for my family. The hotel staff was very accommodating. I liked that it was very private and quite. I would definitely stay in here again.
Jose, us2 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
Zen hotel
We had a wonderful time. The hotel really lives up to its name. Very quiet considering El Camino is so close. All the small details down to the soap made a difference.
Lisa J, us1 night family trip
Very Good 8.0
A little disappointed
First time there, the amenities impressed enough to come back (in room snacks, bath extras, welcome treats in lobby) however, this last stay was not enough to bring me back. Room was dark and “motel-ish”, could hear conversations in room next door, no microwave. Unfortunately, that may have been my last stay there.
us5 night business trip
Exceptional 10.0
Hotel is clean and comfortable and highly recommend. The only concern I would have for booking again would be for parking. This was not an issue during this stay, but this was also during the Covid shut down.
Tamara, us2 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
Jim B.
The room was very clean and comfortable in addition to the complementary water and snacks. Nice touch.
James, us1 night trip

The Zen Hotel, Palo Alto