The Zen Hotel

4164 El Camino RealPalo Alto94306USA
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About The Zen Hotel

Situated in the southern part of the San Francisco Bay area, The Zen Hotel is an eco-friendly hotel with stylish accommodations and modern comforts that travelers appreciate. It's an ideal place for families and friends visiting students at nearby Stanford University.

Relaxed rooms and suites feature Asian-inspired interiors and a minimalist motif. All have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and coffeemakers. Junior suites add microwaves and minifridges. The one- and two-bedroom suites add living, sleeping and dining areas, as well as a kitchen and Jacuzzi tub.

Guests of The Zen Hotel can unwind in the relaxing garden or work out at the fitness center.

The complimentary hot breakfast buffet offers morning favorites from bacon to cereal and smoothies. Nearby, there are a wide range of restaurants such as Celia’s for its Mexican cuisine.

Points of interest that are a short driving distance include the Stanford Shopping Center and Six Flags Marine World.


4164 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA, 94306, USA
Telephone: +1(650)4934492 | Fax: +1(650)4933418 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Business centre
  • Car park
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Gym
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Terrace
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Cable TV
  • Central heating
  • Cosmetic mirror
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Ironing board
  • Room safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

Wellness / Spa

  • Whirlpool / Hot tub


  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible paths / corridors
  • Wheelchair accessible

For children

  • Child / Baby cot

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 15:00
  • Check-out: 11:00

Positive Reviews

Beautiful Rooms

Outside, the property looks like an old school motel. However, once guests step inside, they are surprised by the beautifully done interiors, saying that it feels more like an upscale spa. People have also commented that they like the Asian-inspired decor and minimalist motif. They have also noticed the peaceful lobby and grounds with accents such as stone walk ways, orchids, bamboo and serene fountains.

Thoughtful Touches

From freshly baked cookies in the lobby to the in-room snacks, complimentary bottled water, L’Occitane toiletries and reading lights, the hotel really does pay attention to delightful details. These small touches have impressed quite a number of guests who have said they would return and recommend the hotel to their friends and family.

Good Variety at Breakfast

The complimentary breakfast buffet is extremely popular. Guests in particular like the diverse selection of savory and sweet items. Yogurts, parfaits, cheese omelets, oatmeal and fresh smoothies are just a few of the options that will tempt the tastebuds. Plus, daily newspapers are available for those who want to catch up on current events.

Negative Reviews

Rooms a Little Tight

Travelers who prefer spacious layouts were disappointed in the size of the rooms and suites, commenting that the space felt a little tight. Others have said that the pictures of the rooms make them seem bigger than they actually are in real life.

Beds Too Soft

Strong, firm mattresses is not what you will find at this hotel. Rather, guests have said that the beds were soft, too soft and they don’t like the sinking feeling.

Thin Walls

Given that the hotel is now housed in what was once an older motel, the sound acoustics are not the best. Guests have mentioned that they can hear people snoring and talking on their cellphones in the rooms next to them.

Rating Overview

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8.8 /10
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8.8 out of 10 based on 1662 reviews