We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Zen Hotel

2.5 of 5 4164 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Hotel website
Special Price
$10, $20 or $30 OFF
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 7 more sites!
Certificate of Excellence 2014
The Zen Hotel
Professional photos View all
Browse nearby
The Zen Hotel
Write a Review

180 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
See reviews for
Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (52)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
  • All months
  • Mar-May only
  • Jun-Aug only
  • Sep-Nov only
  • Dec-Feb only
All months
There are newer reviews for The Zen Hotel
See the most recent reviews
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
25 hotel reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

I had read the other reviews, so I knew it had more of a motel set up and that is indeed what I found. I had a room on the first floor and the door opens right up to the parking lot. The room was a little smaller than expected and I kept bumping into the corners of the bed... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
ricberr, General Manager at The Zen Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your comments regarding your recent stay with us at The Zen Hotel. We always appreciate our guests’ feedback; as it helps us to continually improve so that we can offer a better experience for all of our future and returning guests. Although we have only 37 guestrooms in our total inventory, we offer a wide... More 

San Marcos, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Three nights of pleasant surroundings and outstanding cleanliness. Enjoyed the breakfasts, small conference room, free newspapers, nice touch of fresh fruit and cookies, and Asian decor. The staff are attentive and helpful. I'll happily return.

Was this review helpful? Yes
ricberr, General Manager at The Zen Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Guest, All our staff here at The Zen Hotel appreciates your wonderful feedback. Thank you for sharing your experience with the Tripadvisor community. I am glad to learn that you enjoyed your 3-night stay and found our breakfast to your satisfaction. We are in the process of expanding that area to provide additional comfort for all our guests enjoying... More 

Austin, Texas
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
22 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

The Zen was a last min add-on to my 3 day trip to the Bay Area but it was an excellent night's stay. It was so good that I'll be back ! The room, work area and bathroom were very clean - not a speck of dust. I am very particular about bathroom cleanliness and the Zen's was spotless. Some... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I recently stayed at the Zen Hotel so I could attend a function for my son at Stanford. I was initially disappointed that the hotel wasn't closer to Stanford but it wasn't a problem. A bus runs up and down El Camino Real regularly. I think the fare is $1. Our room was clean and large, I had 2 queen... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
32 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We stayed in Rm 208 (a double queen bedded room) for 2 nights. This was a quiet room away from the road and backing onto a narrow garden area. Room was comfortable and the beds excellent. Breakfast was functional, but very well done given the style of hotel. At the end of the day, this is a motel that works... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
22 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

The Zen Hotel is a modest motel type property. The rooms are very clean and they look like they have been recently renovated. The beds are surprisingly comfortable and the bathroom is spacious and modern. There was a little garden outside our room where you can relax or just walk around. It is conveniently located, close to many restaurants. The... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
20 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

As other reviewers have noted, this is a motel rather than a hotel: as far as I could see, all the rooms were essentially chalets, whose doors opened to the outdoors. It's on a busy junction, which makes it a bit noisy. And the heating system in my room was a bit dated. But the staff were friendly and helpful,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
ricberr, General Manager at The Zen Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Peter, Thank you for your comments about your most recent stay at our hotel. Your feedback is highly appreciated and it significantly assist us with identifying areas that have room for improvement. We do make it a point to offer great value related to comparable hotels in our area. Our policy is to provide our guests with the best... More 

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

First, you would never notice this hotel, which really looks more like a motel from the outside. It is located at the corner of El Camino Real and Maybell, across from Walgreens. it is in a quiet area, even if it was close to the street. We were a little nervous when we first drove up. There was nothing fancy... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
ricberr, General Manager at The Zen Hotel, responded to this review

Dear guest, I was delighted to read your review about our hotel and that your good experience merited sharing it with the rest of the Tripadvisor community. Thank you so much for such a detailed, honest and ample review. We could have not described better what a future guest should expect when making reservations for our hotel. I am glad... More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

My friend & I came for a nearby 3 day workshop and stayed an extra night on each end and were very pleased with the Zen. Greeted by friendly staff and great fresh baked cookies we were even given a choice of rooms when we arrived early. Ricardo could not have been nicer arranging our extra nights stay, as was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
West Palm Beach, Florida
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

The name is so apt....the hotel was tranqulity personified - right off a busy street but you would never know it. Perfect for business or pleasure.....the surprise was the Japanese garden/seating areas at the back of the property. My colleague and I were there on business for one week and we loved it! The size of the suite and the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
ricberr, General Manager at The Zen Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Karen, On behalf of all the staff at The Zen Hotel, I want to thank you very much for your comments. I love the fact that your stay was for a week, so myself and the rest of our team had a chance to interact with you in some way. The Zen Garden you so much enjoyed is one... More 

Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question
Owners: What's your side of the story?
Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.
Manage your listing

Been to The Zen Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about The Zen Hotel

Address: 4164 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone Number:
Location: United States > California > Palo Alto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Zen Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 37
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with TravelClick, Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Priceline, Cheap Tickets, Odigeo and Tingo so you can book your The Zen Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Townhouse Hotel Palo Alto
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Palo Alto
#4 Family Hotel in Palo Alto
#6 Business Hotel in Palo Alto

76 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

All traveler photos (50)
Room/suite (25)
Hotel & grounds (12)
Bathroom (4)
View from room (2)
Other (7)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All management photos (26)
Room/suite (17)
Dining (2)
Hotel & grounds (2)
Bathroom (1)
Other (4)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay