On the advice of Tripadvisor, we stayed at the Zen Hotel a couple of years ago when my son was visiting colleges. Last month, we were back for 4 days to drop the kid off at Stanford, and our stay at the Zen was fantastic!
The whole family was along, so we booked a suite. Too many of the chain places slap the label "suite" on any room that slightly larger than standard and has a sofa and a bed in it, and those kinds of suites don't provide the privacy (aka, the freedom for Mom to go to bed early while everyone else stays up to watch a movie) that traveling families crave. The Zen offers a full bedroom suite—the bedroom had 2 queen beds and a door—while the spacious living area had a sofa bed, comfy chair, dining room area w/ table and chairs, and kitchenette. The room, on the ground level, had 2 doors, one that opened to the parking area and the other that opened to a lovely little garden with additional seating.
Although we were on street level, we were not bothered by noise. The hotel was busy with other families dropping their kids off, yet we never had trouble finding a (free) parking space or using the free wifi.
Since we are moving the kid across the country, we shopped in California rather than shipping boxes or paying to bring extra luggage on the plane. The Zen has a coin-operated washer and dryer, which made it easy to launder those new sheets and towels before the big move. The front desk staff was happy to make change.
The hot breakfast buffet is included in the room rate. The breakfast room was crowded at times, but the buffet was kept well stocked. Free cookies in the afternoon too!
The room and public areas were clean. The staff was friendly. The hotel is 2 miles from Stanford, and there is a Walgreens across the street. Easy drive to downtown Palo Alto or Mountain View, where there are plenty of options for restaurants, groceries or other shopping.
Thanks for helping make our trip easy! We'll definitely be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Silicon Valley, The Zen Hotel offers daily full hot breakfast buffet that includes freshly made smoothies, Peet's and Santa Cruz Organic coffees, Mighty Leaf teas, sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs and much more. L'occitane toiletries and free true high speed Internet are standard in all guestrooms. Minutes away from Stanford University, Shoreline Amphitheater and tech companies such as HP, Facebook and Google; The Zen Hotel offers great value and is a fantastic choice for business and leisure travelers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Townhouse Hotel Palo Alto