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    The Zen Hotel

    4164 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306-4075
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    1 room
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      2 adults
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        0 children
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          US$ 193
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          Overview
          • Excellent53%
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          • Average5%
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          • Terrible1%
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          Free Wifi
          Free Parking
          Breakfast included
          Air Conditioning
          Non-Smoking Hotel
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          Fitness centre
          Multilingual Staff
          Wheelchair Access
          Business Centre
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          3.0 Star Hotel
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          Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

          This is my second time staying at this hotel. I love it! The breakfast is amazing - great variety that includes hot and cold protein options, not just carbs! The rooms are clean and there are so many little extras they provide (water and snacks...More

          Thank MKhitstheroad
          Response from Zen_Hotel_Palo_Alto, General Manager at The Zen HotelResponded 1 week ago

          Dear MKhitstheroad, Thank you so much for your great feedback and for being a repeat guest of The Zen Hotel. It is a pleasure to read how much you enjoyed our balanced breakfast menu and that our in-room snacks served to enhance your overall experience....More

          Reviewed 9 May 2017

          2 floor hotel, but with very nice rooms and interiors, everything seemed new, very clear rooms, big, silent, well equiped (coffee maker and fridge), free snacks and water, and desk if you need to work. The personnel were so nice and attentive, the breakfast was...More

          Thank Felipe G
          Response from Zen_Hotel_Palo_Alto, Front Office Manager at The Zen HotelResponded 11 May 2017

          Hello Felipe G, Thank you so much for your feedback. I am happy to learn that we were able to meet your expectation across the board. Our team is dedicated to providing exceptional service to all of our guests, from our front desk to our...More

          Reviewed 9 May 2017

          A motel in its former life, but owners transformed this little gem into a very nice hotel. Great linens, including robes and slippers; refreshments which included KIND bar, pistachios, trail mix, chocolate mints, waters and Starbucks coffees. Smoothies included for breakfast, plus homemade breakfast foods...More

          Thank Paige M
          Response from Zen_Hotel_Palo_Alto, Front Office Manager at The Zen HotelResponded 11 May 2017

          Dear Paige M, Thank you so much for choosing The Zen Hotel for your most recent visit to Palo Alto. I would like to also thank you for taking the time to provide us with such kind words regarding your overall experience. We greatly appreciate...More

          Reviewed 4 May 2017

          The Zen Hotel is a great option for staying in Palo Alto at a reasonable price. It is very clean and comfortable, and has good amenities and a wonderful breakfast. I've stayed in several other motels/hotels on El Camino Real and the Zen is definitely...More

          Thank Susan R
          Response from Zen_Hotel_Palo_Alto, General Manager at The Zen HotelResponded 6 May 2017

          Dear Susan R, Thank you for your kind words about our hotel. Your feedback is especially important to us, since we emerge as the winners after you have personally bench-marked several other nearby hotels. We are very glad to know our value and amenities, coupled...More

          Reviewed 12 April 2017

          Although a motel on the exterior, the management has made The Zen to a Hotel, they provide French toiletries, very good in room snacks, water, good quality towels, a comfortable bed. Did I mention they have really good breakfast? Hot breakfast selection including sausages, eggs,...More

          Thank MrsPeet3175
          Response from Zen_Hotel_Palo_Alto, Front Office Manager at The Zen HotelResponded 18 April 2017

          Dear MrsPeet3175, Thank you so much for taking the time to provide such a wonderful review regarding your experience at The Zen Hotel. We value the opinion and comments of our guests a great deal. I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed our...More

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          • Free Parking
          • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
          • Breakfast included
          • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
          • Hotel Amenities
          • Free Parking
          • Breakfast included
          • Laundry Service
          • Multilingual Staff
          • Dry Cleaning
          • Business Centre with Internet Access
          • Self-Serve Laundry
          • Room amenities
          • Air Conditioning
          • Refrigerator in room
          • Microwave
          • Things to do
          • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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          • US$ 133 - US$ 362 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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          • #3 Romantic Hotel in Palo Alto
          • #5 Family Hotel in Palo Alto
          • #5 Business Hotel in Palo Alto
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          • Family Rooms
          • Number of rooms
          • 37
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          • Palo Alto
          • Also Known As
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          LindaL246
          What time is breakfast served? We have to leave early on the 2nd day of our stay.
          15 April 2017|
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          Response from Zen_Hotel_Palo_Alto | Property representative |
          Dear LindaL246, Thank you for your question. Our complimentary breakfast buffet hours are Monday to Sunday from 7 am to 10 am. If you need to leave earlier than our standard breakfast hours, we have some items we can make... More
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          "Just keep in mind that there is no elevator, so if you have any trouble with steps, you should request the..."
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          "Try the breakfast smoothies - especially the kale ones!"
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          "We where at to the left of the Lobby. It was very quite and peaceful, away from the road."
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          "I had a room onthe grund floor and irt was great, but I probably woul dhave chosen a room on the second floor."
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