I've been to Palo Alto many times and this was a short notice trip where my other usual choices were all unavailable - including the Holiday Inn Express on El Camino and the Marriott Courtyard. So I went out on a limb choosing this place due to its location and price.
At first when I pulled up, I didn't think I was going to enjoy it b/c it was on a busy intersection and the outside looks somewhat quaint and something you would find during the Robinhood days.
But after a few days there, it became comfortable and very convenient to Stanford, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Silicon Valley, Stanford Shopping Center and of course around town in Palo Alto.
The rooms are clean. Traditional motel furnishings. Lamp that didn't work, but housekeeping took care of that right away.
I asked for two double beds and got two full size instead of queen size beds. So it was tight with two people on one bed. Beds are firm. Somewhat lumpy, but you got used to that.
Vanity is outside "bathroom" which had toilet and shower.
Bathroom is clean, Tub is deep b/c it is a shower, tub, jacuzzi in one. Didn't try the jacuzzi function.
Breakfast is: variety of muffins, cereal, oatmeal, Sunny Delight, Juice boxes, apples, oranges, apple sauce, hard bagels and not so tasty croissants.
Toiletries - shampoo/conditioner combo, shower cap, small bars of soap.
Nice free wireless internet! Fast connection.
Overall - good value to save some money and enjoy the town. Not for honeymoon or any romantic getaways.
Variety of room setups. Try to get a room away from El Camino Real.
Cleaning ladies were extremely nice.
- 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