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The Zen Hotel
Ranked #7 of 27 Hotels in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence
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68 reviews
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“Good bang for your buck”
Reviewed 30 April 2014

This hotel is a solid, affordable choice for Palo Alto. While it does seem expensive compared to other cities, I think it is a steal for the area, where even brands like Sheraton and Hilton are astronomically priced. The exterior is motel-like but the rooms have been totally redone. The rooms were clean and comfortable. There is DirecTV in the rooms and other amenities you would expect at 3+ star hotels (e.g., robes, nice coffee in rooms, etc). The walls do seem sort of thin - you could hear a lot and I wasn't even on the street - but that didn't bother me a ton. You also should definitely plan to have a car if you stay here, as it isn't within walking distance of all that much and is a few miles from Stanford/downtown Palo Alto. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

I stayed here for two nights recently and found it completely satisfying. I stopped by on a previous visit to check out the hotel. The man in the office was very gracious and showed me a room that met my needs. (I wanted to be in a quiet area on the ground floor with easy parking.)

I made a reservation for room 110 and enjoyed my stay. The decor in my room was very 'Zen' - I especially appreciated the toiletries and the lamp at the desk that had a base with plugs for phones, camera battery chargers and the iPad charger. The room wasn't huge but certainly large enough for two people. The chair and ottoman in the corner was an added bonus.

Breakfast was extensive - they had bagels, muffins, cold cereal in one room and another room had eggs and hot food. I grabbed muffins and coffee (coffee is available all day) as I had places to go. In the afternoon they had fresh-baked cookies in the office!

I would say that the price for this motel was very competitive. I searched TripAdvisor for hotels in this area and found the Zen to be VERY reasonable. After driving by some of the other hotels, I was very glad that I chose the Zen Hotel - it was a very nice stay!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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ricberr, General Manager at The Zen Hotel, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for posting these wonderful comments about your stay. We appreciate the time and detail that was put in your review about our hotel. As a “Top Contributor” on Tripadvisor, your perspective is unique and we are very glad to have made a good impression among the many other hotels you have experienced.

We look forward to welcoming you again to The Zen Hotel!

Ricardo Berrospi
General Manager
THE ZEN HOTEL
(650) 493-4492 X 311
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Washington DC
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

We have never been to Palo Alto before and maybe things are just more expensive here. The hotel rate I got was the same as the Grant Hyatt in San Francisco, and higher than Marriott at the Union Square. I had expected something comparable to those two hotels I mentioned.

I was shocked when I saw the motel like exterior. The check-in desk and the breakfast area also looked kind of shabby at night when we arrived. We got room 302 and it was away from the street noise and pretty quiet at night. The room was clean and Asian/Zen inspired decoration. But the room still looked dated with the cream color wall paper and giant A/C unit. The A/C unit was very loud when it was on. The room was either cold (when the A/C was on) or stuffy (when the A/C was off).

Breakfast was pleasant. They had a good selection of good tea, which was very nice.

I don't know what to expect for this area. Maybe this is a nice enough hotel based on what I paid. But I would choose a different hotel the next time I am in the area.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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ricberr, General Manager at The Zen Hotel, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for sharing your experience at our hotel. Although we work hard to offer great value among the available lodging options in Palo Alto, we understand we did not meet your price-product expectations and we are very sorry to learn that. Among the value-added amenities we offer, we believe that our complimentary hot breakfast, Internet, parking and upgraded room amenities such as bathrobes, free bottled water, lip balm, etc. can be differentials that result in great value as compared to nearby hotels. However, your feedback is important for us to continue evaluating our operations and fine tune areas that present an opportunity for improvement.

Thank you for your comments about our breakfast. I am glad you were able to enjoy our selection of Mighty Leaf organic teas.

Your comments are much appreciated. We hope you consider our hotel as an option again when your travels bring you back to Palo Alto.

Best regards,

Ricardo Berrospi
General Manager
THE ZEN HOTEL
650-493-4492 X 311
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

the bath pipes and showers are behind paper thin walls and my bed was next to the bathroom wall, so every night around 1 am and then around 5 am the neighboring rooms started running loud, clattering, long showers, about an hour each... so much for the bad water pressure, that is supposed to help with the drought, people just don't care and want the shampoo out of their hair, also the wifi in my room, which was supposed to be free and strong, was totally unusable,the front desk people couldn't answer any questions about the area,and did not try either

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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ricberr, General Manager at The Zen Hotel, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for your feedback about your stay at The Zen Hotel. I am very sorry to learn that we failed in providing you with a comfortable and restful stay. Please rest assured that the issue you experienced with poor water pressure is an anomaly that will be investigated and corrected by our maintenance department. I am sorry it happened in the room you occupied. I was disappointed as well to see that our Wi-Fi did not work as it is supposed to, especially since we have recently doubled our bandwidth and we have received great comments about our speeds. We understand that fast and reliable Internet connectivity is essential to all our guests. This issue will be followed up and corrected as well.
I would be grateful if you could share the specifics of the information you requested from our Front Desk staff. I did not recognize our commitment to use a YES attitude when approaching all our guests’ questions, and I am very interested in learning first-hand the particulars of your interaction with our staff. If you have time, I can be reached via phone at 650-493-4492 ext 311, or via email to ricardo@thezenhotel.com Thank you again for your candid feedback.

Sincerely,

Ricardo Berrospi
General Manager
THE ZEN HOTEL
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Santa Rosa, California
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38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2014

This hotel is filled with restful, Zen-like simplicity and follows "green" practices. Comfortable, clean, attractive rooms. Cookies in the afternoon, green tea in your room (& coffee if you must), and a nice variety of food for a buffet breakfast, including fresh fruit and yogurt, as well as the usual eggs and pork. We stay here several times a year and it is always a pleasant experience.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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ricberr, Front Office Manager at The Zen Hotel, responded to this review, 25 March 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for all of your positive feedback on your experiences at The Zen Hotel. Thank you for noticing our green practices and small touches that we think set us apart from many of the larger hotels in the area. I am very pleased to see that you always enjoy your stay with us, and I hope that all of your future visits continue to meet or exceed expectations.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts about our hotel.

Best Regards,

Ryan Aldridge
Front Office Manager
THE ZEN HOTEL
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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
192 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2014

The Zen Hotel in Palo Alto is great for a short stay if you are on business trip. It is conveniently located, has ample parking and the service is friendly. The rooms are small, but clean, comfortable and recently renovated. Everything seems to be new and more-or-less good quality. They also claim that they are green. That is, they don't seem to abuse the nature in any way. It really deserves at least 3 1/2 - 4 star rating, but it is a fancy road-side motel (former) and the cost is too high for what you get. That said, definitely go stay there if you can expense it.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Maine
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

The Zen Hotel is close to my ideal for lodging. I have spent several
months out of the last three years there, and in a way which transcends
the cliche, it has been my home away from home. The esprit de corps of
the staff expresses both in their attention to detail in the maintenance
and running of the hotel, and in their kindness and willing attitude
toward their guests. The rooms are tastefully decorated, and the beds
are among the most comfortable anywhere. The breakfast room is lovely,
and the breakfast provided, even lovelier. They serve real food, not
prefabricated breakfast technology, and it is a very pleasant social
environment in which to eat it. The clientele which the Zen attracts is
another mark of how unusual and wonderful this place is. There are, of
course, some of the usual tech crowd who populate Palo Alto these days,
but there are also families and down to earth folks. I grew up in Palo
Alto in the 60's and I find that the Zen has discovered a way to blend
the kindness and humanity of the old Palo Alto with the aesthetics and
high functionality of its current dominant culture-- no mean feat. This
is not just a place I like to stay, this is a place I treasure.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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ricberr, General Manager at The Zen Hotel, responded to this review, 28 February 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you so much for this candid, thoughtful and generous review. I do recognize you as one of our loyal guests we so much appreciate and enjoy having every time your travel plans bring you to Palo Alto. I and the rest of The Zen staff are always very glad to welcome you back and look forward to your next visit.

Thank you again for sharing your feedback with the Tripadvisor community. Take care and see you next time.

Warm regards,

Ricardo Berrospi
General Manager
THE ZEN HOTEL
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Property: The Zen Hotel
Address: 4164 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306-4075
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Region: United States > California > Palo Alto
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Palo Alto
#5 Business Hotel in Palo Alto
#5 Family Hotel in Palo Alto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Zen Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 37
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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