Area Attractions

Top Palo Alto Attractions Near our Hotel

Iconic attractions, fantastic restaurants and a world-class university – it’s all just moments away when you stay at The Zen Hotel, located in Palo Alto, California.

Our tranquil hotel is set at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay area, which makes us the ideal place to stay if you’re traveling for business, leisure or visiting students at nearby Stanford University. No matter why you’re here, you’ll have no problem finding an array of remarkable things to see and do.

Take a trip to the Golden Gate Bridge, stroll through the stunning Fioli Gardens or explore Monterey Bay. You’ll also be near an array of fine restaurants and fun bars and nightclubs.

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Stanford University

Distance from hotel: 2.2 miles
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Built in 1891 in memory of Leland Stanford, Jr., Stanford University covers 8,180 beautiful acres, centered around the "quad," a complex of classrooms and offices in early-California style.

Stanford Hospital

Distance from hotel: 2.5 miles
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With an unmatched track record of scientific discovery, technological innovation, and translational medicine, Stanford Medicine physicians are pioneering leading-edge therapies today that will change the way health care is delivered tomorrow.

Shoreline Amphitheater

Distance from hotel: 3.5 miles
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Shoreline Amphitheatre is an outdoor amphitheater located in Mountain View, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The venue has a capacity of 22,500, with 6,500 reserved seats and 16,000 general admission on the lawn. Experience the country's largest outdoor concert venue, featuring top music artists and concerts, plus the latest technical and visual sound systems.

Levi’s Stadium

Distance from hotel: 10 miles
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Levi's Stadium is a football stadium located in Santa Clara, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. It has served as the home of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League since 2014. When it’s not hosting home games for the 49ers, this state-of-the-art stadium is the site of the region’s top concerts, sporting events and more. 

Google Headquarters

Distance from hotel: 3.1 miles
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The Googleplex is the corporate headquarters complex of Google, Inc. and its parent company Alphabet Inc., located at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway in Mountain View, California

Stanford Shopping Center

Distance from hotel: 2.5 miles
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The Stanford Shopping Center is the Bay Area's premier shopping destination. Located on the north end of the Stanford University campus. This well-known shopping Center features 140 world-class stores, restaurants, and cafes. Discover an exceptional retail mix including Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy's and Macy's Men's Store, plus Gleim the Jeweler, Tiffany & Co., Polo-Ralph Lauren, Coach, Bally, Armani, MaxMara, Kenneth Cole and Arthur Beren.

California’s Great America

Distance from hotel: 10 Miles
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Distance from hotel: 40 Miles
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Amusement park offers a variety of games & rides right on a mile-long stretch of sandy beach located in Santa Cruz, California

Downtown Palo Alto, University Avenue

Distance from hotel: 2 miles
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Even the most brilliant minds in the world need a place to relax, and this charming college town has a little of everything: bustling coffee shops and sidewalk cafés. Fabulous restaurants. Eclectic locally owned boutiques. A movie theater and plenty of great bars. 

SAP Center in San Jose

Distance from hotel: 17 Miles
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SAP Center at San Jose is an indoor arena located in San Jose, California. Its primary tenant is the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League, for which the arena has earned the nickname "The Shark Tank".

The Zen Hotel

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4164 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA  94306

Our central location makes us the ideal lodging for family, friends or alumni visiting the campus. And since we’re right in Palo Alto, you’ll also be in the perfect spot to enjoy the San Francisco Bay Area’s top attractions