To begin with, what services and amenities available from a hotel that are considered to make it qualify as the “best” will be different from person to person. For this list price was not a major consideration. This is not just a list of the most expensive hotels but those that offer services and amenities that give each guest a far better hotel experience.
You will find some familiar names on this list, as you should. The brand of any product or service is directly connected with consumer satisfaction, not the number of awards it gets from rating agencies. There is also a hotel or two on the list you may not have heard of unless you have been to San Jose before. This list is in no particular order of preference.
Fairmont San Jose
As a hotel primarily focused on business people, it has everything a traveler will need, including a location in the heart of Silicon Valley. Its 20 stories and more than 730 guest rooms makes finding a room much easier, and for those who are interested in a level up in luxury there are 77 suites available. Each room will have a minibar, spacious work desks, and the requisite computer dataport. When it’s time to relax in the shower, you will find a large bathroom, terrycloth bathrobes, and a separate walk-in shower and bathtub. There are several eating choices within the hotel, including the Bijan Bakery and Café that offers a distinct European sandwich and pastry assortment. After eating you can stop in at the spa or head up top to the rooftop pool.
Hotel Valencia - Santana Row
Described by one guest as a quiet and calm place in the middle of a chaotic city, Hotel Valencia is located on the main street of restaurants and shops in San Jose. Location is a paramount consideration for a hotel, and this hotel is just a few minutes away from everything you want to do during your stay. You will not only find a roomy room but you don’t get that sense of the room being well-worn by guests over the years. Everything seems to be just the right size, including the gym and outside pool. Oh, and it is the only hotel on Santana Row.
Dolce Hayes Mansion
If this sounds more like an expensive place for the super wealthy, you are partially correct. It’s actually for people who want a special place to stay that has amazing rooms and a great view for a reasonably affordable price. If you fly into the San Jose airport you will only 15 minutes away from this location. You can choose from a basic room, a suite, or one of their parlors. Designed to meet both business and personal travel, the rooms have the WiFi and working space to keep you connected and functional. Parlors and suites have an upgraded flat screen television with living room space for you to stretch out on. For dining you should stop by the 170 seat Silver Creek Restaurant for an excellent choice of meals in a room with a view.
Hotel De Anza
One of the more historic hotels in San Jose, Hotel De Anza was built in 1931, though it might be hard to realize this upon arriving. Located in downtown San Jose, you can get out and see some of the more tourist oriented sites such as the SAP Center where the NHL San Jose Sharks play. If you want to settle in to something less hectic, you can opt for an Italian option at La Pastaia, an award winning Italian restaurant. You can sit back and listen to some jazz music in the Hedley Club Lounge, which is a preferred place for former guests of the hotel. As for the rooms, they are on the smallish side for some people’s tastes, but this is typical for the older hotels. Yet you get the modern conveniences such as Wi-Fi and iHome radio. A final very nice touch is their Midnight Sandwich Box, available for the night owls who get the munchies. It has a sandwich chips, and candy as a complimentary offering – just by asking.
The Westin San Jose
Westin is one of the more nationally known brands of hotels, and it comes with a solid reputation. With the business traveler in mind, the rooms are WiFi ready and equipped with a coffeemaker that is primed for the guest offering of Starbucks coffee. There is the Il Fornaio in-house restaurant that has some interesting Italian faire. What stands out for many former guests is the high degree of customer service and attention to detail that makes staying here an enjoyable experience.
You can see this list has something for everyone, whether you prefer a brand name, a local historic touch, or a business-oriented working environment. These choices tell the story of how hospitable a place the city of San Jose can be.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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