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Surrounded by the rolling hills of Silicon Valley, San Jose is where history, innovation and outdoor recreation meet. A hub for business and leisure travelers alike, the picturesque landscapes, quirky museums and attractions such as the San Pedro Public Market and the SAP hockey arena and concert venue provide entertainment options for visitors. When searching for a place to rest, be aware that hotel prices are higher than many expect, but several quality hotels are available. Here are the best hotels in San Jose, Calif.
Best Overall: HYATT House San Jose Silicon Valley
No matter what reason brings you to San Jose, The HYATT House San Jose Silicon Valley offers comfort, amenities and convenience for families, couples or business travelers. Standard Rooms include a free hot breakfast and Wi-Fi, plus modern décor, soft bedding, microwaves and mini refrigerators. Guests can go for a swim in the outdoor pool or work out in the fitness center. The hotel has a 24-hour market and a chic bar for cocktails, American fare and socializing. A free shuttle transports guests within five miles of the hotel to the airport, California’s Great America theme park and the Santa Clara Convention Center. Guests can also walk to Levi Stadium and several restaurants and bars.
Best Luxury: Dolce Hayes Mansion
If you are looking for a peaceful, luxurious hotel in San Jose, consider the Dolce Hayes Mansion, a 214-room hotel located in the scenic outskirts of San Jose. The 100-year-old estate is located 15 miles from San Jose airport and is surrounded by gardens and mountains. Elegant rooms have a minimum of 340 square feet of space and are made of wood and marble with plush bedding, separate showers and soaking tubs. Guests can unwind in the full-service spa for hot stone massages, facials and other body treatments. There's also an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, an 18-hole golf course and three restaurants.
Best Nightlife: Hotel de Anza
The historic, Art Deco-era Hotel de Anza is steps away from bars, restaurants and the SAP Center concert venue, making it an excellent choice for travelers seeking the nightlife in San Jose. With a minimum of 218 square feet of space, some Standard Rooms are a tad on the small side, but are stylishly designed and feature amenities such as docking stations, plush robes, mini refrigerators and glass-enclosed showers. The hotel has two dining options: an award-winning Italian restaurant and a casual café, while the Hedley Club is perfect for live jazz and craft cocktails by the fireplace lounge. Guests can walk from the hotel to the trendy San Pedro Square, SoFA District or Japan Town.
Best for Families: The Hampton Inn and Suites San Jose
The Hampton Inn and Suites San Jose is a reliable choice for families, with comfortable accommodations and amenities that the famous brand is known for. Guests enjoy free parking at the hotel, a hot breakfast buffet and wireless Internet. The outdoor pool is a great place to relax after a day exploring. Parents can burn off some stress in the fitness center or enjoy the evening reception of snacks and drinks during the week. Each of the 80 guestrooms are spotless, with soft, premium bedding, a microwave, sofa and mini refrigerators. The hotel is located nine miles from downtown, near the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo and the Rockin’ Jump trampoline park.
Best Boutique: Hotel Clariana
If you prefer a boutique hotel experience, the Hotel Clariana is a recently remodeled hotel that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1913, the hotel has a unique turquoise exterior and classic classical Beaux-Arts style architecture, but modern amenities such as a business center, fitness center and guest lounge. For a historic hotel, rooms are fairly spacious with a minimum of 310 square feet of space and Keurig coffee makers, tile bathrooms, USB charging stations and mini refrigerators. If you are sensitive to noise, request a stay away from the street (the windows are not soundproof). The hotel is located in the center of downtown San Jose and free on-site parking is available.
Best City Center: Westin San Jose
For a central stay that puts you in the heart of downtown, the Westin San Jose is an excellent choice that makes it easy to visit attractions such as the San Jose Museum of Art, California Theater and Santana Row. Built in 1926, the hotel was considered San Jose’s “million-dollar hotel,” and still maintains its glamour, sophistication, plus modern comforts. Traditional Rooms have a minimum of 220 square feet of space, mini refrigerators and plush bedding. The hotel also offers guests a fitness center, business center, in-room dining and an Italian restaurant. The Westin is within walking distance to the SAP Center, the convention center and the children’s museum. Pets are welcome free of charge, but valet parking is additional.
Best for Romance: Hotel Valencia Santana Row
If romance brings you to San Jose, the Hotel Valencia Santana Row is an excellent place for couples to stay. The 215-room hotel is perched in Silicon Valley’s shopping center with restaurants and boutiques just steps away. Rooms have custom-designed oak furnishings and headboards, a minimum of 350 square feet of space, plantation shutters, private balconies (in some) with views of the courtyard or Santana Row, as well as specialty bathrobes. Couples can dine at the elegant tapas restaurant or al fresco at the wine terrace. There’s also a lovely outdoor swimming pool. In the evenings, guests can visit two swanky bars – including one rooftop bar overlooking the city. Romance packages are available.
Best Business: The Fairmont San Jose
San Jose is a business traveler’s mecca and the Fairmont San Jose tops the list of business hotels for its convenient location, high-end accommodations and business-friendly amenities. With a 24-hour automated business center, 65,000 square feet of meeting and event space, audio visual equipment and catering options, it’s a top choice for events. After work, guests can unwind in the beautiful rooftop pool, relax with a spa treatment or unwind in one of five restaurants and bars serving California fare and craft cocktails. Each of the 731 spacious guestrooms have marble baths with separate showers, luxurious beds, and fantastic views. The San Jose McEnery Convention Center is within walking distance, as are numerous restaurants and bars.
Best Budget: Flamingo Motel
With most hotel prices in San Jose hovering well over $200, the Flamingo Motel is a hidden gem for budget travelers. With neon lights on the exterior, the 23-room motel gives off a “retro” vibe; it's clean, convenient and affordable. Many guestrooms have fully equipped kitchens – perfect for longer stays – but they all have the basics including microwaves, Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions and mini refrigerators. Located within walking distance to the SAP Center, as well as several restaurants and bars, it is possible to leave the car at the motel and avoid morning traffic (free parking is available). TripAdvisor members felt that it was a great value and noted that the owners will go out of their way to make guests comfortable.