We stayed at the Cypress while in town for the Monkees concert at the Flint Center. As it turned out, we had the happy surprise of meeting 2 of the guys themselves, plus entourage, who were also staying at the hotel! So this was truly a trip of a lifetime for this lifelong Monkees fan. But I digress, back to the hotel itself....
There were renovations going on, so I was a little let down when we first got there to see the steel beam frames blocking part of the entrance. It made getting into and out of the parking garage a little difficult if there were several cars trying to do the same thing. However, once in the garage, there was a door directly into the hotel so we didn't have to worry about maneuvering around that mess to get in. As a dog lover, I really enjoyed seeing the pet station outside the front door with two bowls of water and dog biscuits. Any hotel that caters to pets is tops in my book! :)
The front desk staff was very friendly, the check in was quick and efficient and they filled us in on places to eat and all kinds of other information. A nice touch was the bowl of fresh fruit on the counter, I loved having access to healthy snacks after a long day of exploring the area. It was really nice to be greeted like old friends by the staff every time we walked in. We were only there for 2 nights but it felt like home while we were there. All the staff was great, you could stop anyone and ask them a question and they would either help or find someone who could. We've stayed at many hotels where we didn't feel so welcome, so thank you to everyone who works there for making our stay so pleasant.
Our favorite surprise was the wine hour--free wine and apps from 5-6pm. What a fantastic perk! We took advantage both nights and not only had some good wine, but met a lot of wonderful people and made some new friends. Another wonderful surprise was the free courtesy shuttle! When I expressed concern at the wine hour about the large number of people drinking and obviously heading out afterward, we were told that there was a shuttle that drives guests to wherever they're going! We signed on immediately to have the shuttle drive us to the concert. How wonderful to be able to enjoy our wine then head over for a great night of music without having to worry about traffic and parking!
The room itself was very nice, I loved the funky decor and it was well appointed with everything we needed to be comfortable. We were told that the rooms were about to be renovated, so they would be even nicer afterward. I loved the animal print bathrobes for our use, and the bathroom had the usual amenities--toiletries, hairdryer, etc. My only quibble is that there was a mini bar but no way to use it as a fridge--it would have been nice to be able to stick my milk in there to keep it cold.
The location was great, close to many eateries and shopping. A guy at the bar gave us a great tip on where to go hiking so we got to go explore an area we wouldn't have otherwise known about. Check out Rancho San Antonio, there are lots of different trails and was a very pleasant way to get out and enjoy the gorgeous weather we enjoyed while we were in Cupertino.
So, if you're looking for a great place to stay in Cupertino, I don't think you can do better than the Cypress. If we were ever to return to the area, this is where we would stay, without question. Happy travels! :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The only Silicon Valley hotel of its kind, the Cypress Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, offers sophisticated style and luxurious comfort. Reminiscent of a Mediterranean villa, this boutique hotel in the heart of Cupertino promises a soothing refuge from the daily grind. Savvy travelers will appreciate the incomparable service, sumptuous amenities and state-of-the-art design of this cutting-edge hotel, and the welcoming Park Place Restaurant, adjacent to the Cypress Hotel, makes for a convenient dining destination. ... more less
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