Stayed 3 nights. As others have noted, it is close to downtown -- I walked there in about 10 minutes -- and very close to HP Pavillion. The lobby and rooms have the sickly sweet stench of industrial-strength cleaning products. Most areas of the hotel are reasonably clean, though not incredibly so: I found a cleaning-person's hair stuck to the "sanitized for your protection" band around the toilet seat, and another (which appeared to be from the same person) stuck to one of my bath towels. The jacuzzi tub was ridiculously large, and the sliding shower door had to be lifted off of its rail and replaced to close the shower.
I suspect the people who think the breakfast was great eat a lot of microwaveable and instant food. That's pretty much what was on offer: Reheated frozen French toast and pancakes, sausage links, pre-cooked bacon, instant scrambled eggs, pouches of instant oatmeal, canned fruit, etc. Quite a lot of the food seems to go straight into the garbage after a couple of bites. There's tip jar in case you feel like leaving a little cash for the invisible staff of this "restaurant." I highly recommend skipping the breakfast and going across the street to Hannah's Cafe -- it isn't free, but you'll get a wonderful breakfast for the same or less than what you would pay at a downtown hotel.
There is not a lot in area around the hotel, and aside from Hannah's and the Bluefin (also across the street), the closest restaurants will be found about a 5-minute walk up The Alameda in the direction away from the arena. The neighborhood looks a bit sketchy and it is not exactly crowded, but even a couple of hours after dark there were still people walking alone and even women jogging solo.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arena Hotel features 89 spacious guestrooms offering floor plans from Deluxe King Rooms, Double Queen Rooms, to Deluxe suites. We offer corporate rates, AARP rates, and extended stay rates. We are located within walking distance to downtown San Jose and HP Pavilion. Enjoy our complimentary breakfast and dinner services during your stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arena Hotel San Jose
- Arena San Jose