At first glance, The Valencia Hotel had to win me over. It had the kind of dark-wood interior that I associate with private clubs where men sit around and smoke cigars. However, the hotel won me over pretty quickly.
- The rooms are quiet and well-appointed. There is the large-screen TV with a good range of TV channels, including a program guide. I even found an ambient content channel that provided soothing company while I got ready in the mornings.
- The rooms have the quietest air conditioning I've ever experienced (and I've experienced a lot). It's whisper quiet.
- The beds are very comfy, and the pillows are heavenly. (Though the last day they must have flipped the mattress because it suddenly became so tall, I couldn't climb onto it!)
- FREE IN-ROOM WIFI. There's actually a cabled connection, as well, in case the wifi isn't strong enough. This made my stay infinitely more pleasant, as I ended up using it a fair bit at night.
- Lovely breakfast. It is included in the price, and has a good balance of protein and carbs. Each day, the recipes varied so I didn't get bored with eggs. And they had a great variety of tea - I have a fondness for genmaiche tea, and they had a good-quality variety.
- Free self-parking. This was a little tricky as the parking lot around the corner always seems to be full. Every night but one, I found a spot, though. The night I couldn't find a spot, I handed over the keys to the valet, who whisked the car away to be parked.
- The views. From rooftop bar to lovely courtyard, it's a sight for sore eyes.
- Lots of shopping. It's on one of those rows of high-end shops with chi-chi everything. It's not my thing, but the other two people I travelled with seemed to enjoy the selections.
- The rooms are filled with mood lighting (the older you get, the more light you need to see properly) so if you're there on business and need to work, you really do need to position yourself under one of the lights.
- The chair to sit on while working is uncomfortable. It is woven something-or-other, and meant for very tall people. To keep my legs from going numb, I had to pile on some pillows and turn the trash bin on its side as a kind of footstool.
Overall, this is a luxury hotel and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Valencia Santana Row
- Valencia Santana Row Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Valencia Santana Row is the only hotel located on Santana Row! Our boutique hotel in San Jose, CA is at the center of all the excitement, entertainment, shopping and dining on Santana Row and near the Silicon Valley and Cupertino. Hotel Valencia is ideal for a romantic or weekend getaway, a business trip or corporate group or convention. See and be seen at our hip and swanky Vbar or dine in the acclaimed Citrus Restaurant. Hotel Valencia Santana Row invites guest to experience luxury with our 212 rooms and suites and experience exceptional service and surroundings during your stay. ... more less
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