After reading about the purchase by Westin I decided to give it a try while attending a function with some friends downtown. Big mistake.
The lobby area is grand and elegant in an old hotel kind of way but the rooms are a disappointment.
We stayed in a "mini suite" , it was smaller than a regular room at a cheap hotel. No table and chairs, no microwave, no place to plug in your iPod etc. Rooms are old and outdated, bathrooms are small, cramped and dark. If you want a bathrobe in your room you must request it in advance. The beds are nothing special and I could hear clearly the conversations being held by the people in the adjoining rooms.
If you want a newspaper in the morning you have to get dressed and go down to the lobby in the am to get it and you'd better go VERY early, when I got down there they told me, "Oh, we have a lot of guests so there aren't any left"
I spoke with an employee who advised me they won't be redoing the hotel to Westin Standards till after June of 2013. Maybe we'll give them another try, but with the Marriot across the street and the Fairmont a few blocks away I don't think so.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sainte Claire is one of California’s genuine grand landmarks – a stately hotel with majestic, plush interiors situated in the heart of downtown San Jose. This landmark embraces the character of yesteryear and greets the innovators of tomorrow with luxurious modern amenities and timeless service, from complimentary wireless high speed internet to the full service business center and the knowledgeable Concierge. Additionally, the hotel offers signature amenities, including L’Occitane bath and body products, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Relaxing and comfortable, yet inspiring and sophisticated – The Sainte Claire truly offers the best of both worlds. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Sainte Claire Hotel San Jose
- Larkspur Collection Sainte Claire
- Larkspur Collection San Jose