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The Sainte Claire
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   302 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113 (Formerly Hyatt Sainte Claire)   |  
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Ranked #26 of 71 hotels in San Jose
Kinston, North Carolina
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15 hotel reviews
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“Pleasant Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

The hotel is an older hotel, yet nicely renovated. The staff was very courteous. There was a new employee covering the front desk alone in the morning, but he was very nice. I dined in the hotel restaurant where the food and atmosphere were good, yet service was slow, but as long as you aren't in a hurry, the experience is enjoyable. There are several other good dining options within walking distance of the hotel.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Placerville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We stayed here one night, as we had tickets for the Andrea Bocelli concert that evening. The hotel is very warm and inviting, staff are very friendly. The hotel was only a mile from the HP Pavilion, so we were able to walk both ways without any problem. The hotel has an "Il Fornaio" Restaurant in it, that also serves breakfast. The staff are great, breakfast was delicious. Surrounding the area are numerous places to eat, a park for children and young families.

The furnishings were comfortable, the HVAC system worked well. No views from the inside courtyard rooms, but no street noise either.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012 via mobile

Stayed over 2 nights for a business trip to visit a client in downtown San Jose so it is just a 10-minute walk for my meetings due to its central location.

Rooms look old and in need of refurbishment, this is still ok but the bed sheets do not smell like they were newly washed.. Kind of 'recycled' feel.. And that is bad.

Kudos to the front desk staff who were friendly and helpful in getting town car bookings for me.

Overall it would have been a much pleasant stay if the sheets were fresh.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pontevedra, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

This is my second night in the hotel.
I've been in several hotels in USA, this is just great, the lobby is amazing, I didn't try the restaurant but the prices are fine for a restaurant hotel. Internet connection in the rooms is really fast.
I would recommend this place.

Room Tip: I heard that a room of the 6th floor is charming... but I doubt that.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Scotts Valley, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

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.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

My wife and I stayed for two nights at the Sainte Claire Hotel in San Jose on our way to Hawaii. The hotel is very nice and the lobby areas are elegant. The room we had was large and comfortable, at a price that was commensurate with others in the downtown area. The staff could not have been more helpful and friendly. The Italian restaurant within the hotel has a terrific menu with reasonable prices (for a quality, well appointed restaurant) and the food was delicious. The downtown location is wonderful - within walking distance of attractions like the Tech Museum, St. Joseph's basilica, etc. It is certainly worthwhile to check out this hotel if you are traveling to San Jose.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

I had a great stay at the Sainte Claire. The staff were friendly and helpful, my room was clean and pretty and the lobby and meeting rooms were really nice. I loved the feel of history in the hotel and the location and price were great. I just have two complaints. One is that yes, the rooms aren't super soundproof to the street, which is to be expected in an older place. I did hear the light rail from my room, but as an urban dweller myself it wasn't that distressing. But if you're sensitive to noise mention it or bring some white noise.

Second, one of the reviews here on Travelocity promised ghosts. I was out quite late and so I was rambling about the hallways well into the witching hours and there was not so much as a peep, no weird chills, no wispy visions and no strange noises. Not so much as a bad dream. So really, if you're looking for haunted houses I wouldn't count on seeing anything odd here.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Sainte Claire

Address: 302 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113 (Formerly Hyatt Sainte Claire)
Location: United States > California > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Sainte Claire 4*
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

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