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“Classic hotel in a great spot” 4 of 5 stars
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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 #21 of 72 hotels in San Jose
Hartland, Vermont
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Classic hotel in a great spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I stayed at the Sainte Claire for 3 nights on business in January of 2013. Aside from the fact that San Jose was in the middle of a cold snap (it was 29 in the mornings), I really like this place. It's Old School but in a good way. It has a really nice lobby with plenty of seating and good WiFi. The room was small but clean with all the normal amenities for a business hotel. In a nutshell, I just really liked the look and feel of the place.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 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
    • 3 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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Eagle River, Alaska, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

We stayed one night at the Sainte Claire on a stopover on our way home from Hawaii to Alaska. We arrived just after eight PM and were delighted to be given a complimentary upgrade to the Palm Suite. It was gorgeous and spotless. Very spacious with a large bathroom equippped with a double shower and big separate jacuzzi where we took a lovely soak after dinner. The king bed was very comfortable and the linens were very high quality. Folks at the desk were helpful, courteous and professional. We left wishing we had more time to spend. The ONLY drawback was that the trolley ran right below our window and was a little noisy. Take earplugs. It's also quite convenient to the airport.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

I was only here for one night, seeing a concert at Civic Auditorium (practically across the road), but found it a very nice experience. Yes, some of the features are a little dated, but that's to be expected in a historical hotel, and my room seemed like it had been updated fairly recently. It certainly wasn't dirty! The bed was probably the best thing - I slept like a log.

Location-wise, it's not bad - there's a light rail stop basically right outside which connects to the train station (it's the Convention Center stop, NOT Civic Center, Civic Center is a very different place to Civic Auditorium!).

A few downsides - the room service was incredibly expensive, so I got breakfast after I left, and the heating was extremely loud (I eventually turned it off and just bundled up under my blankets). But generally, it's a comfortable, pleasant location.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

About all I can say good about this hotel is that it is well located and has friendly service. But rooms have a Motel 6 feel. Small, dark and musty. Uncomfortable bed. Kind of a dingy feel all the way around. Not very business friendly. I'm surprised to see it gets 4 stars in TA

Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

I always stay here when I am in San Jose for business. It is a wonderful historical hotel with a wonderful staff. The rooms are comfortable and clean. The hotel is right in the center of downtown, along the central park. Museums and restaurants all within walking distance. The hotel has a great boutique feel! The only negative, both times I have stayed here the fire alarm went off around 2 AM.
Also, free wi-fi!!

Room Tip: Rooms in the back and higher floors are quieter.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012 via mobile

I found this hotel through Priceline, it was one of 2 four star hotels showing up in the downtown San Jose area. The hotel is in a good location, directly across from the Hilton and close to the Hyatt. It's clearly more of a large boutique hotel which is why I chose it. My biggest complaint was lack of counter space in the bathroom which is one of my biggest pet peeves. Also when booking on their website pay close attention to fare rules. I just quickly booked the lowest rate (didn't check any boxes or anything) and wound up booking a government/military rate. I found this annoying as most websites require someone to specifically indicate they are eligible for such a discount. Therefore after figuring it out the room rate was an additional $50 per night. My fault for not paying more attention but I have never had that problem at another hotel. I wouldn't book this hotel again but will stay at the Hyatt or Marriott.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

I have mixed feelings about this place. I'll be honest.

It is an elegant hotel, with great charm. However, everything in this hotel is HISTORIC. With that, I'm referring to cracked wall paint, dingy and outdated elevator, damaged bath tub, the wooden bathroom counter is chipped and cracked, and the carpet must be original.

My room has the loudest vent I have ever experienced. And at the very moment that I'm writing this review, my next door neighbor is having a conversation at noise level, in Korean which I can hear vividly.

In terms of noise, the I hear the traffic outside, the music from the bar across the street and the train when it comes by.

With all that said and done, my room is clean. Not sparkling clean, but clean enough. The staff has been nice.

It's a great 3 star hotel, but most definitely not a 4 star hotel as advertised. I don't like the area it's located in either. Downtown San Jose is not the safest place or the most social. This place is 7 miles away from Santana Row which is the popular shopping district out here.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Sainte Claire

Also Known As:
The Sainte Claire Hotel
The Sainte Claire Hotel San Jose
Larkspur Collection Sainte Claire
Larkspur Collection San Jose
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 ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#5 Best Value Hotel in San Jose
#5 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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