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Dear Prolijo - Where are you?

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Dear Prolijo - Where are you?

Thank you for your response to my post regarding the Holiday Inn San Jose (Aurora). Let me be frank here so that we are clear and hopefully, you can help me:

We are travelling down for my best friend's bachelor party. While I certainly do not want to be a nuisance or disturbance for anyone else, we do plan on having a "very good time". We don't care to have lodgings directly in the middle of partying and loud noise, but we do want to be in reasonably close proximity (no rental car) of the action. We DO NOT want any hassle with regard to bringing "ladies of the evening" back to our place. I would like clean, comfortable, and safe suites, that is what I am looking for - clean, comfortable, and safe...and I would like something good for the price. Again, I would like to show my best friend the time of his life, but I don't wanna see beer bottles in the hallway with the walls shaking to loud music. Would like to be near all the action, not right in it - clean, safe, and comfortable. I'd like a reasonably priced, NICE place for my group.

What do you recommend?

Additionally, is a rental car necessary?

With gratitude

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1. Re: Dear Prolijo - Where are you?

First of all, if you're staying downtown, not only is a rental car NOT necessary it can be an actual hindrance. Driving around downtown is a pain with all the crazy drivers, one way streets and potholes. You can probably lock up your car securely while you're staying at your hotel, but everywhere else it will be just another thing to have to worry about. And finally, taking cabs around downtown is fast, cheap and easily available. Besides, during the day when you aren't going outside of town on various excursions, most of the places you'll probably want to visit are within a short walk of each other.

Now for hotels. I suspected those fees might be a problem. I'd definitely NOT stay at the HI for a bachelor party (or anything else). The Sportsmen's Lodge (www.sportsmenscr.com) is one place you might want to consider. It has a bar with some action but is much more laidback than the infamous Del Rey. Unfortunately its heavily tiled and so can carry noise unless you get a room a little further back off the bar and lobby areas.

Another place to consider is the Amon Plaza which is part of the US-based Clarion hotel chain. Its even more laidback than the Sportsmen's but has its own casino (which you should book through the casino for the best rates www.casino-paradiso.com).

The Presidente is another nice hotel that caters to a mixed crowd. It is also heavily tiled and so can carry noise. They've recently implemented a dress code for chica guests which you might find troublesome but which is designed to help keep its "bachelor party type" guests more quiet and discrete so as not to disturb its regular guests and they don't charge any extra fee.

Those will do for starters. If you want other bachelor party advice I'd rather do that off-line. You can email me at prolijo2004@yahoo.com.

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