This is a "find"! I've been going to conventions in San Jose ever since their conference center opened, and I've stayed in all the hotels around the center: the Fairmont, the Sainte Claire (my favorite), the Hilton, the Marriott. But they're all way over $100/night, sometimes approaching $200. Plus $15 or so a day for Internet access. Plus another $15 or $20 for parking. But I booked a room in the Arena at $54 + tax, with free Internet, free parking and ... free breakfast and heavy hors d’oeuvres in the evening.
They call the hors d’oeuvres "dinner," but that's stretching it a bit. Still, nice cheese & crackers, and beef tacos the night I was there, all you can eat. Better than you'll get at the Fairmont! Breakfast is very nice, eggs, hot cakes, and a selection of both healthy and sugar cereals. Plenty of tables in the large dining area.
The rooms aren't new, but what do you expect for $54? The bed was fine, comfortable, and the furnishings were okay. Micorwave and refrigerator were nice, but with the meals downstairs, I didn't really need them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arena Hotel features 89 spacious guestrooms offering floor plans from Deluxe King Rooms, Double Queen Rooms, to Deluxe suites. We offer corporate rates, AARP rates, and extended stay rates. We are located within walking distance to downtown San Jose and HP Pavilion. Enjoy our complimentary breakfast and dinner services during your stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arena Hotel San Jose
- Arena San Jose