After some lackluster stays at other San Jose business hotels, I decided to give La Quinta a try. While I generally wouldn't stay at a La Quinta, it's currently ranked #1 on Tripadvisor, and that was certainly worth the gamble on a one-night stay.
La Quinta doesn't make a tremendous first impression as you approach. It's sign from the highway exit shares space with the sign for the Burger King Drive-In, which is adjacent to the hotel. La Quinta is tucked up against Highway 101 in a commercial/industrial area and consists of two sizeable two story structures.
As I checked in, I got an idea about why La Quinta is so highly ranked. The two desk clerks were friendly, prompt and attentive. We talked about the hotel's #1 ranking, and they take a lot of pride in it. The lobby area is pristine and looks like it was recently renovated. It also featured a small bar and seating area where they serve breakfast. I inquired about buying a bottle of water and rather than having me do so, one of the clerks went into the back and brought back a small gift bag with a bottle of water, a bag of microwave popcorn and a snack bar. Talk about a great first impression!
My room was at the other end of the property on the second floor. The clerk gave me perfect directions as to how to find my room and where to park.
When I entered my room I was impressed - it also looked recently renovated. Everything looked new and worked perfectly. The room felt a bit drafty, but with a quick thermostat adjustment, warm air was soon circulating. The flat screen TV featured far more channels that I usually find at a hotel, although it was lacking pay-per-view options.
I noticed that my room picked up a lot of exterior (road) noise. I wasn't on the highway side, but it was noisy. I'd previously stayed at the Doubletree and, despite having a room there that was within spitting distance of Highway 101, I couldn't hear a thing. That was not the case at La Quinta.
Furthermore, I was woken up early the next morning not by my alarm but the alarm of the person in the room next to mine. I could hear their alarm music clearly, which was a surprise, as there wasn't any kind of passage between the two rooms.
I certainly felt fortunate that they were otherwise quiet neighbors, but soundproofing isn't a strength of this hotel, and my overall rating reflects that.
In addition, my sheets were quite scratchy, which undermined a bed that was otherwise quite comfortable. I would have also appreciated slightly larger bath towels - I'm a larger guy, and those kinds of things do matter to me!
Otherwise, the room was extremely well-appointed. Wi-Fi access was easy, and the speeds were acceptable. The room also featured a pod-based coffee maker, microwave, safe, and mini-fridge. Hot water and water pressure were excellent. The free breakfast featured bacon, eggs, pastries, bagels, cereal, and something I'd never seen before - a self-service waffle iron.
I was left with the impression that this is a hotel chain that really cares about differentiating itself from the competition. The staff is well trained and displayed a personal commitment to my happiness and comfort, which is something I don't always see.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located conveniently next to San Jose International Airport just off US 101, the La Quinta Inn San Jose Airport is in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Our guests can enjoy free shuttle service, free parking during stay, and 24-hour friendly customer service. We are within minutes of companies like eBay, Cisco, Intel, Sony, Lockheed Martin and Sun Micro Systems, as well as attractions such as Paramount Great America, Tech Museum of Innovation, Winchester Mystery House, Great Mall, Santana Row. Stay connected in our business center where you can use our fax and copy services, with free high-speed wireless Internet access. A spacious guest room awaits you loaded with amenities like free high-speed wireless Internet access, a HD TV with 120 channels to choose from, refrigerator, microwave, laptop safe and much more. Enjoy your favorite cocktail, beer, or wine at our Lobby Bar called Naki's Lounge! Wake up on the Bright Side to a Free Breakfast each morning near our lobby. We look forward to seeing you on your next stay in San Jose! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Quinta Inn San Jose Airport Hotel San Jose
- La Quinta San Jose
- San Jose La Quinta