I enjoyed my stay here of several days. Everything about The Fairmount exudes substance, style, and understated elegance. The staff was not just professional, but actually friendly, and I was really impressed with the concierge desk. My room was great, too -- spacious, decorated in light neutral colors that never grow old, and so uncluttered it bordered on bare. The ladies will appreciate the dressing table with a full-size Hollywood-style lighted mirror. It even made IMHOGuy look good!
The bathroom was an awesome sea of marble, with separate tub, shower, and water closet. About twice the size of the average hotel bathroom, it could easily be shared by a couple. It was equipped with huge towels (bath sheets, really) and terry bathrobes.
I was fortunate to have an east-facing room, with a nice view of downtown and the mountains beyond -- much better than the west side, where you would be looking at the planes that fly uncomfortably close to downtown on their approach to the airport.
I did see a few signs that this beauty queen of a hotel is aging a bit -- scuffed-up baseboards, dingy shower grout, thin sheets, a few things like that. And I was much less impressed with the meeting rooms. They were attractive, but the smaller rooms and corridors are on the perimeter of the ballrooms, which makes for a lot of walking. And I never did completely learn to navigate it, so the signage needs to be improved. The chairs, in which I got to sit for hours on end, were quite mediocre -- disappointing in such a classy hotel, in a city fairly dripping with money. I should mention, though, that the location is terrific. It is across the street from the art and science museums; an easy walk to lots of restaurants, coffee shops, and movie theaters; and right on the light rail line that runs to the airport. I don't think you could do much better than that, in San Jose or anywhere else. So if you get a chance to experience The Fairmont San Jose, take it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Refined elegance and sophistication flow into each of the 808 well-appointed non-smoking deluxe guest rooms and suites at The Fairmont San Jose. Located near Silicon Valley in Northern California, this 20-story two tower masterpiece caters to discerning and well-traveled business professionals who expect impeccable quality from their accommodations. Meeting and conference rooms in our San Jose hotel are equipped to handle functions from exquisite receptions to multimedia presentations. Pamper yourself in the luxurious Tova Day Spa where you can relieve the stresses of the 21st century or simply enjoy a quick mani-pedi. A short drive will take you to more than 60 wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountain Appellation, as well as the famous Monterey Peninsula golf courses. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Fairmont San Jose Hotel San Jose
- San Jose Fairmont