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“A good option for San Jose”
Review of Fairmont San Jose

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Fairmont San Jose
Ranked #6 of 75 Hotels in San Jose
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329 reviews
109 hotel reviews
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“A good option for San Jose”
Reviewed April 26, 2014

There are a lot of positive things about the Fairmont San Jose. It is well located and has very helpful and pleasant staff. Valet peaking and check in staff are particularly helpful. The rooms are a large and well equipped. They are also very clean.

On the downside, this hotel feels 'tired'. The public areas and the bedrooms are badly in need of renovation. It feels as though this hotel is still stuck in the 1980s.

Now on to a couple of pet hates. Hotel mini bars are often expensive but Fairmont has taken this to a new level. Not only are the prices outrageous but they come with a very hefty 'restocking fee' of 18% on top. There is then the (unavoidable) 8.75% sales tax. Whatever you do make sure you do not put your own items in the refrigerator. You will be charged nearly $20 for using it. Very kindly, they offer to supply you with another refrigerator but you will have to pay $25 for the refrigerator's delivery. Fairmont need to remind themselves that they are meant to be providing a service to customers, not to rip them off. Finally, the decaf coffee served in the lobby bar is an instant variety which is overpriced and disgusting.

In summary, a really good option for a stay in San Jose. Just do not forget to take your own refrigerator.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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FairmontSanJose, Customer Service Representative at Fairmont San Jose, responded to this review, May 2, 2014
Hello,
Thank you for your review. We recognize that there are many options for accommodations at San Jose and we are pleased that you chose to spend your business trip with us.
We really appreciate your feedbacks and give us the opportunity to improve. Thanks again for sharing your experience with everyone on TripAdvisor.
Sincerely,
David H
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Los Gatos, California
2 reviews
Reviewed April 26, 2014

I found this hotel overpriced. is very nice but not worth it... parking is expensive... however is a wonderful location in the downtown. It is clean and friendly but they charge for everything. the carpets on the ballrooms looks like old or dirty.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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FairmontSanJose, Customer Service Representative at Fairmont San Jose, responded to this review, May 2, 2014
Dear Gina,
We are sorry to have disappointed you during your recent visit. We would welcome the opportunity to speak with you directly. Please reach out to our Director of Operations, Lisa Ares, at your earliest convenience. You can directly contact her at Lisa.Ares@fairmont.com .
We look forward to hearing from you.
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David H
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Van Nuys
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

Overall, my stay was disappointing. The room was generally clean, but parking was very expensive and they added a 22% gratuity to their Easter buffet brunch without letting me know and I couldn't cancel when I found out without being charged. The room smelled musty when I checked in, but to their credit housekeeping sprayed something in the room so the smell was gone the second day. I really wanted to like this hotel, but in all honesty, I would find it difficult to recommend. There were just too many issues. As an aside, I went to the Tova Spa (in the hotel) and had a mediocre massage. And dinner at McCormick and Shmicks was also mediocre. Avoid both.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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1 Thank Phil T
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FairmontSanJose, Customer Service Representative at Fairmont San Jose, responded to this review, May 2, 2014
Hello,
Thank you for posting your review on TripAdvisor. It is reviews like these that allow us to find opportunities for improvement and it seems here we have missed the mark. We would like to discuss your experience in further detail. Please reach out to our Director of Operations, Lisa Ares, at your earliest convenience. You can directly contact her at Lisa.Ares@fairmont.com . We are looking forward to improve our service through your recommendations.
Sincerely,
David H
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

I've stayed at the Fairmont 3 times over the last 4 months and have to say that i will no longer stay at another hotel. This place has a great lounge and perfect location. Its very nice, clean and friendly.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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Thank Rene A
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FairmontSanJose, Customer Service Representative at Fairmont San Jose, responded to this review, May 2, 2014
Hello,
We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed the experience staying with us during your business trip in San Jose. Hopefully, you had a chance to see our new chocolate display in the lobby lounge. Thank you very much for your thoughtful words.
Furthermore, we appreciate you for sharing your experience with everyone on TripAdvisor.
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

I stayed at this hotel when I had a conference at the convention center in March. WOW. I was very surprised! Very clean, updated and a great location if you need to stay in the downtown area. Several restaurants within walking distance and a few museums in the area.

The bathroom area was huge and spotless and the bed very comfortable.

My only complaint is the lack of a manual lock at the top of the door that prevents the door from being opened even with a key. Other than that it was perfect!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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Thank mnrbeau1
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FairmontSanJose, Customer Service Representative at Fairmont San Jose, responded to this review, April 24, 2014
Hello,
Thank you for your great review and being a great advocate for our hotel. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience staying with us during your conference in San Jose and we can't wait to welcome you back.
We appreciate you for sharing your experience with everyone on TripAdvisor.
Sincerely,
David H
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Fullerton
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

Good property. Over priced even for the valley. Dishes were dirty at the breakfast café. Overall nice place good location walking distance to great resultants. Not sure the Presidents Club was a value at this property

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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Thank Drew M
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FairmontSanJose, Customer Service Representative at Fairmont San Jose, responded to this review, April 24, 2014
Hello,
We are sorry to have disappointed you during your visit. We would welcome the opportunity to speak with you directly. Please reach out to our Director of Operations, Lisa Ares, at your earliest convenience. You can directly contact her at Lisa.Ares@fairmont.com . We are looking forward to improve our service through your recommendations.

Thank you again for your feedback.
Sincerely,
David H
Customer Service Representative
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

Upkeep of the rooms is fine but I always seem to get rooms with no shower or sink drainage. Why is this ONLY addressed if you complain? Is there no proactive maintenance on these things? Internet not the best especially for a hotel in San Jose/Silicon Valley. Room is noisy - can hear hallway noises - why are the room doors not better designed/sealed like EVERY other Fairmont property I've stayed in.

Really used to like staying here but as is par for the course in the Bay Area; good hotels are hard to find and being mediocre is the new norm.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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1 Thank NickP_LA
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FairmontSanJose, Customer Service Representative at Fairmont San Jose, responded to this review, April 24, 2014
Hello,
Thank you for posting your review on TripAdvisor. It is reviews like these that allow us to find opportunities for improvement and it seems here we have missed the mark. We would like to discuss your experience in further detail. Please reach out to our Director of Operations, Lisa Ares, at your earliest convenience. You can directly contact her at Lisa.Ares@fairmont.com . We are looking forward to improve our service through your recommendations.
Sincerely,
David H
Customer Service Representative
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Property: Fairmont San Jose
Address: 170 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113-2360
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 Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in San Jose
#2 Family Hotel in San Jose
#3 Business Hotel in San Jose
#4 Luxury Hotel in San Jose
#5 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Fairmont San Jose 4.5*
Number of rooms: 808
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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