Santa Clara Marriott
This is not my first stay at Santa Clara Marriott, however it is my first review of the hotel. I will try to reflect on my 10+ previous stays, where appropriate, to provide more relevant information.
Hotel is located in Santa Clara and primarily caters for business visitors, however it is one of several better hotels there that are located close to Great America park (0.7 miles walking distance). Other options of decent quality nearby are Hilton Santa Clara and Hyatt Regency Santa Clara (Hilton being closest). Car is certainly required to go pretty much anywhere else. Note that parking (self-parking option) costs $9/day.
The hotel have 3 separate wings - South Tower, North Tower and Courtyard wing. Executive lounge is located at the top of South Tower, however since not so long ago they started to serve lounge breakfast in the bar at the ground floor. I personally would advise against staying at the Courtyard wing due to potential noise from the swimming pool. Either South or North tower are preferable - high floors highly advisable due to chillers on the roof of the restaurant (noisy). For the similar reasons, if you are light sleepers, avoid rooms close to elevators and to vending areas (they are very noisy, but only when operated - so even if they are quiet at the moment of your check-in, it may change).
Santa Clara Marriott have substantial size swimming pool and the hot tub. It can become quite noisy with the children playing in the pool. Fitness center is substantial with lots of cardio equipment, weights and other amenities.
This time around my stay was for 2 nights. I was allocated the room in North tower. When I went upstairs to have a look, room was the one next door to vending/ice and the elevator lobby. As I am light sleeper, and I know that it can be quite noisy, I immediately went back down to the reception and asked to be moved. They said that unfortunately they no longer have any rooms with king size bed available, but there are some availability with 2 double beds. When facing the choice between 2 evils (smaller bed or noisier room), I chose smaller bed. My room was in North tower on the side facing US-101, however motorway noise was not a problem. What was a (usual for this hotel) problem is air-conditioning. Hotel has window a/c units that are usually noisier than built-in units. This time I did not use a/c as it was not hot, but do note.
Room was of adequate size with 2 double beds, writing table/chair, easy chair with journal table and LCD TV. Room has a "balcony" - not a step out balcony but rather a balcony door with mosquito screen. I am not sure anyone will be willing to sleep with balcony door open so close to US-101 but this is an option. Desk lamp was not working so I called engineering. Engineering apologized that they do not have any more desk lamps and offered to move bed-table lamp to the desk, which was fine with me - in a nice gesture engineering person said that he'll tell reception to give some points for inconvenience - several days later 1000 points appeared on the statement. I like when hotels do this without asking. There was no bathrobe/sleepers in the room but I asked and they send it up.
Bathroom has usual set of toiletries, shower over bath, toilet and sink with the mirror.
Internet was free for gold/platinum members and quite fast/reliable. For guests without status I think price is ~$12/day.
Executive lounge served some hot dishes (this time it was chicken "casserole"), soup, salad, nacho chips with salsa, also there was fruit and cheese platter. There was "honor" bar with wines at $6/glass and spirits $8/glass. I am always skeptical when Marriott tells they sell these drinks at a nominal charge - wines were of $6/bottle quality. After ~7pm food was removed and replaced with sweets. Water, coffee and soft drinks are available throughout the day. Breakfast for gold/platinum elite members is served downstairs in the sports bar. Breakfast has reasonable choice of hot food (scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, hash-browns), yoghurts, spreads, tea and coffee (Starbucks). Choice of juices did not include tomato juice, but staff was willing to travel an extra mile, so they fetched me a glass - much appreciated.
Main hotel's restaurant is Parcel 101 which also serves buffet breakfast for hotel guests, and sports bar. Parcel 101 is on expensive side but food quality is decent, sports bar is OK for less casual dining with my favorite being Caesar salad with grilled king prawns and glass of chateau St Michelle Riesling. There is also Starbucks corner in the lobby.
Overall, quite decent hotel, not better or worse than other major chain hotels nearby (e.g. Westin, Hilton) so it essentially comes down to your chain preference.
If anyone has any questions related to this hotel I will be glad to answer (if I know the answer) - just ask.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The second largest Marriott in Northern California, Santa Clara Marriott offers an Ultimate retreat feel in the Heart of Silicon Valley. Our hotel in Santa Clara, California is conveniently located between Monterey and San Francisco near Levi's Stadium and the Santa Clara Convention Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Santa Clara Marriott Hotel Santa Clara
- Marriott Santa Clara