Hotel Valencia Santana Row
What We Love
- The outdoor pool and hot tub, open year round
- Artfully plated California modern cuisine at moody restaurant Citrus
- The inviting balcony at Vbar, with its views over buzzy Santana Row
- 24-hour room service
What To Know
- In classic Silicon Valley fashion, the hotel plays host to plenty of corporate meetings
- Free WiFi
- This is the only hotel on Santana Row, the popular shopping and dining neighborhood
- Continental breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A cross between a Mediterranean mansion and a slick metropolitan boutique hotel, this 212-room San Jose stay offers something for both expense account-wielding execs and cool-seeking vacationers. Interiors tend towards clean-lined minimalism and a sleek black and white palette, while the pool and restaurants exude a more European vibe, with warm tones, classic columns and arches, and sprays of vibrant bougainvillea. Enjoy stunning sunset views beside a glowing fire pit at the rooftop wine bar Cielo, then head through the sheer curtains at the entrance of glam restaurant Citrus for Californian coastal cuisine featuring locally-sourced sustainable meats and seafood.
In the Area
Start by exploring the vibrant, palm tree-lined boulevard that is Santana Row, a fun laid-back neighborhood crammed with upscale restaurants, bars and boutiques. Then visit the feted San Jose Museum of Art, known for its impressive permanent collection of contemporary West Coast art. Oenophiles should head a little further afield on a Silicon Valley wine tasting mission, stopping at cellar doors like Bargetto Winery, known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and Morgan Hill Cellars, founded in 1913 and one of the oldest wineries in the Santa Clara Valley.
How to Get There
Very nice hotel and staff. Rooms are smartly appointed and beds comfy. Staff is attentive. Common areas are lovely. Free breakfast was ok, but free. Enjoyed staying here again after many years. Only downside is the south bay is devoid of any authentic culture and Santana Row is a trendy spot for techies. But if you have to stay in SJ, this is one of the few spots that are nice. Put this hotel is a real city and its a true 5-star.
Hotel Valencia is an extremely expensive, average hotel. I assume the cost is due to the location in Santana Row. While the hotel is very nice and clean, I did not see how the room charge was justified. The room was of average size, had a comfortable bed, but nothing really stood out about it. I will say that all of the staff there are very kind and helpful.
We love this hotel. It's a shame it's not adult only as it has that feel to it and sadly the families overran the place this visit. No beds by the pool as they reserved them then disappeared for two hours. We stayed at this time as we had a flight the next day but would definitely not stay again on a holiday time.