The Fairmont San Jose
What We Love
- The spa’s signature therapy treatment uses a hot poultice filled with organic ginger, lemongrass and herbs
- The Lobby Lounge pours local craft suds and shakes up more than 500 kinds of martini
- Spacious accommodations start at 450 square feet
What To Know
- There’s a heated outdoor pool on the fourth floor that’s lined with cushioned loungers
- Located near Silicon Valley, the hotel caters to business travelers, but it’s also within walking distance of theaters, museums and restaurants
- Parking On Site
Near the heart of Silicon Valley’s business hub, the Four Diamond, 20-story Fairmont San Jose has 808 well-appointed rooms and suites located in two towers. The accommodations start at 450 square feet and feature a beige and taupe color scheme, 32-inch flat-screen TVs and modern marble bathrooms with fluffy robes and separate tubs and walk-in showers. Some suites also offer separate bedrooms, dining areas, decorative fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. For a bit of relaxation, carve out some time to visit the Tova Day Spa, which has a full selection of treatments ranging from hot stone massages to the signature therapy, which uses a hot poultice filled with organic ginger, lemongrass and herbs. When hunger strikes, several restaurant options are available. The Fountain, a casual breakfast and lunch spot, dishes up huevos rancheros, organic kale salads with pecorino and champagne vinaigrette, and short rib and sirloin burgers with miso aioli. Elsewhere, there’s McCormick and Schmick’s for seafood, and if you’re in the mood for a libation, the Lobby Lounge pours local craft suds and shakes up more than 500 kinds of martini.
In the Area
Some of San Jose’s best attractions are just steps from the hotel, including the San Jose Museum of Art, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, and Opera San Jose. Nearby is the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium and the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden, and a short drive will get you to more than 60 wineries and several Monterey Peninsula golf courses. Looking to flex that plastic? Head to Santana Row, a multiuse complex with more than 70 shops and 20 restaurants. For dinner make reservations at Nemea for Greek fare, then make your way to the Single Barrel, a speakeasy-style bar with world class cocktails and fine cigars.
How to Get There
Booked the hotel for the 1st time to stay after the Adrea Bocheli Concert at SAP Center. Hotel is in Very Fine condition, roomy and well furnished, Elevators are swift and very quiet. Staff is attentive and responsive even on a very busy weekend.
Was able to walk to and from the SAP concert in about 15-minutes in safety and many others at the hotel did the same.
We are gonna do this again - hopefully at least once a year!!!
Seamless arrival and check in experience, a spacious room, great friendly Housekeeping service, fun time at the pool with my kids, quick and efficient room service dinner, an easy walk to the SAP Center, a great night sleep, and a wonderful brunch the next morning, all topped off with great friendly service - all in all a great weekend getaway.
The Fairmont easily accommodated the large influx of temporary residents experience during FanimeCon 2018. As with any convention, there are always worries around a hotel's ability to streamline various logistic processes such as checkin, checkout, bag check and valet. The Fairmont and it's staff clearly had experience with convention volumes and each of these activities took less than 10 minutes including wait times.
My only critique was the long elevator wait times, which were especially long during checkout (30 min+). However, I was informed that the Fairmont is going to refit their elevators with a modern system.
This Fairmont location also exhibits a lovely Victorian-like gothic architecture which contrasts with many of the modern, colonial, and brutalist architecture of downtown San Jose. The design and art works inside are stunning, especially in the larger ballrooms which have decorative ceilings.
Hotel was actually quite nice and fancy. I had a great stay up to the point where they overcharged me by $500 and didn't even pretend to care. Check your bill!!
Otherwise, everything else was perfectly fine. Second you are on your way out, though, is a different story.
Fairmont delivers in San Jose. Hopefully with the change in ownership won’t change what we have become to expect from Fairmont. Very friendly and helpful staff. Our room was in a new renovated area of hotel