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How to Choose Your San Jose Hotel

With fine restaurants, live music, cool bars, and the proximity to Silicon Valley, it’s no wonder there is a huge amount of hotels in San Jose, California. Choosing the right property is key when planning your stay here, so take a moment to decide what you want to do. Will you attend meetings in the business district? Do you plan to enjoy live music and have drinks in the San Pedro area? Are you going on a shopping spree on Santana Row? Whatever you decide, there is a hotel for you. Five recommendations of places to stay in San Jose follow.

Image by Steven Z via Trover.com

Image by Steven Z via Trover.com

1. Fontaine Inn

This is a budget-friendly, no-frills place for staying a night or two, although the spacious rooms make it comfortable for extended stays. Located near busy Highway 101, Fontaine Inn is very easy to reach and perfect to use as a base for exploring the surroundings. All rooms have refrigerator, microwave, flat-screen TV, coffeemaker, and iron and ironing board. Parking, breakfast, and Wi-Fi complimentary. There is also a sunny pool available.

2. Hotel De Anza

If a bed with a pillowtop mattress, luxury linens, plush bathrobe, and upscale bath amenities are not enough, this boutique hotel in San Jose also offers a delicious (and complimentary!) Midnight Snack Box for satisfying your late-night munchies after a long day. The three different dining options, business center, meeting rooms, conference space, and 24-hour fitness center make Hotel De Anza a perfect choice for business travelers.

3. Hotel Elan

Located just one mile from downtown San Jose, Hotel Elan is an affordable hotel with well-kept, spacious, pet friendly rooms. Free Wi-Fi and complimentary daily newspapers (at your door by request!) will make sure you are comfortable during your Silicon Valley escape. Some rooms have Jacuzzi tubs. Be sure to ask when checking in if this interests you.

4. Hotel Valencia

Hotel Valencia is as boutique as it gets. The property is gorgeous, and pamper guests with elegant rooms, super comfortable beds, class A amenities, nightly turn-down service, free Wi-Fi, and morning papers. Make sure to enjoy sunset drinks at the cool VBar, overlooking Santana Row. The Citrus garden restaurant and the rooftop pool and wine bar (with selections from some of the best California wineries) are also very nice for relaxing and enjoying lovely San Jose weather. The Valencia is slightly more expensive than most San Jose hotels, but booking in advance will get you good deals.

5. La Quinta Inn & Suites San Jose Airport

La Quinta Inn & Suites San Jose Airport is best suitable for business, no-frills, and short stays. Every room has a microwave and small refrigerator. The property offers a complimentary breakfast buffet. Self-parking is free, as are Wi-Fi and wired Internet access. Long-term parking is at surcharge. Just like other La Quinta Inns around the country, this hotel is as functional as possible. If you’re flying to or from San Jose, make use of the hotel’s complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle service.