Friday, April 11, 2008
Hotel Valencia - Santana Row "Jewel in the Silicon Valley"
Hotel Valencia, A Preferred Hotels and Resorts "I Prefer" loyalty program member hotel
Santana Row shopping district
I first became aware of the Santana Row high end shopping district of San Jose when the original buildings burned down in a huge fire just as the shopping street was soon to open in 2002. The street Santana Row reminds me of the shopping centers of the fashionable shopping centers of Las Vegas with the palm trees and Disneyesque facades. There is a Borders bookstore amid the Gucci and Burberry shops. The real pleasure of the street is the Hotel Valencia, a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts. and a participant in the "I Prefer" hotel loyalty program.
Hotel Valencia courtyard fountain
This hotel is urban boutique and chic. I could try to think of descriptors for the rooms, courtyard, bar, and public spaces, but their website is accurately descriptive in parts I reviewed and the hotel is impressive for an urban boutique hotel as may be seen in photos. This is the premier hotel in the San Jose area as far as I have seen in the Silicon Valley. I guess there is also the Four Seasons in East Palo Alto if you really seek a luxury hotel in Silicon Valley, and the Four Seasons is within walking distance of IKEA or a ride to Stanford Shopping Mall. Hotel Valencia is a comfortable hotel getaway in the middle of the city.
Even the reviews on TripAdvisor are mostly highly favorable of the Hotel Valencia experience.
View to west from 7th floor Cielo restaurant patio
5th floor Ayoma Spa. The pattern effect on the walls is created by metal grate covering ceiling lights and is featured on all room floors. The lighting design is so inexpensively clever.
Rooftop 5th floor swimming pool and hot tub overlooks Santana Row on the right and the hotel courtyard on the left.
Mood lighting in the VBar.
Hotel Valencia, Santana Row, San Jose, California
Member of "I Prefer" hotel loyalty program.