Okay, so I took a gamble and bid on Priceline for a 4 star hotel in San Jose. Of course, you don't get to pick which one and got stuck with the Marriot. This hotel is not bad in theory, but it sucks to get stuck with it on Priceline. For one thing, the whole point of bidding on Priceline was to save some cash, right. We've had some great experiences getting good deals with bids, but in areas more luxurious than San Jose, and usually we only bid for a 3 or 3 and a half star, so I thought why not go all out on a 4 star bid, low-balling at 80 bux (which after taxes and other b.s. turned out to be 100 a night.) We stayed for two nights.
The problem with getting stuck at the Marriot was their ridiculous charges for, practically forced, valet parking and internet use. Parking was $26 per night and internet was a ridiculous $13 per night (that's what I pay for a month of internet at home.) This may or may not be what is the usual at a place like this. I don't know, we normally never have to pay for parking or internet when we stay places. So what this amounted to was an extra $78 for the two nights, a major bummer, because I would have selected a hotel that didn't have those charges or parking situation for the roughly $137 per night. To avoid the valet charge, there is the option of parking in a garage that is a 1/4 mile down market street for a reasonable $7 a night. We did not choose to do this because it would be ridiculous to carry all that luggage down the street. It was inconvenient, and we were tired from the drive.
The hotel/room itself:
1. The view was fairly nice.
2. I wish there would have been a little balcony, as it is a non-smoking building entirely, and you have to go all the way down to floor 1 to catch a smoke break (I guess it's time to quit.)
3. The king bed was very comfortable with a ton of big pillows. The room was very tiny.
4. Went swimming, and the pool was not heated, so very cold!
5. The amenities sucked in general! NO REFRIGERATOR! NO MICROWAVE for dinner leftovers! They hella want you to order off their ridiculous priced room-service menu or go to their pretentious lala land restaurant. Eggs are like 15 bucks.
6. The bath tub was very tiny, no room for the two of us lol : (
7. Knowing the gouging with the parking and internet, I didn't want to have a bell boy carry the luggage cart up to the room because I didn't want to tip any extra money. They wouldn't let me take up my own luggage, so there was more money spent on an unnecessary tip.
8. Service and concierge was very accommodating. The valet service was actually pretty awesome but would prefer to park myself for free. If valet was maybe 10 bucks a night, I could afford to tip the valets, I know they were waiting for it, sorry little buddy.
9. Location was pretty prime, it was in the center of everything we were in San Jose to see, but then again I don't know the whole of San Jose too well.
10. The crowd that was in their outrageous fancy bar, Tanq, turned me off.
Anyway, diary of a man caught up in the working poor America. Occupy Wall St.!
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