I stayed at the hotel for three nights while attending a conference. My arrival was compromised by the fact that my airline had lost my bag, but the staff checked me in very smoothly when I arrived at 1pm, and later sorted me out with amenities, made a good suggestion about where to get replacement items.
Many such hotels in suburban locations have a rather sterile feel to them. I would not say that the Hilton was able to completely avoid this, but I thought the design of the entrance to the lobby was actually quite grand and generous, and the decor of the lobby was tastefully done, with some unusual pieces of statuary, rough hewn and done in the Internationalist style. The high ceilings, well designed layout of the lobby and above all the very friendly staff make a positive initial impression.
As mentioned, the check in process was incredibly smooth, and I was up to my room in 2 minutes. The room itself was large, spacious, and filled with light. Internet charges are about US$10 per day, which is not terrible, and if you are an HHonors member they'll give you access to the lounge for breakfast.
I ate twice at La Fontana restaurant, once for breakfast, when I had a delicious omelette, and once for dinner, when I ate a fish taco, quite a pleasant experience. I would not describe it as haute cuisine, but simple and appetizing. The adjoining bar always had people inside, and gave a certain sense of life to the main lobby area.
It was directly across the street from the Convention Center, where I had my conference, and walking over was fairly elementary. The South Bay is a terrible place not to have wheels, but for those unprepared to drive, there is a VTA Light Rail station right next to the hotel that can provide adequate connections between Mountain View, San Jose and Campbell. I normally drive but did not bother getting a car this time since I knew I'd be at my conference the whole time. Having access to the train came in handy in getting to the Great Mall to get clothes while I waited a couple of days for my bag to be delivered. There's really not much around the area except for the Great America theme park, but for urban life one would hardly come to the South Bay then eh?
I enjoyed my experience at the hotel overall. I found all the staff gracious and friendly, which is what really distinguished the property from others I've been to in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Hilton Santa Clara hotel. This stylish and sophisticated hotel boasts an ideal location adjacent to California's Great America theme park and directly across from the Santa Clara Convention Center. Located just 20 minutes from the San Jose International Airport (SJC),in the heart of Silicon Valley. We are also within a five-minute walk of Levi's Stadium - home of the San Francisco 49ers. Plunge into the sparkling outdoor swimming pool or keep fit in the fitness center, fully equipped with ellipticals, bikes, treadmills and weights. Relax in the whirlpool, or enjoy fresh, rich espresso-style beverages in the hotel coffee bar. Savor California and Mediterranean cuisine in the award-winning La Fontana restaurant. Relax and unwind in a spacious guest room decorated in soft, calm tones and featuring internet access. Please note our parking policy on game/event days at Levi's Stadium. Parking will be limited to one car per registered guest room and in accordance with your check-in and check-out times. Guests checking out the day of a game/event will not be permitted to leave their vehicle on hotel property after the hotel check-out time. Late check-out will not be permitted on game/event days. We appreciate your understanding. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Santa Clara Hotel Santa Clara
- Hilton Hotel Santa Clara