I have stayed at this hotel probably 10 times in the last 4 years. Typically from Sunday to Friday, sometimes Sunday-Friday the next week. So lots of days. The suite model is really nice. The separate bedroom helps shield you from hallway noise. Bed is comfortable. Living room is nice, wireless and wired internet works great. Bathroom (tub/toilet) is separate from wash basin so that is nice for families. Breakfast buffet is great although I don't eat most of what gets served. I imagine for most it will be a party to eat there with eggs to order, waffles, pancakes, meat, potatoes, fruit, pastries. I generally stick with rice and miso soup. The made to order omelets are a bit less desirable because they are made in advance and then filled with whatever and then heated. Still, excellent breakfast buffet.
The TV on the other hand is laughably bad. Two nice HD flatscreens but nothing on them. There are a handful of SD (low def) TV channels and a 1980's era hotel movie net. The TV's are of course set for 16:9 aspect ratio which makes everyone look bloated when you watch SD. So every time you turn on the TV you have to change the aspect ratio. If you then watch a movie channel that is letter boxing an HD movie (black bars top and bottom) you are watching a tiny grainy picture on a large TV. Sad really. To make matters worse you can't even plug in your own DVD player in the living room. Lots of hotels have an HDMI connector exposed or even wired to a dedicated spot in the TV furniture. What a waste of perfectly good TVs that you don't even get air-HD channels. The small TV in the bedroom can be attached to your laptop but the resolution is poor so DVD's don't look very good.
Noise levels are decent but it depends on where you stay in the hotel. It is right next to 101. In some cases I have to sleep with the A/C on just to block out the noise. It seems this hotel has better noise blocking than Embassy Suites down the street though. Best rooms face the Atrium/pool area but they're probably more expensive.
Finally then my last gripe. Since mine are business trips I book through my office. Turns out Plaza negotiated rates that do not include loyalty points. What? I get tickets for booze in the bar (I never use those) but no points? Even when I pick the higher cost rooms on the 'executive floor'? I can't overlook that any longer. There will be cases in the future where I -have- to stay at PZ because it's all that is available but it is no longer the first hotel on my list.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Plaza Suites Hotel Silicon Valley at Santa Clara offers travelers and locals alike an address central to all that Silicon Valley has to offer. A boutique hotel experience unlike any other, guests enjoy luxurious two-room suites, complimentary daily rituals of our at Dawn Breakfast Experience and at Dusk Evening Adult Beverages. A large outdoor pool in our lush garden courtyard complete with a spacious hot tub as well as many in-suite amenities make for an extraordinary hotel stay. Just a few moments to Great America Theme Park, Levis Stadium and a seemingly endless list of Silicon Valleys biggest tech industry titans makes our address a smart choice for both work and play. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Plaza Hotel Santa Clara
- Plaza Hotel Santa Clara