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The Way to San Jose

On a recent trip to San Jose, we discovered what will go down as one of our favorite hotels to stay at for shopping, dining and entertainment in one locale. Hotel Valencia is right in the heart of Santana Row, a brilliant development with more than 70 upscale shops, 20 restaurants, 9 spas and salons combined—and yet only one hotel.

Hotel Valencia is an award winning boutique hotel, it’s luxurious with expansive rooms, style and sophistication. It’s romantic, with a timeless old world Spanish design, stunning courtyard with a rooftop wine bar and pool for year-round enjoyment. There are 215 well-appointed guest rooms and 17 suites with balcony and courtyard views including a Presidential Suite.


You’ll love the custom designed beds with 300 –thread count designer Egyptian linens, and each morning you can enjoy complimentary continental breakfast served in the Citrus Restaurant.

With all of the nearby restaurants choices, you can opt to dine in at Hotel Valencia and know that they have a fine dining restaurant, Citrus Restaurant, and two hotspots: Vbar and Cielo.

Citrus Restaurant offers a classic menu with hearty steaks, fresh seafood and vegetarian plates in an open-air environment.

Vbar and Cielo, are ideal setting to enjoy your favorite drink. Vbar is an ultra-hip lounge complete with flat panel TV's and a state of the art sound system, with an expansive balcony featuring prime views of Santana Row.

Cielo, a seasonal rooftop terrace and bar offers cozy and comfortable seating and stunning views of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

You can’t beat the location, it’s just a quick 10 minute drive from the San Jose International Airport, and it’s close to culture, there’s a nearby Center for the Performing Arts and San Jose Repertory Theater and if you need more shopping in, you need to check out the nearby Westfield Valley Fair with more than 270 shops and restaurants. Sports enthusiasts will appreciate that it’s only 11 miles from Levi's stadium, home of the San Franciso 49'ers.

A range of special packages and offers are available here. Our favorite is the stay two nights, and receive the third free.

Hotel Valencia Santana Row is at 355 Santana Row in San Jose. 408.551.0010

Stay in the Heart of San Francisco

San Francisco is easily one of our favorite cities in the world and thankfully there’s no shortage of hotels to choose from. If you’re looking for a great place to stay, consider the Galleria Park Hotel, a fantastic 177-room Joie De Vivre boutique hotel in a perfect location on Sutter Street.

It’s just steps away from the Financial District and Union Square, shopping, dining, museums, theaters, and it’s an easy walk to the Ferry Building, an international favorite foodie oasis.

With the Galleria Park’s recent multi-million dollar renovation the historic building, formerly Hotel Sutter built in 1911, is now a modern luxury hotel. The staff is warm and friendly, and accommodating to any request.  

The hotel boasts a timeless and vibrant style, with its original Art Deco and Art Nouveau design with contemporary elements and services. As a guest, you’ll enjoy a complimentary wine hour, daily morning coffee and tea service, a newspaper and free luggage storage. If you’re traveling with a pet, you are in luck, it’s a pet-friendly hotel with special packages that includes a doggy bag full of surprise treats, and a guide to dog parks and activities

Amenities in the rooms include free Wi-Fi, Frette linens, large HD televisions, Keurig coffee makers, and luxurious marble bathrooms with mosaic glass walls and rain shower treatments. We love the guest rooms’ high ceilings, expansive windows and jewel-toned color palette, work desk with ergonomic chair. You can also order room service.

One of the nicest features at the hotel is an outdoor Park Terrace – perfect for getting outside, walking a dog or enjoying the cityscape with a glass of wine. It also features benches and a walking track.

The hotel added a vast collection of fine art prints and photography curated from the Lost Art Salon, ranging from the 1930s to the present, primarily featuring Bay Area artists.

For current specials and rates, check their Special Package selections here, or call the hotel directly at 415.781.3060.

191 Sutter St. in San Francisco. 415.781.3060.

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