The Sainte Claire
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... and had only 23 participants, which was the perfect size for our location and activities. After brief introductions, Briege had given us a brief introduction of 10 minutes into Qigong (pronounced Chee gong), and 10 minutes of meditation. Perfect way to end the day.
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... etc. It actually reminded me very much of the food my family usually has at Christmas time. After dinner we had desert too, pumpkin pie, something else that you typically eat over here at Thanksgiving. It was really nice, a taste that I wasn't used to. All in all it was really great to be able to experience Thanksgiving in the US with an American family, something I'd always wanted to do. So thank you very much to the Ingebretsens for letting me join ...
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It was enough to fascinate and fire the imagination of a kid. The Winchester rifle family, fortune and riches, the last decendent, a giant house, a widow who used mediums to try to communicate with ghosts, acres of land and connected houses, years of building and carpentry that never ceased, bizarre architecture with hidng places, secret doors and corridors...
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Lindsay and I are SO looking forward to our shared trip in France and Spain starting next week.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Sainte Claire San Jose
This was the first hotel we stayed at coming out of San Francisco and we arrived at about 1 am to a deserted downtown San Jose that looked like a ghost town. The evidence of the construction (daytime) occuring at the intersection was quite disturbing as there was nowhere to drive the car, nor to park in front of the hotel. I asked the valet where we park and if we could park ourselves and he looked at me and said, "I park it." Oh well, $10 down the drain as a tip for him doing nothing and another $35 just to park the car in some far away bunker lot that looked unsafe. I wondered how we would unload our luggage with the situation and the lone valet said nothing. I grabbed about 8 suitcases and bags, which was disorganized and sloppy, I probably dropped all my clean socks on the greasy pavement but there was no other way. Finally, after putting all our stuff on some wobbly cart, we entered the hotel.
I go away on business trips all the time this time I got a room at the Sainte Claire for a week.
Over all our stay at the hyatt was quite charming. The historical atmosphere was quit nice and the service was great, save for a few front desk clerks. Upon check in we were welcomed by a very nice black man. That's all that was nice, his skills as a front desk clerk were some what lacking. Upon check in we some snags...3 or 4. When he asked( who i assume was his supervisor) she responded with a blank stare and said "yaaa" quite a bit, that didnt exactly put me at ease, after about 30min trying to figure out the problem we headed up to our rooms. The bellmen were really friendly and very helpfull. Other then the two baffons that checked us in the rest of the front desk clerks seemed to know how to do their jobs. The rooms on the other hand were not up to the same standards as was (most) the hotel staff. Broken light at the door, the ac didnt work and then when it did we had some leakage. The bathrooms were ok except the leaky pipes. The walls were way to thin and you can hear everything that goes on in the other rooms and i mean everything !! from people having sex to babys crying their heads off.
I attended a convention in San Jose (at another hotel) and stayed at the Sainte Claire. I had booked through Expedia and the hotel clerk couldn't find my reservation. That isn't so bad and stuff happens. It was that night when I went to bed that bad stuff started to happen. I went to sleep early (still on Eastern time) and woke up a few hours later with a feeling of something biting my legs. I got up turn on the lights but couldn't see anything. Figured I was dreaming laid down again and felt these little bites again. This time I got up pulled the sheets off and checked the mattress. There was a thick (down?) pad on top of the mattress that looked to be stained with what looked like blood and stuff I couldn't imagine or want too. I told the staff about the biting and dirty mattress the next morning as asked it to be cleaned and changed. It wasn't. Should have complained more but didn't.
After pre-paying for a room, I saw some terrible reviews of the St.
Having had one event here 10 years ago, I knew that the public rooms were beautiful and the food from Il Fornaio quite good, but I had not stayed here at the time.This past weekend I stayed in this little gem of a hotel. The staff were friendly and very attentive, despite a busy wedding and graduation schedule. Our room, while small by today's standards, was beautifully furnished and decorated. It's smaller size lent it a very intimate and romantic feel, which was further enhanced by the lovely ceiling in the bathroom painted with clouds and butterflies. Breakfast in Il Fornaio, the hotel's restaurant, was good, though not excellent.There are some detractions to the hotel. You can hear sounds from the next rooms, though we only heard a baby crying and nothing else. They were understaffed, which meant we waited too long for someone to take care of the air conditioning problem (it finally came on by itself 40 minutes after we turned it on) and a long wait for the valet to bring the car up. However, after the initial AC problem, it worked fine, and we just called for our car to be brought up earlier than we really needed it so it was always waiting for us.Despite the detractions, we would definitely stay at this hotel. It's charm and warmth make up for any of the minor issues.
Overpriced and shabby
No soundproofing at all---can easily hear neighbors' TV, their arguments, etc. Shower abruptly switches from hot to cold water and back without warning. Rooms small for the price, bed mattresses sag, and heating/cooling was erratic. Shower tub was chipped and slippery---need rubber stripping on bottom for safety. Carpeting and fixtures worn and need replacement. And local phone calls are $1 each! All in all, a pretentious, overpriced dump. Never again!
I recently stayed at this hotel with 2 family members, I was embarrassed to say the least.. First of all, there was NO parking in front of the hotel, just the very busy STREET.. I had to drop off my sister across the street to go and find out where the heck to park and how to get all our luggage to the hotel?? We were planning on staying 5 days!
I was pleasantly surprised with my visit to the Hyatt Sainte Claire. Why a lot of hotels today are so impersonal, this hotel has a very friendly staff in addition to a beautiful historic hotel.
Quaint but not quite.
Quaint hotel. Nice staff but no soundproofing in rooms. Could easily hear other guests. Construction starts early across from Hotel. Rooms small. Bathroom nice. No place to sit in lobby.
Will not return.