San Jose Marriott
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... we were back in Sydney. Anyway we eventually made it to the freeway to SJ travelling at 70 - 75 mph until we hit hit the afternoon rush hour in Silicon Valley and then crawled along for quite a while at 20 - 30 mph along with multiple lanes of congested traffic doing the same. We changed freeways for the final drive and found it had a lane for carpools and it was great to resume ...
... including the garage, fruit drying barn, water shed and then the most exciting was going into the basement. The basement was particularly interesting as they used to import coal from Australia as it was the cheapest option. Sarah Winchester was very innovative as they had there own Gas Producing plant, Boiler and electricity which was generated by 3 different means. The gardens held a lot of significance also which were truly amazing and kept in perfect ...
Today was Father's Day. I got to sleep in a little later and when I woke up Aunt Jess had made bacon, cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs, and strawberries for Uncle Vince, and thankfully, there were leftovers :) Ella, Stosh, Uncle Vince, and I played rock band while Aunt Jess went for a run with her friend. Ella sang, Stosh was on bass, and Uncle Vince and I switched off on guitar ;)
When Aunt Jess returned, we ...
... to it, is the divides in society. These fields are tended by physically broken
individuals that are bent double from not just the work; it is as though they
have also been mentally deflated and to stand up straight and look around them
is too heart breaking for them , they carry a physical resignation to their
environment. Hoods are worn over caps
and bandannas are tied across their faces to their eyes. They have locked ...
... eat their own S'mores sandwiches...a perfect way to end a good dinner.
Before heading back to the hotel we took a short drive over to the beach town of Capitola and it reminded me somewhat of our local Laguna Beach due to the rows of neat little shops near the beach...but by the time we got there the fog had rolled in and dropped the temperature quite a bit and it wasn't worth it to get out and walk around...but at least we were able to ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews San Jose Marriott
Modern and spacious, great for Convention Center
Of the 2 hotels adjoining the Convention Center, I think the Marriott is newer and nicer, and also closer to the downtown restaurants. I got a very large and bright (large windows on 2 sides) corner room, and everything was new and spotless. The gym (24 hour) and pool were nice, with moden equipment and fresh fruits. The restaurant was pretty good, if a bit expensive and slow. Overall the public areas were spacious, modern and tastefully decorated. Every staff I talked to was nice and helpful.
The only gripe I have was the $10 for high speed Internet. But from my room I can get to the San Jose free Wifi (---), so I didn't end up having to pay for it.
I'm rating this hotel excellent, because that is how I believe the room and the service are at this hotel. This is our second stay at this hotel -- this time was Jan. 23-28, 2005. The bed is among the most comfortable I've had (down comforters, down pillows), the rooms are decorated in nice colors, and the bathroom was large. The staff was incredibly friendly. Everyone who passed us in the hall or in the elevator asked if we were enjoying our stay and if everything was okay. Although this is not a place for restaurant reviews, I feel it is important to mention the service at the hotel's restaurant, Arcadia, because hotel guests use this restaurant. The food is very good, and the presentations are appealing, however, the service is incredibly slow. We ate here three times. The first was a business lunch. I ordered the Express Lunch -- a misnomer, because it took the longest to arrive. We all waited about 30 minutes for our food, but as we had a lot to discuss, it wasn't such a problem. The next morning for breakfast, two of us ordered eggs over-easy with toast, while our guest opted for the breakfast buffet. Our guest had been back to the buffet three times before our eggs & toast arrived. The wrong toast was delivered to me, but the thought of waiting another 40 minutes for the whole wheat toast I ordered prompted me to just eat my English muffin & be quiet. The next day, I came alone for a "quick" lunch, and I arrived before the lunch crowd. I ordered soup & salad, which I thought might be the fastest thing on the menu. This time I timed them. I placed my order at 11:50 pm; begged for a piece of bread at 12:10; asked the waitress where my lunch might be at 12:20. The manager finally delivered my soup & salad to me at 12:27. I overheard the manager even suggesting to one customer to leave because they could not meet his request for something quick so that he could get to the airport. Folks, this is a convention hotel, attached to the convention center. The service should be quicker, a lot quicker for such a hotel. I do several conventions a year in many different cities. Breakfast, especially, is usually very quick. I've never had to wait 40 minutes for two eggs & toast! I've never had to wait almost 40 minutes for soup & salad!
A great stay & a great price
I enjoy my stay everytime! Their beds are amazingly comfortable, almost as great as the Westin's heavely beds. Hotel staff is always pleasant and professional. If you are choosing to stay in downtown san jose, make sure you priceline all 3star hotels in this area. 8 out 10 times you will get this Marriott (most likely because it has the most rooms) for under $50. Excellent stay!
My wife, 8 year old and I enjoyed a night at the new but pretty San Jose Marriott. It's centrally located across from Downtown's Cesar Chavez Plaza (as are the Hyatt Saint Claire and the Fairmont). Our $139 rate covered the room, parking (normally $19) and a buffet breakfast for the three of us. The view from the 19th floor was as good as the San Jose haze allowed, and the room was nicely furnished (if a slightly odd L shape). The room had enough light, was dark enough at night and had a decently long bathtub (alas it was too cold to use the outdoor pool and hot tub). Beds were comfy. Four elevators meant short waits to get up to the room, even though the hotel seemed fairly (but not completely) full.
Couldn't ask for more!
After reading the review of the Fairmont hotel, we opted to go w/ the Marriott. We were attending a wedding at the Fairmont last weekend and even though we opted not to stay at the Fairmont, we got to experience their horrible service first hand.
Enough of the bad, let's talk about the good. The service at the Marriott was TOP NOTCH. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, we waited for NOTHING and were waited on hand and foot where needed. We asked for a movie nearby and without a second hesitation, they printed out movie times for us - NO CHARGE! They called us a cab, opened doors, were courteous, and seemed genuine about it. Would stay again in a HEARTBEAT!
The San Jose Marriott is such a physically impressive and modern hotel that I believe it deserves to be, at least, the West coast flagship for the Marriott chain.
Had a great stay at the Marriot San Jose
The Mariot San Jose is an excellent hotel. I enjoyed the clean and comfortable rooms, they were quite large and very clean. The breakfast was wonderful. I was also very impressed with the service and the valet parking was great. Would definitely stay there again on my next trip to san Jose.
The place to stay in San Jose
We stayed at the SJ Marriott for three days. From the time that we drove up, the staff welcomed us warmly and were extremely courteous and helpful..Both the hotel property and the room were perfect. I had stayed in a few Holiday Inns recently and forgot what a really good hotel is really like. From the way that the hotel staff functioned and the maintenance quality of the hotel, it is obvious that this property is supervised by top notch management.Fred KatzHauppauge, NY
We stayed at this brand new San Jose Marriott which is connected to the Convention Center. We were there for a conference and the hotel was at full capacity. Regardless of this, our check-in was a breeze, they booked us in a great corner room for the conference rate, the staff was attentive and accommadated every request we had. There were many many familes with small children in our group and the pool which was no higher than 3 1/2 feet was a welcome blessing for us, it was a beautiful property with a pleasant and caring staff. The "At Your Service" button on the phone made it easy for us to get directions to the nearest fast food restaurants, have our juice boxes refrigerated, obtain city information as well as make arrangements for wake-up calls and check-out. I would highly recommend this Marriott to not only business travelers but to all travelers. We were so grateful for the great experience and will be back next year!!!