Hilton Santa Clara
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Who woulda thunk it - less than an hour and 45 mins in SFO and how blessed we are already. I nice little seat upgrade gives us a bit more leg room, a perfect view of San Fransisco on the way in including a bird's eye view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Sag meets an associate on the shuttle bus between terminals!!!! The kids are rock stars and I can thank only God for that since they are so so so tired.
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Beware- Noisy on weekends
Although I got a great rate on Priceline and the room was nice enough, I don't recommend this hotel. I stayed on a Saturday night and it was full of noisy teenagers probably because of its proximity to Great America. Repeated calls to the front desk did not help and I was refused a move to a quieter room. My room was also next to the ice machine which increased the noise level. I couldn't get my three-year-old daughter to sleep.
The Santa Clara Hilton, located across the street from the convention center, is well worth checking into if you want a quiet, clean, and friendly place to stay during business or family trips. From the time we checked in (after dealing with delayed airlines and such for 23 hours), until the time we left 3 days later, the staff was kind and gracious-always on hand to give directions to the best Mexican restaurant or just to greet you with a friendly hello. The housekeepers seemed to take great pride in their work and it showed by the way they did their job. Each day our room was cleaned thoroughly and condiments replenished. Unfortunately, it rained every day we were there, so it would have been nice if the pool was indoors; but the exercise room saw it's share of use. And the hotel was so quiet!
Stayed here the day after Christmas for a quick overnight trip. Got this hotel via Priceline for $52 a night for each room (2 rooms). We pulled in front of the hotel, and there was plenty of free parking. Was unsure if the parking area was for loading and unloading, but noticed it was for hotel guest parking. Check in was about 7pm which was quick, efficient, and very friendly. I called the front desk about 2 hours prior to say we were coming in late, and asked for a preference of 2 beds, and she accommodated me with no problems. Compare that to calling the toll-free customer service line, and they tell me they won't do it for Priceline customers. Hmmm...I sense discrimination here? We get 2 rooms on the 3rd floor (one overlooking the rooftop HVAC and one with a view of Great America). The first room we got facing Great America was already occupied! That problem was quickly corrected and followed up minutes later to check to see if everything was ok. Both rooms had a nice comfy king bed with triple sheeting (it's true!) and a sofa bed with a writing desk, coffee table, and an armchair. The pillows weren't all that great (sort of lumpy and no substance). The TV was housed in a nice wood armoire with alot of storage space. Both rooms had 3 phones (on the desk, on the nightstand, and on the side table next to the sofabed). The bathroom was large with a boutique feel along with the toiletries, a coffee maker, and a hair dryer. The great perks were the morning paper for the San Jose Tribune and the Wall Street Journal and the free 24 hour internet access in the business center in the lobby! The one con I noticed is that the Hilton is directly under the landing flight path to the San Jose Airport, but I didn't hear a thing. We noticed the outdoor heated pool which we didn't use. We also didn't use the fitness center, or eat at any of the restaurants or order room service. When we stay here next time, I'll be sure to use more of the amenities.
Little Boy's Transportation Dream Room
Stayed here right before Thanksgiving. Empty. It was my little boy's birthday so we were headed to the San Jose Children's Museum. (Very neat place) It was great. We swam in the pool, rode the elevators, and the room was a little boy's transportation dream come true. We had a big window (8th floor) that he could watch the planes and the cars on the road and the light rail that goes right by. (Which, by the way, went straight to the CM) Never even heard any of it either, except the elevators right next to us, but it wasn't horrible. Neat park nearby. Fabulous!!
EXCEPT for the restaurant staff! Jeez! Horrible icky buffet, and the rudest waitpeople I have ever encountered, and I mean RUDE. But nothing is ever perfect. Happy with our stay.
Great Price, Great Hotel
Stayed at the new SC Hilton on a Friday night this past May. Very plush property located in the heart of Silicon Valley. The bathroom is very large and well lit. the front desk staff could not be nicer. Although the business park area where the hotel is located becomes a "ghost town" on the weekends, I felt perfectly safe staying here by myself. The extra plus is the big screen TV in the cabinet. I got this room for $50 via Priceline. Generally, whenever you put $50 or less for a 4 star property in your search parameters, this is the hotel that comes up. I will be staying here again over the holidays and I know that I will enjoy my stay.
Stayed here for 1 night on 22 August 2004. Got a great deal from the hotel's own website of $129 which included 2 adult tickets to Paramount's Great America Theme Park. Weekend rates will be cheaper as this is a business standard hotel. Very comfortable room with view of the theme park. You can easily walk to the theme park from this hotel, as it is located virtually in the car park of the theme park. The swimming pool is nice, pool towels available. The check-in staff was great and even had a room for us at 09.00 in the morning, which was unexpected and much appreciated. Free parking, a 24 hour small convenience shop was also in Reception, and a 24 hour business centre with free high speed internet access. Excellent, would definately return.
Great Vaule in Silicon Valley
A good value is you book through Priceline or Expedia. The room was spacious and well appointed. The parking outside of the hotel was free. The neighborhood is very safe. Very nice for a "corporate" marketed Hilton property. I would definitely stay here again when visiting family and friends in the San Jose area.
I've stayed at the Hilton on Several occasions. Each time they have treated me like an honored guest. I particularly like the location because I can day trip to Napa, Monterey and then into the City for the evening.The Great America Theme park is right across the parking lot and they put on great fireworks show on the 4th of July which you can view from your room if your so inclined.Now at most hotels I wouldn't mention the food service, but the Hilton has a superb award winning chef with a refreshing Mediterranean menu. The staff are always concerned with the quality of my stay and go the extra mile to accommodate any special request I might have. The weekend rates are great due it's weekday business orientation, which is great since you are staying essentially in a Four Star facility.It's definitely my favorite in the South Bay area of San Francisco.
Was originally booked at the fairmond down town san jose and was dismayed to learn that they were overbooked when i arrived but they did recommend the hilton and paid for my stay and shuttle ride there . And what a pleasant surprise the hilton was this is not your run of the mill hotel it is so classy it could easily be a four seasons . I travel to northern California at least once a mont and i have to say this is the best food i have had be it a hotel or restaurant everything i had was super fresh artistically displayed and the flavor was out of this world . The chef is a superstar the food was the highlight of my stay.Rooms were clean and well furnished . Only problem was the front desk the rooms manager seems very young and the staff do not seem well trained or they have a turnover problem but they were not very efficient checking me in and did not give me any messages also do not pick up the telephone too fast when people call from the outside other than those gliches a perfect hotel with a great silicon valley location great place. Thanks
Fairly new (opened 2000) hotel located just north of the Great America theme park and across the seat from the Convention Center at the Westin. I stayed here 20 nights in 2001. I prefer it to the Westin because the Westin's parking situation which leaves you with a very long walk from the garage back to your room. This Hilton has no problem with parking.