Nestled in the heart of Santana Row, the luxury shopping and dining area of San Jose, California, is a hidden treasure—Hotel Valencia, the only West Coast property of the Texas-based Valencia Group Hotel Collection, is the only hotel situated within the vibrant pedestrian area that’s filled with haute couture brands, fashionable bars and international dining establishments and is located six miles from San Jose International Airport in the sophisticated Silicon Valley.
The European style hotel with interiors and finishes reminiscent of Old World Spain features 215 guest rooms, 16 suites and a presidential suite, all with 50 inch flat panel plasma TVs, plush terry bath towels, Egyptian cotton bed linens, robes, and decadent amenities by California modern apothecary Lather.
The hotel provides guests with 24/7 room service, property wide wireless high speed Internet, a fitness room and business center. Guests can also enjoy an elaborate complimentary buffet breakfast each morning on the Terrace’s private courtyard.
Not to be missed is dinner at Oveja Negra (“Black Sheep”) serving modern tapas, described as “unruly,” with inventive sharable dishes, such as its signature Barbocao, lamb shoulder rubbed with chilies and epazote in banana leaves, and truffle mushroom arancinis.
The property is also the home of the uber trendy Vbar that overlooks the bustling Santana Row, featuring innovative crafted cocktails and a stylish atmosphere, and Cielo, the hotel’s rooftop bar boasting gorgeous sunset views of the Santa Cruz Mountains, perfect for weddings and special events.
The pièce de résistance, however, is the secluded, rooftop pool area, decorated with beautiful wild flowers and plants, featuring a heated salt water pool and hot tub, luxury recliners and bar service – it’s the perfect escape in the urban jungle. The hotel also has a 4,000 square foot naturally lit, indoor meeting and event space, executive boardroom, and outdoor event spaces, including a spacious open-air courtyard and rooftop area.
My short, two-night visit to Hotel Valencia was truly an unexpected step above, with unmatched service by the entire staff and a gorgeous setting for anyone wishing for a staycation, relaxing hideaway or a romantic getaway.
Echoing the famous lyrics of the iconic rock song, “You can check out any time you like” but in this case, you will not wish to leave. ■