The San Jose area continues to dazzle the imagination. Fueled by the incredible growth of the Silicon Valley the city is remaking itself and improving constantly. The Santana Row shopping center is a perfect example of this. Not just a shopping center it is really a small city with chic shops, restaurants, and even a luxury hotel. The Hotel Valencia Santana Row has become one of the premier hotels in the South Bay area.
Santana Row is an ambitious combination of brand name restaurants and shops, local boutiques, state-of-the-art movie complex, private residences, and an elegant hotel. The design theme here gives the area a classic European feel that is very popular with local young professionals. After a tough work day they can choose from a wide variety of restaurants like Blowfish Sushi, Maggiano’s Little Italy, or Yard House. Shopping ranges from Gucci and Ann Taylor Loft to Crate n Barrel or Best Buy. Many choose to live here to be part of the exciting, busy atmosphere.
The Old World Spanish design at Hotel Valencia fits perfectly into this San Jose location. The hotel actually starts on the third floor, something you only see in large metro cities. Our corner room on the top floor had the ambience of an elegant apartment in Barcelona. The furnishings had continental influences throughout, and the finest down bedding is used in every room for extra comfort. Bathroom areas are oversized and luxurious. State-of-the-art electronics, of course, are essential in the home of such innovation.
Our balcony offered views of the mountains lining the San Jose area as well as a good look at the hustle and bustle of Santana Row. Just below us was the unique pool area, including a very nice spa which I made good use of. The pool area reminded me of our own Canary Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara and also shared panoramic vistas. The pool level is also home to the well-appointed fitness center.
Citrus is the signature restaurant at Hotel Valencia, and it is a good one. We had both dinner and breakfast here with both delivering excellent results. For dinner we started with California oysters and followed it with smoked wild salmon and seared ahi tuna. The restaurant is located on the third-floor lobby level adjacent to the atrium waterscape. A complimentary breakfast buffet is served each morning, and it was something to look forward to. As nice as any I have been to and equal to a five-star hotel club level.
Guests at the Hotel Valencia just need to make it to the ground floor for many more dining and entertainment options. This is an excellent choice no matter what takes you to the San Jose area. For complete information visit HotelValencia-SantanaRow.com.
The San Jose area has the best public access golf in the Bay Area. If you drive in from the south you will go right by the Coyote Creek Golf complex just a few minutes south of town. This is a first class venue with two 18-hole championship layouts. The Valley Course is an excellent layout and easily walked if you are so inclined. The Tournament Course is a Jack Nicklaus signature course and does require a golf cart as it winds its way across the freeway and up into the neighboring hills. This track was home to the PGA Champions Tour for many years and held up quite well against the game’s senior stars. Both layouts have no homes bordering the holes, which makes for a more relaxing experience. For further details visit CoyoteCreekGolf.com.
Cinnabar Hills Golf Club is another top pick and about 15 minutes from the Hotel Valencia. This facility sports 27 holes with its Canyon, Lake, and Mountain nines all designed by famed architect John Harbottle III. The setting is very natural as the courses fan out into the hillside location with no homes in sight. Cinnabar has a great clubhouse with commanding views of the course stretching all the way toward San Jose. This is a great spot to spend a day, and the range is also excellent. Go to CinnebarHills.com for all the information.