Last Updated on July 8, 2024 by Katrina

Photo credit: Hayes Mansion San Jose

Some people consider San Jose as only a business hub. After all, it’s the biggest city in Silicon Valley, about 50 miles south of San Francisco. But this city has a thriving culinary scene, boasting both global diversity and Michelin stars, as well as plenty of parks, elegant shopping and even quirky attractions, such as the spooky Winchester Mystery House. While many San Jose hotels cater to business travelers, you can easily find enough fun to enhance your work trip, as well as enough reliable amenities to create a seamless weekend getaway. Here are five excellent hotels in San Jose.

San Jose Marriott (301 S Market St.; 408-280-1300) Downtown

Because this 478-room Marriott is connected to the city’s convention center, it “caters to business clientele,” according to US News & World Report. “The accommodations and amenities are exactly what you’d expect from a Marriott: large, clean rooms and a continental breakfast (for a fee).” Online reviewers aren’t crazy about the pricey parking options, but one Tripadvisor user gave a shoutout to the “great city and mountain views from our corner room,” and another points out that the hotel is especially nice for platinum Marriot Bonvoy members, noting, “The M Club lounge on lobby level has breakfast and evening reception and unlimited snacks.” Everyone, meanwhile, can enjoy the city and mountain views from the rooftop pool.  >> Book this hotel for less

The Westin San Jose (302 S Market St.; 408-295-2000) Downtown

“An elegant, oak-paneled lobby with a hand-painted ceiling greets you” when you enter this six-story Westin located across from the convention center, writes US News & World Report, which also calls the hotel “a solid option for business travelers.” A Google reviewer calls the hotel in a 1926 building “a real gem—an historic old hotel smartly restored. You also get higher ceilings, which makes a room feel more spacious. Coffee shops and a few decent restaurants are steps away.”  >> Book this hotel for less

Signia by Hilton San Jose (170 S Market St.; 408- 998-1900) Downtown

Located across from downtown’s Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park, this sleek 805-room Signia by Hilton exudes “modernized warmth,” writes Travel+Leisure, and “reflects the Silicon Valley setting, yet captures a cozy vibe of the city’s nonchalance.” A Tripadvisor user likes how the hotel walks the line between leisure and big-city convenience. “My room has a private patio and door directly to the pool. The happy hour at 4 is really good and it’s walking distance to a lot of restaurants.”  >> Book this hotel for less

Hayes Mansion San Jose, Curio Collection by Hilton (200 Edenvale Ave.; 408-226-3200) Berry Park

You’ll be 20 minutes from downtown at this member of the Historic Hotels of America, created out of a 1905 mansion. But you’ll also haveroomy accommodations” and “more space to spread out and relax than other local hotels,” writes US News & World Report. The six-acre resort has a spa, golf course, and a game room. A Tripadvisor user says the hotel “felt more like an ‘estate’ than an urban hotel,” while another calls it “an absolutely stunning place to stay with a gorgeous garden. Everything is quiet, but only 15 minutes away from Santana Row.”  >> Book this hotel for less

Hotel Valencia Santana Row (355 Santana Row; 855-596-3396) Santana Row

This 215-room boutique property boasts of being the only hotel right on swanky Santana Row, which is lined with upscale shops, restaurants, and bars. Indeed, the hotel has its own lounge, tapas bar, and a rooftop bar. Forbes Travel Guide likes the hotel’s “attractively manicured outdoor spaces, designed for lingering” that includes “a courtyard with three water fountains, two outdoor fire pits and comfortable seating.” A Google reviewer likes that front-row location: “A little noisy in the evening but this wasn’t problem. Our balcony opened to the Main Street and people-and-car watching from there was fun.”  >> Book this hotel for less