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The 8 Best Boutique Hotels in San José, California [2023]

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San José is a California city surrounded by the hills of Silicon Valley. Known for being a huge hotspot for the tech industry, San José has much to offer to every type of visitor.

From the Tech Museum of Innovation to the Winchester Mystery House, there is something for everyone to see and many boutique hotel options to cater to each guest.

The Best Boutique Hotels in San José

Enchanté Boutique Hotel

Enchante Boutique Hotel
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Price: From $339

Inspired by the architecture of French châteaux, Enchanté Boutique Hotel provides European sophistication in the heart of Silicon Valley, a short drive away from downtown San José. Each room at the Enchanté features unique décor accents and French antiques and curated art.

Guests will be treated to premium linens, spa-quality bath amenities, plush robes, and Carrera marble spacious bathrooms. Guests have access to an off-site fitness center and benefit from complimentary Wi-Fi and parking.

Each morning, they are treated to a gourmet breakfast prepared by a chef. Wine and cheese are served in the afternoons. The rooms also have custom-design closets and a 42-inch TV.

On-site dining is available at the Campagne One Main Bistro, favored by locals and visitors alike. The bistro offers California cuisine with a French twist.

Hayes Mansion

Hayes Mansion
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Price: From $166

Hayes Mansion was built in 1905 and can be found in the exclusive Edenvale neighborhood of San José. This upscale boutique experience is highly intimate and full of luxury.

While still in the city, the mansion feels like a private oasis that only a select few can enjoy. Each room and suite at the Hayes Mansion has recently been renovated to offer even more opulence.

Each accommodation option features ornate carpeting, wooden furnishings, a sophisticated neutral color palette, a minifridge, flat-screen HDTV, dual-line phone, Keurig coffee maker, and a safe.

The spacious suites add hand-carved furniture, imported marble accents, and a separate living area. The mansion provides ample meeting space for business travelers or events. Guests can enjoy the various fine dining and bar options on the premises, including the Palm & Ember and the Palm Patio.

Hot Tip: Hayes Mansion is a Curio Collection by Hilton hotel, so make sure to join Hilton Honors to earn points for your stay!

Hotel Clariana

Hotel Clariana
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Price: From $229

A vibrant location in San José’s downtown area, Hotel Clariana is one of the newest boutique hotels in the city. The classic décor pays homage to the rich heritage in San José while adding plenty of comfort with modern amenities.

The hotel includes a private guest lounge where visitors can enjoy coffee and tea service every morning and afternoon. There is an on-site fitness center and meeting room, as well as a business center and gift shop.

Each room includes a flat-screen LED TV, a Keurig coffee maker, a minifridge, an electronic safe box, complimentary bottled water, a hairdryer, individual air conditioning controls, and deluxe bath products provided by Crabtree & Evelyn.

There are king and queen bed options, with each accommodation option providing extensive comfort to guests in every detail.

Hotel Los Gatos

Hotel Los Gatos
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Price: From $229

Full of California charm, Hotel Los Gatos takes its inspiration from Tuscan villas. This blend of old and new worlds provides an amazing boutique experience in Silicon Valley, right next to San José.

Hotel Los Gatos features an opulent outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, extensive meeting facilities, complimentary on-site parking, a 24-hour front desk, and personalized concierge service.

In addition, each room has luxurious Egyptian cotton linens, triple-sheeted bedding, down comforters, premium Keurig coffee service, a flat-screen TV, an honor bar with snacks, a shower or bathtub, and premium bath amenities.

Suites add a private balcony and a fireplace, along with a separate living or dining area. Some include a fireplace and elegant bay windows. King or queen bed options are available. In addition, hotel Los Gatos offers access to an on-site Tesla Supercharger and a fine dining restaurant operating within limited hours.

Hotel Valencia Santana Row

Hotel Valencia Santana Row
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Price: From $409

Hotel Valencia Santana Row is the only boutique hotel on San José’s exclusive Santana Row. It is full of Old World charm, influenced by Spanish architecture and design. There are terracotta accents, richly colored finishes, and stunning lighting fixtures.

There is an on-site restaurant, a seasonal rooftop bar with stunning views, a heated swimming pool, and a full-service bar.

This luxurious hotel offers quick access to everything Santana Row has to offer, from upscale shopping to fine dining and numerous entertainment options. Room service is available to guests 24 hours a day, too.

Each room features a custom-designed bed, 300-thread count Egyptian linens, lit make-up mirror, 50-inch flat-panel HDTV, honor bar, safe, C. O. Bigelow bath products, and a white Italian virgin marble bathroom with waffle-weave bathrobes. Suites add a separate seating area and a private balcony with incredible views.

Los Gatos Garden Inn

Los Gatos Garden Inn
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Price: From $139

Found just outside San José, the relaxing Los Gatos Garden Inn offers a comfortable getaway. The inn features a grab-and-go breakfast, high-speed Wi-Fi, a convenient downtown location, and access to gourmet coffee and espresso.

Each suite has a kitchenette, and guests have easy access to the nearby freeway. Complimentary parking is available, and business travelers can enjoy the on-site conference and meeting rooms.

There is a scenic gazebo area for outdoor events, along with a patio and gazebo seating. Every accommodation option at the inn includes a widescreen HDTV, minifridge, microwave, business work area with writing desk, and an iron with ironing board.

An ethernet internet connection is available, along with Wi-Fi access. This is an ideal location for romantic weekends and business travelers looking to escape the routine.

Toll House Hotel

Toll House Hotel
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Price: From $229

The quaint Toll House Hotel can be found in downtown Los Gatos, just outside of San José. The Toll House is an intimate location full of charm. It offers easy access to the Santa Cruz Mountains and Silicon Valley, as well as the upscale shopping opportunities in Los Gatos.

There is an EV charging station on-site, along with high-speed complimentary Wi-Fi, catering spaces, a courtyard with outdoor seating and firepits, and 24-hour business services. There is an indoor/outdoor fitness center, and guests can book treatments at the next door The Spa ~ Los Gatos.

Each room includes Craftsman-style accents, an earthy color palette, 2 queens or a king bed, an in-room coffee maker, complimentary bottled water, USB charging stations, a minifridge, a Bosé stereo, and deluxe Gilchrist & Soames bath products. This quirky hotel is also pet-friendly.

Woodcrest Hotel

Woodcrest Hotel
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Price: From $125

The Woodcrest Hotel has been newly renovated with distinctive decor. The gray, limestone and ocean blue palette is enhanced with modern furnishings influenced by European pieces. The atrium courtyard takes inspiration from celebrated French country estates.

The Woodcrest can be found only 10 minutes away from downtown San José but provides guests with an idyllic retreat. Guests are treated to a complimentary hot buffet breakfast, as well as to high-speed Wi-Fi.

The hotel’s executive lounge serves California wines and beers from Monday to Thursday. Catering services can be booked for meetings and events. Each room has a phone, LED cable TV, spacious work area, cozy full-length terry robes, deluxe bath products, and bathrooms with vanity tops.

There are deluxe, penthouse, and petite suite accommodation options, with king, queen, or double beds.

Final Thoughts

As the largest city in the Silicon Valley area, this Northern California tech hub offers many beautiful sights and plenty of history to discover. It is also a great entry point to the Bay Area.

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About Amar Hussain

Amar is an avid traveler and tester of products. He has spent the last 13 years traveling all 7 continents and has put the products to the test on each of them. He has contributed to publications including Forbes, the Huffington Post, and more.


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