Hotel Valencia Santana Row
This Spanish-inspired hotel, built around a large courtyard filled with blooming bougainvillea, takes full advantage of its stellar city and mountain views. From the fifth-floor pool and the Vbar lounge, you can sip cocktails while watching locals strut along Santana Row, San Jose;s equivalent of Rodeo Drive. At the rooftop Cielo restaurant, catch the sunrise over distant Santa Cruz peaks. In February 2014, all 215 rooms will emerge from a renovation with new furnishings, custom beds, and carpets.
Room to Book:
Repeat guests request No. 465 for its oversize king bed and soaking tub; No. 601 is also a favorite thanks to a corner location and extra-large bathroom.
When dining at Citrus restaurant (which serves complimentary breakfast), don't skip dessert, especially pastry chef Rosalynn Vu's mini donuts served with dipping sauces such as vanilla honey, peach butter, and salted toffee crème.