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.