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Explore an active city in exciting San Jose, California

Situated just 50 miles south of San Francisco, San Jose is the third-largest city in the Golden State and is, by far, the biggest city in California's tech-savvy Silicon Valley. Founded during the California Gold Rush, the lively boomtown that never went bust was the very first state capital. Today, San Jose is a prime destination for travelers who enjoy mixing business with pleasure.

Some travelers arrive in San Jose as a business guest and choose to stay an extra night or three to enjoy the nightlife. The recently renovated downtown area has plenty to offer in the way of dining, lodging, cultural attractions and entertainment.

How to get there

The nearest major airports serving visitors in San Jose are Metropolitan Oakland International (OAK) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Each is roughly 50 miles from downtown San Jose. Smaller aircraft may fly in and out of Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY), approximately 80 miles away.

Drive time on I-5 North from Los Angeles to San Jose is five to six hours, depending on traffic. To drive from San Francisco to San Jose, take US 101 South for about one hour.

San Jose attractions

Guadalupe River Park

Visitors are sometimes surprised, and always delighted, to find a three-mile paved walking trail within steps of their downtown San Jose hotels. The trail extends from the Children's Discovery Museum northward to Interstate 880, and is accessible by entrances at most major cross streets downtown.

California Theater

The opulent California Theater is a must-see for anyone with an interest in musical presentations held in an acoustically perfect room. You don't have to be a symphony buff to enjoy an evening at the California Theater, which occasionally shows silent movies accompanied by a live organist who rises from the orchestra pit.

The Tech Museum of Innovation

The 132,000-square-feet of the massive, mango-colored museum house four major galleries, and each is jam-packed with fascinating exhibits that describe the story of modern technology. Take in an eye-opening movie at the IMAX dome theater or go hands-on in a guided workshop.

Winchester Mystery House

No visit to San Jose is complete without a guided tour of what many people consider the most haunted house in California. Was Mrs. Winchester a bit eccentric? Take a tour of her home and decide for yourself. The possibly-haunted and surely sprawling 180-room mansion was under construction for nearly 40 years. To enjoy an exceptionally frightful time, sign up to take a flashlight tour of the Winchester Mystery House during the month of October.

San Jose events

San Jose Jazz Summerfest

Every August, San Jose plays host to a remarkable lineup of jazz musicians from around the world. Featured artists at the three-day event have included David Sanborn, Snarky Puppy, Soul Rebels, Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas and Bootsy Collins.

San Jose Viva Fest

This annual summertime event celebrates the music, heritage and flavors of Old Mexico. Billed as a “cultural institute without walls,” the San Jose Viva Fest offers a variety of free musical events in downtown San Jose during the months of September and October.

Where to stay

San Jose is well used to accommodating business travelers and vacationing families, so there are a range of well-established budget and luxury hotels alongside a high concentration of bed and breakfast inns. You’ll find popular brands like Sheraton, Hyatt and Clarion Inn offering value for money and excellent service in downtown locations.

Best time to visit

San Jose's location near the coast means the climate is temperate all year long. There hasn't been an extremely rainy season in California in many years, so you probably won't need a raincoat. Do bring a light sweater, however, because evenings in San Jose can be chilly any season of the year. Whether for business, pleasure, or a bit of both, visitors to downtown San Jose always find plenty to keep them well-fed, comfortably lodged and highly entertained.

Recently booked Downtown San Jose hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Fairmont San Jose
Downtown San Jose
10 hours ago 4 stars $118
The Sainte Claire
Downtown San Jose
11 hours ago 3 stars $129
Clarion Inn Silicon Valley
Downtown San Jose
12 hours ago 3 stars $79
Hyatt Place San Jose Downtown
Downtown San Jose
13 hours ago 4 stars $123
Arena Hotel
Downtown San Jose
18 hours ago 3 stars $94
Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown
Downtown San Jose
1 day ago 4 stars $89
TownePlace Suites by Marriott San Jose Cupertino
Downtown San Jose
1 day ago 2 stars $119
Motel 6 San Jose South
Downtown San Jose
2 days ago 1 star $75
Hotel Valencia Santana Row
Downtown San Jose
2 days ago 4 stars $199
Fontaine Inn San Jose
Downtown San Jose
3 days ago 2 stars $105

Recently Rated Downtown San Jose Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Arena Hotel
Downtown San Jose
3.6 / 5
211 reviews
3 stars $94
Hotel Valencia Santana Row
Downtown San Jose
4.5 / 5
14 reviews
4 stars $199
Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown
Downtown San Jose
3.9 / 5
62 reviews
4 stars $89
Dolce Hayes Mansion
Downtown San Jose
4.1 / 5
128 reviews
4 stars $117
Americas Best Value Inn
Downtown San Jose
2.4 / 5
8 reviews
2 stars $95
Fairmont San Jose
Downtown San Jose
4.4 / 5
76 reviews
4 stars $118
BEST WESTERN Lanai Garden Inn & Suites
Downtown San Jose
3.1 / 5
13 reviews
3 stars $129
Four Points by Sheraton San Jose - Silicon Valley
Downtown San Jose
3.5 / 5
55 reviews
3 stars $79
Clarion Inn Silicon Valley
Downtown San Jose
3.7 / 5
28 reviews
3 stars $79
Motel 6 San Jose South
Downtown San Jose
2.7 / 5
20 reviews
1 star $75

Downtown San Jose hotels

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Featured Downtown San Jose Hotels

From $118

1 Fairmont San Jose

4 stars
4.4 / 5 76 reviews

170 South Market St Map

Winter offer – Save 15% - Non Refundable

Style and substance add up to four-star luxury at San Jose hotelStately and opulent, this downtown hotel boasts all the grandeur one would expect from the Fairmont brand. A light-filled lobby... More

Thanksgiving family getaway
Very nice place, room was spacious and clean. very nice gym facilities. Definitely recommend
Nov 30, 2014
From $89

2 Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown

4 stars
3.9 / 5 62 reviews

211 South First Street Map

Save 20% on your stay

San Jose’s iconic landmark hotel The Four Points by Sheraton San Jose, built in 1911, is one of the most iconic buildings in the area and is on the California Register of Historic Places. ... More

Good hotel
Good hotel, good value! The staffs are very friendly, and patient! strongly recommend!
Dec 2, 2014
From $94

3 Arena Hotel

3 stars
3.6 / 5 211 reviews

817 The Alameda Map

Affordable downtown San Jose hotel offers easy access to everythingLocated in the heart of downtown San Jose, the Arena Hotel offers walkable access to the HP Pavilion, downtown offices and the San... More

Great!
great location, clean, convenient to downtown as well as airport
Dec 8, 2014
From $129

4 San Jose Marriott

4 stars
4.0 / 5 25 reviews

301 South Market Street Map

Rate includes breakfast

Modern establishment in downtown San Jose The San Jose Marriott Downtown hotel is right next door to the San Jose McEnery Convention Center and has more than 500 guest rooms and suites... More

Nice conf hotel
Convenient, attached to the conv ctr...clean, neat.
Sep 2, 2014
From $120

5 Hotel De Anza

4 stars
4.2 / 5 23 reviews

233 W Santa Clara Street Map

Elegant breaks in the heart of San Jose The Hotel de Anza offers guests the chance to relax in sumptuous yet comfortable surroundings with a variety of facilities that meet all needs.  The... More

GREAT Hotel & CONVENIENT To Downtown SJ!
I stayed @ Hotel De Anza with my boyfriend in order to attend my 25th HS Reunion. Since the hotel that the reunion was being held @ (SJ Hilton) booked so quickly, I was able to find that Hotel De...
Oct 6, 2014
From $79

6 Four Points by Sheraton San Jose - Silicon Valley

3 stars
3.5 / 5 55 reviews

399 Silicon Valley Boulevard Map

Save 10% on your stay

Convenience meets free shuttle and other amenities in San JoseThis three-star Holiday Inn in the thick of Silicon Valley guarantees travelers great value for their money. Warm hospitality is... More

Could have been better
I was in San Jose on a business trip. The hotel seemed depressing as the area (e.g parking, hallway) is dark. The elevator makes too much noise, not so clean. Bathtub needs good scrubbing. It would...
Nov 16, 2014
From $113

7 Hilton San Jose

3 stars
4.2 / 5 16 reviews

300 Almaden Boulevard Map

Luxury accommodation in the heart of San Jose The Hilton San Jose offers guests a number of facilities that cater to those travelling for business or pleasure.  The hotel is located close to... More

Great Hotel in Downtown San Jose
All the amenities were great. The room was clean and a good size. The location was key. Being able to walk to downtown was very nice and having the staff recommend places to go was helpful. Having...
Sep 29, 2014
From $129

8 The Sainte Claire

3 stars
4.2 / 5 58 reviews

302 South Market Street Map

Historic luxury hotel with modern amenities in downtown San JoseSteeped in history, this stately downtown San Jose hotel was opened in 1926 and has played host to legends ranging from Judy Garland,... More

Great location but poor sound proof
Everything is great. It is at downtown San Jose very near to California Theater and the Art Museum. The room is spacious and the bed is comfortable. Except that the wall is too thin. I heard two...
Oct 13, 2014
From $117

9 Dolce Hayes Mansion

4 stars
4.1 / 5 128 reviews

200 Edenvale Avenue Map

California dreaming at this stunning and historic San Jose resortLined with palm trees, this picturesque 20-acre estate was once a privately owned property, and it's easy to see the meticulous care... More

the bomb
Best kept secret in San Jose. Been going here for years.
Dec 2, 2014
From $79

10 Clarion Inn Silicon Valley

3 stars
3.7 / 5 28 reviews

3200 Monterey Rd. Map

100 percent non-smoking hotel. Boutique hotel with great, beautifully decorated guest rooms and suites, free deluxe continental breakfast with hot Belgium waffles and more! FREE HIGH SPEED INTERNET... More

Relaxing and Comfortable Overnighter
This hotel was perfectly located for my wife & my excursion(s) & was pleasantly surprised at How Comfortable the King size bed was & how clean the whole facility was.
Oct 22, 2014
From $90

11 Hotel Valley Park

3 stars
3.0 / 5 58 reviews

2404 Stevens Creek Blvd. Map

Value-minded accommodations in a central San Jose locationLocated within walking distance from Santana Row and Valley Fair Mall and a short drive from Winchester Mystery House and the HP Pavilion,... More

Winchester tour overnite at a great price
Very 60's décor including the ceiling fan indentation and oak wood accents. Helpful staff with complimentary breakfast and dinner : although the breakfast was served hot and personalized (omelet),...
Jul 12, 2014
From $123

12 Hyatt Place San Jose Downtown

4 stars
3.8 / 5 22 reviews

282 Almaden Blvd Map

Save 15% on your stay

Impeccable style and key location unite at this Silicon Valley hotelLocated within walking distance of the San Jose Convention Center and many downtown offices, the Crowne Plaza is an easy choice... More

Convenient downtown location!
Updating in progress! Terrific location, friendly and helpful staff with simple amenities. The Hyatt Place San Jose is within walking distance of the SAP center, which makes for a convenient and...
Oct 7, 2014
From $199

13 Hotel Valencia Santana Row

4 stars
4.5 / 5 14 reviews

355 Santana Row Map

San Jose hotel with unique design, pool, free breakfast and moreThe Hotel Valencia Santana Row is tucked away from busy Silicon Valley and San Jose. The hotel features plantation shutters,... More

Santana Row!
What an excellent location! Right along the main strip of Santana Row. One could easily forget you were in California. Staff was courteous, the room was gorgeous. Our breakfast in 'Citrus' was...
Dec 8, 2014
From $119

14 Ramada San Jose Downtown Near Convention Center

2 stars
3.2 / 5 63 reviews

455 South 2nd Street Map

Stay 2, Save 15%

Affordable accommodations within walking distance of downtown San JoseThe Ramada Limited is centrally located in the midst of downtown San Jose, conveniently within walking distance of the... More

Nothing Fancy but Good Location
A decent place to stay right in the heart of San Jose. I was attending a conference at the Convention Center and many of the other hotels in town were full or way too expensive. The Ramada was a...
Oct 3, 2014
From $114

15 Holiday Inn Express SAN JOSE-CENTRAL CITY

3 stars
3.5 / 5 16 reviews

2660 Monterey Hwy Map

Discover all that downtown San Jose has to offer at the convenient, comfortable Holiday Inn Express Hotel San Jose. Our exterior corridor hotel is 6 miles from San Jose International Airport and 3... More

Just an Average Night
Want a clean comfortable room at a reasonable rate! You got it. Has everything they say!
Feb 20, 2014