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The Best Hotels in Silicon Valley
Don’t expect to find Silicon Valley neatly marked out on a map. You will find the Santa Clara Valley though, which has Palo Alto at one end and San Jose at the other. And this region with its towns, shopping centres, media centres and industrial parks is what constitutes the tech mecca known as Silicon Valley. Fairly recently this flat region was farmland and plum orchards, and it still has a very suburban feel, despite the imaginative thinking which goes on here. If you’re here to work then the best places to stay in Silicon Valley are either those closest to your office, or else those affording you a beautiful view. And our Guru’s list of the best hotels in Silicon Valley doesn’t seem to include a hotel with offers both, but a good selection at either end of the scale.
If you’re visiting as a tourist then San Jose, Palo Alto and Santa Clara are probably the places to stay, but if you’re here visiting a company then you may find yourself heading further afield into the Peninsula, South Bay and East Bay areas.
If you’re here for a city break, then San Jose, the unofficial capital of this unofficial region, is probably your best bet. Unless you want to stay in San Francisco and commute... In answer to Dionne Warwick’s 1968 question: ‘Do you know the way to San Jose?’, eBay, Cisco Systems and Adobe definitely do - this is where they have their headquarters, among other top techs..
As you might guess this is a relatively affluent city with some lovely architecture, numerous great bars, restaurant and boutiques, and a very rich cultural calendar. They also get a lot of sunny weather, have a great farmer’s market, several extremely good libraries, some impressive galleries and several good museums. It’s just kind of in the shadow of San Francisco…
At the other end of the valley is Palo Alto and Stanford University. Which is arguably where Silicon Valley started, just before WWII. Hewlett-Packard, was established here in a garage, after one of the professors encouraged his students to start up their own companies rather than join larger ones and Messers Hewlett and Packard took up the idea. This is also where you’ll find the Stanford Research Park.
The other thing about Silicon Valley is that it’s still very beautiful and there are plenty of spectacular walking trails and nature parks....so whatever your reason for visiting, use our guide to the best hotels in Silicon Valley and start to plan your trip.
The Best Hotels in Silicon Valley
For a business hotel
- The great value The Domain Hotel is a modern business hotel with comfortable contemporary rooms and a heated pool and gym. And wine o’clock every evening - so it’s not all work and no play. Plus you’re in a great spot for San Jose’s bars and restaurants.
For a beach stay
- If you want to be close to Silicon Valley, but not stay in a business style hotel, the Beach House Hotel Half Moon Bay is probably a good choice for you. It’s in a stunning location, right by the ocean, and has a great pool and spa, as well as 54 lovely rooms with their own private sitting rooms, balconies, fireplaces and spacious bathrooms. There’s plenty to do around here and plenty of restaurants within walking distance.
- Also in Half Moon Bay, around 15/ 20minutes drive from Silicon Valley, the Seal Cove Inn has just ten bright, modern rooms with patios or balconies overlooking peaceful grounds and the Pacific Ocean.
- Another great option for Silicon Valley is Santa Cruz, also about 15/20minutes drive away, but also right on the coast. The Inn at Depot Hill is a quirky choice, converted from a train depot in the 50s, and just ten minutes walk from Capitola Beach and Wharf. There are 12 luxurious rooms - all of them themed around famous travel destinations.
For a B&B
- The West Cliff Inn is a chic, Victorian B&B perched right on the cliffs overlooking Monterey Bay. There are just nine rooms, with beach themed decor and big bay windows.
- Or, if you prefer a green view to an ocean view, consider the Babbling Brook Inn, with its 13 rooms surrounded by beautiful gardens. This intimate B&B has rooms with fireplaces and private terraces.
Still not sure which of our Guru’s recommendations for the best hotels in Silicon Valley might be perfect for you?
- Refine your search to the best places to stay in San Jose,
- expand your search to include the best places to stay in San Francisco,
- or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
The Domain Hotel 136 rooms from £84San Jose (California)
Modern business hotel with all you need in the way of work, complete with a heated pool and gym. Rooms are modern, comfortable and all have the desired mod-cons. Wine hour every night, a great way to unwind complimented by small bites at the bar. San Jose is great for restaurants, bars and shops.Local markets - San Jose Flea Market for all the trinkets you could ever want.Lively - Hip and happening.Private Hot TubSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Tablet
Beach House Hotel Half Moon Bay 54 rooms from £192Half Moon Bay, California
Stunning ocean location with pool and relaxing spa treatments. The rooms are comfortable and with private sitting room, fireplace, balcony and spacious bathroom. Restaurants are walking distance and activities are many. Great spot for water sports, fishing, beautiful trekking trails and relaxing.Birdwatching - Half Moon Bay has wetland and natural preserves that create an inviting environment for more than 200 species of birds.Kayaking - Discover the world of Sea Kayaking or Stand up Paddle boarding at Half Moon Bay Kayak Company.Great walks - Stroll Historic Main Street and visit the boutiques, restaurants, bakeries and cafes.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Seal Cove Inn 10 rooms from £274California
An opulent oasis in the town of Half Moon Bay, just 30 minutes' drive from San Francisco. Bright, modern and well appointed rooms featuring patio or balcony hanging over the lovely grounds and pacific ocean. Smart, sophisticated and full of charm.Kayaking - Kayak the protected Pillar Point Harbor or the wild waters of the open Pacific near Half Moon Bay.Surfing - Sign up for surf or paddleboard lessons with the legendary local Jeff Clark.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Opulent
Inn at Depot Hill 12 rooms from £183Capitola, California
This historic Inn, a working train depot well into the 1950’s, is just 10 minutes’ walk from Capitola Beach and Wharf. Each luxurious room follows the style of a famous travel destination. Plush Italian linens, feather fourposter beds, high ceilings, roaring fires- the perfect touch of opulence.Fishing - Charter a fishing boat at Capitola Boat & Bait or The Chartle Charters.Great walks - Beautiful walks at Antonelli Brother Begonia Gardens.Kayaking - Explore the coast with Kayak Connection.Opulent
West Cliff Inn 9 rooms from £154Santa Cruz, California
A chic Victorian B&B perched on a cliff across from Cowell's Beach, Santa Cruz. Breezy and comfortable rooms with plush feather mattress toppers, spa baths and gorgeous sea views. Decor is beach themed with blues, greens and whites emulating the open view from the bay windows.Surfing - Surfers hunting the biggest waves head to Steamer Lane, for beginners Cowell’s Beach is the place to go.Great walks - Take a delightful food tour of Santa Cruz and explore the wide variety of eateries.Full of characterSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Babbling Brook Inn 13 rooms from £123Santa Cruz, California
Intimate B&B in a beautifully manicured garden a short drive from Santa Cruz. Light rooms with greener-that-green views, private bathrooms, fireplaces and private terrace. Enjoy the daily breakfast as well as a wide range of restaurants in town. Great spot for the family to explore the outdoors.Sights nearby - Natural Bridges State Beach for some shore bird spotting and seals.Fishing - Sport fishing is avaliable.Views - Great views from hotelFull of character