A Stay Reminiscent of Old World Spain at Hotel Valencia, Santana Row, San Jose

Santana Row San Jose Hotel Valencia
Santana Row is a palm tree-lined oasis tucked into a luxurious pocket of San Jose reminiscent of a European cityscape. This enclave includes luxury condos, restaurants, and a plethora of shops. 

The only hotel swaddled into the row is the Hotel Valencia, voted the #1 hotel in San Jose by Conde Nast Traveler. There is no surprise this Spanish-style hotel came in at numero uno, providing a chic stay and a quiet break from the hustle and bustle of Santana Row.

Hotel Valencia San Jose Santana Row

Santana Row San Jose

Upon arrival, you're transported to Old World Spain and swept into a relaxing stay. Hotel Valencia offers amenities that make it hard to even want to leave, despite the many options awaiting on Santana Row. This peaceful refuge features; a gym, rooftop pool, courtyard restaurant, and bar. Did I mention the 24-hour room service?

Hotel Valencia Santana Row Lobby

Hotel Valencia San Jose

Our spacious corner suite with its Spanish-style doors revealed the palm tree-infused view of Santana Row below. Open the shutters throughout the suite for glimpses of the sun-drenched rooftop pool. Taking relaxation to the max, the expansive bathroom and its inviting stand-alone soaking tub also give way to poolside views. 

Speaking of the pool, this was where we spent the afternoon relaxing. Offering poolside service from the restaurant makes for a perfect setup to lounge the day away.

Although not a far getaway, it was nice to pretend to be soaking up the sun and relaxation vibes in far-flung parts of Spain in the heart of San Jose. 

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