Westin San Jose opens in former Hyatt Sainte Claire in prime downtown location

Sal Pizzaro of the San Jose Mercury News has one of the great opening lines with regard to the rebranding of the Hotel Sainte Claire in downtown San Jose, California last week:

In one of the slower transformations in my memory, the downtown Hotel Sainte Claire finally has been re-branded as the Westin San Jose, nearly three years after announcing the change. I think it took the 49ers less time to move to Santa Clara.

Ed Pizzaro – San Jose Mercury News

The Sainte Claire is a historic hotel built in 1926. The hotel is architecturally appealing on the corner of one of the main intersections in downtown. There are 171 rooms and suites.

The location is a prime location for downtown San Jose, near many museums in this city of one million. Westin San Jose is across the street from the Marriott and near the Hilton and Fairmont in what is as much the center of old-town San Jose as there is for downtown.

One of the best location features is a Four Points San Jose on the next block. The proximity of the two hotels allows hotel hopping to maximize stays.

I remember the hotel from when it was the Hyatt Sainte Claire, before rebranding in 2005. The hotel was a favorite for low cost stays to earn Hyatt Faster Free Nights back in the day.

I don’t recall being in that part of downtown San Jose since my wife finished her master’s degree at San Jose State University in 2007. Sounds like it is time for me to make another visit and check out the rebranded Sainte Claire, now that it is Westin San Jose.

News source: BusinessWire.com

TripAdvisor.com #25 of 74 hotels in San Jose for 3.5 of 5 circles.

Starwood Hotels site: Westin San Jose.

Westin San Jose enters as a SPG category 5 hotel at 12,000 to 16,000 points per night. The hotel currently has no peak season dates posted. That will likely change in coming months considering Four Points Cupertino has about 16 weeks of peak season dates for 2015-16 and Four Points San Jose has five months of peak season dates for 2016.

Westin San Jose

Surprised to see no photos of the hotel exterior on the Starwood site.

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  1. @James – True enough that San Jose State is more appropriate to write than San Jose University, which sounds like a private college. No San Jose University in San Jose as far as I know.


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