Hotels Near San Jose Museum of Art

by Lori A. Selke

The San Jose Museum of Art is located in downtown San Jose, near the convention center, the Tech Museum and San Jose State University campus. As a result, you get to choose from plenty of nearby hotels. As a rule, accommodations are not as top-flight as nearby San Francisco, but you get good value for the dollar, even in the heart of the city.

The Fairmont

The Fairmont is the hotel closest to the San Jose Museum of Art, just around the corner along South Market Street. Its star attraction is the sunken bar and lounge area in the center of the lobby, a good spot for meeting friends and gathering groups together. The bar menu is extensive and worth exploring, with over 500 cocktails available including dozens of martini variations, many wines by the glass and a well-curated selection of single-malt scotches. Order food and drink while lounging next to the fourth-floor pool, a popular attraction. The Fairmont does a great deal of its business hosting conferences and events, so expect a fair amount of company.

Sainte Claire

The Sainte Claire was founded in 1926 and balances historic detailing with modern amenities. The hotel has a cozy feel both due to its smaller size and its slightly smaller than average rooms -- perhaps to be expected in an older hotel. If you'd like to imagine yourself rubbing shoulders with Joe DiMaggio, Clark Gable, Judy Garland or John F. Kennedy, this is the spot. It's located right on the corner of San Carlos and Market, which provides a great view of the small park that separates this hotel from the Museum of Art.

Hotel de Anza

The Hotel de Anza is located a handful of blocks away from the Museum of Art. This is the only hotel in the area that's independently run. The interior has been thoroughly modernized, with only the art deco facade hinting at its history. The hotel's "Raid Our Pantry" service provides complimentary after-hours snacks, from cookies to deli sandwiches.

Hotel Four Points by Sheraton

The Hotel Four Points used to be well-known as the Montgomery Hotel. It was built in 1911 and is on the California Register of Historic Places. With under a hundred rooms available to guests, the atmosphere tends to be on the quiet side, although a lively club is located on the first floor. Don't forget to try a round of bocce ball in the plaza during your stay. Room rates are slightly lower than neighboring hotels.

Crowne Plaza

The Crowne Plaza is right across the street from the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, and so its emphasis is on fulfilling their business customers' needs. As such, the vibe is competent and professional, but a bit sterile compared to its older, quirkier hotel neighbors.

San Jose Marriott

Another big chain hotel serving the convention center and its business customers, the San Jose Marriott is large and convenient to all of the downtown amenities including the museums. Arcadia, the hotel's "modern American steakhouse," is part of Michelin-starred chef Michael Mina's restaurant empire.

About the Author

Lori A. Selke has been a professional writer and editor for more than 15 years, touching on topics ranging from LGBT issues to sexuality and sexual health, parenting, alternative health, travel, and food and cooking. Her work has appeared in Curve Magazine, Girlfriends, Libido, The Children's Advocate,, The SF Weekly, and