SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Hotels in the capital of Silicon Valley, as
San Jose calls itself, are offering deep discounts Friday through
Sunday nights, when their occupancies are at their lowest.
As can be expected for a city whose fortunes are tied to the
high-technology world, hotels are often full midweek, but on
weekends business travel falls off.
Leisure travelers to California traditionally shun San Jose and
head to the more popular destinations of San Francisco, Monterey
and other areas in the northern part of the state.
But with San Francisco hotel rates rising and the city sold out for
certain convention periods, San Jose is making an attempt to draw
weekend travelers with low hotel rates.
The San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau recently expanded
its in-house reservations office, arranging weekend travel packages
that can shave 50% off regular midweek rates at local hotels.
The rates handily beat the weekend prices at hotels at the
city's more famous northern neighbor, San Francisco. For example,
weekend room rates at San Jose's downtown Fairmont Hotel start at
$89 per night.
Comparable rooms at luxury hotels in San Francisco and Monterey
cost $189, said Leonard Hoops, the bureau's senior vice president
of marketing communications.
"There are significant savings in San Jose on the weekends, and
[the bureau] provides the best available rates," he said.
The bureau's packages are noncommissionable; however, agents and
tour operators can sell them with a net price.
"We've found that travel agents are using the service, adding
either a flat service fee or marking up the hotel rates that we
offer," Hoops said.
The packages, available only through the bureau's toll-free
number, include a hotel room and tickets to attractions, performing
arts or sporting events.
The packages include admission to one of the following: the Tech
Museum of Innovation; the Children's Discovery Museum; the San Jose
Museum of Art; the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum; the History Museums
of San Jose, or the Winchester Mystery House.
The performing arts packages include tickets to one of the
following: the San Jose Cleveland Ballet; the San Jose Symphony;
the San Jose Repertory Theatre; the American Musical Theatre of San
Jose, or the San Jose Children's Museum Theater.
The sports packages include tickets to one of the following
professional teams' games: the San Jose Sharks (ice hockey); the
San Jose Earthquakes (soccer), or the San Jose SaberCats (arena
The packages include the following hotels for $69 to $79 per
night on weekends: Crowne Plaza, Radisson Plaza, Airport Inn
International, Hanford Hotel, Double Tree, Hyatt San Jose, Hyatt
Sainte Claire and Wyndham.
Three luxury hotels in downtown San Jose offer rooms at $80 to
$99 per night on the weekends: the Fairmont, the Hilton &
Towers and the Hotel De Anza.
Rates are subject to availability, but rooms usually are
available, Hoops said.
"The only time when they may not be available is when a major
convention is booked in San Jose," he said.
San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau
Phone: (888) SAN-JOSE