The Washington Times - September 14, 2008, 10:44PM

By Lisa M. Ruth, Donne Tempo Magazine

San Jose, California (September 14, 2008)… The Fairmont San Jose is one of those rare and shimmering locations that remind us that sometimes the world really is a perfect place. 

From the moment you arrive you enter an enclave of the exceptional where the lobby is hold-your-breath beautiful, featuring a large comfortable open bar area, adorned in a graceful, elegant style. 

Fresh flowers and foliage, large marble columns, statues, crystal chandeliers, and fine art complete the extraordinary entryway. 

The hotel rests in an optimal location between the activity of the downtown area and the calm of the park.  It offers guests the option of easily downtown exploration or staying in its self-contained world replete with multiple dining options, including afternoon high tea and a lobby sushi bar.

The Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, CA (Photo by Lisa Ruth)

For those in need of an urban oasis, the comfortable rooftop pool provides sun filled relaxation.  Those so inclined can work out in the full service gym, savor healthy pampering at the Tova Spa, envelope themselves in luxury linens in their large, well appointed rooms, or attend functions in one of the many meeting spaces and multi-purpose rooms. 

Simply put, The Fairmont San Jose has it all.

Staying at The Fairmont puts travelers in walking distance to shops, restaurants, museums, and movie theaters means easy access to a bevy of activity options. 

Providing an almost European calm, the downtown hustle and bustle is tempered by the serene common area in front of the hotel.

This green island is complete with impressive fountains and billowing clouds of blue flowers from jacaranda trees that visually sets the property apart as the place to be and be seen.

And there are plenty of places to be seen once inside as dining options at the Fairmont are varied, international, and excellent. 

The Pagoda Restaurant/Bamboo Lounge serves outstanding Mandarin, Cantonese, and Szechuan cuisine along side a selection of tropical cocktails as well as standard beers, wines, and drinks. 

The Lobby Lounge welcomes both locals and hotel guests with appetizers, a full bar including an extensive assortment of martinis, and entertainment.  Dueling pianos beguile guests Monday through Thursday and the Midnight Trio Band plays jazz and pop music on the weekends. 

There are also two large plasma televisions broadcasting various sporting events.

The Fairmont San Jose rooftop pool (Photo by Lisa Ruth)
As a business or leisure travel destination, downtown San Jose is a bustling place.

The Grill on the Alley is modeled after a New York grill with a menu boasting steaks, chops, and seafood. 

Sunday brunch at The Fountain Restaurant is a weekly tradition for residents and guests alike. You can also visit The Fountain Restaurant for breakfast and lunch.

For a snack or a meal, enjoy sushi from the Bamboo Sushi cart in the lobby or pick up coffee and pastry from the Fairmont Express Café Cart. 

Standing out amongst all these food related entertainments is The Fairmont’s daily High Tea. 

This daily ritual is a throwback to the Victorian era.

English High Tea is actually a late afternoon or early evening meal that is lighter as the mid-day dinner is the traditionally a heavier meals.

It is a time to sit and enjoy a communal repast with fellow travelers while taking time to relax and chat.

The Fairmont’s High Tea is decidedly authentic with a selection of teas, sandwiches, pastries, scones, and even champagne.  This gift of time and sociability further brands The Fairmont as more than just a city hotel – it is a destination in and of itself..

With all that goes on to draw visitors to the lobby areas to mingle, the guest rooms do encourage visitors to stay in and just relax. 

The Fairmont features the largest rooms in downtown San Jose and designers have meticulously integrated luscious comfort into every aspect of the décor. 

There are 731 deluxe guest rooms and 74 suites, located in both the original building and the adjacent Fairmont Tower.  Every room is immaculate and welcoming, featuring sumptuous goose down pillows and comforters, oversized marble bathrooms with both walk-in showers and tubs, and desks with high speed Internet connections. 

Suites have vaulted ceilings and plush loveseats nestled in window nooks.

The Park outside the Fairmont (Photo by Lisa Ruth)

Like everything else at the Fairmont, meeting and event facilities exceed all expectations.  The property’s 65,000 square feet of meeting space offers the perfect venue for every event.  Small, medium, and large meeting rooms accommodate business gatherings of all sizes, while the exquisite imperial ballroom is a spectacular setting for a special event.  In addition to the standard meeting spaces, the Fairmont has a modern multi-media theater that can seat 3,000. 

The event planning team at the hotel is experienced and adept at ensuring that any event is absolutely perfect.

The crowning jewel of the Fairmont is the transcendent staff. 

Every employee is professional and amicable.  They anticipate guests’ needs without being overbearing, and consistently go the extra mile to ensure the visit is nonpareil. 

The Fairmont creates an unparalleled experience for guests, wrapping them in exquisite luxury at every turn.  It is an outstanding location for business travelers, families, and anyone else who wants to feel like royalty. 

The Fairmont San Jose
170 South Market Street
San Jose, California 95113
United States
Fax:  408-287-1648