The Washington Times - September 21, 2008, 11:19AM

By Lisa M. Ruth, Donne Tempo Magazine

San Jose, California (September 21, 2008)…Funky and fabulous Hotel De Anza gives guests a taste of authentic 1930s art deco wrapped in 20th century luxury. 


From the gilded lobby to the plush lounge, the intimate outdoor Palm Court Terrace to the heavenly guest rooms, the warm meeting spaces to the fantastic night-time pantry, the hotel embraces visitors with elegant, stylized comfort.

The Hotel De Anza, San Jose, CA (Photo courtesy of property)

The Hotel De Anza advertises “opulence” and delivers in spades. 

The four-star, four-diamond property is reminiscent of a visit to the house of a much-loved, very wealthy relative rather than a stay at a hotel. 

The staff is warm and knowledgeable, and lacks the stuffy distance that often characterizes employees of the upscale chain properties. 

Hotel De Anza is simply friendly.

The historic property originally opened in 1931, was boarded up in the 1980s, and, after a thorough renovatoin, reopened in 1990. 

The De Anza Hotel smartly retained the 1930s feel, including the original ceiling and paintings, as well as menus and other trinkets from the 1930s hotel making this a destination that is tons of fun, as well as good nights sleep.

The refurbished property also restored the terra cotta, earth tone, and peach interior resemble the colors of the original hotel.

The Hedley Club Lounge, San Jose, CA (Photo courtesy of property)

The welcoming lobby leads into the 1,600 square-foot Hedley Club Lounge, centered around a majestic cherry wood and marble bar. 

Again, guests are greeted by elegant abundance, where locals and visitors meet and mingle. 

The beautiful room boasts a one-of-a-kind, hand-painted ceiling and hand-sculpted archways. 

Comfortable leather chairs and couches and a wood-burning stove invite guests to dawdle and enjoy conversation with engaging bartenders, wait staff, locals, and other out-of-towners. 

Sumptuous jazz musicians, like Jessica Johnson, Pevin Everett, and Jennifer Lee entertain guests – with no cover – every Friday and Saturday.

Adjacent to the lobby bar is the enchanting Palm Court Terrace, one of our favorite spots in this spectacular property.  The outdoor courtyard garden is decorated in rich Mediterranean flavor, complete with ivy-covered walls and tiled fountains. 

The Terrace is framed by a 30-foot canopy, lined with twinkling lights, to complete the magical ambiance of the room.  The Terrace is a favorite location for weddings, receptions, or other special events.

Hotel De Anza Guest Room (Photo by Lisa Ruth)
Guest rooms spoil visitors with extravagant comfort.  Each of the 101 rooms features plush beds with abundant pillows and cozy linens. 

Desks are roomy and workable, with easy Internet access. 

Bathrooms include raised bathtubs, vanities, and television sets.  The Hotel also has five parlor suites, five junior suites, and one amazing 10th floor penthouse suite. 

La Pastaia Restaurant, located on the lobby level, features contemporary, rustic Italian cuisine in a casual, romantic setting.  Breakfast is served in the historic De Anza room. 

The room is bright and cheerful, with hand painted walls and murals.  

The Pantry at The Hotel De Anza, San Jose, CA (Photo by Lisa Ruth)
Have you ever wanted to grab a midnight snack and the only option is the vending machines down the hall in that unattractive gray little room?

Setting the Hotel De Anza way ahead of the hotel pack is the fantastic element of the Hotel is the “Raid Our Pantry.” 

This unexpected feature literally opens the hotel cupboard from 10:00pm to 5:00am, letting guests make their own deli sandwich, enjoy fresh fruit, or homemade cookies and milk. 

It’s all the more amazing because it’s complimentary!

The independent Hotel De Anza is a delightful departure from even the best chain hotels.  It is a distinctive property offering a unique business or leisure travel experience. 

Everything is elegant, plush, posh, and lush making The Hotel De Anza an absolute must-visit property.

Don’t miss:  The Palm Court Terrace, Raid the Pantry, and the bartenders at The Hedley Club Lounge.

Hotel De Anza Lobby (Photo by Lisa Ruth)

Hotel De Anza
233 W. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, California  95113

Telephone 408-285-1000
Reservations 800-843-3700
Fax 408-286-0500