The Best Cheap Hotels in Santa Clara, California

The Domain Hotel offers a heated pool after your business is done at the nearby tech firms
The Domain Hotel offers a heated pool after your business is done at the nearby tech firms | Courtesy of the Domain Hotel /
Siobhan Grogan

California‘s Silicon Valley may be best known for its mega-money big businesses, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to visit Santa Clara.

With top family attractions, great museums and excellent wineries, the city is packed with entertainment options and warmed by year-round sunshine, making it a fantastic holiday destination. Choose one of these budget hotels – bookable with Culture Trip – to see more of the city for less.

1. Hotel Stratford

Budget Hotel

Hotel Stratford
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Business travelers planning to stay a while can make themselves at home at this extended stay hotel close to corporate headquarters including Yahoo, Google and McAfee. Rooms feel like mini-apartments, yet still don’t cost the earth, with free parking and continental breakfast, a daily housekeeping service, microwave and fridge. There’s 24-hour tea and coffee in the lobby to grab on the way to meetings and free newspapers to keep guests up to date.

2. Hotel Zico

Independent Hotel

Hotel Zico
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It’s hard to believe you’re in the heart of Silicon Valley at this European-inspired hotel, where Mediterranean-themed guest rooms look transplanted from Greece and an idyllic outdoor lounge boasts fire pits surrounded by exotic plants. There are plenty of handy extras, too, including Starbucks coffee in the lobby, complimentary parking at an underground lot and a wine hour every night between Monday and Thursday.

3. The Grand Hotel

Independent Hotel

The Grand Hotel
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There’s no need to sacrifice style or amenities when keeping costs down at this hotel in Sunnyvale, just 15 minutes from San Jose International Airport. Rooms have iHome docking stations, granite countertops in roomy bathrooms and a chic contemporary feel, and all include complimentary continental breakfast, use of the heated pool and a daily happy hour. No need to stress if you’re late for a meeting either – the courtesy house car will whizz you straight there in no time.

4. Aloft Santa Clara

Chain Hotel

Aloft Santa Clara
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Lit by sleek neon lights and rising above the America Center complex, the Aloft hotel is perfectly placed for heading to the nearby Levi’s Stadium or the Great America theme park. There’s a gourmet pantry open 24 hours a day to grab snacks, an outdoor pool and a cocktail bar, while rooms have Bliss Spa amenities, complimentary bottled water, an ergonomic work area, an oversized spa shower and premium movie channels.

5. Hyatt Regency Santa Clara

Chain Hotel

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
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Views of Silicon Valley and Levi’s Stadium are the star of the show at this contemporary hotel within walking distance of the Intel Museum. Business travelers are particularly well catered to, as the property is connected directly to the Santa Clara Convention Center. Every room has an oversized work station with Coalesse power strip, a 48” Samsung HD flatscreen TV, iHome stereo and in-room laptop safe, while some have balconies and separate living areas.

6. Woodcrest Hotel

Independent Hotel

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Boutique hotels don’t have to come with an eye-popping price tag. This charming property on Stevens Creek Boulevard offers a more intimate stay than an anonymous chain hotel, with tranquil rooms decked out in soothing grey and vivid blues and stocked with full-length terry robes and pampering bath products. Guests can relax in a landscaped atrium courtyard inspired by a French country estate or sample Californian wines in the executive lounge.

7. AC Hotel Marriott San Jose Santa Clara

Chain Hotel

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Less is more at this AC Hotel on Lakeside Drive, just 5mi (8km) from San Jose International Airport. Prices are refreshingly low, and rooms are sleek and minimalist with oversized leather headboards, simple work stations, open wardrobes and floor-to-ceiling windows to flood the space with light. Downstairs, there’s a swimming pool, curated library, media salons and 5,000sqft (465sqm) of outdoor space with a swimming pool, outdoor fireplace and lounge seating.

8. Element Santa Clara

Chain Hotel

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Keep costs down when traveling with a family, or on an extended trip, by booking this Westin hotel where every room has a kitchenette or fully equipped kitchen for making food whenever suits. If your cooking isn’t quite up to scratch, there’s also a free buffet breakfast featuring a Chobani yogurt station and locally soured espresso, plus a hip lobby bar with health-conscious food and craft cocktails on the menu.

9. The Domain Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

The Domain Hotel
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The name tells you all you need to know about this well-priced hotel loved by business travelers. The Sunnyvale property is within 10 minutes of all the major tech firms, including Google and Apple, and even offers a complimentary shuttle service to companies within 5mi (8km). Elsewhere, there’s the Bytes Bar for cocktails and drinks, a heated pool and hot tub and a 24-hour business center for keeping connected.

10. Hyatt House Santa Clara

Chain Hotel

HYATT House Santa Clara
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Planning on staying a while? Hyatt House welcomes both overnight and extended stay guests to 150 suites, which offer a little more space to spread out than an average hotel room. Choose a studio king for a full kitchen, luxury bath amenities, oversized workstation and MP3 docking station, and ask for one on a higher floor to grab a view, too. Downstairs, there’s a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning, a 24-hour market for supplies and a cocktail lounge serving shareable plates and bar food.

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