The Best Hotels in Santa Clara, California

All the shared spaces at Element Santa Clara are spacious and airy and decorated in natural tones
All the shared spaces at Element Santa Clara are spacious and airy and decorated in natural tones | Courtesy of Element Santa Clara / Expedia
Siobhan Grogan

The entertainment capital of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara, California, is about much more than giant tech farms. It’s a family-friendly holiday destination chock-a-block with rollercoasters, interactive museums and water parks for the kids, plus world-class wineries, plenty of shopping opportunities and fascinating historic sites for the adults. Check into one of these top hotels in Santa Clara for your stay – bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Hyatt Regency Santa Clara

Chain Hotel

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The Hyatt Regency is connected directly to the Santa Clara Convention Center and is within walking distance of the Intel Museum. There’s a grab-and-go market serving breakfast burritos, ice cream and barista coffee, an all-day restaurant and bar and even a sushi and sake lounge. The hotel also has an outdoor pool with cabanas, whirlpool and firepit, a 24-hour business center, a gym and even a gift shop for those last-minute souvenirs.

2. Hyatt House Santa Clara

Chain Hotel

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There’s no excuse for skipping your workout on holiday with Hyatt House’s 24-hour gym, boasting top-notch exercise equipment to keep you motivated. If you prefer a more leisurely place, there’s also an outdoor swimming area with cabanas and lounge chairs. All 150 suites have oversize work stations, ironing boards, separate living areas and luxury bath amenities. What’s more, every guest can tuck into a generous buffet breakfast each morning.

3. Santa Clara Marriott

Chain Hotel

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The location of this contemporary hotel, in the heart of Santa Clara, couldn’t be better for exploring all that the city has to offer. It’s only a 10-minute drive to San Jose International Airport, and attractions including the Intel Museum, Great America amusement park and Levi’s Stadium are moments away. Rooms are simple and unfussy with ergonomic work areas, pared-back furnishings and premium movie channels. Those looking for a little more indulgence should choose a concierge-level room for access to the M Club, serving complimentary food and drinks all day.

4. Sonesta Simply Suites

Chain Hotel

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A great choice for anyone visiting for a little longer, these hotel suites in Santa Clara offer all the home comforts you need. Rooms have kitchens with full-size fridges, dishwashers and stovetops, plus a generous workspace for keeping on top of business. There are free laundry facilities downstairs. Elsewhere, there are barbecues available so you can eat al fresco, a gym and a 24-hour store stocking essentials and serving free coffee all day. You can even bring your pet.

5. AC Hotel by Marriott San Jose Santa Clara

Chain Hotel

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It couldn’t be easier to get to this sleek contemporary hotel on Lakeside Drive: it’s just 5mi (8km) from San Jose International Airport and 1mi (1.6km) from multiple train stations including Capitol Corridor and VTA light rail. All 188 guest rooms have Italian marble showers, smart TVs, bedside USB ports, luxurious platform beds and leather sofas or club chairs. There’s also a library, an outdoor swimming pool with lounge area and a bar serving Spanish wines and tapas.

6. Woodcrest Hotel

Independent Hotel

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Swerve the big names and check into this delightful Santa Clara boutique hotel in the heart of Silicon Valley instead. The focus is on personal service here, with an executive lounge offering Californian wines, a free and freshly prepared hot breakfast and a landscaped atrium courtyard inspired by French country estates. Rooms are equally soothing, decorated in soft colors with homey touches such as full-length terry robes.

7. Element Santa Clara

Chain Hotel

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Wellbeing is paramount at this Westin hotel on Wyatt Drive. Nature inspires all the communal areas, and even the bedrooms are spacious and open. Breakfast has a focus on nutritious options, complete with a Chobani yogurt station, and the upmarket lobby bar serves health-conscious, locally sourced dishes. There’s also an extensive fitness center with an outdoor heated saline pool so you can keep in tip-top condition.

8. Aloft Santa Clara

Chain Hotel

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There’s far more to discover at the Aloft hotel in Santa Clara than just a bed for the night. As well as the 24-hour gourmet pantry, outdoor pool and gym, there’s a popular cocktail bar that regularly hosts live acoustic performances to showcase local talent. You won’t be disappointed with the rooms either, thanks to their oversize spa showers, bliss spa amenities, premium movie channels and ergonomic work areas.

9. Hilton Santa Clara

Chain Hotel

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Home of the San Francisco 49ers, the Levi’s Stadium is a must-visit attraction in Santa Clara, renowned for its big-ticket sporting events and popular museum. Stay at this Hilton hotel and it’s less than a 10-minute walk away for no-sweat access. Elsewhere, there’s an award-winning restaurant serving Mediterranean dishes, a Starbucks in the lobby, an outdoor pool and a lounge playing sports games on the big screen to get you in the mood for visiting the stadium.

10. The Domain Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

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Smack bang in the center of Silicon Valley’s Tech campus, this bustling hotel is ideal for those heading to the corporate giants the area is famous for. There’s even a complimentary shuttle service to companies within 5mi (8km), as well as a 24-hour business center, room service, laundry and dry cleaning and a heated pool and hot tub. After a long day, join the daily happy hour in the appropriately named Bytes Bar downstairs.

Looking for more hotels in Santa Clara and beyond? Check out our picks of the best budget stays nearby and the best hotels near Vasquez Rocks.

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