Rate based on Check-in: Nov 23, 2014 Check-out: Nov 24, 2014

Arena Hotel

3 stars
817 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.6
out of 5
209 reviews
Fantastic Room!

Staff were pleasant and helpful. Would do it again in a heartbeat! See full review

  • Raj5
  • Oct 1, 2014
Fantastic hotel like always

Is very good hotel clean, big room, nice jacuzzi ease check in and good breakfast, location ok,... See full review

  • Temoc
  • Sep 15, 2014
Affordable downtown San Jose hotel offers easy access to everything

Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, the Arena Hotel offers walkable access to the HP Pavilion, downtown offices and the San Jose Caltrain station. Guests appreciate the variety of nearby dining and transportation options whether they are there for a San Jose Sharks game or a business trip. Complimentary breakfast (daily) help guests fuel up for a long day of work or night of recreation, and Jacuzzi tubs in each room ease sore muscles afterward.

Highlights:
  • Free wireless Internet access in rooms and common areas
  • Complimentary continental breakfast
  • Walking distance to HP Pavilion, downtown San Jose and Caltrain
Rooms:

The recently renovated rooms have traditional decor, including dark-wood furnishings and printed bedspreads in dark, muted colors. Guestrooms and suites are highlighted by amenities such as 27-inch color TVs, voicemail-enabled telephones, microwaves, refrigerators, coffeemakers and even kitchenettes in some rooms. Two-person Jacuzzi bathtubs and free wireless Internet access are nice bonuses.

Features:

Corporate travelers appreciate the on-site business center, which is open daily and includes a computer workstation with Internet access and a printer. (A fax machine and photocopier are available at the front desk.) Guests who don't like checking bags can take advantage of the same-day dry-cleaning service and an on-site laundry room (fees apply). Perhaps most appreciated, though, is the complimentary breakfast available weekdays and weekends. 

Transportation:
  • San Jose International Airport (4.4 mi/7.1 km)
  • Oakland International Airport (36.5 mi/58.8 km)
  • San Francisco International Airport (37.4 mi/60.3 km)
  • Caltrain (0.6 mi/1 km)
  • VTA light rail (.6 mi/1 km)
  • VTA bus stop (across the street)
Attractions:
  • HP Pavilion (.8 mi/1.3 km)
  • Tech Museum of Innovation (1.4 mi/2.3 km)
  • San Jose Convention Center (1.5 mi/2.4 km)
  • Children's Discovery Museum (1.6 mi/2.5 km)
  • Santana Row (2.9 mi/4.6 km)
  • Winchester Mystery House (3.2 mi/5.2 km)
  • California's Great America (7.3 mi/11.7 km)
  • Santa Clara Convention Center (7.9 mi/12.7 km)
Business:
  • Free high-speed wireless Internet access
  • On-site business center open daily
  • Indoor and outdoor seating areas to conduct interviews or hold small meetings

Arena Hotel Rooms

Deluxe Double Queen with jacuzzi
Deluxe Room-Double Queen-Jacuzzi-Non Smoking
Deluxe Suite with jacuzzi and so
Deluxe Suite with jacuzzi and sofa bed
King Deluxe with jacuzzi non-smo
King Deluxe with jacuzzi non-smoking

Amenities

  • Free parking
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Elevators
Dining
Coffee maker in room
Services
24 hour front desk
Express checkout
Concierge desk
Wake-up service
FAX
Copy service
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Room
Hairdryer in room
Microwave
Sofa bed
Iron
Ironing board

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Hotel Map

37.3324 -121.9062
Nearby airports
(OAK), 37.00, MI; (SFO), 36.00, MI; (SJC), 4.00, MI;
Area description
Downtown

Nearby points of interest

  • HP Pavilion: 0.3 mi
  • SAP Center at San Jose: 0.3 mi
  • San Jose Center for the Performing Arts: 0.8 mi
  • Heritage Rose Garden: 0.8 mi
  • Children's Discovery Museum: 0.9 mi
  • St. Joseph Cathedral: 0.9 mi
  • San Jose Museum of Art: 0.9 mi
  • San Jose Civic Auditorium: 0.9 mi
  • Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park: 0.9 mi
  • Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum: 0.9 mi
  • San Jose Repertory Theatre: 1.1 mi
  • Municipal Rose Garden: 1.1 mi
  • San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles: 1.2 mi
  • Japantown (San Jose): 1.4 mi
  • The Event Center Arena: 1.4 mi
  • HP Pavilion: 0.3 mi
  • SAP Center at San Jose: 0.3 mi
  • San Jose Center for the Performing Arts: 0.8 mi
  • Heritage Rose Garden: 0.8 mi
  • Children's Discovery Museum: 0.9 mi
  • St. Joseph Cathedral: 0.9 mi
  • San Jose Museum of Art: 0.9 mi
  • San Jose Civic Auditorium: 0.9 mi
  • Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park: 0.9 mi
  • Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum: 0.9 mi
  • San Jose Repertory Theatre: 1.1 mi
  • Municipal Rose Garden: 1.1 mi
  • San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles: 1.2 mi
  • Japantown (San Jose): 1.4 mi
  • The Event Center Arena: 1.4 mi
  • Los Gatos Creek Trail: 1.7 mi
  • Willow Glen: 1.9 mi
  • Happy Hollow Park and Zoo: 2.4 mi
  • Japanese Friendship Garden: 2.6 mi
  • Winchester Mystery House: 2.6 mi
  • History Park: 2.8 mi
  • Raging Waters: 5.1 mi
  • Alum Rock Park: 6.9 mi
  • Almaden Quicksilver County Park: 10.6 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
02:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (209)

Ratings and reviews for Arena Hotel

Overall score

3.6 / 5
5.01.0
209 out of 209
Amenities:
3.6
Room cleanliness:
3.8
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3.7
Location:
4.2
Value:
4

85% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Arena Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Daniel Love
Business
From Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Nov 14, 2014

Wonderful for business and leasure

Arena is a vintage hotel. Lots of wood accents, seemingly a step back in time. Seems cleaning went on about 18 hours each day. I could not have asked for a nicer suite. Plenty of room to both work and relax when the work was done. My suite had a kitchen with two burner stove, microwave, sink and nice hotel fridge. Housekeeping was superb, very nice housekeepers, quick with an extra blanket or more towels or even more coffee as needed. The morning breakfast buffet was first class. I have Not been to a better hotel breakfast buffet, with hot and cold selections. Nice coffee/tea selection, eggs, pancakes or French toast, potatoes, sausage, fruit, yoghurt , cereals of several kinds, toast, bagels you name it. Everything was fresh and really made a good start to the day. Wonderful Jacuzzis, ample bathroom, nice bedroom. Many windows which opened. My section was non smoking and no old or otherwise unpleasant odors. Very clean. This is my third trip to the Arena hotel and I will be returning next year.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

CVS across the street. Superb hand made chocolate shop directly across the street. Excellent pasta restaurant, Chinese restaurant, Starbucks, Subway sandwiches, Whole Foods all within a mile, usually much closer than a mile, easy walk to all.

Review of Arena Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
penstarr
Business
California, USA
Oct 22, 2014

good value

nothing particularly special about this hotel except that it is very conveniently located to some good restaurants, and show venues. service, cleanliness, and amenities were very average. it's a very decent place to stay for a good price.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

across the street is a good sushi restaurant.

Review of Arena Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
desertgirl
Business
Sparks, NV, USA
Oct 7, 2014

Close to SAP Center - Perfect!

My husband and I were looking for a hotel close to the SAP Center to attend a concert. The reviews for the Arena Hotel were good, so we decided to try it. The hotel is in a nice area, within walking distance to the SAP Center and restaurants. The staff was friendly and helpful - providing a list of restaurants that were close by. The room was somewhat dated, but it was quiet, clean and comfortable. They had a continental breakfast in the morning, which was adequate. Cereal, muffins & bread, eggs, pancakes, potatoes and bacon. All in all, I would stay here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

If you want to eat at Henry's Hi-Life before a concert - go early!! It gets packed! But well worth it.

Review of Arena Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Business travelerZ
Business
Southern California
Oct 6, 2014

Overnight stay for business

I chose this hotel based upon its location to my business meeting, which was perfect. The price was a little high for the condition of the hotel. They've made some upgrades over time, but it seems like they only improve one area and not another. For instance my bathroom floor and tub were upgraded, but the walls needed to be painted and the counter/cabinets were really outdated. The carpet upstairs badly needs replacing, but the lobby is nicely updated. Overall not a bad place to stay, just pricey for the condition of the hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Arena Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Dave Traveling for Work
Business
Illinois
Oct 3, 2014

Quick Business Trip

The hotel was convenient and available. It honestly would not have been my first choice but there was little availability. Nonetheless it exceeded my expectations. The staff was great and the room was clean but somewhat run down.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Arena Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Raj5
Business
Sacramento, CA
Oct 1, 2014

Fantastic Room!

Staff were pleasant and helpful. Would do it again in a heartbeat!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Arena Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
LouBelle
Business
San Diego, CA
Sep 27, 2014

Great place to stay!

The hotel is in a great location. Next door the sports arena, could not get any closer. The neighborhood is being revitalized. The hotel has been completely updated on the outside and parking is free!! The front desk staff is super friendly. The room was big with a fridge and microwave. Needs some updating but clean and the breakfast could not be beat!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Arena Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
bowbow
Business
oregon
Sep 22, 2014

reasonably priced hotel

The hotel was well priced and looks great from the outside. The only 2 reservations I had, was that the area was a little seedy and since there are smoking rooms, our non-smoking room smelled of smoke. The staff were friendly, I think this would be a good place if they made it non smoking.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Arena Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
brewdiver
Business
East Bay, CA
Sep 21, 2014

Dowtown San Jose

Stayed here for a one night getaway and take in a show at the theatre nearby. Location was great and the breakfast was awesome!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Long walk from hotel

Near downtown SJ attractions and great breakfast to get going fast!

Review of Arena Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Temoc
Business
Redwood city ca
Sep 15, 2014

Fantastic hotel like always

Is very good hotel clean, big room, nice jacuzzi ease check in and good breakfast, location ok, 100% I recommend.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Great value Near SAP center

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