Rate based on Check-in: May 3, 2014 Check-out: May 5, 2014

Arena Hotel

3 stars
817 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.5
out of 5
181 reviews
Love Jetted tub

The jetted tube was the best way to relax. I really enjoyed it. Beds are nice and comfy too. See full review

  • Super relaxed AJ
  • Mar 10, 2014
A night in the city

After reading good reviews about Arena Hotel, my group of friends and I decided to try it out for... See full review

  • Qweenie86
  • Jan 12, 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) and evening appetizers (Monday-Thursday) 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 and evening appetizer hour
  • 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. In the evenings, light eaters can make a meal of the snacks provided in the lobby.

 

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 (181)

Ratings and reviews for Arena Hotel

Overall score

3.5 / 5
181 out of 181
Amenities:
3.6
Room cleanliness:
3.8
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3.7
Location:
4.2
Value:
4

86% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Arena Hotel

Reviewer score

4
Grampawongstein
Lake Forest, CA, USA
Apr 24, 2012

If you need the location you can not do better

This is an older nice hotel in a marginal transition area of town. If you need a place near the HP Center or near downtown you can not beat the price for the buck. The rooms are very large, with a coffee maker, fridge and Microwave. Rooms are older but well maintained and very clean but on the dark side. Excellent off street parking and quite rooms for sleeping with excellent air conditioning. Area is safe but empty at night except for a few homeless and bums. Excellent restaurants are within walking distance downtown (1/2 mile) and a CVS pharmacy within a few feet of the hotel. It is well lit for walking on the main streets but I would not stray to far from the main streets. Easy 5 minute walk to the train station. Breakfast was excellent but the same each day with eggs, sausage, potatoes, pancakes and french toast and the best biscuits and gravy I have had in years. Some fruit and yogurt, with hot drinks and juice.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The main downtown dining areas are withing walking distance, but it looks like the downtown is not doing well with a lot of closed restaurants.

Review of Arena Hotel

Reviewer score

1
Anonymous
Arroyo Grande, Ca
Dec 9, 2010

Pretty dirty place

Nice room but DIRTY!!!!!

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

Reviewer score

4
Anonymous
Napa, CA
Dec 7, 2010

good location to HP Pavillion

Went to concert at HP Pavillion. Short walk. No place to eat near hotel. Need a car. The hotel did have a breakfast area. The pavillion served dinner before the concert (expensive) food ok. Your checked in for the show when you go in to eat.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

hotel serves free breakfast

Review of Arena Hotel

Reviewer score

3
Anonymous
Newman, CA
Dec 7, 2010

nice place

We stayed at the place while at a concert at the HP Pavilion. It is at a very good location, since we were able to walk to the pavilion (only about a block and a half away).The hotel was pretty nice. Okay place to stay at. Everything was okay, but a female receptionist that was there when we checked in, was really rude. Not the type of person to have working at a place where customer service should be a priority. The other guy receptionist was pretty friendly. The best part was that my boyfriend proposed while getting ready for the concert =)

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

walking distance to the hp pavilion

Review of Arena Hotel

Reviewer score

2
Anonymous
Modesto, CA
Dec 3, 2010

Good Location

Walking distance to the Arena.Check in staff not very friendly or helpful.

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

Reviewer score

4
Anonymous
Business
San Francisco, CA
Nov 22, 2010

WONDERFUL & enchanting hotel

Two adults in town for a two day business trip (fitness related). Needed a place close to the train station and lucked out with the Arena which had jacuzzi in the room. Grounds are very well kept, rooms tucked away from traffic, clean, charming historical feel, large room and very close to the gay neighborhood (unexpected benefit). WiFi was very weak so internet connection was poor (not a big deal). Price was great and coffee houses were close by (the hotel coffee was not appealing).

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

Business

Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

Great location for gay travelers coming into the area. If you smoke be sure to talk to staff about a smoking room. [...]

Review of Arena Hotel

Reviewer score

4
Anonymous
bay area, CA
Nov 19, 2010

Nice and quiet, great location

we stayed at Arena hotel for a couple of days while our house was taken over by pest-control folks. We had a month old infant with us and were planning to stay indoor most of the time. The room was very clean and nice. It was also quiet enough for our baby to sleep through the two days. The staff was also very courteous and helpful. We wrongly got booked for a room with a king bed instead of two queens. But we were able to resolve it easily over phone. The only thing below expectation was the breakfast. It was cold and underwhelming compared to equivalent three star hotel. But it was still passable. We would definitely consider this hotel again in future.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Lot of standard eateries within a couple of blocks. Its also right next to a CVS pharmacy which we ended up using late at night.

Review of Arena Hotel

Reviewer score

4
Susan's advice
Ripon, CA
Nov 7, 2010

Very Happy

The hotel was close to the Arena. It is very cute on the outside. We went for a walk to find something to eat. There were plenty of places to eat. The room jacuzzi was big and powerful. The room was spacious. I would certainly go back again. Free breakfast in the morning was good too.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Arena Hotel

Reviewer score

4
Anonymous
Business
New York, NY
Nov 2, 2010

Close to HP Pavilion

I booked this hotel, because it was close to HP Pavilion. It's also a few blocks away from the Light Rail which was also a plus. The hotel was okay for a less than 24 hour visit. Bed was comfortable. It also came with a fridge and microwave. CVS is next door, which was perfect for picking up some TV dinners since there aren't that many restaurants in the vicinity.

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

Business

Review of Arena Hotel

Reviewer score

4
Anonymous
Irvine, CA
Oct 12, 2010

for great vacation!

-very friendly staff and great customer service. -room is good enough size and has a big extra mirror for hair set/make up outside the bathroom. that's +! -serves breakfast every morning. -CVS is right next door. very convenient

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Time-saving tip: Short drive from hotel

We flew from SoCal to San Jose and this hotel is short drive distance from airport and our tour spot, Winchester House.

Review of Arena Hotel

Reviewer score

5
Anonymous
Minneapolis, MN
Oct 5, 2010

Great room and location for the price

This was a great find. I went to run the marathon and had everything I needed. Short walk to downtown. Friendly and helpful staff, quiet, spacious room with large jacuzzi tub, windows that open, free parking and very good maid service. And, the complimentary breakfast buffet was a really nice touch! All for under $90 a night.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

San Pedro Bistro and Wine Bar had excellent wine and cheese selections and a variety of very good pasta dishes. Highly recommended.

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