An Odd-Link In The W Chain
The W Silicon Valley is the odd-man out in the family of W properties. Other W's are right in the center of hot urban areas, but this one is strangely located on the edges of a marsh in a nearly-abandoned business park. I understand that this W was built back in response to the late 90's Internet boom in Silicon Valley, but it just feels off. Approaching it, you think it's an Extended Stay until you see the large blue W. Once entering, you are immediately transported into a traditional W vibe - young, fresh and hip. Yes, the lobby and front desk area are small, but the decor and music bring in the usual W feel.
The staff here seem bored - maybe because the hotel seems empty. And they don't exactly know what aggressive hospitality is. But they are pleasant enough. I didn't have much interaction with them other than the girl at check-in.
The rooms are great - they are all oversized rooms with classic W furnishings, a wet bar and coffeemaker and a great bathroom stocked with Bliss products. I have a hard time feeling comfortable in hotel rooms, but I immediately took to this room and felt right at home. I was on the 3rd floor with a view of the roof and back of the hotel, but who needs a view with such a great room. And the rates here are very reasonable (usually hovering under $200/night) - probably because they don't get too much business.
Parking is complimentary here and plentiful.
W Silicon Valley is definitely a weird W, but it's a great hotel.
A Great Experience
This is one of the smallest W Hotels in its chain. Originally built as a Residence Inn and then at the last minute switched to a W, it still offers all the modern touches of W. From the outside, it looks like a Residence Inn since it is only has 3 floors. It is located in a business park but is easy to get to Palo Alto and Stanford. It is very nice. The staff is great. The pool is the best part of the hotel wit sand by the pool, making it feel like a beach. This is a great hotel and the prices are reasonable for a W.
Strange Location, Great Hotel
We stayed at the W in early September as a stop over between the San Fran area and a trek down the coast.
Driving there in the evening was a strange experience, because as many people have mentioned it really is in the middle of nowhere. On arrival the hotel was pretty empty, but with a cool and trendy reception and bar area. Check-in was swift and friendly, with plenty of information given about what our rate gave us (it was a package rate via SPG.com) and where everything was.
I believe they were running at around half occupancy that night, but the hotel treated us very well and upgraded us from the lowest grade suite and put us right up to the largest 'Wow' suite. A very nice gesture considering I'm only SPG Gold.
The suite was fantastic and the service in the hotel was exceptional. For the price we paid, it was well worth the diversion to stay at the hotel rather than head to somewhere like San Jose.
Best Hotel - My dog loved it :)
My wife and I go to the Bridge School benefit concert held in Mountain View at the Shorline ampitheater every October (a GREAT show this year). We live in Fort Bragg, Ca - about 170 miles North of Mt.View, I'm manager of the Beach House Inn, one of the nicer places on the coast :) Anyways this year we choose to stay at the W partly because of the concert package they offered and partly because they are pet friendly and I won't travel without my Corgi, Morgi.
WOW, what a perfect hotel!!!!!!
The W web site shows how nice it is but it may be even a little understated. I'm not going into detail but my wife, my dog and I love this hotel and will be there for Bridge School #21.
Thanks W, You guys are great.
Manager, the Beach House Inn
Friendly Funky Dirty
Overall this is a decent enough hotel in a quiet, suburban, safe location - especially for women business travelers on their own. It's quiet too. Friendly staff and a casual, groovy atmosphere ring well with the under-40 or so crowd. While it's out of the way to locales like San Francisco city, it's central Silicon Valley location is good for those who have business in San Jose or nearby. A government rate of $110/night was hard to beat, too, as well as free parking.
This place has some pitfalls however. The rooms are large but mine was stained and dirty. That is, stained carpets, furniture, and marked and chipped walls and doors. The bathtub had a soap scum ring in it, yuk. The windows could not be opened. Some of the saving graces were the large size of the bathroom and comfy bed, and the in-room microwave and mini-kitchen (no stove but a mini-fridge, sink, coffee maker and basic china and utensils).
The other disappointment was the pool area: although the outdoor pool area and hot tub were in principle open during the winter, the pool was full of crud, and the hot tub had dirt and sand in it, and frankly looked gross.
If these kinds of problems don't bother you, the W is a good choice for a number of reasons. If you want cleanliness, stay somewhere else.