Four Seasons Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The Four Seasons in Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto offers top-notch amenities and services for the business traveler. Rooms are bright and modern with floor-to-ceiling windows, and offer marble bathrooms, deep soaking tubs, flat-screen TVs, and large work desks with comfortable chairs. There’s a 24-hour business center with secretarial services, translation and interpretation services, and well-equipped meeting rooms. Everything from the spa to the pool and the restaurant is top-notch, and there’s a spacious fitness center with cardio, weights, and free headphones available.
Rosewood Sand Hill Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The stylish and modern Rosewood Sand Hill leaves very little to be desired for business travelers. The 121 rooms are bright and airy, complete with HD TVs with surround sound, spacious showers (the rain showerheads have fantastic pressure), and large work desks equipped with several power outlets and comfortable seating. For after work, business travelers will find Michelin-starred dining at Madera, a luxury spa, stunning landscaping, and an outdoor pool. For those planning a business event here, the hotel offers almost 17,000 square feet of gorgeous indoor and outdoor meeting space with high-tech amenities, and private dining rooms.
W Silicon Valley Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The W Silicon Valley is located in Newark, a quiet area that is fairly isolated from local attractions, but near several corporate headquarters, like Cargill Salt. This 174-room hotel offers the sleek and stylish rooms that are characteristic of the W brand, along with a secluded outdoor pool and popular bar. All rooms here are suites -- with wet bars, mini-fridges, and lounge areas -- and feature comfortable work desks. The (somewhat minimal) action of Silicon Valley is located a 20-minute drive away in Palo Alto, but the W does offer nice perks such as a 24-hour fitness center, outdoor fire pit, and a mellow vibe perfect for unwinding after a day of work.
Sofitel San Francisco Bay Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Located on a serene lagoon, the 421-room Sofitel San Francisco Bay is a convenient choice for business travelers that want to be near the airport and freeway. Rooms are spacious and offer nice touches like flat-screen TVs and Keurig coffeemakers, but design-wise are on the bland side. Perks include a nice outdoor pool with peaceful views of the lagoon, along with a restaurant serving California-inspired French cuisine, called Bay 223. While the free shuttle to San Francisco International Airport is convenient, there are pesky fees for Wi-Fi.
Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Silicon Valley business travelers are drawn to the Sheraton Sunnyvale hotel for its comfort and close proximity to the area's corporate headquarters. This 173-room hotel is made up of two-story buildings that surround a huge Olympic-size outdoor heated pool and appealing sundeck. All of the large rooms offer crisp linens, free in-room coffee, and recent upgrades like flat-screen TVs and spacious work desks. More convenient perks include a 24-hour fitness center, free parking, and a Mediterranean spot -- Faz Restaurant -- that is devoted to serving fresh and flavorful food. For those hosting events here, the hotel offers nine meeting spaces that can fit up to 300 people.
Hotel Avante Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Hotel Avante is a renovated motel in Mountain View with a convenient location to downtown and area corporations. This 91-room hotel is particularly business-friendly, offering free Wi-Fi, conference rooms, and even executive toy boxes including items such as a Rubix cube. Quirky rooms are colorful and stylish, and feature furniture on wheels so guests can create an ideal workspace. Aside from movable furniture, room decor is masculine, with pops of color and bold striped rugs, along with large flat-screen TVs and comfortable work desks. This hotel offers many conveniences including free breakfast, a free weekday shuttle, and a small fitness center, but the one standout feature here is a nice outdoor pool complete with Jacuzzi and lounge chairs.
Avatar Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The 168-room Avatar Hotel is a 1960s-style motel in Santa Clara that has undergone a fun redesign: think funky furniture, shag carpets, and glass cases of toy robots. Perks here include an outdoor heated pool, bright fitness center, and the up-to-date technology expected in a Silicon Valley Hotel. Wi-Fi here is free, and rooms feature plush beds, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and spacious work desks.
Hilton Garden Inn San Mateo Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Hilton Garden Inn San Mateo, a short drive to the airport (with free shuttle service) and within a half hour's drive of San Francisco, is primarily built for business travelers. There are multiple meeting rooms and a 24-hour business center outfitted with three computers, fax machine, copy machine, and free printing and Internet. A lobby convenience store has basic snacks for sale, and a coin-operated washer/dryer is nice for those longer business trips. There's a basic restaurant on-site (and limited room service), though better options are within walking distance. Rooms are standard -- basic wood hotel-style furnishings and no-frills bathrooms -- though beds come with adjustable mattresses so guests can choose their level of comfort. Plus, rooms have flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, microwaves, and mini-fridges.